Introducing the new and improved Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

One of the most attractive watches within the Traditionnelle family has just been modified to make it all the more desirable.

The Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is now updated with the new inhouse chronograph caliber 1142 (the 1141 has been modified to Geneva seal standards and a higher beat and free sprung) a subtle yet welcome design change is has been applied to the day and date discs which are the same color as the dial and no longer white with black letters.

On of the most striking features and now a signature for the Perpetual calendar chronographs is the hand engraved moonphase display.

 

The new Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is first launched in a 43mm platinum case, other metals shall follow.

 

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What a moon phase!
09/06/2016 - 11:12

Along with the rest of it, the moon phase image looks 3-D! Thanks Alex!

Wonderful - and good to see the Geneva sealed !emania-based movement here
09/06/2016 - 11:49

I imagine that made for some interesting meetings between Swatch and Richemont! Would have loved to be a fly in the wall, as we say. Hoodwinked wrote what I think is an interesting piece on it : https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/vacheron-traditionelle-chronograph-per...

How does the gray on the dial compare with the current gray or the gray on the Platinum 82172? It looks darker, but that may just be lighting.

Great article side-tracked me!
09/06/2016 - 15:56

I read the article in Hodinkee that Jamie suggested about the 3mhz Lemania-base (over the 2.5 version), and that was both heartening and enlightening. However, back to earth, I happened to see the Hodinkee review of the Quai de l'Ile ... any word on the THL version...even a time-frame?

 

Re: Great article side-tracked me!
09/06/2016 - 18:17

The HL watch is unfortunately on hold for the moment :-(

These minor changes make an amazing watch something really to die for!
09/06/2016 - 13:42

It looks great!

This is the 2nd new watch that I know of from VC that is Ref. 5000 + a letter designation.

5000H Cornes de Vache 1955

5000T Traditionelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

I'm sure there is a reason for this new numbering system and I'm dying to know what it is.  I've asked several VC managers and executives so far but nobody claims to know why. 

Interesting observation
09/06/2016 - 13:57

This does not appear to be the only place in the lineup where this is happening. I checked to see if my memory served me faithfully, and indeed it did. Notice the 4500 is reused between models as well.  Hmmm.  Would appear something is afoot!

4500V - Overseas Date

4500S - QDI Steel

Exactly, the 4500 was when I first noticed this numbering system
09/06/2016 - 14:45

Another factoid, the CdV 1955 is the first regular production watch in VC history to use a ref. # that starts with a 5.  (There is the Ref. 57260, hardly a regular watch). wink

Re: Introducing the new and improved Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
09/06/2016 - 17:30

A masterpiece , I love it . Movement is very nicely decorated . I have read some watch sites some say 43MM is too big , come on it's perfect ;)