Introducing the new Patrimony Contemporaine small model

Press Release 


Patrimony Contemporaine small model
 
The art of refinement, the art of horological expertise 
 
 
Classic yet contemporary. Understated and refined. Moderate and yet sensual. The new Patrimony Contemporaine small model reveals its undeniable assets in an engagingly natural manner expressed through pink or white gold. Its femininity beats to the rhythm of a mechanical heart entirely crafted by Vacheron Constantin, hand-wound Calibre 1400, bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. This new creation lends its own unique aura of timeless charm to the feminine line from the Manufacture.
 
The slender 6.7 mm watch profile radiates purity and sheer elegance accentuated by a rim of brilliant-cut diamonds. The exquisite grace exuded by the Patrimony Contemporary small model watch is truly captivating. Time blossoms within the 36 mm diameter case with its perfectly mastered curves. The pared-down simplicity of the dial provides ample proof that true beauty will always shine without any need for ostentation.
 
The gold case frames an opaline silver-toned dial on which time pursues its perpetually renewed journey. Long applied hour-markers punctuating a beaded minute circle in 18-carat gold create a delightful visual rhythmical effect. The pursuit of simplicity is also conveyed through the gentle sweep of the hands reflecting the elegance of traditional watchmaking characterised by refined craftsmanship and a timeless, eminently horological spirit.
 
Beneath this apparent sobriety lies a prestigious mechanical hand-wound movement. The Manufacture Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1400 echoes a design imbued with authenticity. Heir to expertise born in 1755 and passed on from generation to generation, this movement is revealed through the transparent caseback. Its technical sophistication is matched by the entirely hand-crafted finishing entirely performed according to the highest traditional standards and meeting the most demanding Fine Watchmaking criteria. The flat surfaces are adorned with Côtes de Genève and the sharp edges are chamfered and hand-polished, as are the flat-headed screws.
 
The Patrimony Contemporaine small model clearly embodies the majesty of true elegance. Its supreme femininity is unequivocally asserted and proves itself entirely worthy of the noble heritage cultivated by a House founded over 255 years ago.
 
Rose gold

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Ladies 

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Ladies

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Ladies

White Gold

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Ladies

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Ladies

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Small Ladies

Technical Data  
Reference                                 81530/000R-9682 (18K 5N pink gold)
                                                81530/000G-9681 (18K white gold)
                                                Patrimony Contemporaine small model
 
Calibre                                     1400, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin                                                 Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva  
Energy                                      Mechanical, manual-winding
                                               
Movement thickness                 2.60 mm
 
Movement diameter                  20.65 mm (9 lignes)
 
Number of Jewels                     20      
 
Number of components            98
 
Frequency                                4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
 
Indications                                Hours and minutes
                                               
Power reserve                          Approximately 40 hours
 
Case                                        8K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold
                                                Transparent, sapphire crystal
                                                Caseband set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds, total weight of approx. 0.39 carat
                                                36 mm diameter
                                               
Water resistance                       Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approximately 30 metres)
 
Dial                                          Silvererd opaline, convex external zone with circular grained minute-track
                                                Index applied in  18K gold
                                               
Strap                                        Dark blue or warm greyMississippiensis alligator, hand-stiched, saddle-finish, square scales
                                                Delivered with a second strap in anthracite satin         
 
Clasp                                       18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold buckle,                                                 Polished half Maltese cross  

10/03/2011 - 18:16
10/03/2011 - 19:42
Doc
10/04/2011 - 02:24
10/04/2011 - 11:19
Doc
10/06/2011 - 12:19
10/04/2011 - 02:45
Rei
10/04/2011 - 05:09
10/04/2011 - 12:34
DTL
10/04/2011 - 15:24
10/04/2011 - 23:59
10/05/2011 - 01:08
Damn!
10/03/2011 - 18:16
I can normally convince my wife to steer clear of a watch she likes the look of based on the Quartz innerds it holds. Now what am I going to do? Especially when, to her eyes, I am wearing a bigger version of the watch? Radek, do you think we could convince our wives that it is too small for their taste? If I bought this one, I could't wear it. It would actually be hers. I am not sure I like where this is headed! G
Elegance and refinement.
10/03/2011 - 19:42
To be discovered one day (V&C lounger dinner???).wink Love the WG version. Congratulations to Vincent and all the VC team. Christmas before christmas smiley Thanks for presenting these feminine novelties. Liger
My wife immediately fell in love with it...
10/04/2011 - 01:19
and asked me what the retail price is.  She sounded serious too!  surprise Vincent,  we think you and the VC design team hit a home run (really scored) with this woman's watch!  yes Congratulations, Dan
Well, Daisy went to the NY Boutique yesterday...
10/08/2011 - 00:00
and confirmed her love of this watch.  They already sold the RG version, so only the WG one was available to strap on and oogle. The 36mm to me doesn't look like its just for women - the reps say that it is really a unisex size.  And as Radek says, I agree this will be a hit among both men and women in Asia.  It really is "Elegant Bling"  yes We were also greatly impressed with Eduardo, the resident watchmaker.   Our primary reason for going to the Boutique was to bring in a vintage watch that was having a problem with the movement of the minute hand.  Eduardo diagnosed that it was an issue of not enough tension/contact from the crown's cannon pinion.  Better yet, he was able to disassemble and fix the issue while we waited - hence Daisy's time with the new Patrimony Contemporaine Small Model. So it was a great day! BR, Dan
Just beautiful and right size!
10/04/2011 - 02:24
Soon it will come as always said and waited for, in 36 mm, without diamonds and then we are back. Back to the normal sizes for wristwatches for men, before the megalomania of this century's start! Take some evenings and watch some movies from the 40s, 50s and 60s! You never wil see the wall watches on the wrists, just plain beautiful, sometimes, quite seldom actually, a chronograph, even 007 in Sean Connery's movies, has quite normal watches, unti Mr Q finally made some specials laugh The new Patrimony Contemporaine small model in steel, without diamonds, would be the most desired watch, produced by Vacheron&Constantin in modern time. I would by one! Cheers Doc
I follow your thoughts !
10/04/2011 - 11:19
Perfect size for a dress watch, fantastic movement. Just get the stones away and it will be perfect. (But not in steel, it doesn't suit a Vacheron imho). cheers Francois
OK Francois, WG :-) nt
10/06/2011 - 12:19
vc
Two 9-ligne movements...
10/04/2011 - 02:45
Curious to know if there are plans to supercede the 1400 with the new 1003/3 caliber, or perhaps a future 1003/4 made in steel?  A comparison between the two is interesting: 1400: 9 lignes, 20 jewels, 2.60mm thick, 98 parts, 28,800 vph, 40 hrs reserve 1003/3: 9 lignes, 18 jewels, 1.64mm thick, 117 parts, 18,000 vph, 30 hrs reserve  Which one to prefer? wink  
my choice is the feat of a thinner movement. nt.
10/04/2011 - 11:09
nt.
Based purely on aesthetics, I'd take the 1003
10/04/2011 - 12:39

...although a power reserve of 40 hours is more practical...

Re: Two 9-ligne movements...
10/05/2011 - 07:50
Both the 1400 and 1003 are pretty little things with beautiful classical architecture (compared to say the 4400). As for whether the 1400 will ever be superseded by a 1003 variant, I think VC will be reserving the 1003 for more technically advanced projects or those that require the 1003's thinness (historiques 1955, skeleton watches, etc). The 1003 is a historically important caliber with superlative thinness, and it is a selling point in itself.  However, it is somewhat limited by a short power reserve and production constraints - which would also lead to higher costs.  As pointed out in earlier posts, such an ultra-thin movement is a complication in itself so I think it will be dealt with in the same manner (not for "ordinary" use). On the other hand, I would suppose that the 1400 was designed with ease of manufacturing, greater robustness, and practicallity in mind.  The 40 hour reserve is not much by today's standards but it certainly is much better than 30 hours. I already have the Contempraine with cal. 1400 (although not visible), so I would like to have a watch with the cal. 1003 in the near future.
nicely states, thanks! nt
10/07/2011 - 01:47
nt
1003/3 no doubt,
10/07/2011 - 01:47
30 or 40 hours doesn't mean any practical difference! Got to be at least 48 to 60 hours reserve, if it should be any meaning, if you get me. The difference between 2.60 mm and 1.62 is huge! It really makes a big difference. Oh, I really would like one smiley OTH steel again, if the price would be related to the material, we would have THE instep V&C. There is really  a great hole, that could at last be filled. it would mean incredible much, for all those who doesn't want a sports watch to the three piece suit , or to their Tuxedo, nice shirt and cuff links. I'm convinced there are many presumtive V&C customers, just waiting for a reasoable start of their V&C career! They could even jump the vintage step if the want, even though I, think all should start with a vintage V&C. Most to get THE feeling for this unique brand without real competition. Yes, 100 years later the first arrived, and now there are 100s of more or less bad, but still expensive 'watches'. But none has the unique history, and that's what makes the very special feeling of a V&C. I admit that I wear other brands more often, just now a Swatch (!), been working with the boat, but some of the other ones are as expesiveas any V&C, but I'm more 'caring' for my V&C's heart Cheers Doc
Watch for the missus
10/04/2011 - 05:09
My kind of Patrimony Cont. is RG case, black dateless dial, in auto instead of manual (to give the case more thickness) cheeky The touch of diamonds on the side of the case on this model is nice!
It is better to buy both versions
10/04/2011 - 05:24
VC was very happy in offering this classic model for the contemporaire woman. It is better to buy both versions. During the day the rose gold is very appropriate for the business woman. It is synonymous of elegance and energy. During the night the white gold is very discrete and elegant.
I had the pleasure ...
10/04/2011 - 10:06
to see it in the metal and indeed it is a very beautiful watch. After 42mm, 40mm and 36mm - only one is missing (without stones :-) ) Oliver
without the diamonds, it would make an old-skool men's dress watch ...
10/04/2011 - 11:17
but certainly a ladies watch by today's standard , and especially with the diamonds. i like the balance of the dial size and case, without an oversized bezel. VC army is becoming stronger with the expansion of their collection, with all bases covered- world time , perpetuals, chronographs, annuals, les historiques, QDL etc.. after this, i believe will be refinements which i eagerly await.... yes
Re: Introducing the new Patrimony Contemporaine small model
10/04/2011 - 11:59
Very good pictures. This watch is certainly elegant but I find it too simple and not really feminine. The movment is also simple, no exceptional finishing and still a bit high for a manual winding. Vacheron Constantin can do much better.
I like it!
10/04/2011 - 12:34
I like the fact that VC didn't 'bling' out the bezel. I also think that the line of diamonds is well executed, and looks discreet (can we say that for diamonds?) Interesting to see many Loungers wishing that the watch had no diamonds so that they could wear it themselves - I'll have the 40mm version, thank you very muchcheeky I do think however that VC could have made the watch look more feminine - in my view, it looks more 'butch' than the 40mm version. I might be wrong, but it looks like the indices, the crown and the bezel are all bigger/thicker relative to the dial on the 40mm version - see side-by-side picture below (the 36mm version is on the left):    Having said that, it is one watch I would love to offer my wife in the near future...
Beautiful and distinguished
10/04/2011 - 12:36
Congratulations to Vacheron Constantin for designing again a beautiful, though discrete and refined timepiece as opposed to most current huge showing-off watches. This model is definitely appropriate for men AND women. Hope VC will continue to downsize new models and make them look again as jewels more than just watches...
Finally...
10/04/2011 - 15:24
The right case for that movement. The proportions are much more elegant than the 40mm, which when viewed from the back with the movement showing is simply atrocious.  
Re: Introducing the new Patrimony Contemporaine small model
10/04/2011 - 16:49
I again remark..."What has VC got against second hands?" (Not that second hands are so often "used," but it's nice to see the watch work!)
this will be a hit in Asia...
10/04/2011 - 18:31
this watch, smaller in size and against current trends, will be a mass purchase in Asia I believe... particularly because of its size and a well toned case and dial design. I especially like the understated on-the-side diamond settingyes. It doesn't neccesarily make it a women's watch that way. And the see-through caseback on cal 1400 virtually makes the watch for me... Never seen before (pun intended)wink it's a winner for VC and I do agree with Doc. Soon we'll see a back-to-basis approach on the dial size at VC. Big plates are good for Panerai which have always been that way and it's in the brand's DNA. VC is rather a conservative brand and has always derived from its heritage to implement in new concepts and ideas.
36 mm = women's model?
10/04/2011 - 23:59
Since when does a normal size like 36 mm become a lady's watch?  Hamilton did the same thing - calling their 37 mm Jazzzmaster Viewmatic the women's version.  Guess I'll have to fatten up to wear these dinner plate 40 mm + dress watches that look even larger because they're so flat and all dial with thin bezels.  
Elegant and refined.
10/05/2011 - 01:08
Another beautiful watch. Congratulations for Vacheron Constantin.
Re: Introducing the new Patrimony Contemporaine small model
10/05/2011 - 19:18
I wonder why they use the word "feminine" in the post so much. nothing about the watch is really feminine apart from the diamonds on the case. diamonds would even make a Omega PLOPROF look feminine. This watch tho looks very very nice, no matter which gender would wear it. its also a neat size for a mens dress watch.