Hello everyone -
So pleased to have found this lovely community and happy to be a part of it.
Long story short, I have never owned a VC or watch of this caliber. I have tiny wrists and have developed an interest searching out an older 35mm Patrimony Small Seconds in white gold (ref. 81160-000g) as I see it as the absolute grail dress watch. I want to do as much research as possible before going any further.
I came across ei8htoms' old review of early Caliber 1400s and noted his concerns about some of the early movements' finishing (http://thepurists.com/watch/features/8ohms/vc1400/index.html). I then stumbled upon this later forum post (http://www.watchprosite.com/?page=wf.forumpost&fi=14&ti=297153&pzt=&dv=t...) describing his experiences with subsequent examples of Cal.1400 and the general suggestion that "later" movements were improved.
While this post seems to indicate that the Small Seconds 81160 I'm interested in benefited from any such "improvements" in design and finishing, I would like to check with you experts to ask if anyone can confirm and/or add to anything to this? Basically I want to make sure I would be getting the best version of the Cal.1400 possible if I were to pick one of these up.