Patrimony Ref. 31160 in 18K White Gold


I recently purchased my first VC timepiece, which is a Patrimony. Can anyone tell me more about it's history, year, and other details of the watch there is to know? There is basically nothing I can find online regarding my specific Patrimony model.

Patrimony Ref. 31160 in 18K White Gold

Ref: 31160

Caliber: 1132.2

-         Movement: manual-winding

-         Material of the case: 18K white gold

-         Colour of the dial: white dial painted "bâton" indexes

-         Material of the crown: 18K white gold

-         Indications: white gold hour and minute hands

-         Strap material and colour: black alligator strap


 I would also like to know what exactly does the extract from the archives document contain, which makes it cost that much?

Any inputs would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Talk to the Vacheron Constantin Consigliere
02/25/2016 - 17:58

Hi Evan,

Call the VC Consigliere (the contact information is on the VC site) and give her your serial number. From that she can give you a lot of information. If you open the case (or have someone open it for you) the 6-number code of the works will provide even more information. She also can give you details on what you can expect to get from the archives.

Right now, I'm in the process of going through the same thing with my 1972 Asymmetric, but I didn't realize how small the numbers were on the inside and so I didn't get the correct details. (Get a big magnifying glass!) Plan on going to the NYC VC store next week; so I may be able to get what I need there as far as more information and costs are concerned. Others on this forum has a wealth of information.

Nice watch!


not a Patrimony as the
02/25/2016 - 22:46

Patrimony collection dates from 2003-2004. You watch the ref 31160 was launched late 80s and most probably part of the now defunct "Essentielles" collection. It houses the caliber 1132, based on a Piguet 8.10 cal and only 2mm thick

Re: not a Patrimony as the
02/26/2016 - 16:38

That's a very interesting point, Alex. It was hard to believe at first due to two online sites that I found selling the exact piece and called it Patrimony, including the shop where my watch came from. Then I found one site that called it the Les Essentialles. 

I'm currently exchanging emails with a concierge from VC and I'm clarifying the exact year model and the correct collection / lineage my watch it's from. 

Re: Re: not a Patrimony as the
02/28/2016 - 03:11

"A rose by any other name..."

It's a beautiful machine!


Found: Discussion of your watch on this site
02/26/2016 - 15:06

Hi Evan_Racing,

I found a reference to your watch (as clarified by Alex) on this very site, here. It seems to be very rare judging from what's available online.

Good luck,Bill

Re: Found: Discussion of your watch on this site
02/26/2016 - 16:49

Hi Bill, thanks for your inputs! Yes, it seems to be so. I have actually read that post already but I didn't find what I was looking for. I'm in contact with a VC concierge to solicit more information.

Re: Patrimony Ref. 31160 in 18K White Gold
02/29/2016 - 05:38

Hi Evan.

It's very elegant watch.

The feature seems to be its thinness.




Re: Re: Patrimony Ref. 31160 in 18K White Gold
02/29/2016 - 14:48

Hi io,

It is indeed and very light. Thank you for the compliment!



Erratum: Les Essentielles Ref. 31160 in 18K White Gold
03/04/2016 - 17:00

So after several email exchange with VC's concierge, I finally got the correct information on my watch, straight from the product department in Geneva. 

“The numbers that you have provided correspond to a watch manufactured in 1999 with the reference 31160/000G-8805.

This reference is part of the collection "The Essential / Les Essentielles" and was presented at SIHH 1999.

I now have peace of mind! Thank you everyone for your inputs!