This year Vacheron Constantin launched three new men’s models in the Patrimony collection, each with an 18k 5N rose-gold case and a slate-colored, opaline dial.
The Patrimony is an exercise in classic, understated styling. Inspired by a model launched in 1957, the case measures 40 mm in diameter and 6.79 mm thick. The thin bezel, elongated hour markers, thin baton hands and domed dial enhance the open, oversize appearance on the wrist.
Behind the classic dial, the in-house, manual-winding Caliber 1400 movement measures a mere 2.6 mm thick. It runs in 20 jewels at 28,800 vph with a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The movement carries the Hallmark of Geneva, which establishes both geographic requirements and standards governing construction, finishing, functionality, and timekeeping.
This Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is priced at $19,600.
For those seeking the convenience of automatic winding and a date display in a thin, classic dress watch, Vacheron Constantin offers the Patrimony Date. Like its sister above, the case measures 40 mm in diameter, and the additional complications increase the thickness to 8.53 mm, for a bit of added heft. The slate dial incorporates the Patrimony’s trademark triangular and stick hour markers and pearl minute track.
Caliber 2450 Q6, visible through the sapphire caseback, consists of 196 components and carries the Poinçon de Genève, or Hallmark of Geneva. A solid 22k-gold oscillating weight winds the mainspring, which provides a power reserve of about 40 hours. The movement runs at 28,800 vph in 27 jewels.
The new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Date carries a suggested retail price of $27,800.
Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date
This twin-retrograde model is a traditional dress watch with modern dimensions and day and date displays that are at once classic and radical. The 42.5 mm x 10 mm case provides a feeling of substance and strong presence on the wrist. The larger case also creates more room for the displays, making them highly legible.
Viewed through the sapphire caseback, the movement has a traditional look, with finishes of the highest quality. The attention to detail carries over to the retrograde mechanism hidden beneath the dial. Though many are not visible, the owner can be confident that his timepiece offers both visual delights and hidden gems. The Caliber 2460 R31 R7 movement is adjusted to five positions and it runs at 28,800 vph in 27 jewels with a 43-hour power reserve. The movement bears the Hallmark of Geneva.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date is priced at $49,600.