Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditional

The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditional lady of white gold with dark blue alligator leather bracelet. Price: 23.600 euros.

Vacheron Constantin is considered to be the oldest, continuously active watchmaker in the world and is nevertheless known only among connoisseurs. The ladies’ and men’s models of the Geneva manufactory are in classic style and made of fine materials. The Patrimony Traditional Dame, which is available in 2013 with two new but no less classic versions, remains faithful to this credo.

The Patrimony watch line of the watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin, founded in Geneva in 1755, exclusively includes wristwatches with a round housing via The Patrimony Traditional Lady was introduced specifically to women a few years ago. First with a 30-millimeter housing, since this year also with an enlarged 33er-diameter. The case of all Patrimony watches is made of red or white gold. The bezel is set with diamonds for the majority of the models.

Patrimony Traditional by Vacheron Constantin

The dial of the Patrimony Traditional is decorated in white, silver, dark blue, taupe or with brilliants. Long indices at every full hour and a minutiae on the edge allow a good reading of the time, digits and a second hand are missing. Hours and minutes are made of gold and shaped like a sword. Complications such as a date or moon phase display does not offer the Patrimony Traditional for ladies – would not however anyhow to the strictly pure style of the watch fit.

Two New Ladies’ Models

In 2013, Vacheron Constantin launched the first two Patrimony traditional women’s watches with a 33-millimeter housing. Thus the company took the wish of some customers, the three millimeter smaller housing appeared too dainty for her wrist. For comparison, the ladies’ watch Ballon Bleu from Cartier is available in several sizes up to a diameter up to 42 millimeters in diameter, the Happy Sport by Chopard also.

Gold, Diamonds and Alligator Leather

The two patrimony Traditional models presented in Geneva 2013 are either made of white gold with dark blue or rose gold with taupe colored alligator leather. The dials are silver-plated, the bezel is decorated with 54 round diamonds with a total of 0.88 carats. Through the sapphire glass bottom, the hand winding caliber 1400 consisting of 98 parts can be viewed. The power reserve is 40 hours, the water tightness is three bar. While the Weiss gold watch has a sporty look and a bit maritime, the red gold version appears warmer and more traditional. Both models, however, fit well into leisure, business and even the cocktail dress, but they are less well suited to black clothes.

Luxurious Understatement

Although Vacheron Constantin is the oldest watchmaking company, the brand is probably the least well-known among the big Swiss manufacturers. This is due to the fact that the models are not trend clocks and no famous Hollywood testimonials apply for the timepieces. On the other hand, it is the price that a watch like the Patrimony Traditional will never make a mass phenomenon: the new white gold variant costs 23,600 euros, for example. For this, the wearer receives a classic yet non-omnipresent timepiece – or a new small car.