SIHH 19: Patrimony, a lesson in elegance

  • An unprecedented “majestic blue” colour for Patrimony

  • A pure, timeless and understated style

  • From a classic hour-minute reference to a retrograde day-date model

Purity meets Manufacture-style elegance in this beautifully nuanced interpretation of the Patrimony collection enshrining the full range of Vacheron Constantin talents. An apparently classic yet intrinsically complex watch offering peerless refinement, intended for the most expert and discerning connoisseurs.

Patrimony manual-winding, hours and minutes, Calibre 1400

This slender 6.8 mm thick case asserts its own demands, such as curving hands sweeping around the gently domed dial and embracing its own curves. Despite the constraints and aesthetic tensions of this distinctive design, the watch is endowed with a comfortable 40-hour power reserve. The in-house-crafted spirit is also reflected in the applied hour-markers, including cone-shaped quarter-hour-markers engaging in an elegant dialogue with the signature ‘pearl’ minute track.

The Patrimony collection had never yet been graced with azure. The sunburst finish lends a fascinating shimmer to the subtle midnight blue shade of the dial. The pin buckle securing the midnight blue alligator leather strap picks up the Vacheron Constantin emblem immediately recognisable by connoisseurs. The solid caseback may be personalised at will to make this watch THE companion of precious and elegant moments.

Calibre 1400 remains a model of efficiency by fitting all 98 finely decorated components inside a space merely mere 2.6 mm thick. Corresponding to a 4 Hertz frequency, its oscillating rate of 28,800 vibrations/hour guarantees first-rate precision.

Patrimony self-winding hours, minutes, seconds and date, Calibre 2450 Q6

For those who prefer the convenience of a self-winding movement, Vacheron Constantin offers a version in the same shade of blue, displaying the hour, minute and seconds, along with a date window.

This ineffably chic watch proclaims its refinement through its transparent caseback revealing the 196 components of Calibre 2450 Q6, including a 22K gold oscillating weight. The superlative movement finishing thereby accentuates the wearer’s pleasure, while the alligator leather strap and its pin buckle reflect the timeless style of watches inspired by the aesthetic codes of the 1950s.

Beating at the rate of 28,800 vibrations/hour – the best compromise between the quest for precision and a determination to ensure long-term reliability –, Calibre 2450 Q6 enjoys a full 40 hours of operating automomy. Its finishes meet the highest craftsmanship standards upheld by Vacheron Constantin. Polished, bevelled, burnished and chamfered, the teeth of each wheel, each pivot and each sharp angle reflect the values of inner beauty cherished by the Maison.

Patrimony retrograde day-date, self-winding Calibre 2460 R31R7/2

As original as it is technically complicated, the double retrograde display of the Patrimony retrograde day-date is a delight to observe during the transition from the 31st of one month to the 1st of the next, or from Sunday to Monday.

At 42.5 mm in diameter and just 9.7mm thick, this horological wonder bears the imprint of the talented watchmakers within the Manufacture who have so skilfully preserved the pleasing proportions of the Patrimony collection. By entrusting the single crown with controlling all functions, they have eliminated any protuberance and thus maintained the smooth lines of this historical case. The alligator strap fitted with a folding clasp ensures the continuity of the delightfully 1950s-tinged style.

The undeniably complex self-winding Calibre 2460 R31R7/2 is visible through the transparent sapphire crystal case-back. Its 276 components operate within a thickness of just 5.4 mm, while ensuring optimal reliability and power reserve.