I actually posted in another thread: http://www.thehourlounge.com/en/vacheron-constantin-discussions/inquirie...
but was suggested on creating a whole new topic in order to have more answers, so here it is! :)
am pretty excited as this is my very first post on the forum... I don't own a VC yet, but am on the edge of deciding on acquiring my first high-end time-keeper, and I hope THL will help me with my choice. Hopefully it will also be a VC! ;)
Anyway, my first question on the forum would then be regarding the architecture of the 2450 caliber: why did not they keep the free-sprung balance if they took inspiration from the wonderful 1120? I get (from my current poor timepieces knowledge) that it would have made this caliber even more high-end and desirable, isn't it? Could that be related to a patent issue of some sort? Could it be adapted in anyway afterwards? (Am thinking about an adaptation through "les cabinotiers" for instance)
PS: yes, my avatar is a trial with a Patrimony... Am already a little biased I think... :D"
Just to add a little bit about my current thoughts, I tested several watches from different brands lately (I'll post wrist shots later for you to have a better idea on my tastes) and my ideal winner would be a mix of this (for the case size and colors):
with this (for the caliber and its finishing through a sapphire glass):
with hands from the 85180... (I usually love having a center seconds also, but know that it is unfortunately not possible with the 1120 caliber...)