New and proud owner of my first VC


I just thought I'd share some photos of my first VC, a Patrimony Traditionnelle RG.  I have been in the hunt for my first precious metal and first dress watch, as I've always been more of a sports watch guy.  Thought it was time to round out my small collection with a proper dress watch.  This particular VC really caught my eye, and after researching and also seeing a lot of great pics I was convinced it's the right watch for me.  Although I really lust after the platinum/slate dial as I just love slate/grey dials, I decided on the RG version due to budgetary reasons.  

However, I don't think I settled or compromised at all, as I really love the RG/silver dial combination, which is quite dynamic in the sun.  The watch feels great on the wrist, and as my first VC I am very happy with the quality of the watch and movement, which I thought was very well finished.

I'm looking forward to enjoying the watch for sure!


Re: New and proud owner of my first VC
07/22/2014 - 03:48

Congratulations on your dashing Patrimony Traditionnelle!  I think it is quite charming in pink gold, and though the slate | platinum combination is smart and sophisticated, I am drawn to the warmth of your choice.  And you're absolutely correct: the silvered dial is lively against the pink gold, which is apparent even in the indirect light of your excellent photography. 

Enjoy your first Vacheron Constantin, and welcome to our little family!

Re: New and proud owner of my first VC
07/22/2014 - 03:59

I would be remiss if I did not suggest that you enroll in The Hour Club, if you haven't already done so.  It is the official web resource for owners of Vacheron Constantin watches, and as such has much to offer.  (Amongst other information, you will need to provide your watch's serial (case) number and movement number.)

Re: Re: New and proud owner of my first VC
07/24/2014 - 03:54

Thanks!  Yes, I have enrolled in the hour club, really like the community that VC has created online.

No compromise indeed
07/22/2014 - 05:56

A great choice and a wonderful watch. Welcome to the VC family and enjoy your Traditionelle in good health. You can certainly wear it with pride. A nice Patrimony is definitely on my short list as well for a smart dress watch. Great choice and welcome. 

Hi j-project, welcom to THL!
07/22/2014 - 14:02

I've never considered gold to be a compromise for platinum when it comes to watches.  There is obviously a price difference between these two precious metals, but when It comes to watches (and jewelry) depends on taste.

I've found items that I think look better in platinum, others look better in rose gold, and others in yellow gold.  It all depends on the individual piece.

Your watch looks great, and it has that wonderful cal 4400 movement.  I just hope your fingers get too tired when winding the watch, the long power reserve means it takes a lot of turns before the crown stops and the mainspring is fully wound. smiley

Best Regards, Dan

Re: Hi j-project, welcom to THL!
07/24/2014 - 04:39

Thanks Dan!  I completely agree with you that depending on the watch some definitely look better in the various precious metals.   I was actually a bit surprised by how many turns it takes to wind the VC, and also wasn't sure when it was fully wound as my last manual wind had a PR indicator which made it much easier to tell.

But I do love the 4400 AS movement, very smooth to wind and quite well finished.



An exquisite choice
07/22/2014 - 15:33

That is simply a perfect watch and a perfect way to enter the world fo Vacheron Constantin.  And you have captured it so beautifully in those photos.



Congraulations. Wear yours in good health. Mine says hi.
07/22/2014 - 16:15
Another one...cannot stop sharing. :-)
07/22/2014 - 16:36
Re: New and proud owner of my first VC
07/22/2014 - 23:44

Congratulations and welcome!

It's an excellent choice, a beautiful combination. The compliments will be starting soon.

Enjoy it in good health. We'll be waiting for the next one! wink



Endorsements from family members...
07/23/2014 - 11:19

Don't ever think you've compromised - your research has served you well.

Whilst you are newly registered on THL, were you a regular visitor previously?

Best wishes


Re: Endorsements from family members...
07/24/2014 - 04:42

Thanks Tony.  I have done a lot of my research on THL before I registered as it had a lot of great information.  I especially loved the Paris Boutique LEs of the Patrimony models!


Re: New and proud owner of my first VC
07/23/2014 - 14:17

Congrats! :) It's beautiful!

As an owner of this piece for the past three and a half year, I just
07/23/2014 - 20:24

wanted to share one piece of advice. While VC says the power reserve is approximately 65 hours; do not be surprised if it gives you 67-68 hours. I tested mine a few times and it touched 67-68 hours.

But, at the same time, do not feel compeled to wind it completely each time till you cannot wind it anymore. Wind it approx 90%. It is easy on the movement. This was the advice of the VC boutique Singapore to me.

Re: As an owner of this piece for the past three and a half year, I just
07/24/2014 - 04:44

Thanks, that is a great tip about not fully winding it.  How can you tell when it is 90% wound though without a PR indicator?  I've only had automatics or manual winds with PR indicators previously :)

And thanks for sharing photos of your beautiful Patrimony!  


This one takes long to wind. I have even counted it - approx
07/24/2014 - 13:21

120-130 clicks. Usually the resistance increases and you feel you cannot wind it anymore. I guess 100 - 115 clicks should be sufficient. You will gain experience with this.

I also read on the A Lange and Sohne catalogue that after you have wound your watch, to turn it one click opposite direction, as that is good for the movement / spring.  Maybe others might wish to comment on this?

Re: This one takes long to wind. I have even counted it - approx
07/24/2014 - 13:54
Thanks! That is quite a bit of turns and I'll keep that in mind. As for turning the crown in opposite direction not sure how that would help the mainspring as that wouldn't relieve any tension since the click spring would hold the ratchet wheel in place to prevent the spring from unwinding by itself. But there may be other reasons. James
It does take long to wind. But it is worth every turn. About the
07/24/2014 - 15:52

click in the opposite direction, I suggest you wait for a response from those who are more technically savvy. 

Or you can get the latest Lange catalogue, which is akin to a colourful physics / astronomy textbook.

Congratulation to your good taste and choice. Its at true beauty.
07/25/2014 - 19:36
Congratulation to your good taste and choice. Its at true beauty.

Wear it in good health.

love the watch and great photos! As we say, may it time only happy
08/04/2014 - 10:39



And welcome to the Lounge yes