INTRODUCING: The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding

INTRODUCING: The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding

Borna Bošnjak

In Vacheron Constantin’s own words, the Patrimony is “circular perfection”, serving as a minimalist, modern interpretation of its elegant models of the 1950s. The four new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding models introduced today re-establish this well-known collection. With a redesigned case and crown, they distinguish themselves from their Holy Trinity competitors by offering a bit of wow factor to go with the classic round design.

Domed dials deliver depth

The dials combine light play and their physical features to give an otherwise flat design a great sense of depth. Light-coloured in the centre, the deep blue and lush pink begin to darken as the dial travels past the edge of the gold hour markers, finishing in a deeper shade at the minute track. When this is paired with their convex nature, the darker edges and lighter centre help maximise the effect.

Owing to the dial shape, the leaf minute and seconds hand, crafted in gold matching the case, are also lightly curved at their tips, a subtle but important touch. Two of the references forgo the droplet-like minute markers, opting instead for round-cut diamond gemsetting. Printing is minimal and classy, and changes depending on the dial colour, with the brand name just below the applied Maltese cross at 12 o’clock and “Swiss made” beneath the 6 o’clock marker. That same marker happens to be truncated, making way for a date aperture framed in pink or white. The date discs integrate into the design very well – this is how you do simple date windows!

Vacheron Constantin redesigned the case profile

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In line with the Patrimony design language, there are no frills here. And yes, I’m aware that diamonds could very much be referred to as “frills”, but the overall case shape is kept very simple. A slightly protruding bezel and caseback sandwich the midcase, all in a high polish. Depending on the reference, you can opt for a smooth, polished bezel, or one set with 72 round-cut diamonds.

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There’s a new, more rounded crown with a high-polish coin edge for extra grip that’s emblazoned with the Maltese cross. Square lugs are close-set for the 36.5mm case size, letting the head of the watch shine. Both pieces of crystal are sapphire, while the snap-on caseback offers 30 metres of water resistance and an overall height of 8.45mm. The straps are matched according to the dial colour, both made of alligator leather and featuring a convenient quick-release system.

Slim, self-winding, with Poinçon de Genève

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Powered by the in-house calibre 2450 Q6/3, the Patrimony Self-Winding achieves a 40-hour power reserve with a 4 Hz beat rate. Finished with burnished pinions and Côtes de Genève among many other techniques, it’s marked by the Geneva Seal. With an overall thickness of only 3.6mm, it conforms very much to Vacheron Constantin’s specific brand of understated magnificence.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding pricing and availability:

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The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding is available now. Price: $41,200 AUD for the plain bezel and $52,000 AUD for the diamond bezel

Brand Vacheron Constantin
Model Patrimony Self-Winding
Ref. Number 4115U/000G-B908, 4115U/000R-B907, 4110U/000G-B906, 4110U/000G-B905
Case Dimensions 36.5mm x 8.45mm
Case Material 18K white gold (ref. 4305T/000G-B948), 18K 5N pink gold (ref. 4305T/000R-B947)
Dial Deep blue / blush pink, gradient effect
Crystal Sapphire – front and back
Strap Strap Night blue/Rosy beige alligator leather with satin-effect
Movement Calibre 2450 Q6/3
Price $41,200 AUD for the plain bezel and $52,000 AUD for the diamond bezel