These timepieces from A. Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin, and Breitling exude some serious vintage charm.

By Sony Thomas

Salmon dial wristwatches, harking back to the 1920s and ‘30s, are experiencing quite a renaissance. Among the latest watch launches, this sophisticated retro theme remains a staple, with most of the major watch brands offering classical and modern interpretations of a salmon dial. Some of the world’s leading watch brands are definitely not missing out on this charming return to elegance.

Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition

Launched in 2013, the 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar presented three challenging watchmaking complications in a classic design. Now A. Lange & Söhne commemorates the ten-year anniversary of this groundbreaking watch with a limited-edition timepiece featuring an 18k white gold case with a unique salmon dial made from pink-gold, limited to just 100 pieces. The same hand-wound L101.1 movement, which won awards in 2013, powers the watch. The perpetual calendar accounts for leap years until 2100, while the moonphase function remains accurate for an impressive 122.6 years when wound. The rattrapante mechanism, visible on the back, adds to its allure. A masterpiece of horological expertise, this watch captures Lange’s commitment to precision and design.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day Date

The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date is an exquisite platinum timepiece, showcasing the brand’s focus on retrograde complications in 2023. Its unique salmon dial and platinum case make it a standout model in the Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date collection. The watch pays homage to Vacheron Constantin’s historical archives with a bi-retrograde display, inspired by past models like references 47245 and 12306, and the exceptional Don Pancho piece. The 42.5mm platinum case with polished finishing and sapphire crystals exudes elegance, while the 2460 R31R7/3 calibre movement, featuring Poinçon de Genève finishing, ensures precision. Paired with a dark blue alligator leather strap, this watch is the epitome of sophistication and high-end craftsmanship.


Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42

In the 1940s, Willy Breitling envisioned the Premier, a chronograph that would combine functionality with elegance. The modern Premier B01 Chronograph 42 retains vintage Premier details like the smooth fixed bezel, twin-register dial, and applied Arabic numerals, while offering various case materials and dial colours, including a captivating salmon dial. It can be worn on an alligator leather strap or a metal bracelet. Powering the Premier B01 Chronograph 42 is the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, a self-winding movement known for its precision and reliability. Today’s Premier preserves the brand’s legacy while embracing contemporary style and performance.


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