The inspiration for the collection Patrimony were elegant creations of Vacheron Constantin House from 1950s period. Within the framework of the International Salon of Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 Vacheron Constantin presents the models made in a restrained and elegant style of its legendary collection: new items, each of which is marked by the prestigious Geneva Seal, characterized by a combination of technical excellence and superior design.
The special complex function – perpetual calendar – in the collection of Excellence Platine. The classical model of the category “Haute Horlogerie” driven by the legendary caliber 1120 QP. This ultra-thin movements with automatic winding embodied all the elegance and sophistication of the collection Patrimony.
Calibre 1120 QP, designed and manufactured by craftsmen Vacheron Constantin, is responsible for not only the hour and minute hands moon phase indicator at “6 o’clock”, but the mechanism of a perpetual calendar indicating the day of the week at the counter at “9 o’clock”, the date “3 o’clock”, month and leap year in the 48-month counter at “12 o’clock”. This complex function is recognized by connoisseurs of watches one of the best existing versions of the perpetual calendar that automatically performs all the necessary adjustments and does not require manual adjustment to the March 1, 2100.
In contrast to the simple calendar, which must be adjusted manually at the end of each month, lasting less than 31 days, Vacheron Constantin perpetual calendar automatically takes into account the cycle of leap years, the 31, 30 and 28-day months, and every four years – and on February 29. Automatic adjustment and correction of the calendar functions made possible by the use of a truly tiny details. Creating an ultra-thin perpetual calendar, the House demonstrated the unsurpassed master of the art of miniaturization. Calibre 1120 QP from Vacheron Constantin has a thickness of 4.05 mm and a frequency of 2.75 Hz (19,800 vibrations per hour), and a power reserve of 40 hours. At the heart of the watch mechanism is a rotor in the shape of a Maltese cross – emblems of the legendary House.
In accordance with the concept of the design collection of Excellence Platine, which appeared in 2006, case and dial of Patrimony Perpetual Calendar model is made of platinum 950. The surface of the dial carefully polished by sandblasting. By the numbers “4” and “5” located laconic inscription Pt950. Along the outer edge slightly convex – circular minute scale in the form of balls of 18 carat white gold and overhead hour indexes. The hour and minute hands are made of 18 carat white gold, and pointers calendar – blue steel. Watches are equipped with dark blue alligator strap with a handmade saddle stitch of silk and platinum (950 carat) yarns and with folding clasp in platinum.
At the bottom of the dial there is a lunar disc made of white gold and decorated with sky created with blue plating. Master of the house painstakingly worked on each star to most accurately reproduce the map of the sky. The case diameter of 41 mm equipped with a transparent back with sapphire glass, through which you can admire the magnificent work of the caliber 1120 QP, and is waterproof up to a pressure of 3 bar (30 meters). This unique model will be released on a strictly limited edition of 100 copies. Patrimony, three new model with body diameter of 42 mm, three models with a large corps of platinum, white and rose gold award Hallmark of Geneva.
Patrimony model made of noble materials, and by this making all products of this collection unique sophistication, and thanks to the increased diameter of the watch face becomes surprisingly modern.