scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!

Never sold because this special watch was made specially for the 250th anniversary of the brand and given as a gift to all the male employees (the ladies recieved a 1972)! Note the date 1755-2005 next to the 12 marker.

Another interesting fact is that this watch houses caliber 1017 which is a rectangular movement used in the Carrée Historique!

scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!

scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!

scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!

scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!

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LN
12/03/2007 - 23:01
Great wristshot !
12/03/2007 - 12:42

I hope this is your wrist. It makes me even more anxious to see the THL LE.

Also generous on behalf of VC. In most companys in order to get such a present you should have been working constantly since 1755. :-)

nope wasn't my wrist even though I wish it was :-( (nt)
12/03/2007 - 12:47

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It's a beauty! Any more technical details on the watch, Alex?
12/03/2007 - 13:12

Well, wish it had been your wrist too...

It is really interesting that it houses the rectangular movement... how come? I can only take a wild guess or two

40mm, manual wind. The numebring of the watch is interesting as the
12/03/2007 - 13:21

the watches were given from n° 1 and up in order of arrival in the company so the oldest employee got n° 1 etc...

I don't know the reason behind the use of the caliber 1017 but would guess one of the following:

- caliber 1400 (manual wind with sub seconds) would push the sub seconds dial too much in the middle of the dial which would not be too aesthetical

- use of cal 1400 would have been too expensive

-  a stock of cal 1017 was available

The worst part is now probably only the guys working at VC for their 500th anniversary will get a cool original watch like this one

Re: scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!
12/03/2007 - 13:57

Its even nicer "in the flesh".

It caught my eye when I was at Vacheron in June. One of the employees was weraring his and I was struck by how beautiful it was.

He took it off and let me have a look at it.

Its really gorgeous!

How about one of those as a "Lounger watch", Alex?

I'll put it down on the list for the final vote (nt)
12/03/2007 - 15:10

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WONDERFUL...
12/03/2007 - 14:42

VC employes are really spoiled... a nice building, a nice cantine, and more, they have free VC watches LooooL

This Patrimony is marvelous! Even the 1755-2005 is discrete ... I am contemplating an d dreaming

Nice watch! i want to
12/03/2007 - 15:42

work in VC!

i wonder will anyone sell it especially there is numbering on the watch, easy to track if anyone sold it, anyway VC can always call for a fall in and check which person doesnt have the watch on their wrist

where can I send my Curriculum????
12/03/2007 - 16:41

Nice gesture, I'm jealous!!

I vote also for a watch like this for the HL limited!

Another extraordinary expresion of VC quality to reach simplicity being refinated!!!

Anyway I don't think you need to give bonus when you're working for this extraordinary Maison. Being part of the history is the best bonus!!

Ahh...I finally get to see the elusive one!
12/03/2007 - 17:30

Thank you for sharing Alex.

I have talked about this one with my friendly VC rep here in Japan.  Unfortunately, he never wears it to the watch fairs as it is not a good marketing ploy to display a beautiful watch that is not available to the public.  My young friend told me then that it used a "JLC-based" movement.  Does the cal. 1017 fit that bill, Alex?

The small seconds is still a tad too close to the center but the overall design is quite nice.  I really like the patrimony hands better than sword, leaf, and baton hands.  I think I like the indices on the regular model but the look of the long bar indices and the bar minute markers strikes a good balance.  The subtle anniversary year printing is also a ver nice touch.  As with the boutique model, the black dial is to die for.

Cheers

kazumi

Yup cal 1017 is based on JLC caliber 822 (nt)
12/03/2007 - 17:34

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for a moment, i thought the loungers are in luck......................
12/03/2007 - 18:07

to be the previleged to get one at previleged price. great wrist shot, nice and slim.

Re: scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!
12/03/2007 - 20:21

Thank you for these wonderful pics, Alex!

The marking at 12 is so subtle, that it is class!

You are right, to put this one down for the "game".

It is one of my favourites...

Re: scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!
12/03/2007 - 20:52

Wow, very cool watch using a rectangular movement in a round watch!  I guess that makes this watch a "reverso" in its own right as its more common for rectangular/square cases to use round movements rather than round cases using rectangular movements.  Too bad these watches were not available to the public.  It would have made an interesting companion for my Carree Historique.

Best regards,

Dino

VC calibre 1017...
12/03/2007 - 20:57

Alex,

Why did VC decide to go with the calibre 1017 for this particular piece? I have never seen a rectangular movement in a circular case. Do you have any pics of the movement. Thanks!

Best Regards,

Mike

Dino should have a photo of the movement as it is the same as used in
12/03/2007 - 22:23

the Carrée Historique. As for the reasons why this caliber was used I made a few wild guesses, see my reply to Radek's post above.

Thanks Alex...
12/03/2007 - 22:37

Would have the calibre 1003 been too expensive and not asthetically pleasing as well? Thanks for the response!

Best Regards,

Mike

cal 1003 doesn't have sub seconds maybe that's why it was not used (nt
12/03/2007 - 23:33

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This is truly a beautiful and special watch
12/04/2007 - 17:43

(nt)

Re: Dino should have a photo of the movement as it is the same as used in
12/04/2007 - 05:55

Hi Guys,

Here is a quick photo that I took a while ago.  Sorry the picture quality is pretty bad, but I have not had a chance to upload my most recent pix of the movement to a server.  I hope to do that soon.

Best regards,

Dino

thanks Dino (nt)
12/04/2007 - 18:01

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I knew the existence of this watch but...
12/03/2007 - 21:03

it is the first time i see it.

Nice one.

Still here?
12/03/2007 - 23:00

With this kind of post, you'll soon....
12/04/2007 - 22:13

reach 200

Sorry Speculator, may be you would prefer that
12/09/2007 - 13:14

beautiful watch indeed
12/03/2007 - 21:05

I do like this model a lot as a "simple watch" suggestion for the HL contest, although I guess we would have to make a few changes to make it our own...

Thanks Alex for the post - I like the fact that VC treats its employees very well (and I am very sad for you that you didn't become a VC employee before).

Hang in there buddy - if you remain moderator of the HL, I'm sure you'll get something nice in 48 years...

Very nice
12/03/2007 - 23:01

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Re: scans of a Patrimony made in a few hundred pieces but never sold!
12/04/2007 - 05:49

I  can go for this as a candidate for the HL "simple" watch as well. 

But it got me thinking,  I wonder if VC has any other old stock of movements that can be used for an HL edition.  If so we could design a watch around that movement, and hopefully get it for a reasonable price?

BR, Dan

I wonder if VC has any other old stock of movements
12/04/2007 - 09:36

That's a very good idea. Don Alex can't you make them an offer they can't refuse?

 

You are right Santino I will make them an offer they
12/04/2007 - 11:00

can't refuse

Re: You are right Santino I will make them an offer they
12/04/2007 - 15:56

Perhaps if we ask them to skip the AD comission since there will not be one?

BTW any idea about this watch? I like the lugs.

I have no idea what Michael Corleone is wearing but I do love your
12/04/2007 - 16:20

taste in watches AND movies

This is the one that then CEO Mr. JCP wore
12/04/2007 - 06:41

when VC hosted a dinner in my city 2 years ago. Nice!!!