Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Three New 42mm Models In Platinum, White Gold and Pink Gold

While the formal purity of the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony collection is highlighted by the refinement of the noble materials from which the watches are crafted, it is given a distinctly contemporary expression in an even more generous diameter. 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.
In keeping with the Patrimony design codes; 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.
Technical details
Patrimony
References: 1110U/000P-B087, 1110U/000G-B086 & 1110U/000R-B085
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Calibre 4400 AS
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, manual-winding
28.6 mm (12’’’½) diameter, 2.8 mm thick
Approximately 65 hours of power reserve
4Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
127 components
21 jewels

Indications 
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case 
Platinum 950/18K white gold/18K 5N pink gold
42 mm diameter, 7.65 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial 
Slate-colored/silvered opaline
Convex external zone with circular “pearl” minute-track
18K white gold/18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers

Strap 
Black/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle 
Platinum/18K white gold/18K 5N pink gold
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

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