SIHH 2009 novelty: 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle


38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle

Vacheron Constantin’s new 4400 calibre makes its entrance

A tribute to the timepieces made by the Manufacture from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, the new 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle is part of a true horological tradition.

Its pure lines and harmonious proportions are a strong assertion of its classic character. With its fine bezel, knurled case middle, screw-down sapphire crystal back, faceted trapezoid hourmarkers, dauphine hands and multi-toned dial, this new model sublimates the identifying aesthetic features of the Patrimony Traditionnelle line.

At the heart of its case lies Vacheron Constantin’s new manual-winding 4400 calibre, designed and manufactured in toto by the brand’s Research & Development Department in the Joux Valley. Thanks to its impressive barrel, this new movement has a power reserve of approximately 65 hours. It displays the hours and minutes as well as a small seconds at 6 o’clock. And in addition to Vacheron Constantin’s exceptional finishing - always discreet and simple in appearance - the 4400 calibre is stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

Conceived in the purest Haute Horlogerie tradition but developed with today’s cutting-edge technology, the new manual-winding 4400 calibre is distinguished by its 12.5’’’ (28.50 mm) diameter, a size specially designed for contemporary cases.

Vacheron Constantin’s designers and watchmakers used this dimension to create the perfect combination of technique and aesthetics. Complying with the twelve criteria required for the Hallmark of Geneva, this new movement meets the even higher demands of decoration and finishing.

True to the Vacheron Constantin tradition, all the surfaces of the plate, bridges and other major components are hand-decorated, including those that are not visible. Such quality hand-finishing is an integral part of Vacheron Constantin’s philosophy and distinguishes all its movements.

A contemporary testimony to the most authentic watchmaking tradition, this new Patrimony Traditionnelle timepiece comes in a 38-mm 18K pink gold case.

The manual-winding movement and its finishing can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback. Thanks to both its technical and aesthetic qualities, the 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle is already on its way to becoming a benchmark in the world of classic Haute Horlogerie and a must for connoisseurs. 

SIHH 2009 novelty: 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle
Very very original design LooL ^^
01/18/2009 - 12:46
... the Tradtionnelle Automatic dial without the date added to this manual caliber woulb be very wonderful in my opinion I have a feeling of overload with the small second at 6' (because the rail) ... a impresion that I don't ahve with the Traditionnelle Automatique!
Re: Very very original design LooL ^^
01/18/2009 - 17:27
Great watch, but I agree with Fred, I'd love to see the watch with a subdial at 9 as on the Patrimony Traditionelle Automatic.  Still I do like the overall look of this watch especially without the date window that I find distracting on the Traditionelle Auto. Best regards, Dino
01/19/2009 - 05:26

Although I would like to reserve judgment till I get to see it in the metal, my initial reaction would be the to lose the small seconds dial too.   Still, I like the overall design.

01/18/2009 - 18:27
Get rid of the small second and the watch is perfect.
Re: SIHH 2009 novelty: 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle
01/18/2009 - 16:38
wow! absolutely beautiful.
Re: SIHH 2009 novelty: 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle
01/19/2009 - 10:09

amazing watch but is a little bit small for my wrist  i also believe that the patrimony contemporaine is very best looking from the patrimony colection any thoughts Mr kazumi

01/19/2009 - 13:24
I actually like the small seconds a lot!
Re: SIHH 2009 novelty: 38 mm Patrimony Traditionnelle
01/19/2009 - 13:41
Absolutely beautiful  , will this calibre replace the 1400 ? Any idea of pricing , please  ? I don't believe 38 mm is too small , not everybody wants to wear a wall clock on their wrist ..  :-) Regards from DownUnder .
Hi Chris, I am not sure about...
01/19/2009 - 14:08
the future plans for the Calibre 1400 but the Calibre 4400 is quite a beauty with its larger diameter and 65-hour power reserve.  When he can, I think Alex can probably shed more light on the future for the respective movements. As for pricing, the new Ref. 82172 is probably going to be sub 10K Euros.  As always, pricing is subject to change. Cheers, Duncan
Definately "Traditionnelle"
01/19/2009 - 17:12
Simple and elegant, with traditional design cues.  Very nice!  The movement deserves it's crystal display window - the scale is appropriate to the case and the design and execution are of the highest (slightly Germanic, but that's OK with me).  My only criticisms are the large but plain applied index markers.  The traditional theme would have been enhanced with beveled markers.
My favorite of all
01/20/2009 - 11:53
It's simple, elegant, "small" enough to fit a woman's wrist. Well I would like to see it in Platinum as well, would be great but this rose gold is really beautiful. And I am definitely not a fan of the diamond-studded watches
Made me quite unmoved.
01/20/2009 - 21:23
Looks like one of 100 other watches back then. Sorry. Doc