Thursday, March 21, 2013

Vacheron Constantin's Patrimony Contemporary Pocket Watch

I like tradition.  In fact, it is safe to say that there are several I wish we still had that have slipped away, and one of them is the regular use of a pocket watch.  Luckily, Vacheron Constantin must have been thinking the same thing.  They have just released their Patrimony Contemporary Pocket Watch, 44 mm of pink gold pocket watch goodness -

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Preserving the finest elements of horology down through changing eras: such is the infinitely delicate responsibility of the Vacheron Constantin designers, master-watchmakers, engineers and artisans. Through their creations, their mission is to inspire emotions as enduring as those aroused by the discovery of the first pocket watch made by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755.

In the course of its exceptional history, Vacheron Constantin has consistently distinguished itself – as is powerfully confirmed by its historical collections – in the extraordinary production of pocket watches that are exceptional in terms of their complications, their decoration and their shapes.

So much so indeed, that Vacheron Constantin’s contemporary creations, proving worthy heirs to its heritage and its traditions, continue to offer devotees of beautiful watches an expression of contemporary elegance conveyed through a resolutely classical style. 

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                                       Formerly a symbol of prestige and freedom

Pocket watches were initially created to facilitate the everyday lives of their owners who no longer needed to listen to the church bell or check the clock in their home or office in order to know the time. For the first time, symbolising prestige as well as freedom, a watch followed its owner everywhere and became a source of inspiration for horologists. The latter accordingly applied their expertise to making increasingly smaller calibres designed to facilitate use of these timekeeping instruments.

Likewise, although formerly considered somewhat fragile, pocket watches in fact merely reflected the state of industrial progress of their times. There are modern ways of making them as water-resistant, accurate and user-friendly as wristwatches. 

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Now a fine token of contemporary dandyism

Vacheron Constantin revisits its past and the golden age of the pocket-watch by presenting a model with a pure, classic and timeless design, bearing the prestigious Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva).

Making no concessions to the current vintage craze, this pocket watch sets the tone of authentic contemporary dandyism. This distinctive attitude is admirably embodied in the refined gesture of taking out of one’s pocket a supremely understated and sensually curved model, equipped with the Manufacture-made hand-wound 4440 movement and housed inside a brown leather pouch sliding along a leather cord strap or fitted on an original chain with pink gold links. 21st century elegance is no longer just about showing one’s hand, but also about choosing (or not) to reveal hidden depths.

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