One of VC's major novelties this year was not a watch but a whole new model range which branches from the Patrimony: The patrimony Traditionnelle.
We now have the Patrimony Contemporaine with a more sleek look and the Patrimony Traditionnelle whose design elements represent a thick bezel, knurled caseback featuring a screw-down sapphire crystal, facetted trapezoid hour-markers – double at 12 and 6 o’clock, dauphine hands and dials in several silvered tones and stepped lugs.
If you ask me I don't quite understand the "Traditional" in its name as I find this model range quite modern!!
Apart from the mouth watering Minute repeater/tourbillon/perpetual calendar (Cal 2755) and the skeleton perpetual calendar (which also come with hefty price tags) the Patrimony Traditionnelle range also introduced an automatic watch with a rather off beat seconds at 9 which I really like:
However, the use of an excentered sub seconds dial is not new at Vacheron Constantin and a model had been introduced with such an indication in 1935. It is interesting to note that this model was launched to celebrate the brand's 150th anniversary at a time where belief was that VC was created in 1785 and not 1755 (a few years later documents were found enabling to date its founding to 1755).
Lets forwind 71 years to 2006 when a special limited edition is launched for the Japanese market with a sub seconds also placed at 9. This model most probably was announcing the arrival of the new Patrimony Traditionnelle automatic.
(scan courtesy of Time Tunnel)
Photoshop genius Edwin Heuskinveld sent me his interpretation of the automatic but with a date subdial at 3 instead of an apperture. I doubt this model will exist but it looks really good IMHO and most of all I can definately imagine a chronograph looking like thit and believe me it would be a killer!!!!
For more information and scans of the Patrimony Traditionnelle models have a look at the Articles section (SIHH 2007), you also have a very nice film in the Goodies section.