To celebrate the opening of its new Moscow Boutique, Vacheron Constantin presents a marvel of elegance and character, a concentrated blend of the expertise cultivated by the Geneva-based Manufacture: the Patrimony retrograde day and date Moscow Boutique issued in a 20-piece limited edition.
The inner complexity of a mechanical movement is all the more appreciable when it is expressed with finesse and subtlety on the dial. The Patrimony retrograde day and date Moscow Boutique watch is entirely in line with this approach and pays tribute to longstanding expertise acquired over almost 260 years by a Manufacture that set out to conquer Russia at a very early stage in its history.
This timepiece, issued in a 20-piece limited edition, meets the demanding requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva – the highest benchmark in the field of Haute Horlogerie testifying to the quality, craftsmanship and reliability of an exceptional timepiece produced within the territory of the Canton of Geneva.
Equipped with a double complication revealed by two retrograde indications, the Patrimony retrograde day and date Moscow Boutique watch will thrill connoisseurs – since only a solid watch culture can ensure a full appreciation of these highly original displays typical of Vacheron Constantin and which conceal their true complexity in order to enhance their allure.
The instant return of the hands from one point to another in less than one tenth of a second, across an almost 180° semi-circular sector, brings considerable forces into play for a mechanism of this size.
An enormous amount of energy is suddenly released to enable the hand to move in a fraction of a second from side of the display to the other with such impressive precision. Strength, instantaneity and precision: these are the three key elements perfectly ‘tamed’ by the Vacheron Constantin so as to ensure that the complexity of the two retrograde displays remains hidden beneath a seemingly simple outward appearance.
At the heart of this timepiece forcefully proclaiming its pure, understated aesthetic, 283-part Calibre 2460R31R7 – a mechanical self-winding movement designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin – drives the hours and minutes as well as date and day of the week functions.
Beating at the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour, Calibre 2460R31R7 features an over 40-hour power reserve. It is distinguished by the meticulous bevelling of the bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève and by the circular graining on the baseplate. Its 22-carat gold oscillating weight, with a décor inspired by the Maltese cross, runs by means of an innovative ceramic ball bearing system.
The elegantly slender 18-carat white gold case – water-resistant to 30 metres – has a generous 42.5 mm diameter and is fitted with a sapphire crystal back enabling one to admire the movement decoration and finishing.
Its broad opening guarantees excellent readability of the functions displayed on the opaline black dial. The latter is based on a complex outward-curving construction and expresses the meticulous attention lavished on every detail to achieve a harmonious overall effect.
It also reprises all the other design codes characteristic of the Patrimony line, meaning baton hands, four triangular hour-markers and 8 baton hour-markers curved to follow the contour of the 18-carat gold dial, as well as a beaded minute track composed of applied gold cabochons.
In an ultimate touch of elegance and refinement, the Patrimony retrograde day and date Moscow Boutique model comes with a pair of 18-carat white gold and onyx cufflinks matching the Vacheron Constantin timepiece.
Model: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-date Moscow Boutique Edition
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece
Special product for Vacheron Constantin Moscow Boutique
Caliber 2460 R31 R7
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
27.2 mm (11 ’’’ ½) diameter
5.4 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours power reserve
4Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
Retrograde hand-type day of the week and date
18K white gold
42.5 mm diameter, 10.02 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)
Black opaline, convex external zone
18K white gold hour-markers and “pearl” minute-track
Black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp
Polished half Maltese cross-shaped
Delivered with a corrector pen
Delivered with a pair of cufflinks in 18K white gold matching the dial of the timepiece
Limited edition of 20 individually numbered pieces
“N° X/20” engraved on caseback