Vacheron Constantin’s new timepiece, with its pure lines typical of the Patrimony collection, features a dial on which the cycle and age of the moon are reproduced on a display that will require no corrections for 122 years.
Inspiration from the past
The Patrimony collection’s harmonious proportions are inspired by the models created by the Maison in the 1950s and testify to a minimalist approach to watch design that is echoed on the pure face of the Patrimony moon phase and retrograde date. In this model, the timelessly understated round case houses an original self-winding caliber powering a high-precision moon indication combined with a retrograde date display. To ensure optimal user-friendliness, all adjustments of these functions are performed via the crown. The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is presenting this new timepiece in two precious pink gold and white gold versions.
A twin ballet gracing the dial
Appearing on a pink or white gold disc depending on the version, the moon gleams brightly against a star-studded backdrop, visible through an opening in the lower half of the dial. The age of the moon – meaning the number of days that have elapsed since the last new moon – can be read off on a graduated scale around this opening. This lyrical complication is combined with the retrograde date display, graduated from 1 to 31 across the upper dial arc.
The silvered opaline dial features tapered applied hour-markers in pink or white gold, as well as a circular “pearl” minute-track. The emblematic Maltese cross on the dial, the slim hands, as well as the pin buckle of the alligator strap, are all crafted in the respective colours.
The new 275-part Manufacture Vacheron Constantin Caliber 2460 R31L with its 40-hour power reserve drives the hours and minutes hands, the precision moon-phase display as well as the retrograde date. With this unprecedented movement, the Maison has succeeded in offering an easily adjustable mechanism. Its crown offers simple and smooth access to all three functions of the timepiece. In its first position, it serves to wind the watch. Once pulled out to the second notch, it can be turned clockwise to set the date or counter-clockwise to adjust the moon phase, while the third and last position controls time-setting. A transparent sapphire crystal reveals the 2460 R31Lmovement and its 22K gold oscillating weight, adorned with Vacheron Constantin’s signature Maltese cross motif. The hand-crafted finishing of the caliber reflects absolute mastery of the watchmaking art and traditional skills.