SIHH 2012: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon

  VC Press release
  • The new Calibre 2260 developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
  • A 14-day power reserve
  • An exceptional tourbillon in a round case tourbillon
  • The first Vacheron Constantin timepiece to be approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria
 

Vacheron Constantin tourbillon

 
An exceptional tourbillon and the absolute purity of a round, understated case housing a complication boasting unprecedented performances: the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 beating at the heart of the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is simply unequalled. Moreover, the latest newcomer to the Patrimony Traditionnelle line is the first Vacheron Constantin watch to be approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria.

All of which combines to make it a predestined collector’s item.
 
The pure art of watchmaking…
The new Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is the ultimate embodiment of the watchmaking art – a status that is further accentuated by the fact that it meets the new Hallmark of Geneva requirements which are no longer confined to the movement alone, but also take account of the finished watch. This extension of its scope represents a major evolution for a label of quality that is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and has clearly decided to respond more clearly than ever to the expectations of an increasingly well-informed clientele.
 
Building on its experience, Vacheron Constantin has chosen to explore a new path by developing a tourbillon calibre as pure as the case housing it, while displaying performances unequalled in the realm of this complication. The Vacheron Constantin movement design engineers and watchmakers thus cooperated in developing a new mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement – Calibre 2260 – endowed with an exceptional 14-day power reserve. Above and beyond the practical utility of this comfortable power reserve, the regulating organ fitted inside the tourbillon results in a watch displaying improved rating precision and enhanced long-term stability.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days
 
In order to provide a full 14-day power reserve, the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 is equipped with four barrels mounted in coupled pairs. They are all connected and all unwind simultaneously, but naturally four times slower than a single barrel. The four barrel-springs amount to a total length of around 2.20 metres and each enables approximately 13 development rotations! Comprising 231 parts and beating at a frequency of 18,800 vibrations/hour.
 
The architecture of this new Calibre 2260 features two large bridges (instead of the three appearing on the previous Vacheron Constantin tourbillons). The large surfaces thus available serve to highlight the finishes lavished on this movement, including the Côtes de Genève that are thus given full scope for expression. Having two extra bridges serves to enhance the precision in terms of assembly, but represents an additional difficulty for the watchmaker who thus has less easy access to the movement. The tourbillon carriage is inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese Cross and provides a splendid showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of interior angles, all naturally hand-bevelled. The rounding off of the tourbillon bar alone takes over 11 hours of manual craftsmanship to achieve an optimal effect.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days
 
In addition to the tourbillon combined with small seconds at 6 o’clock, Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 also drives the slightly off-centred hour and minute functions, as well as a 14-day power-reserve display appearing on a 280° segment for improved readability. The 12 o’clock positioning of the latter indicator on a silver-toned opaline dial, as well as the external minute circle, are inspired by several pocket-watches stemming from the rich heritage of Vacheron Constantin.
 
The new Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon faithfully reflects the design codes that have forged the reputation of this line imbued with a sense of purism and rigorously high standards. A slender bezel, a case middle with a fluted base, a screw-down case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal, facetted hour-markers (double at 12 o’clock), 5N pink gold dauphine hands and an historically inspired opaline silver-toned dial adorned with a variety of finishes: all these refined elements contribute to the unmistakable identity of this restrained and technical collection and serve as a reminder that tradition and modernity quite naturally rub shoulders at Vacheron Constantin.
 
… in keeping with the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria
This Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Jours is the first Vacheron Constantin watch to be officially approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria.
 
Instated by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 1886, the Poinçon de Genève is a guarantee of origin, quality of craftsmanship, durability, and expertise. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Hallmark of Geneva is undergoing a major transformation, particularly in order to take account of the evolution in the techniques and materials used in the watch industry.
 
As of 2012, the certification no longer concerns the movement alone, but instead the watch as a whole. Component production as well as verification of the entire set of operations leading to the finished watch are now the object of a systematic and more demanding monitoring procedure conducted by independent State-sworn agents. Once a movement has been officially approved in accordance with the Hallmark of Geneva requirements, periodic unannounced inspections will be made in the company in order to verify the compliance of production processes. The inspections will in particular serve to check that the assembly, adjustment and casing-up are indeed performed in Geneva, as well as to evaluate the quality of the components produced and the assembled movements.
 
