As a testament to the original American 1921 timepiece, Vacheron Constantin has recreated the vintage model from scratch. Better yet, they did not just make it from scratch, they made it the old way
On the 100th anniversary year of the first 1921, Vacheron Constantin pulled out all stops.
There’s a very long press release about the debut of the American 1921 Pièce Unique (“unprecedented” and “heritage” were used a lot) about how tools were created for a year from scratch and archives were researched for months. At the end of the day, this is a gorgeous, albeit tiny watch at 31 mm x 8.75 mm, that was manufactured using old manual methods, similar to a timepiece from Philippe Dufour or Roger Smith.
Hodinkee ran an even longer article this morning, by Jack Forster, and below it, Ben Clymer commented “Simply fabulous. Imagine if Vacheron made a certain number of watches this way each year – they would be among the most sought-after watches in the world. So cool!”
This appears to be an attempt by Hodinkee and Richemont-owned Vacheron Constantin to hype the timepiece and the brand. Don’t get me wrong, Vacheron Constantin is often underestimated, in a market where their products are equal or superior to their peers, but they’re not yet a recipient of the high resale value associated with Rolex, Patek, or Richard Mille, for example. Clearly, they’re trying to get to that point, though, and this may help.
The American 1921 Pièce Unique is not currently intended for sale, and the timepiece will go on a roadshow beginning with the North American Vacheron Constantin flagship store opening in June, it could be made available for sale at the right price. (Ref. 1921H/000J-B949)
Ultimately, Vacheron Constantin created one of the most faithful reproductions of a vintage watch we’ve seen considering the handmade methods used to the meticulous recreation of the original vintage movement to the near-identical aesthetics inside and out.