VACHERON CONSTANTIN HISTORIQUES TOLEDO

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VACHERON CONSTANTIN HISTORIQUES TOLEDO

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    35/37 Ludgate Hill
    London EC4M 7JN
    United Kingdom

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THE ESSENTIALS

MAKE: VACHERON CONSTANTIN
MODEL: 3110/00J-3
YEAR: 1992
BOX/PAPERS: NO/YES
CASE DIAMETER: 33.5mm
CASE MATERIAL: 18K YELLOW GOLD 
BRACELET MATERIAL: LEATHER
MOVEMENT: MANUAL WIND

Often overlooked in lieu of the massive marketing budget of Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin have been the quiet sibling of the big ‘Swiss-Three’ and certainly the lesser known. They are, however, the longest running watchmaker with uninterrupted production since their founding in 1755, (or 268 years) and you can see why.

A self-proclaimed mixologist of tradition and innovation, they have many notable modern references and a cadre of technological patents and complications to their name - most recently breaking their own record for the most complicated watch ever made - the Berkley Grand Complication - totalling 63 complications (up from their measly previous record holding 57.) Though sometimes, as with all things, less is more and Vacheron Constantin may excel at complicated watches, but they also execute refined simplicity to perfection.

For us therefore, references like this 31100 / 00J-3 - or Toledo for short - though sit outside the spotlight take centre stage for us, combing old school elegance with a sense of play and creativity afforded by modern technology, in this instance presenting as a unique stepped-curve case shape whose waist tightens around the crown crafted in solid 18k yellow gold.

Its dial features a subtle horizontal wave motif, solid pyramid gold markers and tapered gold batons for twelve, three, six and nine. At six o’clock the dial bears a 'Sigma-Swiss-Sigma' hallmark referring to the two Greek Sigma letters found either side of the Swiss wording. In the 70s, the APRIOR (L’Association pour la Promotion Industrielle de l’Or or APIOR (which translates to The Association for the Industrial Promotion of Gold) formed an official initiative to highlight the use of gold on watches. This in turn emphasises the value of traditional watches by highlighting their gold components, making this example significantly rarer.

More modern watch enthusiasts are likely to disregard this watch due to its slim profile and small case size, and at 31mm when compared to more modern Vacheron references we can understand that scepticism - however - we Challenge those with even above average wrists to try the 31100 on and not enjoy that it sits firmly inside the wrist not on it - bigger in this instance, is not always better.

The watch is powered by the manual wind Calibre 1132.1 which features a 46hr power reserve. The watch comes with original documentation from Vacheron Constantin, solid 18ct gold buckle and original black leather strap. For dressier occasions and an eye-catching step away from the norm, you’ll struggle to find a more elegant companion.

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