The new Patrimony Contemporaine collection hosts a lady’s watch with a diameter of 36mm. Two versions give free consent to the marriage between style and technique. In the new design, the clean lines of the case are softened by the warmth of pink gold, which goes admirably with the complexion of both models.
The first crowns an opaline silver-toned dial framed by a bezel circled with round diamonds. The original, diamond-set minutes scale is another feature that ties the watch to the spirit of the times. The fine applied hour markers and slender hands for the hours and minutes are curved to follow the external curve of the dial. The central seconds hand sweeps over diamonds and gold while the date display at 6 o’clock sets the finishing touch to a demonstration of harmony and balance.
Urbane elegance extends to a pink gold bracelet with links that gently hold the wrist. The case’s display back gives a superb view of the mechanical self-winding calibre 2450 movement that was developed and built in Vacheron Constantin’s workshops.
The second version, paved with almost 800 diamonds, pays a further tribute to the Maison’s expertise in jewellery. The gems take over the entire surface of the dial and invade the bezel and the outside of the bracelet. The proprietary calibre 2460 shows off its exceptional workmanship through the display back.
Unveiled at SIHH 2013, these two Patrimony Contemporaine models comply with the new requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva (Poinçon de Genève). Institutionalised by the parliament of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 1886, the hallmark is an umbrella guarantee of provenance, workmanship, durability and skill.
Patrimony Contemporaine Lady gold bracelet
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces
Caliber 2450 Q6 / 2460 SC
Movement diameter 26.20 mm (11’’’½)
Movement thickness 3.60 mm
Number of components 196
Frequency 4Hz (28’800 vibrations per hour)
85515: Hours, minutes, center seconds and date at 6 o’clock
86615: Hours, minute and center seconds, Power reserve Approximately 40 hours
85515: Diamond-set bezel (68 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.80 carat)
86615: Diamond-set bezel and lugs (76 round-cut diamonds, approx. 1.00 carat)
18K 5N pink gold
36 mm diameter
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water resistance Tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)
Silvered opaline convex external zone, diamond-set minutetrack (48 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.16 carat)
86615: Fully paved gold dial (606 round-cut diamonds, approx.1.80 carats), convex external zone
Applied gold hour-markers and leaf-shaped hands
18K 5N pink gold polished / 18K 5N pink gold polished with diamond set external links (92 round-cut diamonds, approx. 0.63 carat)
Clasp 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp