SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono


The Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The exterior of this timepiece is as exceptional as the movement it houses. In keeping with the Patrimony Traditionnelle line, the 18K pink gold case is elegant, simple and classic. The generously-sized 43 mm case guarantees excellent legibility of all the indications on the dial.

As well as snailed counters and a painted black minute-track, the silvered opaline dial presents a multi-toned finish in the spirit of Vacheron Constantin’s historic chronographs. The watch enthusiast will immediately pick out affiliations with the chronographs of the 1940’s.

The mechanical manual-winding 1141 QP movement makes 18,000 vibrations per hour and has a 48-hour power reserve. Besides the hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock, it features chronograph functions with a centre direct-drive seconds hand and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. The perpetual calendar indicates the days of the week, months and leap years in windows, as well as the astronomical phases of the moon and a date hand at 6 o’clock.

The moon, sometimes happy, sometimes melancholy, is hand-engraved from a gold plate. Like all Vacheron Constantin movements, the 1141 QP calibre is distinguished by the meticulous chamfering work of the Côtes de Genève bridges and the circular-graining of the plate, both done by hand.

Water-resistant to a pressure of 3 Bar, the equivalent of 30 metres, the 18K pink gold case features a sapphire crystal back through which one can admire the remarkable complexity and exceptional architecture of the 1141 QP movement. 

SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono

SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono

SIHH 2009 novelty: Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono
Just one word to describe it - fantastic... nt
01/18/2009 - 12:16
+1 (nt)
01/18/2009 - 21:27
The movement is lost in the case...
01/18/2009 - 12:25
it is as disproportionate as a 5070. Otherwise, the watch is nice. jérôme
Bernard (alias Berny) told be that after the "Bling Bling" wave, we
01/20/2009 - 12:38
should see the "Shut shut" spirit. May be the case will then goes in the direction of a human wrist
Not really fan ...
01/18/2009 - 12:42
Indications are too grouped toward the center ... the space between the rail and the ends of the index... And the caliber too small for the case :'(
01/19/2009 - 05:33
I love the design but would have to agree with Fred's comments on all counts.  The design is really beautiful but IMHO could have been better without the extra shot of steroids.
A beatiful watch! My favorite novelty. Great Design nt
01/18/2009 - 14:43
Well Balanced...
01/19/2009 - 16:58
The dial looks well balanced for the size of case.  Being slight of wrist, the size actually precludes me from considering ownership but I accept that "oversize" is the current fashion.  Of course, red gold is wonderfully warm.  The moon phase disk is a work of art and the singular most distinctive feature.  Slight criticisms would be the movement looks lost back there and the subdials appear slightly pinched, being a bit close to the center!  Someday, I'd like to see VC cap the column-wheel.  Overall my favorite!
Amazing but to big!
01/20/2009 - 21:20
Some one wrote 'the movement was lost in the case' and it's actually a bit of thuth. On the other hand seeing small movements in to big watches, indicates that the watches qutie soon will be smaller again hej Doc
Quite nice at first glance.
01/21/2009 - 20:30
But there are too many indications gathered at the center.