Rather than just the movement, the entire watch is now stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva. The exterior of the timepiece is thus taken into account, and in particular the elements connecting the movement to the case, meaning the casing-up rings, the clamps and braces and the dog screws. All components must also comply with the production processes and finishes laid down by the Hallmark of Geneva.
 
The testing of the completed watch is now an integral part of the requirements of the quality label. This is true of the water resistance, of which the company’s internal controls are duly cross-checked by the Hallmark of Geneva authorities. The power reserve announced for a given movement is also periodically tested. Finally, the precision of the watch as proven by a wear simulation test becomes an essential element in awarding the label. The Hallmark of Geneva conducts precision measurements for a full seven days to ensure that the variation in rate does not exceed one minute per week.

All these elements combine to make the Hallmark of Geneva more concretely understandable to the final customer.
 
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days
 
Technical characteristics Reference                                89000/000R-9655
                                                Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon
                                                Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
 
Calibre                                     2260, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
                                               
Energy                                     Mechanical hand-wound
                                               
Movement diameter                 29.10 mm (13 lignes)
 
Movement thickness                6.80 mm
 
Jewelling                                  31      
 
Number of parts                      231
 
Frequency                                2.5Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour)
 
Indications                              Hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage
 
Additional functions                Tourbillon and 14-day power reserve thanks to four barrels coupled in pairs
 
Power reserve                          Approximately 336 hours (14 days)
 
Case                                         18K 5N pink gold
                                                42.00 mm in diameter
                                                12.20 mm thick
                                                Transparent back fitted with a sapphire crystal
 
Water resistance                       Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)
 
Dial                                         Opaline silver-toned, black-painted indications (minutes, seconds, power reserve) and white-painted internal zones
 
                                               
Strap                                        Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, large square scales, hand-sewn, saddle-finish
 
Clasp                                       Folding triple-blade clasp in 18K 5N pink gold
                                                Polished half Maltese Cross
 
WHL
11/21/2011 - 17:50
11/22/2011 - 03:54
11/28/2011 - 14:25
In the flesh scans and thoughts on this new piece
11/21/2011 - 11:05

I can only say one thing: I totally love this watch  (well that's actually 5 things but you get my drift indecision) I love the fact that the movement is not just a stripped down version of Cal 2253 (14 day tourbillon, perpetual, EOT, time of sunset and sunrise) but a new construction, the finish is just top notch, just have a look at the bevelling and the perlage on the top plate, these will never been seen by anyone other than the watchmaker and still the brand wanted to have all components made and finished to the same level, visible or not. I love the dial, I love the tourbillon cage and bridge, their proportions are perfect.  It is elegant, sophisticated and masculine.Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 DaysVacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days

