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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Paris store opening: Vacheron Constantin celebrates with new LE 1972 Prestige

 Vacheron Constantin, 2 Rue de la Paix, Paris

As a truly auspicious opening to Vacheron Constantin’s  first store in Paris, at 2 Rue de la Paix, the legendary Swiss brand has released two new versions of it iconic asymmetrical model, the 1972 Prestige. 

The VC 1972 Prestige collection has been making an impression for over four decades. Today, there is a new men’s version inspired by the original. Like the 1972 creation, the most recent arrival displays the balanced asymmetry that strictly follows the proportions of the golden section. Made of white gold, the new 1972 Prestige also houses a precious ultra-thin mechanical movement. A model of sophistication and elegance, this new icon bears the Poinçon de Genève.

On June 23, 1972, in the reception rooms of the Ritz Hotel not far from 2 Rue de la Paix, the Comité de France bestowed the coveted Prestige de la France award to Vacheron Constantin in tribute to the brand’s expertise, acquired through a desire to achieve authenticity, technical perfection, and elegance.

Vacheron Constantin is the first watchmaking manufacture to have been honoured with this award. In celebration of this honour, the Geneva company developed the Prestige 1972. The watch was made in an extremely limited series, and the back was engraved with the Prestige de la France coat of arms. 

Since that time, Vacheron Constantin has continued to offer this asymmetrical shape in various sizes and proportions, sometimes in ladies’ watches and sometimes in men’s, and it has developed into the highly desirable1972 collection.

The 1972 Prestige comes in two versions, both in white gold and measuring 25 mm by 47 mm and just 8.72 mm in height. The sleek silhouette of the watch is further enhanced by the polished white gold case. 

The watch houses a precious calibre 1003 ultra-thin mechanical movement, in fact it’s the world’s thinnest mechanical hand wound movement. 

The version to celebrate the Rue de la Paix store opening is available in an extremely limited edition of just 40 pieces.


•    Dimensions: diameter 21.10 mm (9’’’ ¼ ) – thickness 1.64 mm
•    Jewels: 18
•    Number of components: 117
•    Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
•    Power reserve: approx. 31 hours
•    Case 18K white gold – “Prestige de la France” engraved on caseback
•    Dimensions: 25mm x 47mm - thickness: 8.72mm
•    Water resistance: 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

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