Well hello there, all you Kettle-Heads. Breaking my own media um-bongo* here, but what the heck, it shouldn't be a problem. The Vacheron Constantin 1972 Large features as an exclusive in The Sharpener, in The F.T. How To Spend It magazine, on Friday, but considering there's a good 10 or 15 of you rotters logging on here per day, hopefully supplies of the '1972' will hold out till then. So, it's the 40th anniversary of Vach' getting the “Diplôme du Prestige de la France" for achievements in luxury. That year they brought out this watch to celebrate/show off. Well, you would do something, wouldn't you?

Vacheron Constantin 1972 'Large' anniversary edition (click)

Aside from being a remarkably lovely thing, it's thin. Powered with the ultra thin 1003 new movement, at 1.64mm it’s the world’s thinnest manual-winding calibre. The distinctive asymmetric 18K white gold case (larger at 47mm) has a unique visual, set off delightfully with its grey sun-brushed light silvered transferred wave pattern dial and pink 18K gold hands. It’s a deeply stylish, slim watch, with grey or brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap. Vacheron, the oldest of all the main watch houses, produced a small women's model later in The Seventies, then His&Hers styles. Eventually the men's one ceased to be made. Sniff.

Blow-back in anger, 1976.

Now it is back. Isn't it just the most elegant thing? As stylish as anything I saw anywhere at SIHH. Loving this thin guy. Thin and white and worth every bit of its £28.something-k, I'm sure. Sure I missed out on a pun there. Doubt it's a strong look if you've got massive, hairy, forearms and fat butchers hands, but then what is? A Helmet Lang apron perhaps. Anyway, main bit of column is up today on How To Blend It's website, timely enough with The Budget out today, it's all about brief case style (click). Buy the pink paper on Friday and have done, you damn skinflints, it looks so damn good on paper.

Stubbs out.

* like an embargo, but not quite as amusing (click). "Way down deep in the middle of the Congo..."

PS. If you are from the Midlands, and you have strong accent, title works as a great pun, naow?

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