New Patrimony Contemporaine self-winding

Collection Excellence Platine Patrimony Contemporaine self-winding by Vacheron Constantin

 
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Published by 3799 on September 13 2011, 16:28.

The Collection Excellence Platine, launched in 2006, welcomes a new model stemming from the elegant Patrimony Contemporaine line. This Haute Horlogerie classic is available for the first time in a 42 mm diameter, issued in a naturally rare and limited edition of 150.

Rarely have pure shapes found such an eminently suitable material. By associating the acknowledged elegance and understatement of the Patrimony Contemporaine line with the precious nature of solid platinum, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin is revealing yet another facet of exceptional watchmaking.

Governed by the same spirit of excellence, this gleaming ‘jewel box’ was bound to house a remarkable mechanical gem – and such is indeed the case with the legendary Calibre 1120, an ultra-thin self-winding movement with an excellent reputation that is entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin and also carries the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

Previously available exclusively in a 40 mm-diameter case, the ultra-thin self-winding model of the Patrimony Contemporaine collection finds a new field of expression meeting the expectations of connoisseurs eager to enjoy a distinctive presence on the wrist combined with undeniable elegance.

With its fine, taut lines, slim silhouette and broad dial opening, this new 42 mm-diameter case fitted with a transparent back continues to display the timeless design that has earned its predecessors such enduring success.

Loyal to the design codes of all the models that have regularly the Collection Excllence Platine since 2006, this new Patrimony Contemporaine self-winding features a pure dial in finely grained sandblasted 950 platinum, discreetly bearing the inscription “PT950” between 4 and 5 o’clock.

The slightly cambered outer zone is enhanced by a beaded minute circle and applied hour-markers in 18K gold. In addition to the case and crown naturally crafted in 950 platinum, the hands are also made from this precious metal. And that’s not all: secured by a 950 platinum pin buckle, the dark blue alligator leather strap is hand saddle-stitched with silk and 950 platinum threads!

The history of platinum at Vacheron Constantin goes back to 1820. Since then, the Geneva-based watch manufacturer has used this precious metal in many of its most complex and original models. While 18K gold is composed of only 75% precious metal, platinum is 95% pure. Far rarer than gold, it comes from just a few deposits scattered around the world, and mainly in South Africa.

Its density and its weight are far greater than the other metals, which means it is a far more durable material. Moreover, it is not subject to oxidation and therefore does not age over the years, making it a perfect lifelong companion. Vacheron Constantin created the limited-edition Collection Excellence Platine specifically in order to highlight the distinctive qualities of this metal.

Long reserved for royalty and maharajahs, now joined by collectors and certain aficionados with refined tastes, platinum conveys a definite sense of prestige that is recognised by a distinguished elite of perceptive connoisseurs.

For them, owning a Vacheron Constantin timepiece from the Collection Excellence Platine means belonging to one of the world’s most exclusive clubs – which the new Patrimony Contemporaine self-winding, issued in a limited edition of just 150, offers an additional chance to join.

 
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