Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine for Venezuela
The reputed Swiss watch brand Vacheron Constantin has issued an ultra-limited edition of its Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine super-slim watch devoted to the Latin American Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Presented in a finely crafted rose gold (or even platinum) case 40 millimeters in diameter and also quite slim, the timepiece looks like one of the best options that are currently available for those searching for a dress watch, which is as elegant and understated as it is expensive.
Although current Venezuelan president Mr. Hugo Chavez spends much of his time nationalizing local businesses, there are apparently still enough wealthy persons in the country that can afford a Vacheron Constantin watch, especially if it is offered in a limited run of only 19 pieces (the Bolivarian Republic celebrates its Independence Day on April 19th.)
In fact, there are two versions of the watch: 10 pieces in rose gold (pictured) and 9 more pieces in Pt 950 platinum. Both are powered by VC’s in-house Caliber 1400 manual-wound movement.
Being 20.35 mm in diameter and 2.60 mm in height, the cal. 1400 is very thin, but, unfortunately, cannot be called the thinnest hand-wound movement in the world.
For example, JLC’s ultra-thin Caliber 849 that powers the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 1833 ultra-thin watch, is only 1.85 mm in height, making the Caliber 1400 look like a quarter-pound hamburger.
The only difference of the special edition model from the normal Patrimony Contemporaine, is that this watch comes equipped with solid case-backs made either of rose gold or of platinum that feature an engraving “Estados Unidos de Venezuela” and an Arabic number “19″ right in its center.
There is still no info about the price, but you may expect the rose gold versions to retail at around $25,000. The platinum version will be even more expensive.
Photos: Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine for Venezuela watch specification
Movement: Caliber 1400, hand-wound, with Hallmark of Geneva indication of origin, 2.6 mm in height, 20.35 mm in diameter
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Rose gold or Platinum
Bezel material: Rose gold or Platinum
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.0 mm
Case height: N/A
Dial: White or Grained Platinum
Hands: Gold or Platinum
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Leather, hand-stitched
Case back: Solid, engraved
Tags: 30 m, 40 mm, Caliber 1400, Contemporaine, dress watch, limited edition, manual, Patrimony, platinum, rose gold, Vacheron Constantin