The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

While doing a tour of Portugual two weeks ago (a beautuful country by the way and I can only push my fellow Loungers to visit the country) I happened upon a watch shop in Porto carrying VC. In the shop window were two gprgeous Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind models I had never seen.

My curiosity piqued I entered the shop (Machado) and asked to see the watches. The salesperson explained that they were made in onlys 10 pieces in YG and 10 in WG specially for their shop. 

If I had the funds I would definately have bought one of each The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

Here are some quick and dirty scans. Hope you enjoy


The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models

had never seen these in the flesh, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing (nt)
04/30/2009 - 20:49
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Re: The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models
04/30/2009 - 23:11
Thank you for posting those.  Absolutely beautiful!
I'll dream of first and last pics tonight!
05/01/2009 - 00:34
Beautiful watches and mastershots, those two! Thanks Doc
Thanks for posting those pictures.............
05/01/2009 - 03:28
They're both stunning but the YG one really has me drooling. Best regards, Tom
Definitely head-turners!!
05/01/2009 - 07:46
Thanks for sharing. As a Patrimony Contemporaine fan, I have always wanted to see more of these beauties.  The good thing about the line up is that the Contemporaine looks good in all its dial variations! I would love to see these in person! Thanks again! Cheers, Kazumi
Definitely, two beauties!
05/02/2009 - 06:08
nt
Indeed! A classic watch and Patrimony looks yummy
05/02/2009 - 13:24
no matter what variation you do with it.
Re: The rarest (and most beautiful) Patrimony Contemporaine models
05/03/2009 - 09:09
thanks for sharing. these are incredible looking watches. Matt
Patrimony Contemporaine looks great but...
05/03/2009 - 12:39
...after open the case, charm is breaking Disproportion between size of the case and size of movement is too visible. What's more, the way of opening the caseback is raising doubts.
That's why it is closed - but it still a superb design (nt)
05/04/2009 - 18:42
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Thought you were a fan of Patrimony Contemporaine, Mariusz...
05/05/2009 - 13:20
Just don't get me wrong. I do not deny your right to your own opinion (pros and cons) on the piece. 1400 cal. is a great and reliable movement, for all it's worth. A tad too small for a 40mm size case. That's it. To me it is the lasting and imperishable beauty of the design that counts the most in case (pun not intended) of Patrimony Contemporaine. Not all of VC watches have to be case-back clear, I guess...   
You are right, cal. 1400 is excellent but...
05/05/2009 - 14:40
...the watch it something more than only a movement. Sadly, Patrimony Contemporaine manual winding has disadvantage. In my opinion, caseback should be held down by screws - you don't need to buy a special tool to open it and you don't risk scratching the caseback. In this case, Vacheron chose the worst solution.
Funny thing, two Polish guys discussing Patrimony Contemporaine in
05/05/2009 - 20:15
English... Anyway, I do agree screw-down caseback would be a whole lot better solution but please admit that it would, in a way, affect the "slim effect" Patrimony Contemporaine is all about. In that respect, let me stand up for VC designers... Pozdrowienia!
Re: Funny thing, two Polish guys discussing Patrimony Contemporaine in
05/05/2009 - 21:55
English... Okay, this time in Polish Cześć Radek. Pisałem w języku anielskim, bo to forum anglojęzyczne. Wracając do tematu Patrimony z manualnym naciągiem, no cóż, miałem ten zegarek i być może dlatego potrafię dostrzec jego pewne wady. Myślę, że gdyby Vacheron wykonał dekiel skręcany śrubami, to byłoby bardziej praktyczne, a niewielki wzrost grubości koperty pozytywnie wpłynąłby na odbiór tego czasomierza, bo przy 40 mm średnicy wygląda na ręku trochę jak placek. Niestety, dekiel jest na wcisk i nie ma możliwości otwarcia koperty w taki sposób, aby nie pozostał żaden ślad. Nie zmienia to jednak postaci rzeczy, że mamy do czynienia ze świetnym klasycznym zegarkiem. A co do przeszklonych dekli, to mam niepodważalne argumenty przemawiające na ich korzyść: po pierwsze, mamy możliwość oglądania pracy mechanizmu, a miły to dla oka widok. Po drugie, jak serwis coś sknoci podczas naprawy, to mamy większą szanę, aby to dostrzec - jeden z moich zegarków IWC wrócił z serwisu z porysowanym rotorem i wreszcie po trzecie, niektórzy zegarmistrzowie mają nawyk robienia sygnatur po naprawie zegarka, a nie każdy z nas chciałby mieć przecież poryty dekiel nawet po wewnętrznej stronie. Przeszklony dekiel nieco ogranicza tego typu zamiary nadgorliwego zegarmistrza. Pozdrawiam Mariusz