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This Gold Vacheron Is the Platonic Ideal of a Vintage Reissue Watch

Come for the case and integrated bracelet, stay for the spirit of the ’70s.

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Originally published by Jack Forster on Hodinkee.

When talking about design in the 20th century, it's a truism to note that the 1970s represented a soul-crushing interregnum of so many expressions of bad taste that nothing worth mentioning can be salvaged. Like most truisms it's true up to a point, but there are any number of counterexamples, and some of the most dramatic are in the world of watch design. 

It's true that lots of watches from that period haven't stood the test of time particularly well, but it's also true that there are some which not only still look good, but in some instances outshine a lot of what comes out today. Among these are the pioneering integrated bracelet luxury sports watches – the Patek Nautilus, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and the Vacheron Constantin 222, designed by a young Jorg Hysek, and which was revived by Vacheron Constantin, in yellow gold, at this year's Watches and Wonders trade show.