Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono Platinum Watch
With a name like Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono Platinum watch, what could I possibly add to a discussion about this timepiece? I mean it pretty much sums it up in a four breath title suitable for the king of a no longer existing nation.The 43mm wide watch in all platinum is one of the major highlights of Vacheron Constantin's 2010 watch collection - an offering marked by stark traditionalism and brand DNA. I like this watch because of the straight forward layout of the information as well as the nicely contrasting colors on the dial. Together the looks is very attractive and even displays a trendy gray demeanor throughout the watch. It isn't hard to realize the watch isn't for you, but you can't deny that this is one splendid timepiece.
The movement is all hand-done - displayed through the watch's sapphire caseback window. The In-house made Vacheron Constantin Calibre 1141QP movement features a perpetual calendar (displaying the day, date, month, and leap year), moon phase indicator, 30 minute column wheel chronograph, and the time with a subsidiary seconds dial. I would have liked the movement to be an automatic, but the view you get of the movement in very impressive.
You can tell in the image I snapped that the platinum polish is impressive. Careful though, as platinum begins to pick up hairline scratches easily. Also, platinum is heavy, so you'll need to not be a wimp to wear one of these. I like the character of the moon phase face. It is hard to see here, but check out the Vacheron Constantin marketing image of the watch below to see the Bell Epoque style "emo" moon face. One side of the moon disc has a moon that is frowning, with the other side being a moon that is smiling, I believe. Not sure about price, but I wouldn't believe a nickle under $100,000.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.