Diagonally across the plane aisle on my GVA-LHR flight was a passenger who may/ may not have also been at Watches & Wonders Geneva. Dressed in a sober navy suit and flipping through Instagram, I noticed what he had on his wrist – A yellow gold Vacheron Constantin Patrimony.
It is difficult to work out whether low key watches or those along the other end of the continuum are in tune with the competing complexities that the world faces at the moment; even though at the fair, at times you could be forgiven for thinking that for many, the pandemic is over (it is not), for example.
There are ‘headline’ pieces from every brand at a fair which are often given saturation coverage, but there are the pieces that may not be pushing any boundaries, be they aesthetically or technically (although there is obviously an overlap with watches that both get an out-sized amount of publicity AND are tweaks of existing models), but which you can still appreciate and acknowledge that they may in fact turn out to be quiet crowd pleasers.
The new Patrimony self-winding, in both ‘plain’ and diamond-set versions, falls into this category.
In a slimmer 36.5mm case and available in either pink gold or 750/1000 white gold and with slightly domed gradient dials in either pink or deep blue and circular-grained minute counters. Both metal/ colour combinations also have a variant featuring a bezel set with 72 round-cut diamonds, which is what we are showing here.
These are simple but go to what Vacheron Constantin does so well – slim dress watches. This one is 8.45mm thick.
Powering these new models is the automatic Calibre 2450 Q6/3 which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 40 hours.
My pick of the two colours is the blue reference. It comes on a matching Mississippiensis alligator (dark blue) with a single-push button quick release interchangeable strap facility.
It’s important to that yes there may be diamond-set versions, and we all know what this ‘signals’ (regardless of the reality of watch purchasing habits across the world), but 36.5mm is actually almost like a sweet spot for anyone who may like Patrimonys but also prefers ‘old school’ dress watch sizing.
Just buy/ wear what you like. It’s your wrist, your money, wear what you want, however the watch is positioned.
Yes these new pieces are variations on a known theme, but they are good looking ones and worth noticing.