Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

Vacheron Constantin has released a re-edition of its legendary 222, launched in 1977 for the 222nd anniversary of the Maison.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

Unveiled at Watches and Wonders 2022 exhibitions, this 18K 3N yellow gold wristwatch from the Historiques collection is driven by an In-house Calibre 2455/2. This self-winding movement is equipped with a dedicated oscillating weight engraved with the original 222 logo.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

This re-edition in the Historiques collection is faithful to the original model, albeit with a few adjustments in the interests of comfort and enhanced reliability. The case adorned with a Maltese cross emblem at 5 o’clock has an exhibition back.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

The aesthetic codes of the initial 222 model have been respected: a gold-toned dial with straight hour-markers and baton-type hands whose luminescence takes on a green tinted hue at night, in reference to the tritium used on the original 222. The articulation of the bracelet has been redesigned to ensure a more ergonomic feel.

It was in the 1970s, the timepieces combining the watchmaking worlds of sport and luxury appeared. With the 222, Vacheron Constantin contributed to this new approach to the mechanical watch, which was very much in keeping with an era open to new ideas. This model clearly marked a break in the stylistic evolution of the Maison: the sporting codes of watchmaking are integrated within a timepiece featuring taut lines and sharp angle, yet consistently elegant.

In 1963, Vacheron Constantin presented its first model adapted to the contingencies of working life: the Turnograph reference 6782, a name derived from its bidirectional rotating bezel with a 15-minute graduated scale. The shape of the baton-type hands and the geometry of its straight hour-markers did not go unnoticed, even though the model had a relatively short lifespan.

In 1975, the Maison made a new foray into the field of urban watches with the Chronomètre Royal reference 42001. With its special-shaped case, combined with a rounded octagonal bezel, this first Vacheron Constantin timepiece in steel with an integrated bracelet opened up new style perspectives. These were confirmed two years with the 222 designed by Jorg Hysek, whose modern style retains Vacheron Constantin’s inherent elegance and attention to detail.

In addition to being a new model with an integrated bracelet, the 222 watch launched in 1977 introduced a functional architecture with its flat base topped by a prominent fluted bezel. Its monobloc case, which required the movement to be cased-up from above, was water-resistant to 120 metres thanks to its screw-down bezel.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

The 222 boasted exemplary thinness at 7 mm, thanks to its ultra-thin movement measuring barely 3.05 mm and driving indications of the hours, minutes and date. The baton-type hands and straight hour-markers similar to the 1963 reference 6782 Turnograph watch confirmed an understated and refined aesthetic, while exuding an impression of robustness thanks to its bracelet screwed to the case middle and featuring large hexagonal central links.

Initially presented in a 37 mm version nicknamed “Jumbo”, the 222 was subsequently interpreted in 34 mm and 24 mm steel, yellow gold or two-tone iterations, polished or gemset but always adorned with the Maison’s Maltese cross emblem nestling in the right-hand corner of the case at 5 o’clock. Remaining in limited production until 1985, the 222 belongs to the legend of the first “sporty-chic” watches in watchmaking history.

Vacheron Constantin is now offering an updated interpretation of this legendary model in its Jumbo version with the Historiques 222 watch in 18K 3N yellow gold.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222

In keeping with the spirit of the Historiques collection, the watches composing the collection are not identical replicas of the original watch, but instead contemporary reinterpretations, endowed with the latest technical advances to optimise their reliability and comfort on the wrist.

A few subtle changes have been made to the Historiques 222 watch:

  • Operating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and endowed with a 40-hour power reserve (compared with 2.75 Hz for the original model), Calibre 2455/2 delivers enhanced precision.
  • The oscillating weight of Calibre 2455/2 was specifically developed for this model and is engraved with the original 222 logo, surrounded by a fluted motif echoing the bezel.
  • The caseback is open-worked to reveal the calibre.
  • The finishes – vertical-satin-brushed crown and bracelet; circular satin-finished bezel and polished hour-markers, hand- chamfered gear trains and bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, as well as a circular-grained mainplate – reveal the concern for each and every detail characterising the world of Haute Horlogerie.
  • The dial features the vintage font of the “AUTOMATIC” inscription.
  • The date window has been significantly offset from the outer rim of the dial to enhance legibility, thanks to the slightly smaller diameter of the calibre compared with its predecessor.
  • The Super-LumiNova® coating of the hands and hour-markers (off-white by day and lime green by night) also results in improved readability.
  • The bracelet is fitted with a triple-blade (rather than double-blade) clasp.
  • The bracelet articulations have been revisited to hide the visible pins and improve comfort on the wrist.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222
Reference 4200H/222J-B935

Calibre 2455/2
Developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding, 18K 3N yellow gold dedicated oscillating weight
26.2 mm (12½‘’’) diameter, 3.6 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
194 components
27 jewels
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Hours, minutes

18K 3N yellow gold
37 mm diameter, 7.95 mm thick
Pd150 white gold Maltese cross placed at 5 o’clock
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 5 bar (approx. 50 metres)

Yellow gold polished Maltese cross placed on the dial
Yellow gold hour-markers and hands highlighted with Super-LumiNova® (off-white during the day and lime green at night)

18K 3N yellow gold vertical satin finished

18K 3N yellow gold triple-blade folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Available exclusively from Vacheron Constantin boutiques