The 40mm Fifty-Six Day-Date 4400E in stainless steel honors the 1956 model 6073, a quintessential vintage with a modern finish. A modern man’s dress watch, on an alligator dark grey leather strap matched with a full deploying clasp. The watch features a Maltese cross on the buckle, and the indexes and hands are coated with super-luminova, a luminescent material that stores light during the day and glows in the dark. The numerals are finished in white gold with an applique Vacheron Constantin motif at twelve o’clock, balanced by a perched power reserve display at six o’clock. The Day-Date complication with sunken registers for each is met at three and nine o’clock. The open caseback contains an oscillating 22k yellow gold weight inspired by Vacheron’s iconic Maltese cross.
A few noteworthy mentions about the Fifty-Six Day Date 4400E, the day date functionality adds great value at this price point. The consumer would have to pay significantly more for other brands to get the same functionality. Let’s get into the case shape, the lugs represent the four arms of Vacheron’s Maltese cross. Now to the open caseback feature, the rotor is hand finished and skeletonized with a hand-applied Vacheron Constantin motif. No detail was overlooked when crafting this watch, which was initially considered an entry-level watch. The prominence of Vacheron Constantin watchmaking is demonstrated in this model with its premium finishes.
A bit of a dark horse, the Fifty-Six Day Date 4400E is understated with elegant proportions. A quiet luxury watch that is relaxed in its refinement.