Hi, sorry about being late, but being a fellow owner of this watch - I say don't do it.
Over the past 15 years, VC has only made 3 watches with a retrograde hand and there are not many of them around. Retrograde is actually a tradition that goes back to the 1930s when VC created a minute repeater, perpetual calendar watch in a tonneau case with a retrograde hand (one of the earliest retrograde wristwatches).
Mine says hello and pleads with you to keep it:
If needed, I'll send you one of these shirts that matches the pattern on the dial!
A small detail: Ref. 47245 was introduced in 2000 for VC's 245th Annversary and it pre-dates the Patrimony line, technically part of the "Complication" Collection. When I first got mine, I knew it wasn't considered a Malte (though it has similar lugs to the Maltes of that time) and I knew it wasn't a Patrimony. Confirmation about it being from the "Complication" Collection comes from my VC Extract from the Archive for this watch.