Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Return to Common Sense

Courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

This is the new Patrimony, referred to by Vacheron Constantin as the Patrimony small model.  And I can only speak for myself, but I think that this might be the first sign from one of the big dogs that they get, understand, and are adapting to the realities of the situation they are in.

The case is of pink gold and measures a sane, rational and practical 36 mm in diameter and 8.1 mm thick.  

The dial is silvered opaline and the indices are also of pink gold.

The movement is Caliber 2450 Q6.  It is self-winding and offers 40 hours of power reserve.   Hours, minutes, seconds and date at 6 o'clock.

You want this watch - and you should!  36 mm is a realistic diameter for a dress watch.  It is suitable for both men and women, and frankly?  You don't need tons SKUs, you just need one or two god ones!

Well done Vacheron - let's hope this is a sign of more sane things to come.

Here are the pertinents -

Patrimony small model


4100U/000R-B180: brown leather strap 4100U/001R-B180: purple shiny leather strap Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

2450 Q6
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin 
Mechanical, self-winding
26.2 mm (11’’’1⁄4) diameter, 3.6 mm thick 
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
196 components
27 jewels

Hours, minutes Central seconds 
18K 5N pink gold
36 mm diameter, 8.1 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 



Silvered opaline
Convex external zone with circular “pearl” minute-track 

18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers 


Dark brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with 
alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, 
large square scales
Mississippiensis alligator shiny leather with alsavel 

inner shell, stitched-tip, square scales


18K 5N pink gold buckle
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped


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