Reverse Psychology

If it is true, as Vacheron Constantin predict, that 2023 will become the year of the retrograde, may we say you heard it here first? The Rake reviews three new complications from the 268-year-old house.
The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon Retrograde Date in pink-gold on grey mississippiensis alligator leather strap.

It is no secret that Vacheron Constantin stole the show at last year’s Watches & Wonders fair. They reworked one of their historical icons, the 222, to huge acclaim. In yellow-gold, and with seventies charm and proportion, it was an instant hit, and spotted subsequently on the wrists of notables from Michael B. Jordan to Brad Pitt. I had the pleasure of visiting Vacheron Constantin at their Geneva headquarters this year to get a glimpse of what’s to come. Boy, was I excited, and it didn’t disappoint. I was greeted by Vacheron’s charming Director of Heritage and Style, Christian Selmoni, who is arguably the best-dressed man in all of watches. He proudly proclaimed that 2023 would be the year of the retrograde. For the uninitiated, ‘retrograde’ hands sweep a segment of a circle before springing back to their initial position, to begin their movement again.


Justin Hast


April 2023


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