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Vacheron Constantin Reveal Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date with Salmon Dial

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day Date

For 2023 Vacheron Constantin have released a new series of retrograde display watches across a handful of their core collections. There’s the Overseas Retrograde Moonphase, Traditionnelle Tourbillon Retrograde Openface and the watch that I have here, the Patrimony Day-Date Retrograde. While I’ll be focussing on the Patrimony now, we’ll be covering the others in the near future.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

The Patrimony is one of Vacheron’s classically focussed collections, designed to be passed down from father to son and to remain timeless. With its salmon dial, the retrograde edition certainly lives up to the refined elegance of the collection. That elegance is further enhanced by the slim hour markers and fine hands, which are presented in silver for the hours and minutes and blue for the retrograde day and date functions.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day Date

I also happen to be a big fan of retrograde displays, the use of a hand to denote days and date adds a more impactful visual to a watch than a simple date window. Retrogrades have a more mechanical, industrial aesthetic that’s born out of the fact that the most common retrogrades we see in daily life are speedometers and gauges. Industrial is not a term that you’d ever use about the Patrimony with its platinum 42.5mm case, and so I find that there’s a contrast between competing aesthetics that enhances the overall piece.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day Date

The movement powering the piece is the automatic Calibre 2460 R31R7/3 with 40-hour power reserve. Looking at it through the exhibition caseback it’s plain to see that it’s stunningly finished with a combination of perlage and Geneva stripes. Its rotor is golden and is skeletonised in such a fashion as to create the shape of a Maltese cross, Vacheron’s signature.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date

Between the platinum case and unique display, it’s not terribly surprising that the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Calendar is price on request. Although with the insane degree of finishing and cool dial, almost any price would be worth it.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date
  • Ref: 4000U/000P-H003
  • Case/dial: 42.5mm diameter x 9.7mm thickness, platinum case, salmon coloured dial with sunburst finishing
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)
  • Movement: VC calibre 2460 R31R7/3, automatic, 27 jewels, 276 parts
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 40h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, retrograde day of the week, date
  • Strap: Dark blue Mississippienis alligator leather
  • Price/availability: Price on request, exclusively available at Vacheron Constantin boutiques

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.