Vacheron Constantin came up with some impressive ‘uber watches’ during SIHH 2017 involving matters celestial, but as we mentioned earlier, one of the core pieces is a new addition to the much loved Patrimony Retrograde line, and here are some photos and thoughts about it.
As variations on an existing theme, so to speak, the look of this new watch is familiar, with the retrograde date arcing at the top of an opaline dial, but with a new feature for this new ‘small complication’ sibling to the day-date – a moon phase indication. It is on a gold disc that matches the metal of the watch and accurate to 122 years. Importantly, all functions are operated/ changed via a single crown.
Inside this new 42.5mm sized model (available in rose gold or white gold) is a new movement, the automatic Calibre 2460 R31L which has a 22 carat gold rotor featuring the Maltese Cross for both metal variants. With a forty-hour power reserve, there are 275 parts to this new calibre.
The SIHH can be about the ‘razzle dazzle’ of the new releases that the brands focus on, especially during their press presentations (as a side note, those who haven’t been to any SIHH may be interested to know that not all releases are covered during the brand press presentations, so you may not even be aware that something is released if that’s all you attend and if it’s not highlighted in the booth), but the variations and additions to existing collections are of equal interest to the watch buyer, moon phases are a perennially popular small complication, so this handsome new addition will slot neatly into the Patrimony collection.