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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch Watch Releases

At SIHH 2016, Vacheron Constantin is launching some new watches in their Patrimony line, including a limited edition perpetual calendar. In fact, it’s a limited edition Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine watch made with a platinum dial and case. Platinum is a bit of a common theme this year at SIHH, and it’s not a surprise to see Vacheron Constantin release this handsome piece.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch Watch Releases

The platinum 950 case is elegant, with the sand-blasted dial being joined with 18k white gold hands. The dimensions are pretty perfect, in my opinion, at 41mm wide and 8.9mm thick – just the right size for a watch such as this. With a piece that doesn’t scream wealth (well, other than being a VC) with yellow or rose gold and diamonds, you want something that can evade pesky questioning by slipping under a sleeve easily.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch Watch Releases

The Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine watch features the Caliber 1120 QP which is an automatic movement that runs at a demure 2.75 Hz and has 40 hours of power reserve. The movement powers a day-of-the-week dial at 9 o’clock, a moon phase at 6 o’clock, date dial at 3 o’clock, and finally a a month and leap year in a 48-month dial at 12 o’clock. You won’t have to set the calendar until March 1st, 2100. I doubt my arthritic hands at the age of 112 would be too excited about dealing with a watch by then, anyway.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch Watch Releases

As you would expect from a watch of this caliber, the perpetual calendar accounts for leap year so there is no need to set the calendar anytime a month with less than 31 days passes. It takes into account those shorter months of the leap year cycle as well as  the quadrennial occurrence of February 29th (you can also call that Leap day).

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch Watch Releases

What you have to love about a watch like this is the attention to detail. The circular “pearl” minute markers, sand blasted dial, the 18k white gold applied hands, and blued-steel calendar pointers are really incredibly well done. It feels almost obvious to even point out that the Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine watch has such wonderful touches, but they really do all add up and make a whole that’s much greater than the sum of its parts. The best touch, however, is the moon phase dial at 6 o’clock. It’s white gold with blue galvanic treatment and is something I could stare at for hours if it were on my wrist. If you’re absent-minded enough to take this watch underwater, it has 30 meters of water resistance. And in case you forget what the watch is made of, there’s a handy little “Pt950” between 4 and 5 o’clock.

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine Watch Watch Releases

The Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Collection Excellence Platine watch comes on a blue alligator strap with “950 platinum threads” and a platinum buckle. Plus, if you’re someone who just needs some kind of special treatment, Vacheron Constantin presents the watch in a watch winder along with a corrector pen. Price is $110,700. vacheron-constantin.com

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  • Sevenmack

    Beautiful. Just. Plain. Beautiful. This is a watch!

  • IanE

    Yes please! Legibility of the main hands looks a bit iffy in the renderings, but that may not be a problem in the metal – I’d gladly take it anyway!

  • DanW94

    Looks a little washed out in the platinum. (Of course, you can’t tell to much from a rendering). I like it in the gold case better. I think the Montblanc Meisterstuck perpetual, which is similarly styled is just as attractive, but if you need in-house, this is your watch.

  • iamcalledryan

    Simply gorgeous.

  • funNactive

    The month taking 4 years per full rotation looks a little cluttered. I’d rather have one year with every month abbreviated.

    • Vuk Ceperkovic

      How did they squeeze 48 months in that tiny subdial? 🙂

    • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

      Agree. However this way they managed to avoid an extra hand or indicator for the leap year.

  • egznyc

    Hard to find any fault here. Just gorgeous. But – I’d prefer a date wheel display instead of the pointer. And frankly, it seems a bit tacky to label the material on the dial. At least it’s subtle.

  • Radoe

    That JLC movement, kicking butts and taking names (literally) after 4 decades (next year, in 2017).

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    So good to see more high end watches popping up without yellow gold and or diamonds. Would be even more decent if they also removed the Pt950 marking from the dial.

    Overall a very good (though a bit pricey) offering. Really love the lack of date wheels and windows.

  • benjameshodges

    Month subdial is still dumb.

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