Flash News: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Excellence Platine

By Thierry Ané on July 28, 2014

At the SIHH 2011 Vacheron Constantin introduced the most accomplished “Heures du Monde” model to date. Unlike most “Wold Time” watches, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Pink Gold shows every single time zone on the planet: the usual 24 time zones dividing the Earth on most “World Time” models but also those offset by a half-hour or a quarter-hour. All in all, thirty seven time zones are displayed with the names of the most prominent cities in each zone.

The watch combines mechanical feat with great visual and practical simplicity. The display consists of three dials. The central disc is decorated with a “Lambert projection” that is to say a flattened view of the Earth from the viewpoint of the North Pole. In also includes the city names using black for normal time zones and red for partial ones. Above this map a sapphire crystal disc shaded on one side indicates day and night. Lastly, a 24-hour ring on the periphery of the dial indicates the current time everywhere on the globe. All indications are adjusted by a single crown: no pushers or additional crowns can ruin the beauty of the case.

The original 2011 pink gold version of the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time

Last year Vacheron Constantin created two unique pieces for charity auctions based on this refined timepiece. In September, Antiquorum auctioned the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Only Watch 2013 in Monaco for the now famous Only Watch charity auction. In November, during Sotheby's SIAR dinner gala in Mexico, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time INAH Edition was auctioned. The proceeds went to the National Institute of Anthropology and History to support and promote the recovery of the national heritage of all Mexicans.

Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Only Watch 2013 in Platinum

As part of their customisation, both models presented a different “Lambert projection” relative to the 2011 original timepiece. The former featured “Monaco” in red on the city disc for the “Paris” time zone and the latter used a green “Mexico” inscription to highlight this time zone. With the case crafted in platinum instead of pink gold, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Only Watch 2013 was the most different iteration of this amazing “World Time” model so far.

Since these two watches were unique pieces, however, the choice for all watch aficionados was thus still limited to the pink gold initial version of the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time. With the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Excellence Platine released this month, Vacheron Constantin finally presents an alternative to pink gold for all watch lovers with a weakness for white metals and particularly the most luxurious of all: platinum.

The Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time INAH Edition in Pink Gold

The “Excellence Platine” treatment is a lavish revamping that the Geneva-based manufacture offers to its most iconic models. Cases, crowns and pushers, hands and dials, buckles, and even the threads of the alligator straps of these exceptional watches are crafted in platinum for the occasion.

To give a few examples of models that have already been honoured with this high-end makeover, one can mention the Manual time-only model, the Retrograde Day-Date or the Pocket Watch in the “Patrimony Contemporaine” line. In the “Patrimony Traditionelle” collection, the Automatic, the Chronograph Perpetual Calendar, the Calibre 2253 and Calibre 2755, or else the Tourbillon 14 Jours have already been honoured. It was thus high time to present a Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Excellence Platine!

The new watch is still powered by the in-house 2460 WT calibre stamped with the “Hallmark of Geneva” and protected by three patents for the presentation of 37 time zones, the sapphire day-night indication and the crown-operated adjustments. It now features a stunning hand-engraved platinum world map in the centre and the rest of the dial is also made of platinum in keeping with the “Excellence Platine” tradition and as indicated by the discreet platinum hallmark at 4 o’clock. Like all “Excellence Platine” versions, the 42.5 mm platinum case of the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Excellence Platine is mounted on a blue alligator strap with platinum stitches.

Another important change, relative the previous versions, is worth mentioning here: on October 26, 2014, Moscow will be changing its time zone. From 3 hours ahead of London, it will change to 2 hours ahead only. This important change is already accounted for on the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Excellence Platine.

This magnificent model will be produced in a limited run of 100 pieces and will not be sold exclusively in Vacheron Constantin’s boutiques. Despite a suggested retail price of US$ 98,500, this exceptional timepiece should sell extremely quickly as it personifies the values that set Vacheron Constantin apart in the Fine Watchmaking world.

For more information please visit the Vacheron Constantin web site.

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