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Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin With Blue Dial

Introducing The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin With Blue Dial

Fast Take

This blue-dialed magnificence is the fourth execution so far of Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, a model that has been in the Vacheron Constantin assortment for as far back as 8 years. Like two of the previous versions, this one has a 5N pink gold case (the third, non-gold version is in platinum). Befitting its name, the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is slender, particularly given the complex programmed calendar movement inside, however its diameter places it on the marginally larger side of things at 41mm. 

The movement inside one that is likely known to regular readers of this site. It’s the caliber 1120 QP, additionally found in the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra Thin as the 1120 QP/1 variation. The 1120 QP provides shows for the months over the course of four years, with the jump year involving a solitary quadrant inside the subdial, with the day, date, and moon stage show taking up the remaining four showcases. Caliber 1120 QP comes with an average power reserve of around 40 hours, and it runs at a fairly unconventional rate of 19,800 vph.

Caliber 1120 QP comes with an average power reserve of around 40 hours, and it runs at a fairly unconventional rate of 19,800 vph. The base caliber is of course, the Vacheron caliber 1120, which can be discovered flying solo in (for example) the Overseas Ultra-Thin , and which has been around since 1967. This movement is one we’ve written about on numerous events, and it’s been utilized historically by Audemars Piguet as the caliber 2120 (AP of course, actually utilizes the 2120 and variants in its modern looks also) and was even utilized by Patek Philippe for ten years, as the Patek 28-255. 

Starting Thoughts

We’ve seen Vacheron Constantin adding watches with sunburst blue dials paired with pink gold cases to a number of models in its assortment of late. Three other Patrimony models with this dial color and case material came out earlier this year at SIHH, and this new reference of the perpetual calendar brings the complete of watches configured this approach to four. I most definitely like the color combination. It adds a touch of energetic energy to an in fact conservative Patrimony line. Is this part of a play to attract younger customers? It appears along these lines, particularly on the off chance that you consider the recent dispatch of Fifty-Six with its more approachable price point. 

In a way this watch is an anachronism with regards to modern perpetual calendars. Perpetual calendars have evolved to an astonishing degree over the most recent twenty years, and completely synchronized perpetual calendars, some of which can undoubtedly be set forwards or backwards without harming the movement, have become more and more prevalent. However there is a ton to be said for this approach too – this is a very recognized movement, in a totally exemplary design, from a manufacturer whose stock-in-trade is doing things as our forefathers would have done it. Furthermore, of course, the utilization of this movement takes into account the construction of a carefully dainty perpetual calendar watch, at 8.9mm thick (for reference, the most slender perpetual calendar ever, in any event up until now, is the AP RD #2, at 6.30mm thick – however this is so far an idea rather than a production watch) Sure, it very well may be mid-twentieth century watchmaking from an engineering viewpoint, yet that is not something terrible at all for this situation – after all, not for nothing do numerous connoisseurs consider the 1950s and early 1960s the high water mark for watch plan, and this exemplary plan is strikingly excellent in blue.

The Basics

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin With Blue Dial
Reference Number: 43175/000R-B519

Diameter: 41 mm
Thickness: 8.9mm
Case Material: 18k 5N pink gold
Dial Color: Midnight blue with sunburst silk finishing
Indexes: 18K 5N pink gold applied hour-markers
Lume: No
Water Resistance: 3 bar
Strap/Bracelet: Dark blue alligator strap

The Movement

The base caliber 1120 is as yet the most slender full rotor programmed movement in the world.

Caliber: Vacheron Constantin Caliber 1120 QP
Functions: Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar (day of the week, date, four year show with jump year sign), moon phase
Diameter: 29.6mm
Thickness: 4.05mm
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 19,800 vph
Jewels: 36

Pricing & Availability

Price: $78,000
Availability: Summer 2019

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