Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest manufactures in the world, pipped to the post of Most Ancient registered brand by Blancpain only. But, despite having been founded almost twenty years after its elder contemporary, Vacheron Constantin is believed to be the real oldest watchmaker with an uninterrupted production of brand new watches since 1775. That's a lot of watches. Which, unsurprisingly, means a lot of innovation that has continued until the present day – as in this very actual present day, with the release of a brand new version of the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin.
A classic collection for the marque, new releases last April saw rose gold, a full gold bracelet and a brand new royal blue dial. But now, you can get it in pink gold – 18 karats of the stuff in fact – based upon a sizeable 41mm diameter case and a punchy dial in a similar shade of blue to its predecessors.
Now, it's easy to believe 'pink gold' to be a brand new name™ for something that already exists. Like rose gold. But look closer, and the very shades themselves are different. In fact, the actual content is different, with the main distinction between rose gold, pink gold and its darker sibling red gold being the respective copper content in each. The more copper, the starker the colouration. And it's the pink gold of Vacheron Constantin's Overseas that limits its copper intake to create its unique shade of blush.
As with all things Vacheron, the insides are hi-spec. The marque's in-house 5100 movement is still relatively new, introduced to the market in 2016, but it packs all the punch of a storied heavyweight thanks to two mainspring barrels (the parts that store the energy of an automatic watch) and enough juice for 60 hours of power. After 260 years in the game, Vacheron knows what it's doing.
And it knows how to mix things up too. Not that there's anything wrong with yellow gold watches, or steel watches, or rose gold watches. But with pink gold, there's at least something semi new to get on the wrist. Not bad going for a 265-year-old.
Available to enquire at vacheron-constantin.com, priced £44,800
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