SIHH 2010 Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono platinum
by Kyle Stults on January 18, 2010
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So many spectacular watches today! Team Perpetuelle was crunching the keyboards hard today and we ended up posting somewhere around 100 new models of watches today on our SIHH forum.  Time flies when you are having fun and we hope you enjoyed all the action.  Stay tuned for Jaeger-leCoultre tomorrow :-)

Anyway, in keeping with the them of trying to post a few watches here on the blog – those that “caught my eye” – I thought I would share here one of the new Vacheron Constantin’s.  There were several from Vacheron that are really phenomenal looking watches and that I would like to post here but let’s just take this one at a time, shall we?  This Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chrono is a real looker.  It is cased in one of my favorite metals – platinum.  Yes it looks good, doesn’t it?  Case size is generous, too, at 43mm.  If I recall correctly, this watch was released last year in pink gold, but I must say I like this year’s version much better.

The movement in this watch is the Vacheron Calibre 1141QP, a caliber that has “set the pace of some of the most exalted wrist-chronographs in the history of watchmaking and is regarded by all experts as the most technically and stylistically accomplished of its kind because of its extraordinary complexity and incomparable architecture.”  Yes indeed well said by Vacheron.  I probably have a close up of the movement somewhere around here but you can get a fair idea of its beauty and intricate workings from the partial photo below.  Oh – worth noting that it is a manual wind movement, with 48 hour power reserve.

One detail I like on this watch is the “smiling” or “melancholy” moons – engraved by hand on a plate of solid platinum with a black patina.

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I’m not sure of price, but I think this one could be in excess of $100k.  Can you say Pt950?  Cha-ching!

Would love to hear if you have any thoughts on this watch, or any other Vacheron’s that you like / dislike.  Feel free to leave a comment below.