I was at a watch fair today and was able to meet the Patrimony Bi-retrograde today. It is a big watch for sure (at 42.5mm) but surprisingly, and as Alex has pointed out, it definitely does not wear like a large watch. Although I would be much happier if it was 40mm or less (just because my wrist is on the small side) I think it is well balananced/proportioned design which, despite its size on paper, is not unwearable at all, especially for those with more substantial wrist sizes.
The watch really has its unique charm and I must say that I really liked it. You really have to see it in the metal to fully appreciate it. If only my wrist and, more importantly, my wallet were bigger.
Here's a wrist shot of the Patrimony large size for comparison. Acutally, I have to apologize because, in my desire to capture the bi-retrograde's details, I had taken the first shot at a much closer distance than the second, therefore ruining the perspectives. Anyway, here they are side-by-side.
I also got to see the Patrimony Contemporaine Automatic. They had the old version with the silvery dial as well as the new version with the same creamy dial as the hand wound model and without the "automatic". IMHO the new dial (cream without "automatic) looks so much better than the silvery dial of the original model.
Only visions of an angry wife and expectations of more goodies coming soon from VC held me back from pulling the trigger.
This will be a really good year for VC.
All the Best,