The mysterious wizardry of a complex horological mechanism always adds a touch of magic to the face of time. A case in point is Vacheron Constantin’s nineteen fifties-era Toledo 1952 design. Centuries of watchmaking experience and pride of craftsmanship come together in its subtly rectangular case. It houses a movement whose auxiliary full-calendar mechanism stylishly enlivens its dial face.
Displaying the date, day of the week, month and phases of the moon, these three 21st-century Toledo designs form harmonious compositions, with the finest materials enhancing the intricacy of its mechanical heart in a serenely classic spirit.
The trio rounds out a collection whose striking stepped case displays a neat godroon decor, handsomely cambered curves and sensually rounded bracelet attachments, available in platinum as well as in white or yellow gold. Discreetly marking the hours and minutes, simple baton-style hands let the slate or silver-toned dial, protected by a slightly cambered crystal, speak for itself with elegance. Its silvery circular date calendar with blued steel pointer is set against vertical pinstripe guilloché work.
The dial also bears four Arabic numerals and four applied hour markers in 18K gold on the dial’s raised area. Discreetly framed at 6 o’clock by a track for the seconds, the moon-phase display features a front plate whose starry decor matches the disc’s endlessly waxing and waning moon. The fine detailing of the Toledo 52 is echoed by technical excellence throughout. Bearing the corporate Maltese cross symbol, the crown corrects the hours, minutes and day-of-the-week display. Actioned by a corrector stylus, three pushpieces flush with the case flank control the month, date and moon-phase indications.
The Toledo 52 naturally includes a fine example of Vacheron Constantin’s horological expertise. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and adjusted in five positions, its 36-jewel selfwinding caliber 1125 movement provides over 40 hours of reserve power. In the company’s grand workshop traditions, the movement’s bridges and bars have been shaped and their edges bevelled by hand, the sides of components delicately decorated with parallel file strokes and screw heads carefully polished.
Testifying to the endless patience, acute pride in workmanship and centuries of expertise, the caliber 1125 movement’s appearance and performance confirm the enduring vigor of the many centuries-old trades that contribute to every Vacheron Constantin timepiece.
With its discreet godroon decor, the Toledo 52’s case comes with a padded and hand-stitched alligator mississipiensis leather strap—night blue on the platinum model, brown for the yellow gold and black for the white gold version. A standard buckle in the corresponding precious metal also bears the corporate Maltese cross symbol. The watch’s individual production numbers are engraved on its case and movement alike. Limited to 100 watches in all, the platinum model is numbered by hand opposite 9 o’clock on the case flank.
Reference: 47300/000G-9064, 47300/000J-9065,47300/000P-9067
Caliber 1125, self-winding
Movement thickness: 5.53 mm
Movement diameter: 26.60 mm
Power reserve: 40 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Hour, minutes, seconds, date, day of the week, month, phases of the moon
950 platinum or yellow or white 18K gold
Water resistance:to 30 m (approx. 100 feet)
Slate-colored or silver-toned, vertically engine-turned at center, applied Arabic numerals and hour markers in 18K gold, silvery circular date calendar with Arabic numerals
Night-blue, brown or black padded and hand-stitched alligator mississipiensis leather
Buckle: Standard type, in 950 platinum or yellow or white 18K gold