SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph

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Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph

All the aesthetic characteristics of the Patrimony Traditionnelle line – the fine bezel, the knurling around the sapphire crystal back, the dauphine hands, and the dials in several historically-inspired shades of silver - are present and correct in this new Haute Horlogerie chronograph. Although only recently launched, it has already become a benchmark of the genre with collectors. In short, it is endowed with very strong aesthetic and technical arguments.

Watch enthusiasts will have realised already that everything about this contemporary timepiece is a tribute to the best of the watchmaking tradition. For a start, there is the legendary 1141 calibre column-wheel chronograph, a movement that has become so famous that it has joined the ranks of Vacheron Constantin classics.

Recognised by all the experts as one of the most technically and aesthetically accomplished movements and equipped with a magnificent balance reminiscent of the 1940’s, the manual-winding 1141 calibre is reserved for exceptional models. This valuable addition to the Patrimony Traditionnelle line has been housed in the collection’s characteristically classic case, unpretentious and extremely elegant.

Another distinguishing feature of this new Vacheron Constantin chronograph is its silvered opaline dial with two counters characteristic of the 1940’s, the chronograph’s golden age. The 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds at 9 o’clock give the dial perfect balance. The Manufacture’s designers have taken full advantage of the case’s impressive 42-mm diameter to guarantee optimum legibility of all the indications, including the tachometer scale on the dial rim.

The 18K pink gold case has been tested for water-resistance to a pressure of 3 Bar, the equivalent of 30 metres. Like the other models in this line, it has a sapphire crystal back through which one can admire the unique and characteristic geometry of the manual-winding 1141 chronograph movement and its exemplary finishing. The 1141 also has a 48-hour power reserve.

SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph

SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph

SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph
Bleieve me dear friends, the pictures are impressive but the real...
01/18/2009 - 12:13
thing is twice as gorgeous I was very fortunate to see it in the flesh last night as Christian Selmoni had it on his wrist and shared it with us. Personally I think VC has struck gold - with this watch VC has come as close as it gets to its iconic chronograph designs from 40s and 50s. It is just one amazing timepiece... a very well proportioned dial and case - simply perfect One little note, I am not a fan of dauphine hands but they really do not bother me here, not the least bit... 
Nice watch but same criticism as below...
01/18/2009 - 12:28
case much to big. It is far from a Chrono Historique.
+1 for the Chrono historique (nt)
01/20/2009 - 12:10
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VC kills me!!!!!! :'( :'(
01/18/2009 - 12:39
After the BiRetro, the QdI and the 1921 American ... this one!!!! Marvelous watch, I am agree with you concerning the size of the case guys, but despite its 42mm, the watch seems well proportioned Can't wait to see this beauty in the flesh!! (PS: Alex, please prepare me a corner where I could set my tent LooL).
WOW! WOW! WOW! I got waek legs once I saw this one.
01/18/2009 - 13:17
Should I sell my Malte chrono?!!!! Like Fred said, VC kills!
Words fail me.................
01/18/2009 - 16:53
Just lovely!  And I also love the size........fabulous....................now what can I sell.............anyone know a good rationale for needing this one (that my wife will buy!!)?? All the Best, Tom
VC hits another homerun!!!
01/18/2009 - 17:31
I am so impressed with VC's offerings this year.  I love how they have expanded on the Patrimony Traditionelle line, and this chrono is one of my favorites!  Its simply stunning.  I look forward to seeing it in person.   Best regards, Dino
Hey Dino, you took the words right out of my fingers!!! I also very
01/18/2009 - 22:06
much appreciate the rose gold case, absolutely my favorite. Sorry I couldn't see it in the metal with some excellent company. Take care, Tim
Re: SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph
01/19/2009 - 02:29
A beautiful piece in all ways. I can't wait to see it here in my ADs and actually try it on. I like a 42mm size and pink gold case. Alex, many thanks for sharing with us. Regards, Matt
My pick of the litter
01/19/2009 - 06:01
Although the watch will probably be too big for my wrist, I like the concept and legibility of the dial. My pet peeve is the balance between the subdials and the dial itself.  By making the case, dial and the subdials larger, one has the impression that the subdials are squished (for lack of a better word) toward the center.  This is an unfortunate trend as most manufacturers try to increase case sizes while making do with existing movements. Still, I like this watch a lot and look forward to seeing it in the metal.
Yes, Here it is !
01/19/2009 - 12:49
The major error made on previous release is corrected : font used for both counters are the same. This mistake was really a tasteful error. Now, dials of this historique and QP are very well balanced again. Bravo VC. Deniz.
Oh my
01/19/2009 - 13:22
Yes please!!!!
Just one question : any news of the in house mouvement? (nt)
01/20/2009 - 12:09
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Unfortunately, I believe that we'll have to wait...
01/20/2009 - 12:23
for at least one more year.  Hopefully, our patience will be rewarded with something really special.  Cheers, Duncan
thanks, "really special" such as "fuxée-chaine" of L&S ? (nt)
01/20/2009 - 12:28
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Can't say that I have heard about a fusee and chain...
01/21/2009 - 00:18
for the in-house VC chronograph but I certainly do not have all of the details.  We will all have to patiently wait for this much anticipated movement and timepieces. Cheers, Duncan
I hope VC will not put a fusée-chaine in the movment
01/22/2009 - 14:17
otherwise it will be sky rocket price level! From SIHH, they said it is still in progress, but without any more info on the deadline. Just wait and pray. Cheers, Patrice
Very, very nice and
01/20/2009 - 21:21
with the square buttons, ah... Doc
This is a breathtaking piece....
01/23/2009 - 10:13
....must be really impressive. Stunning ! Kind regards, Mark