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Why We Love It
In the modern age of watch making, with ever-increasing case sizes and innovations in material technologies, it is easy to forget that the hallmark of true horological expertise is miniaturization.
Thin, elegant, diminutive timepieces are among the most desirable and impressive examples of watch making prowess.
This watch, a Vacheron Constantin Reference 6361, is powered by the Calibre 1002, (a cousin of the Calibre 1003 made by Jaeger-LeCoultre.) At 2.94mm thin the Calibre 1002 is not an 'ultra-thin' calibre, but it’s still thin enough to merit praise. In an industry where parts are minuscule enough as it is, it takes true expertise to construct a thin watch.
With an 18k pink gold case with a coin-edge bezel, this watch radiates strong mid-century vibes. The austerity of the dial’s elegant stick markers call to mind the Patek Philippe Calatrava. But the cross at 12 o’clock says it all—it signifies that this is from Vacheron at the zenith of its power, a mark of refinement, as it is for the person who wears it.
1955 marked the bicentennial of Vacheron Constantin, then—as now—one of the most venerated of Swiss watch manufactures. An ad like the one in our story did appear that year, announcing the creation of “the flattest watch in the world,” which was powered by the Calibre 1003.
Vacheron had long been at the fore of producing thin, elegant watches, thanks in part to its relationship with Jaeger-LeCoultre. Changing tastes in the early 19th-century had called for tighter-fitting clothes, which necessitated slimmer watches, and Edmond Jaeger was among the first watchmakers to answer that call. Now, though watches had migrated to the wrist, the taste for thin watches remained the same. It wasn’t long before the manufacture from Le Sentier entered into exclusive agreements to provide ultra-thin calibres to other manufactures—Vacheron among them. The movement that powered the “flattest watch in the world,” the Calibre 1003, first saw life as JLC’s Calibre 803, which JLC provided exclusively to Vacheron and Audemars Piguet.
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18k Pink gold case is approximately 34.5mm (excluding crown). Reference 6361. Calibre 1002 Manually-Wound Movement. Circa 1950s.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition overall, showing only the light signs of wear from age and use. Non luminous dial is in very good condition overall with even patination and some light spotting. Non-luminous handset is in excellent condition. Unsigned crown. Case back is engraved "J. Howard Sigrist."
Includes brown lizard skin strap.
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