Lemania’s 2310 architecture has found its way to the moon, Patek complications, and even the odd Tissot. It’s a highly collected, storied, and tested movement. If you wanted, you could get one on your wrist under a few grand in the form of a Seamaster 321. Alternatively, if you wanted to celebrate its many accomplishments, you could dress it up. That’s just what Vacheron Constantin have done with the platinum Les Historiques: slip the 2310 into an evening dress.
Vacheron Constantin, in my estimation, is the most underrated of the big three. In constant manufacture since 1755, the brand has the kind of history Rolex would kill for. Moreover, they use that history well.
This Historiques model is a modern tribute to Vacheron’s 4178 chronograph, today an icon. Never one to be outdone, Vacheron used a platinum case* and finely silvered arabic dial to create a classic, refined aesthetic. Here, Lemania’s legendary movement is highly finished with hand polishing and Geneva striping to impress through its sapphire display back. And that movement really is an apt metaphor for the soul of the Les Historiques Chronograph. A dependable, tested, humble personality dressed to the nines. Just the sort of thing that gets me weak at the knees.
Find this Les Historiques here from A Collected Man for 20250 GBP.
*Also, whatever happened to unique lug designs? Just wow.