With its new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle, the Swiss watchmaking House expands its line of gorgeously simple dress watches. Equipped with the good old VC 1120 automatic caliber that was, for example, also used to power the ultra-thin Vacheron Constantin Historique 1968, the new watch has a good chance of becoming a really good investment, since its aftermarket price will possibly only rise as it will age gracefully together with its first owner.
Only 28 millimeters in diameter and just 2.45 millimeters thick, the movement is based on the Caliber 920 that was developed in late 1960s by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Sold not only to Vacheron Constantin, but also to Audemars Piguet and even Patek Philippe, the movement is still regarded as one of the most advanced ultra-thin automatic calibers of all times.
As usual in this price range, the movement was not simply equipped with a personalized oscillating weight (it is, by the way, very finely skeletonized in order to form the trademark Maltese Cross), but also meticulously hand-polished, chamfered, decorated with the inevitable Cotes de Geneve pattern and stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva.
It must also be noted, that for some time now the Geneva Seal is applied not only to the movement itself, but for the watch as a whole, so you must understand that the new member of the gorgeous Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle family confirms to the highest standards of Swiss watchmaking.
Although clearly being a dress watch, the new Patrimony Traditionnelle sports a slightly oversized body. Measuring 41 millimeters in diameter, the circular-shaped job is crafted from 18-carat rose gold, which is perfectly combined with a chestnut brown Mississippi alligator leather strap.
Like most classic-styled watches, the new timekeeper seems to be quite legible thanks to its silver-toned opaline dial that offers an adequate background for the rose gold hour and minute hands, as well as for the applied hour markers, too, made from the same noble metal.
The official press release doesn’t say a word about the timekeeper’s price.
Photos: Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle automatic watch specification
Price: TBD, expensive
Movement: Automatic, VC1120 (base JLC Caliber 920), 28 mm x 2.45 mm, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 36
Movement frequency: 19,800 vph
Power reserve: 40 hours
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve pattern, skeletonized rotor, chamfered and hand-polished, Hallmark of Geneva seal
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: Rose gold, 18-carat
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Opaline, silver-toned
Hour markers: Applied, rose gold
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Chestnut brown alligator Mississippiensis leather strap, on an 18-carat rose gold pin buckle
Case back: Sapphire