Quick Take

It's a memory only you, my fellow watch geeks will understand. I used to watch that early Three On Three *episode – the one with the hand-wound Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle (4400 calibre), Lange Saxonia, and Journe Chronomètre Bleu –*on repeat. Often on a Saturday night. Alone. I was in my 20s and my pals never understood my obsession (it's fair to say, neither did any girlfriends). Anyway, I specifically recall Ben commenting on the fact that the Traditionnelle may just be the Vacheron to own and it has always struck me as a delightfully elegant dress watch that over the years has been presented in a number of different metal and dial formats. This week, Harrods is presenting a limited edition 20 pieces of the Traditionnelle Self-Winding model, and while over the years the department store has seen a steady stream of limited editions from various manufactures, this dial and strap combo needs to be celebrated. It certainly doesn't hurt that green has never been hotter – you need only do a quick search online for a green rubber Aquanaut strap for proof!
Initial Thoughts

The watch is all about the 18k gold dial with its intricate hand-guilloche? pattern. With a variety of skills sitting in-house, Vacheron has a real pedigree in métiers d'art and high-end finishing, which come together in this piece. The Traditionnelle is undoubtably subdued, but here the combination of those razor sharp Dauphine hands and the guilloche? dial is magic. In a rose, pentagon pattern, it gives the dial a depth and intrigue – a kind of "look at little closer" vibe. The overall package is nicely balanced, with small seconds at nine o'clock and a date display at three o'clock. The manufacture caliber 2455 is Geneva Hallmark stamped and has a 40-hour power reserve. *At 38mm (isn't that the sweet spot, Mr. Cho?), *with a cracking dial and green *alligator leather strap, there isn't much to grumble about at all.
The Basics

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Traditionnelle Harrods Edition *
Diameter: 38mm
Thickness: 8.02 mm
Case Material: 18k pink gold
Dial Color: 18k gold with silvered finish and guilloché decoration
Indexes: 8l 5N pink gold applied hour markers
Lume: None
Strap/Bracelet: Green alligator leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching
The Movement

Caliber: In-house caliber 2455
Functions: Hours, minutes, sub-seconds, date
Diameter: 26.2 mm
Thickness: 3.6 mm
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 27 jewels
Pricing & Availability

Price: $32,000 or £25,600 (including VAT)
Availability: Immediately; watches are only available through the Vacheron boutique, at Harrods Fine Watch Rooms
Limited Edition: yes; 20 pieces*
Visit Vacheron Constantin online here, and find out more about the Harrods Fine Watch Rooms, right here.*