I recently inherited a Vacheron Constantin, a 6399 from the 1950's, and now I am interested in potentially getting a newer watch. I spent some time looking at the VC website and I am having some trouble understanding the differences between the Patrimony and Traditionelle collections. What I have gathered so far is:
- Patrimony, also called "Patrimony Contemporaine" by VC and elsewhere. Are these supposed to be the more contemporary watches?
- Traditionelle, also called "Patrimony Traditionelle" by VC and others is meant to be the more traditional watches?
However I see the Traditionelle collection contains some much more modern watches with a plethora of complications, while the Patrimony with two exceptions are more classic dress watches. Even when I compare two equivalent watches such as (Patrimony) Traditionnelle 43076 and Patrimony (Contemporaine) 81180 I see that the Traditionnelle is bigger with an automatic movement, while the Patrimony is smaller and manual. The dial and hands of the Traditionnelle also look more modern to me, but here I could be wrong as I am definitely not an expert.
So what am I missing what makes the Traditionelle traditional, and the Patrimony contemporary?