What do the Apple iPod (2001), Corradino d'Ascanio's Vespa scooter (1945), Le Corbusier's LC4 chaise longue (1928), the DB5 Aston Martin (1963) and a Vacheron Constantin's Patrimony Extra-Plate (1955) have in common? All are featured in a newly-published reference work, a veritable design anthology entitled Phaïdon Design Classics.
In three volumes, it presents the most symbolic 999 objects in the history of 20th century design. Selected by a panel of experts - internationally - recognised designers - this work deals not only with the objects themselves but with their technical development, manufacturing procedures and evolution.
One of these iconic objects is Vacheron Constantin's Patrimony Extra-Plate, which houses the thinnest movement in the world (1.64 mm). It was created in 1955 to commemorate the bicentenary of Vacheron Constantin. An example of Vacheron Constantin's classic style, this ultra-thin watch combines purity, simplicity and perfection. By housing a thinner, smaller movement in a large case, Vacheron Constantin has produced an elegant watch with refined, harmonious and unpretentious styling. Furthermore, its manual-winding mechanical movement bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, testimony to the exceptional construction and finishing of the 1003 calibre, which is no thicker than a 20-centime Swiss coin.