For Americans, mentioning Toledo might conjure up images of smokestacks and rust. But Vacheron Constantin has something else in mind with its new Toledo 1952. Horology’s oldest operating watch company (it recently turned 250), Vacheron often draws on its illustrious past for inspiration. The original Toledo 1952, first issued in that year, is highly prized—one recently sold at auction for $200,000. What’s unusual about the reissue is that it’s the same size as its predecessor: In the 1950s, most men’s watches were considerably smaller than they are today, but this is a substantial watch. Its 12.7-millimeter thickness is due in part to its wealth of complications, including hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, date, day of the week, month and moon phase. Despite its heft, the designers have done an excellent job making it slip comfortably onto the wrist.
So think not of Ohio but of Toledo, Spain, a legendary city that is rich in history, home to fine artisans, and a World Heritage site.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN TOLEDO
Size: 35.7 x 41mm
Case: Yellow or white gold, platinum
Movement: Mechanical, VC caliber 1125
Price: $24,400 in yellow gold