Patrimony Traditionelle 38mm - what's going on ???

I am planning my next purchase of timepiece. I opted for Patrimony Traditionelle 38mm. I thought that a good choice at first, but now I have doubts. Look at this picture below...

Patrimony Traditionelle 38mm - what's going on ???

The dial of second hand is carelessly finished. I don't know where to seek causes of such a weak quality of the workmanship. Is it a more considerable problem in Patrimony Traditionelle 38mm ? I hope that is a individual case Patrimony Traditionelle 38mm - what's going on ???.
I guess if you blow any image at x10 or x20 you will see flaws!
06/07/2009 - 21:51
Maybe you're right
06/07/2009 - 22:08
I think it's only individual case.
06/08/2009 - 10:41
I experienced a similar case where the dial had a dent and they changed it with a perfect one free of charge.  Also, I have seen similar cases with Panerai and I am sure some other watches as well. I guess that's a proof of handmande! hahaha...
I meant, handmade. (nt)
06/08/2009 - 10:42
recently on another forum there were some mega magnified photos of a
06/08/2009 - 11:42

Dufour Simplicity movement and it looked horrid but of course if a flaw can only be seen under high magnification then its not a flaw in my book

Maybe it's a pre-production piece.
06/08/2009 - 13:29

Re: Patrimony Traditionelle 38mm - what's going on ???
06/08/2009 - 15:34

Sir,  This is a matter for comparison.  Simply check other Traditionelle models (with a loup) and determine if there are differences.  Notwithstanding comments below, I believe that watchmakers work in a milieu of magnification - - so  a flaw such as yours, would be obvious to them.  Also, it looks as if the problem is a machining step whereby the cutting tool process was not finished properly and just painted over. Continue research until satisfied. Best regards, Robert

Quality control at VC questionable?
06/09/2009 - 03:57
Hi Mariusz, in January I purchased exactly the watch you are musing to buy, because it really is a lovely watch, which is very pleasant at the wrist. On close examination at home I saw, that the connection between the right lower lug and the case was not smooth. It was only just visibly without magnification (but clearly with it), but what you expect from such a prestigous (and expensive) watch is something different. My AD´s watchmaker confirmed my opinion, the watch was sent in and replaced by a new one within a couple of weeks. At least the service at VC was unquestionable. But I think your impression of imperfection is quite right - it´s not just a matter of magnification: look at high-resolution shots of other manufacurers like ALS, GO or JLC and judge yourself! This is not to say that VC does not build lovely watches, but I fear they are occassionally a bit to careless before delivering their timepieces. Hope this helps. Kind regards, anaesdoc
the Patrimony Trad manual wind is not yet delivered, how can you have
06/09/2009 - 11:45
bought one?  I guess you are refering to the automatic model, the same as posted by Watchbug below
Absolutely right
06/10/2009 - 02:14
...I was not referring to that particular reference as I do not own it ("my" watch can be seen in my avatar). But obviously the models are very similar and I simply wanted to add my personal experience about my purchase concerning the quality of the finishing of the dial or (as in my case) the case. Kind regards, anaesdoc
Mariuz I have been told that this is only a prototype dial and the
06/11/2009 - 11:23
final models will be impeccable. I was told by the dial maker that the Patrimony Traditionnelle dials due to the different types of finish are one of the most complicated to make!!!!
I have the automatic version...
06/09/2009 - 06:01
and that does not have such a careless finish!! Maybe, the photo is a prototype sample?? This is mine but I don't known how to copy the magnified version. I'm very pleased with the fit and finish! Good Luck, Jacob do I,...
06/10/2009 - 02:33

..., but, dear Jacob, that is not the main point of the discussion, as far as I understand it. I would never have fancied spending a lot of money on a minor product. VC claims to build watches at the top end of the line (and I think they are entitled to do so), but for sure they will also be measured by their own claims and standards.  Saying this, the question is not, whether you ans me own a flawless example, but how it can happen that someone else may buy one which does not meet the self-set high requirements, even if this is the exeption not the rule. This - in my conception - raises the question of quality control and how these pieces could "slip through" the quality check before delivery. Nonetheless let´s enjoy "our" lovely watch in the future, all the best, anaesdoc