Is the classically styled, slender-cased wristwatch experiencing an up-size? There was a time when a timepiece such as the new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Self-Winding model would have a case measurement which stopped well short of 40mm, 38mm being customary - now it would seem ultra-slim cases are getting broader dial-side yet at 41mm this piece is by no means voluminous. For example, Hamilton have a "catch-all" attitude - their Thin-O-Matic and Intra-Matic are available in both 38mm and 42mm cases, Piaget's Altiplano may be svelte on the flank, but edge-to-edge it is a substantial 42mm and Cartier's Extra-Flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier may be side-on skinny, but is in fact an almost beastly 46mm across.
The new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Self-Winding is elegantly beautiful, but cleverly styled. The silvered, opaline dial, although uncluttered and wide appears less empty thanks to the elongated markers, the railtrack edge shrinks it further still and faceted dauphine hands are just enough to absorb the middle dial plainness. So - if your yearning is for classy and classical but with added wrist presence then a 42mm case may be the answer, and this model would make for a sophisticated and educated choice.
Of course, with Vacheron Constantin you also partake of the brand's rich history, both in years and also accomplishments. This piece is powered by the brand's acclaimed ultra-thin Calibre 1120, built and finished to the fastidious standard expected in order to meet the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva. This meticulous handworking is all the more appreciable through the sapphire caseback because the rotor has been skeletonised and thus the panorama is as unbroken as possible.
For this model Vacheron Constantin choose pink gold for the case, applied markers and hands and here the exemplary finishing standards continue - the Hallmark of Geneva celebrated its 125th Anniversary last year with a new set of regulations which now take into account the exterior components as well as the calibre. The Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon was the first watch to achieve the all-new Geneva Hallmark as we were pleased to report back in November.
The new Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Self-Winding comes presented on a hand-stitched brown alligator leather strap.
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