Vacheron Constantin is well known for fine watch making. A characteristic of the company is the production of watches which may be simple in appearance, but the complications are quite amazing. Vacheron was established during the enlightenment period in 1755. They maintain a reputation for being the oldest watchmaker in existence. Through the years, the intricate complications were perfected along with the designs that give Vacheron Constantin its' trademark simplicity and elegance.
The company has traded hands yet the quality remains the same. The movements are some of the thinnest in the world which makes them highly prized. The Patrimony collection was developed in celebration of the company's entrance into the third century of watchmaking. We've included the top five Vacheron Constantin watches in the Patrimony line for your consideration.
Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253
Presented in 2010, the Patrimony Calibre 2253 is one of three luxury watches in the Collection Excellence Platine. It, along with the others in this group is cased in platinum. Platinum is at the top level of precious metals and is an exceptional material for protecting the inner workings of time pieces. It is quite durable and helps to reduce the shock of impact, adding protection. This is a limited edition and only ten pieces have been produced.It features the equation of time including times for sunset and sunrise with a tourbillon escapement. This watch is designed specifically for men.
The diameter is 44mm and the case is 15.6mm in thickness; the case material is platinum; The watch is water resistant; Black Alligator watch strap material; Deployant platinum 950 buckle; manual wind; 336 hour power reserve;457 parts; 30 jewels.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 possesses several functions including seconds, minutes, hours, equation of time, perpetual calendar, power reserve indicator and Tourbillon. The band is leather. Hallmark of Geneva certification included with box. The price for this watch is $384,950. USD.
Patrimony Caliber 1400
The simplistic features of this watch are a bit deceptive as they hide the intricate complication that lies beneath the 18 karat rose gold case. A look at the specifications reveals a great deal more about this work of artistic horography. The case is charmingly oversized. The dial is micro grain finished platinum which reflects light brilliantly.
Manual winding with case thickness of 6.79 mm; 40 mm diameter. It features 20 jewels with 98 parts. The power reserve is approximately 40 hours. The shape is perfectly round. The case material is 18 Karat pink gold; the watch strap material is 18 karat pink gold; watch strap finishing is polished. Indication: minutes, hours. The price for the Patrimony Caliber 1400 is $25,312 USD.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph
In the tradition of the Patrimony collection, the Traditionnelle Chronograph is an exemplary model that belongs to an elite circle. The mark of quality and simple luxury, it features reliabiity and outstanding performance in a mechanical hand wound masterpiece. The column wheel chronograph features a pivoting clutch along with a perpetual calandar that includes moon phases. The Traditionnelle Chronograph is a gentleman's watch.
Model # 47192/000G-9504; Case is 42mm; 18 karat white gold crown and pushers; 18 karat white gold bezel; Indications: Seconds, minutes, hours and chronograph. Manual wind movement; Crocodile leather strap; white gold buckle; power reserve of 48 hours; water resistant; 7.40mm thick case;
The price of this watch is $42,560 USD.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Openworked Manual Wind 30mm
A beautiful and luxurious men's watch that features an openworked manual wind. Intricate details add to the elegance and stylishness of the Openworked Manual Wind as one of the more decorative models in the Patrimony Traditionnelle line. The skeletonized movement is a true conversation piece. When you combine the unique appearance with its reliabiity and outstanding performance, then you have a functional collectors' piece with high material and aesthetic value.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle Openworked Manual Wind watch features 18 jewels with a power reserve of approximately 31 hours. The case is 5.48mm thick and the material is polished 18 karat white gold. The bezel is set with 64 high quality brilliant cut daimonds (Top Wesselton VVS quality) with a total carat weight of 0.36. The outer dial rim is silvered and complements the white gold hour indicator with white gold hands i dauphin shape. The mainspring barrel features the Vacheron Constantin Maltese Cross logo. The price of this jewel is $53,550 USD.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Grand Taille Manual 40mm
Simplicity is at its finest with the Patrimony Grand Taille Manual. The case is rounded to perfection and oversized for a minimalist effect that exudes charm and elegance in its simplest terms. The profile is slim with no adornments on the face. The dial is understated with a hand woud mechanical movement.
The Grand Taille Manual features an 18 Karat rose gold case measuring 6.7mm in thickness. The strap is alligator brown leather. The dial is silver and the hour markers and hand are 18 Karat rose gold. The power reserve is approximately 40 hours. The cost of the Grand Taille Manual 40mm averages $18,200.00 USD. The style of this watch is simple, but its elegance is apparent with understated elegance.
The Vacheron Constantin watchmakers hold the record for providing high quality Swiss made luxury watches in a continuum. Their years of exceptional service has helped them to estabish a strong reputation for their craft world wide. The Patrimony watch collection is a celebration of the longevity and success of Vacheron Constantin and offers a total of 18 models in the line. We chose the five top models to investigate further.
The simplicity of the Patrimony, with the exception of the Traditionelle Openwork Manual Wind are simplistic in their appearance. This is somewhat deceiving because of the myriad of parts and complications that go into the movements. Each watch is a work of art that embraces the ideals of the demand for perfection that is constant with Vacheron Constantin designers and watchmakers. This brand is among the most expensive watches in the world because of the quality and craftsmanship that goes into each individual piece.
Written by Garrett Parker
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