Is the bezel on the Patrimony Contemporaine separate from the case?

Can anyone tell me if the bezel on the patrimony contemporaine is separate from the case or is it part of the case? If one had a ding (rather than a scratch) in the bezel could Vacheron replace the bezel rather than having to polish the case?  Thanks for any info. By the way, love the new Patrimpony Tradionelle.
The Contemporaine case is 3 part...
01/23/2013 - 23:06
and the bezel is separate from the body, and could be replaced if neccessary. If the watch goes to VC for service they should give you the option to either replace or refinish (at which they are brilliantly good). Bill
Do you know if the do laser welding?
01/24/2013 - 00:53
I have seen some remarkable results with Lange using a laser welding technique for dings so that you do not have to remove metal and can instead fill the ding and polish any excess from the weld. Does Vacheron also have this capacity?  The good news is tha my ding is small, noticeable only at certain angles and entirely in the bezel so if it ever really bothers me, I could replace the bezel and be done. For now, I few it more as "patina" Thanks for your response. Best regards, Dan
Hopefully Alex can answer that technical detail....
01/24/2013 - 19:25
but I agree that the brands are doing amazing work on refinishing when watches go in for service (as well they should for the cost). Watches come back looking like new. Bill
different techniques are used depending on the ding but the
01/25/2013 - 21:44
most common is the use of burnishing wheels but no worries only a few microns of metal are removed
Thanks for the info!
01/26/2013 - 03:49
I am confident that if I decide to clean uo the "patina" that Vacheron will do a superb job. thanks Dan
Good info here!
01/28/2013 - 14:58
I was always very afraid of dings (not so much on scratches) on my gold watches, esp the VC patrimony traditionelle that I have as the bezel is very flat... After reading this post, I am not worried now and will wear the watch more! Thanks everyone for sharing. Cheers, robin