A special evening with Vacheron Constantin and the Time+Tide Club A special evening with Vacheron Constantin and the Time+Tide Club

A special evening with Vacheron Constantin and the Time+Tide Club

Borna Bošnjak

After less contact than normal due to the disruptive effects of a certain global pandemic, the Time+Tide Club event at the Vacheron Constantin Melbourne boutique brought back a sense of normality. The event itself focused on important sport pieces from Vacheron Constantin’s past, beginning with the release of the 222 for their 222nd anniversary in 1977. Time+Tide’s Andrew McUtchen joined boutique manager Warren Ho in a short presentation of the pieces on display that evening, along with a deeper dive into the philosophy behind the new 222.

From trying on pieces from Vacheron Constantin’s extensive collection to checking out the heat that our Club members brought, we hope that this brief report encompasses a small sliver of the fun. To read more about the 222, check out this sock drawer-find story, or watch our first reaction to its re-release at W&W.

The Vacheron Constantin 222, and some other special stuff

Vacheron Constantin’s brand new release was the star of the show, and though with us only in spirit, it was backed by two original 222 references, showing the lineage of this important model line. In a video which will hit the website soon, Andrew talks all things 222 with Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin’s style and heritage director.

Alongside these was the 222’s follow-up, the Vacheron Constantin 333, but also its predecessor – the Royal Chronometer.

The other side of the case of wonders was dominated by Vacheron Constantin’s current trend-setter, the Overseas. Present were solid gold and chronograph examples of the first generation Overseas and a quirky left-handed second generation next to a Dual Time from the same period.

Vacheron Constantin Phidias worldtimer

Most surprisingly, the headlining spot in the middle was given to a two-tone Phidias worldtimer, which followed the 222, releasing around the same time as the 333.

Cool stuff, courtesy of T+T Club members and Vacheron Constantin

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After the presentation by the Andrew/Warren dynamic duo, our members had plenty of time to share stories, experiences and, of course, watches – all with a glass of bubbly on the side.

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Vacheron & Constantin, dating back to 1906…
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…and its accompanying hunter caseback were my highlights of the night
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Cartier had a strong showing, with a trio of Tanks joined by a Santos
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Tank Must de Cartier
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Breitling Navitimer with twin-jet dial
IWC Ingenieur – another competitor in the integrated bracelet space
Grand Seiko SBGY007 Omiwatari
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix complete calendar 4000E/000R-B065

Our members also had the opportunity to try on some pieces. I’m not normally a gold guy, but the Fiftysix complete calendar in pink gold with its brown dial blew me away.

Vacheron Constantin Malte manual-winding

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Vacheron Constantin Égérie moon phase 8005F/120A-B497
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Vacheron Constantin Heures Créatives Heuere Romantique 37640/000G-B659

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