Vacheron Constantin introduces the new Patrimony Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi

made especially in 10 pieces for Japan's oldest shop. This model will be available only in the main boutique in Tokyo.

The Patromony Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi is in white gold, black dial, 35mm case and houses the manufacture caliber 1400.

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Vacheron Constantin introduces the new Patrimony Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi

All I love!!!!!
08/09/2007 - 14:38

...Very marvelous watch! This model has all the elements I love in a watch: the simplicity and a perfect wedding of materials (black dial in a white methal box)

Re: Vacheron Constantin introduces the new Patrimony Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi
08/09/2007 - 16:34

Thanks Alex,

new Patrimony Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi!  Can you say that fast, 3 times?

After getting used to all of the Contemporaine's 40mms, the Patrimony small seconds and this current iteration really look small don't they (more so with the black dial, perhaps).  Even at 35mm, the exposed cal. 1400 is still dwarfed by the case.  Imagine if the Contemporaine had an exhibition caseback!?!   Well, it could be okay for the Japanese market where wrists are much thinner. 

BTW, any material on the new Japanese LE (not the Engine version)?  I saw it last weekend but didn't have a camera.  What was sad was that the lady at the AD had no idea of the material used on the dial, which was definitely different from the Engine LE - so it didn't have the "Engine Start" inscription, thank god.


VC will soon be presenting a much bigger manual wind
08/09/2007 - 18:03

caliber for its bigger cased watches.

Kazumi do you spend your week ends in watch stores?? You're going to be named special Hour Lounge envoy for Japan

I'm trying to get some scans of the watch you mentioned (I thought it was supposed to be out in Sept) but if you do drop by the shop this comming week end it would be great if you could take your camera ...the dial of that was has an oxidated treatment on it

Re: VC will soon be presenting a much bigger manual wind
08/10/2007 - 03:28

Ahh...yes, a bigger manual wind manufacture movement is just what the doctor ordered.

It will be a challenge to come up with a large-diameter, thin movement since I understand stability generally becomes a challenge as the diameter of a thin movement is increased.  Although I don't expect cal. 1003 thickness in a 35mm+ movement, it will be interesting to see the balance of "thickness vs. diameter" that VC comes out with for its new caliber.  I am sure it will be another beauty though.

>>Kazumi do you spend your week ends in watch stores??

LOL!  I would like to, but actually I think I am just happened to be at the right place at the right time.  Unfortunately, I can't say the same for my finances!

The watches were in an AD in Kyoto.  I don't think I will be going there again but I'll make sure to bring my camera next time I am out.  The LE's should be out in other ADs as well. 

Have a great weekend guys!!

Its a nice watch. Surpising how brands themselves can change our
08/09/2007 - 17:08

perception of size. A few years ago I coulth not imagine wearing anything over 36mm and today 36mm is small!!

I agree with you on that. I remeber when the Patrimony Contemporaine
08/09/2007 - 18:54

was launched a few years ago, I liked the look but found it way too big at 40mm and today my boutique model doesn't leave my wrist!!

I've come to the conclusion that its not the clients' tastes that make the market but the other way around. We have our tastes modified by what is offered!!

Elegant & understated with delicate leaf hands:
08/09/2007 - 18:15

Seems appropriate for the Japanese market.  Very nice. 


It's a bit "tame" compared to what VC has been presenting recently nt
08/09/2007 - 18:31


It's amazing what a change in the colour of the dial can do...
08/10/2007 - 14:37

For the look of the watch. I like this combo very much. I'm also looking forward to learn more about the new manual wind movement when the appropriate time comes, thanks. 



Doesn't raise Doc's pulse.... (nt)
08/10/2007 - 19:06


Beautiful timepiece but too small. (nt)
08/11/2007 - 00:36


08/11/2007 - 00:48

It looks like a Nomos and the caliber is too small for the case. Not a must have IMHO !

WG and black dial always play it right...
08/14/2007 - 00:45
Still the small size and a bit too classic design are not my cup of tea. The very limited number of watches in this edition guarantees a success. All of them are surely pre-sold and that's the beauty of it. VC's spectrum of design and complications make it a great range to choose from...