Review: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 42mm

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The new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony collection is upgraded from its predecessors with a more modern look. Keeping most things constant, one major facelift is the larger case size, coming in at 42 mm. The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 42mm is available in 18 K white gold, pink gold and platinum (slate dial).



The Platinum variant with slate coloured dial


As per Vacheron Constantin’s tradition, the three models interpreted in 42 mm case elegantly assert the pure, restrained lines of the iconic Vacheron Constantin collection. Available only in precious metals, this manual winding time only collection is currently one of the best products within its category, and unsurprisingly, one of the most expensive as well. That said, its quality case construction, artisanal finishing, and  technically superior movement makes the timepiece a highly desirable one.



Tilted profile reveals the slight concave effect of the crystal and dial. Note the curved end of the minutes hand.


Reflecting a minimalist design that combines taut lines with rounded curves in a pleasing aesthetic balance, the new models presented at the SIHH 2016 come in 950 platinum, 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold. Slightly convex on the external zone and adorned with a circular “pearl” minute-track, the restrained dial is enlivened by a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The thin manual winding timepiece measures 42mm in diameter and 7.65mm in height.


Side profile reveals the thinness of the watch which measures just 7.65 mm thick.



A white dial variant is also available, in 18K white gold.


The watch uses Caliber 4400 AS, a mechanical manual-winding movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin.The calibre 4400AS measures only 2.80 mm in thickness. The 21 jewels movement has an approximate 65 hours power reserve and beats at 4 Hz. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, it features all the hand finishes characteristic of Haute Horlogerie. All models bear the Hallmark of Geneva.



Transparent caseback reveals the calibre 4400 AS, a thin manual winding movement



The movement bears the cotes-de-geneve finishing, with bevelled edges on the bridge plates and nicely chamfered holes for the jewels and screws.



Close up of the matte dial, with pearl minute markers.


Of the 3 metal variants, our favourite is the slate dial platinum model. Primarily because platinum is our preferred material, alluding to its pristine qualities and frequently understated luxury. Furthermore, the dial colour is much rarer and unconventional. That said, the price premium over the other 2 metals may leave some feeling queasy.



Beautifully simple, the classic Patrimony simply exudes its minimalist charm.


All in all, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 42mm is a beautifully made timepiece which contains all that is required of a luxury timepiece without the fanfare. As we had said, the case thinness and build quality is superb, the movement great both aesthetically and technically, and the overall look of the watch, utilitarian and beautiful.


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