Re: In the flesh scans and thoughts on this new piece
11/21/2011 - 12:04
Beautiful watch and a tremendous achievement. I think the dial would look a lot nicer if "Vacheron Constantin" was placed like it is on the Cal. 2755 or Cal. 2253. Anyways, nice to see VC increase their portfolio of Grande Complications. Does this mean that the Malte Tourbillon is being phased out? What else for SIHH 2012?
somthing for everyone coming out in 2012 but patience :-)
11/22/2011 - 12:03
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Awesome... I'm smitten
11/21/2011 - 15:29
And what a complication combo. 14-day Tourbie, who would've thought? Congrats VC, it's a constant collectibleyes And unlike kk, I like the fact that the LOGO has been placed off-center.
Re: Awesome... I'm smitten
11/21/2011 - 20:03
Radek, You have a point. In the other two grande complications, there was not much place on the dial to put Vacheron Constantin with Malteste Cross. In this case, the dial has a lot of place, so it makes sense to put it off center with the the whole name, Geneva and the M. Cross. It would be odd if they did not put the whole setup off-center. This is a gorgeous timepiece. I have been dreaming of VC launching a simple patrimony traditionelle tourbillon, 'simple' being a 'relative' term in this context. Now, lets see if they introduce a 'simple' Patrimony Traditionelle or Patrimony Contemporaine Minute Repeater !!! KK
It'd be fantastic if they remade the recently here mentioned reference
11/21/2011 - 21:29
4261 from the 30's - 40's or its newer rendition ref 30010. Pure and simple minute repeater
Thanks Alex for the news
11/21/2011 - 15:49
It is a nice addition for the patrimony line. Proportions looks nice, and dial awesome as usual with this watch. I just regret this hole to show the tourbillon, I prefer to have a plain dial and see it backwards with a more opened movement, just a matter of taste. The tourbillon cage and its size is always fascinating by Vacheron Francois
I almost love everything
11/22/2011 - 02:15
Hi Alex, Love the post.  I almost love everything about it.  The movement, the "simple" round toubillon, the case is fantastic the hands.  The only thing I cannot find a liking for is the dial.  The style of Patrimony dial does not sit well with me.  This is indeed a stunning watch.  If it has a different dial design, I would be all over it! Cheers, justindependent
You know, I actually think it
11/22/2011 - 12:22
would look even better if the 14day power reserve indicator were removed, with indication shown on the back of the watch. I have to say that I love the case, the Tourbillon bar and cage are really good, and the movement is clearly monumental... Design is superb, the finishing everything you could hope for.... So, with that one caveat, an amazing timepiece... Congrats VC and obviously very much looking forward to seeing it in the flesh, and the other offerings. Gary
history repeats itself design wise....
11/22/2011 - 13:13
Very beautiful watch...
11/22/2011 - 13:35
...I cannot wait to see it in the flesh at SIHH!!! Will there be any dial variations launched in 2012?
no dial variations, maybe a slate grey if and ever a platinum model
11/22/2011 - 13:45
is launched
Re: In the flesh scans and thoughts on this new piece
11/22/2011 - 18:08
I also love the watch for the simplisity of it's case and dial. 14 days power reserv is perfect. To know that the movment is finished to the new Geneva cretarias is fantastic even if we can't see it all. Thank you for the good pictures it is nearly as good as if I had it in hand.
way to go VC, another winner!
11/21/2011 - 12:11
nt
Its classical simplicity certainly hides
11/21/2011 - 17:28
a lot of sophistication yes.  Is it a secret or can you share the timing results for this first of the new Geneva Seal time-tested pieces?  With tourbillon, four barrels and a relaxed frequency, I'm thinking it should be pretty good...
the inhouse tests have shown a deviation of just...
11/21/2011 - 17:38
2 seconds in 2 weeks! But this will not become the benchmark even though the highest accuracy will try to be achieved when regulated
Outstanding!
11/22/2011 - 00:06
Now there will be no excuse for VC to be absent from the 2013 Concours International de Chronométrie enlightened
Finally!
11/21/2011 - 17:50
A round tourbillon without the QP and other distractions on the dial. I've been expecting a watch like this ever since the four barrel movement came out in 2005 in the St Gervais. Worth the wait! Bill
Smart, elegant, and really sophisticated, the
11/21/2011 - 20:14
design is such that you really cannot take your eyes from it. This watch is too integrated to disect, it is simply a work of art. Best to all, Tim
Wow, just Wow
11/22/2011 - 03:54
Can't wait to see it in the flesh!
Re: SIHH 2012: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon
11/22/2011 - 04:37
That is so awesome!  Vacheron has really taken the lead here with a beautiful watch with a 14 day complication. Can't wait to see it in person and try it on:)). Congratulations and best wishes, Matt
Beautiful calibre. Thanks Alex!
11/22/2011 - 05:21
Looking forward to seeing this next year. - SJX
Starting SIHH 2012 with a BANG!
11/22/2011 - 05:34
Thanks for the informative preview, Alex. The watch is proving to be another technical and aesthetic tour de force for VC. I hope VC also has a few novelties lined up for "ordinary folks" like me. kazumidevil
I can't wait to strap this BAD BOY on my wrist in January! (nt)
11/22/2011 - 10:15
(drool)
Performance and elegance !
11/22/2011 - 10:23
This new jewel is a combination of performance and elegance !
Re: SIHH 2012: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon
11/22/2011 - 14:12
Absolutely splendid! Can't wait to see it in person. I'm not 100 percent certain about the off-center main time display, but will reserve judgment until I see it personally (lip smacking sounds here). Best, Gary
Re: SIHH 2012: Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon
11/22/2011 - 21:52
The movement is fantastic, real genius with an unparalleled execution...same for the case and hands. laughcheekyyes But I've never been a fan of "railway tracks". Now if you put the movement in the older design... just my 2 cents worth sadcrying Joseph
Simply Amazing
11/28/2011 - 14:25
I can't wait to try this one on at SIHHcheeky Thanks Francois