Watches: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon Openworked Platinum (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on March 13, 2014
There is no need for another “world first” to truly impress watch connoisseurs: you just have to be uncompromising about the quality of your creations both technically and aesthetically. Although quite a few brands show great skills in their work, hardly any can compete with Vacheron Constantin’s mastery in the watchmaking art. I have said it before and I surely will proclaim it again: Vacheron Constantin creates outstanding pieces of Haute Horology that combine the finest movements with superlative finishing.
The Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day Tourbillon Openworked Platinum, that the brand unveiled at the SIHH this year, is the perfect example of what I am talking about. Technically, this exceptional timepiece combines the most demanding horological complication, the tourbillon, with an impressive 14-day power reserve. Aesthetically, it perfectly showcases the brand’s outstanding talents in the arts of skeletonising and engraving. All of this wrapped in the most precious metal, platinum, and bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva!
For this model, the brand’s artisans have hollowed out the in-house manually-wound 2260 calibre (that becomes the 2260 SQ movement of course) and they have lavishly decorated the remaining parts with very contemporary engravings. They have also managed to take advantage, aesthetically, of the specific construction necessary to offer such an impressive power reserve to this tourbillon model. Indeed, the four barrels stacked in pairs are placed in the upper part of the movement, making it more crowded that the lower part where the tourbillon stands.
Despite all the barrels, gears and screws, and thanks to an incredible multi-layer skeletonising work paired with subtle engraving, an amazing sense of depth exudes from the upper half of the movement. The contrast between that part and the airy lower half enhances the fineness of the tourbillon that spins over the brand’s Maltese Cross. This beautiful ensemble is highlighted by the slate grey inner flange graced with white gold hour markers and a railway-style seconds track.
What better frame could we ask for than a 42 mm “Patrimony Traditionnelle” round case crafted in platinum? Beautifully polished, it attracts attention and brings light onto the refined openwork movement. The watch is mounted on a black Mississippiendis alligator strap with a triple-blade folding clasp in the same platinum 950 as the case.
It can’t be more High Horology than that! This masterpiece has absolutely all it takes to win over the most demanding watch lovers. A perfect blend of tradition and modernity…