When the Classic was launched in 2000, it echoed the mechanical sophistication of the Antiqua in a watch with one single dial indicating hours, minutes and seconds.
Repeating the style elements of its elder sibling, the Classic expressed by means of the form of the case, the glass porthole, the use of rivets, the lugs, and the tang buckle, all the force of the “Futur Antérieur” concept. The production ceased after only 250 pieces were produced as Vianney Halter wanted to free time and resources for other projects. Although the model is now discontinued, it is still topical as some are always circulating either on the second-hand market or auction sales or on the occasion of collector fairs.
The Classic benefits from the same meticulous drive for excellence which typifies the “Futur Antérieur” collection. Each of the 46 rivets – 24 in the winding crown, 12 on the bezel, 6 on the buckle and 4 on the lugs– are machined, polished and implemented with the same fastidious attention to detail. The blued-steel hands are hand-crafted, while the two sapphire crystals (front and display back) are coated with anti-reflective treatment on both faces. The dial is composed of four elements: each hand-engraved and hand-finished ensuring every Classic is unique.
The Classic is fitted with the automatic caliber VH100 with 27 jewels. The VH100 is built on the base of mechanical elements – balance wheel and gear wheels- shared with the Lemania caliber 8810. But the VH100 uses specific baseplate and bridges designed by Vianney Halter and manufactured at La Manufacture Janvier.The automatic winding system is entirely designed and manufactured at La Manufacture Janvier. The balance wheel frequency is 28’800 oscillations per hour. The power reserve is approximately 40 hours.
Mysterious mass rotor
To ensure an uninterrupted view of the VH100 caliber through the sapphire display back, the Classic is fitted with the so-called ” mysterious mass ” winding rotor .
The Classic is available with a case either made of yellow gold case or rose gold, rhodium plated metal dials and white gold rivets. The watch is also available in a white gold case with contrasting yellow or rose gold rivets and with the dial matching the rivets.
An all-white metal Classic is the final option, with both case and rivets in white gold and a rhodium-plated dial. In total there are five versions of the Classic available. The watch is supplied with a hand-sewn leather strap available in several colours and made of genuine alligator or goat leather. The strap has a tang buckle matching the case metal. The Classic is delivered in a leather box with a certificate of authenticity.