During the annual SIHH 2011 trade show where creme de la creme of the industry showcases their new products, Vacheron Constantin -one of the oldest Swiss-based Manufactures- presented its gorgeous Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time. Designated as “ref. 86060/000R-9640,” it features a sophisticated second time-zone display that comes courtesy of a complex in-house mechanism.
As you can probably see in the pictures, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time‘s gorgeous dial features not one, but whole three parts.
There is a sapphire day/night display right in the center of the dial that rotates on the same axis with the “Lambert Projection” map and shows you which parts of the Northern hemisphere enjoy the light of day.
Folks from down under may not feel particularly happy about Australia, New Zealand and many other developed countries excluded from the display, but I am almost sure that, given an outrageous price of the timepiece (Vacheron Constantin plans to sell this beauty at a recommended retail price of approximately $48,000,) Vacheron Constantin will be more than happy to make a special edition for the Southern hemisphere as well.
There is a second disk with the names of twenty-four major cities that correspond to each of the 24 time zones. As you may have already noticed, most of these names are printed in black, but some are in red. The former are, well, let’s call them normal: these are the cities where time differential with adjacent time zones is exactly one hour. The latter are of a more extravagant breed where, upon crossing their respective borders, time changes in half-hour or even 15-minute steps.
And, finally, there is a third, external, ring with a minute track and applied hour markers made in rose gold. Sporting a military-style 24-hour chapter ring, it may not be especially easy to read at first, but, I am positive, you will get used to it no time.
The new VC Calibre 2460 WT automatic movement allows you to set the second time zone in quarter-hour increments, which may come handy if you happen to spend some time on Kathmandu or the Chatham Islands.
The Swiss company doesn’t go into details regarding this new caliber, but it is known, that it is rather large and is based on their less sophisticated 2460 SC movement that features nothing more than a three-hand display. Measuring 36.60 mm in diameter, it is 8.10 mm thick thanks to an extra “world-timer” module and certainly reminds of those pocket watch movements from the second half of the XIX century.
The impression is partially emphasized with a massive yellow gold oscillating weight that features a classic barleycorn-style guilloche pattern.
Its mainspring barrel stores enough energy to power the 86060/000R-9640 for as long as 40 hours.
As usual, the movement is made solely in-house.
The movement is enclosed in a medium-sized 18-karat rose gold case 42.5 millimeters in diameter.
While this dressy timekeeper is a lot larger than a normal dress watch, it will not overwhelm you with its massiveness: if your wrist is just a tad above average in terms of width and girth, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time will look absolutely organic on your hand.
The sapphire case back provides a perfect view at the hand-decorated caliber that bears the Hallmark of Geneva sign.
Photos: Vacheron Constantin
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time (Ref. 86060/000R-9640) specification
Price: $48,000 (Retail)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber 2460 WT, 27 jewels, 36.60 mm in diameter, 8.10 mm in height, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, second time-zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case: Rose gold
Size: 42.50 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scaled Mississippiensis alligator leather, pink gold triple-blade folding clasp. Polished half Maltese Cross
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating