From the press release:
The classic and timeless Patrimony Traditionnelle small seconds celebrates the inauguration at 2, Rue de la Paix of an 5N pink gold special version in a limited numbered edition of 75.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle small seconds watch belongs to an authentic horological tradition. It forcefully displays its timeless nature through pure lines and harmoniously balanced proportions. A slender bezel, applied hour-markers in 18K 5N pink gold, dauphine-shaped hands and a dial playing with several finishes, this model sublimates the aesthetic codes of the Patrimony Traditionnelle line. For the Paris Boutique special edition in 5N pink gold, it appears adorned with a hand-guilloché opaline silver-toned dial and fitted with a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap in a soft chestnut brown shade.
This timepiece meets the new requirements of the Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva) which are no longer limited to the movement and now also take account of the finished watch. This is a major evolution for the label that celebrated its 125th anniversary last year and which has chosen to respond more fully than ever to the true demands of an ever more well-informed clientele.
At the heart of the case beats the hand-wound Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS. Developed and crafted in harmony with the most demanding standards of Geneva’s Fine Watchmaking traditions, it oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and drives displays of the hours and minutes along with small seconds at 6 o’clock. It has an approximately 65-hour power reserve. Its finishes, clearly visible through the exhibition back, also reflect the concern for fine workmanship inherited from generations of artisans: flat surfaces adorned with Côtes de Genève and bridges that are first chamfered and then hand-polished, like the screw heads.
To provide a worthy setting for this fine example of mechanical genius, Vacheron Constantin has developed the case according to two complementary criteria: while its elegantly slender profile clearly reveals its kinship with the classic tradition, its 38 mm diameter lend it a distinctively contemporary dimension.
The caseback is engraved with the inscriptions “2, rue la Paix” – the boutique address – as well as the individual number of each watch “N° X/75”, recalling the exclusive nature of the 75-piece limited edition (Ref 81558/000R-9807)