Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253

In celebration of its 250th anniversary Vacheron Constantin had introduced the Saint Gervais, a gorgeous perpetual calendar tourbillon with a 10 day power reserve which close to 7 years ago was quite a feat.
 
The experience on creating this movement pushed the watchmakers and engineers of VC of developing the Cal 2253 which despite supporting extra complications runs for an amazing 14 days!
 
The Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 was originally launched in 2010 in a 10 piece limited edition part of the Excellence Platinum collection (case, hands, crown, dial in platinum).
 
The Calibre 2253 in its platinum accoutrement was a great watch but left me cold in terms of aesthetics. This year it comes in a non limited (but only a few pieces will be made each year) rose gold version which I find extremely attractive. The color giving much more warmth to the watch and underlines better the two tone dial.
 
The Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 features the following complications:
 
  • tourbillon
  • perpetual calendar
  • equation of time (difference between solar and civil time which can go from +16 to -16 minutes a day)
  • time of sunset and sunrise (the cams are personalized according to the specifications of the owner)
  • 14 day power reserve indicator (obtained via 4 barrels (2+2) )
 
 
Calbre 2253 consists of 457 parts and is 9.6mm thick. The case is 44mm in diameter.
 
 
 
 Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time
 
 Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253 tourbillon equation of time

Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253
Technical Data Reference                                          Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2253
 
Movement                                         2253, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
                                                         Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
 
Energy                                               Mechanical, manual-winding
 
Movement thickness                           9.60 mm
 
Movement diameter                            32.00 mm
 
Jewels                                               29 jewels           
 
Frequency                                          2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour)
 
Indications                                         Hours, minutes, small second at 6 o’clock
Tourbillon
                                                         Perpetual calendar
                                                         Equation of time, sunset and sunrise time of the city of choice of final client
                                                        (Ephemeris to the localization chosen by the client)   
                                                        Power-reserve on the back of the movement
                                                        
Power-reserve                                   More than 300 hours (14 days) - 4 main springs, coupled two by two
 
Number of parts                                 457 pieces
 
Case                                                  18k rose gold
                                                         Diameter: 44 mm
                                                         Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on one side
                                                         Transparent screwed-down back
 
Water-resistance                                3 BAR, equivalent to 30 metres
 
Dial                                                     Silvered opaline, black painted indications and scales (minute and seconds), internal zones painted in white   
                                                            12 applied Bâton-shaped hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold
 
Strap                                                 brown alligator leather, hand-stitched
                                                        
Clasp                                              18k rose gold folding clasp
                                                         Polished half Maltese cross
 
Re: Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253
11/07/2011 - 19:02
Absolutely beautiful. Its amazing how this shade on Pink Gold can completely change the look of a timepiece.
in comparaison here are some shots of the platinum model
11/07/2011 - 19:08
Beautiful in both metals but the Platinum makes
11/07/2011 - 19:15
my tourbillon spin! Would it be possible to post a short video clip of the Tourbillon, really something to see that maltese cross make its rounds. What a magnificent piece. Best, Tim
video of the movement
11/07/2011 - 19:24

 but not of final watch, will see if I can make one myself :-)  

   

Sweet
11/08/2011 - 03:58

What a mechanical marvel heart

Is it just the light
11/07/2011 - 22:53
Or is the Tourbillion bridge and Maltese Cross assembly polished differently or plated/treated? The Platinum for me, as much as I am warming to Rose... G
yes its a light effect, the finish on tourbillon cage and bridge are
11/08/2011 - 10:53
the same
a truly amazing finish on the movement, what a beast!
11/07/2011 - 23:44
I know you prefer rose gold over white metals on most watches, Alex but I'd still rather go with EP...
Re: Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253
11/08/2011 - 05:21
A beauty indeed with a movement that is breathtaking:)). I fancy it in the platinum finish.  Kind regards, Matt
Re: Exclusive: Introducing the new Patrimony Traditionnelle Cal 2253
11/08/2011 - 15:36
.... this piece just leaves mouth open in awe ... lovelly
welcome to the Lounge :-)
11/08/2011 - 15:58
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mixed feelings.
11/08/2011 - 19:03
A fantastic piece of horology, a great finish as usual. But it is so thick... I think the proportions suffers on such complications, as we see it often and not only at Vacheron. Thanks Alex, for the presentation of a rare piece. cheers Francois
Lovely!
11/11/2011 - 12:22
Though I prefer the platinum version the rose gold really adds a special kind of warmth to the watch. I'm not fond of the size but the aestethics are just perfect.
whoaaa...
11/15/2011 - 18:15
Superb shots, Alex - really beautiful. I still prefer the Excellence Platine model though