The new Patrimony Traditionnelle (Ref: 82172/000R-9382) is about one year down the line now. What are Your experiences and likes/dislikes regarding the watch, which I find has struck a perfect balance between movement and case design.
02/20/2010 - 21:32
Re: Impressions of New Patrimony Traditionnelle
02/17/2010 - 00:57
Hi Jonas, I love the design of the new patrimony traditionnelle (with manual winding). Very understated and elegant. It was actually one of the watches on the top of my list when I was looking to buy a watch... it was him, his self-winding brother and the Malte with power reserve. I passed by about 5 authorized dealers in different cities and none of them were carrying the manual wind version of the patrimony traditionnelle. Luckily for me, they were carrying the self-winding version which made me a happy man. My only real complaint is the winding stem, which is a little small. I can wind it without problems, but I would have preferred something a little bigger to give me a better grip. Other than that, I'm completely satisfied with my purchase... so much so that I catch myself walking around the house in my pyjamas wearing the watch :) Tien
My likes and dislikes
02/17/2010 - 11:41
Likes - The cal 4400: its size, the fact that it has a long power reserve with only one mainspring - The case - The two tone dial with its 5 different finishesDislikes There is nothing I dislike about the watch but there isn't anything which will push me to want to buy it! It has nothing to do with the overall design but I have too many vintage VCs with the same "look". So I find it to be a great watch as for a 1st classical time only model. However considering the fact that you've been wanting this watch for such a long time you should go for it
I will, I will...
02/17/2010 - 15:19
"However considering the fact that you've been wanting this watch for such a long time you should go for it" Hehe, I will, I will... It's just that I hav enever seen it in real life, and not so many pictures or comments on the web either. I've had same experiences as Tien, ie. problems finding the watch at a retailer. I would like to have a better taste of it. I'm looking for an understated (if that word can be used in this context) classic manual dress watch and this one surely fills in all the boxes... Say hi to Anna T. from me. I understood from her that You have visited our joint holiday island at some point.
Only one dislike
02/18/2010 - 18:58
Only one dislike from my side: the metal RG and this is a very private view I think the watch itself is one of the most beautiful watches available. Lots of VC (vintage) DNA, lots of nice details, perfect size, beautiful and fitting movement, reasonable prized, ... Sometimes Evolution is better than Revolution. Hard to find a pure watch like this and much easier to find something super fancy, whatever ... Some pictures from Geneva: And the best was ... ... the smile on my face, when I tried it Oliver
02/18/2010 - 22:09
Thanks Oliver for Your words ant the excellent pictures. You hit the nail on the head; it is the purity of this watch that speaks to me. No bells, no whistles, no thrills. But with it's the near-perfection balance of all its components that makes the watch stand out. It's presence somehow reminds me of the old JLC-based Chronometre Royal, which was very close to becoming my first VC. That said, I never liked its date window, nor the fact that its insides were filled with the same stuff as my Mk XII. That said, I still love the simple IWC auto.
A profound beauty and a modern classic for certain! I remember
02/20/2010 - 21:32
that picture, really came out nice. Best, Tim