The new Overseas Collection from Vacheron Constantin at SIHH 2016, has received much fanfare. Vacheron Constantin has introduced some new models to their Patrimony Collection. Here are the new releases.
The Patrimony collection draws inspiration from the elegance of the 1950s.
Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine
In keeping with the aesthetic codes of the Collection Excellence Platine born in 2006, this new Patrimony Perpetual Calendar is crafted in 950 platinum case, as is the dial. The latter features a finely grained sand-blasted dial discreetly bearing the inscription “Pt950” between 4 and 5 o’clock. The 41 mm-diameter case is water-resistant to 3 bar (approximately 30 meters). The hours and minutes hands are in 18K white gold, while the calendar pointers are in blued steel. Setting the finishing touch, the saddle-finish dark blue alligator strap is hand-stitched with silk and 950 platinum threads, and secured by a folding clasp in the same metal.
The Perpetual Calendar takes account of the leap-year cycle with its 31-, 30- and 28-day months, as well as the quadrennial recurrence of February 29th. It will smoothly cope with all the vagaries of the calendar without requiring any corrections until March 1st 2100. Revolving beneath the dial, the moon disc depicts the heavenly vault in white gold enhanced by a blue galvanic treatment. Each star has been delicately crafted so as to provide an exact map of the sky.
Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1120 QP measures just 4.05 mm thick, beats at the frequency of 2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour), and has a 40-hour power reserve. The oscillating weight cut out in the shape of a Maltese cross further embeds the design codes of the Maison at the heart of the movement.
This will a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Patrimony, three new 42mm models
The three models interpreted in 42 mm case elegantly assert the pure, restrained lines of the iconic Vacheron Constantin collection. 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.
These timepieces feature a broad opening framing understated dials that are slate-colored for the platinum version and silver opaline for the white gold and pink gold models. 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 functions are driven by Caliber 4400 AS, a mechanical manual-winding movement developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin. Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, it features all the hand finishes characteristic of Haute Horlogerie. All models bear the Hallmark of Geneva.
Patrimony 40 mm model with 18K 5N gold bracelet
The new model has an 18K 5N pink gold case and is 40 mm in diameter. The silvered opaline dial is distinguished by a slightly convex external area. Enjoying excellent legibility thank to a broad opening, the dial is enhanced by discreet hour-markers and a pearl minute-track. The baton-type hands, also in 18K 5N pink gold, further highlights the refinement to this timepiece, accentuated by the emblematic Maltese cross.
Endowed with a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and an approximately 40-hour power reserve, the manually wound Caliber 1400 housed by the Patrimony timepiece is distinguished by meticulously chamfered bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève, as well as a circular-grained baseplate.
Patrimony small model
Patrimony collection welcomes a new 36 mm model designed for both feminine and masculine wrists. Two new references join the collection, adorned with bracelets in 18K white gold or 18K 5N pink gold.
The 18K gold case frames a silvered opaline dial enlivened by an aperture-type date display and a central seconds hand. Long applied hour-markers interspersed with a circular “pearl” minute-track set a pleasing visual cadence. The quest for simplicity follows the regular sweep of the hands with all the inherent refinement of the Patrimony collection.
The self-winding 2450 Q6 caliber is housed in these two timepieces. The gold oscillating weight is polished and engraved according to an exclusive motif inspired by the emblem of the Maison.
We think that the Patrimony collection has received some nice new models and particularly like the new 42mm models.
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