Tuesday, 2 February 2010
The new Historique Ultra-fine 1968 and Historique Ultra-fine 1955 wrist watches are sterling pieces of Swiss engineering by 255 years old watchmaker, Vacheron Constantin -- but because their discrete nature, they are likely to slip under the radar of watch buyers. Yet, their slender cases can be purposeful in the context of formal occasions, such as the Grammies and Oscars where a storm of interest most commonly surrounds the silky and extravagant couture dresses worn by A-list singers and actresses.
We entrust our watches informing us of the correct time, to the point that we instinctively confirm with the metal object on our left wrist whenever someone in our presence tells the time – or more fittingly, what their time is. Because of the comforting in what’s ours, the favourite watch is caringly strapped to the wrist regardless of what the daily agenda is. Round and honest, the Historique Ultra-fine 1955 is a reason to cut the umbilical cord to the only time instrument we trust, and purchase an old-fashioned but fashionably correct watch for occasions where Chuck Taylors get a thumb down but a black smoking gets an approving nod from the porter.
At an impossibly thin height of 4.10mm, it will unnoticed slip under the cuffs of shirts with a tight fit while telling time with clarity thanks to a white face with subtle golden dials and hands. However few the functions are, this is an incomprehensibly advanced watch. Developing a mechanically hand-wound movement no thicker than 1.64mm is an exercise in precision engineering of great delicacy. The Historique Ultra-fine 1968 will find itself in the hands of enthusiasts wishing to add a watch with a square-shaped case to their collection. Fastened using a black leather strap, either of them will complete an elegant outfit wholesome while making sure the wearer does not arrive unfashionably late.