Patrymony Traditionnelle or Patrimony Contemporaine? Help needed

Dear Loungers, I'm looking for a nice simple time only watch from VC and am having a great internal debate regarding the Patrimony Contemporaine and Trad models. What are the pros and cons of each model to you?

Thanks for your help

scan courtesy of Vasilis
Patrymony Traditionnelle or Patrimony Contemporaine? Help needed 


Patrymony Traditionnelle or Patrimony Contemporaine? Help needed
Re: Patrymony Traditionnelle or Patrimony Contemporaine? Help needed
08/20/2009 - 23:25
I've always been a sucker for small seconds, with this one exception. However if you buy both I'll gladly take whatever you like the least;-)
My 2 yens worth...
08/21/2009 - 07:52
Hello everyone. Like Vasillis, I own the Contemporaine (only in boutique black) and I must say that I am very happy with it.  It is very slim and elegant, and the shape of the indexes and the cabochons on the minute track really adds a very nice touch to the otherwise very clean dial.  What I do like about the Traditionelle is that it has a display back which allows one to admire the beautiful new Cal. 4400, although personally, bridge-for-bridge, I think the Cal. 1400 is a prettier movement to look at (more traditional layout) although it is too small.  The small seconds track is also nice although it could have been a little bigger (my personal taste). You should really try both on since there is a bit of a difference in sizes (40mm vs. 38mm).  Some say that the 40mm size of the Contemporaine coupled with its thinness make it look like a saucer on the wrist.  I think this is all a matter of taste and of course the actual size of your wrist.  I haven't seen the new Traditionelle in the metal so I really cannot give more definitive comments apart from the obvious. If I had my way, I would put the Cal. 4400 in a Contemporaine case and add a small seconds dial and a display back, something like the 250th anniversary employees model....Sorry, I ain't helping much am I?  Enjoy the selection process.  It is much better than knowing what you want to buy but not having the means (that's me). Cheers! Kazumi
it really depends on what you are looking for in a "simple" watch if
08/21/2009 - 12:58
you want something with more presence on the wrist and with a definite modern approach then go for the Contemporaine if you want a vintage look with a more modern case diameter then go for the Trad. You can't really go wrong with either. I have a Contemporaine and love it, would I sell it for the Tradi? Probably not!
Re: would I sell it for the Tradi? Probably not!
08/21/2009 - 14:52
My sentiments exactly! (It even makes up for the lousiest shirts!...almost) Have a great weekend guys! Kazumi
+1. My only complain is the stinky strap :-))
08/22/2009 - 07:31
Need to change to a new one.
nice......NOT :-) (nt)
08/22/2009 - 21:43
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That's a very good and though question...
08/21/2009 - 17:23
I keep flipping back and forth between the Tradi and the Contemporaine... I love the simple look of both watches, and I love the fact that they both have no date window (I think for a time only model the pure, clean dial look works better). In terms of specific pros and cons... Contemporaine: 1) I really like the fact that the Contemporaine is a very classic style, but with a modern twist. I believe that for the majority of people, this will look like a very classical watch, but the few connaisseurs will be able to appreciate its originality, and I like that very much (when I showed my wife and told her I though that the watch had a modern edge to it, she looked a me as if I should be send to the nuthouse). 2) I have no problem, and actually love the case's dimensions. Its proportions do make the watch seem a little bit bigger than its actual 40mm, but when I tried it on I thought that it went perfectly well on my wrist. And I really like how thin the watch is, it's a big plus in my book. Traditionelle 1) I am in love with the caliber 4400 - being able to look at it a few times a day would be such a privilege. 2) I love the fact that the seconds dial is at 6 o'clock (as opposed to the other version, which is a 9) 3) I love the masculine and strong look of the watch. You can't go wrong in both cases. Comparing them, I would say that the C. is more refined, delicate and original, while the T. is more sturdy, traditional and timeless... Given the fact that you already have an Excellence Platine Malte Chrono, I would advise you to get a Contemporaine, which is more of a departure from the Malte Chrono than the Traditionelle, and might "balance out" your VC collection better. Good luck in your choice! Cheers, Francois