Watches in the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony collection are some of the finest Swiss watches money can buy. The pieces in this collection featuring perpetual calendars or minute repeaters are among the thinnest of their kind and are examples of haute horlogerie.
Classic, elegant, and harmonious – these words describe the watches in the Patrimony collection. This series is one of the most popular and successful to come from Vacheron Constantin. Vintage watches from the 1950s served as inspiration for the traditional designs in the Patrimony collection. These finely crafted dress watches are available as simple two-hand watches or with intricate complications such as a minute repeater or perpetual calendar.
The extremely limited platinum editions from the "Collection Excellence Platine" are highlights within the Patrimony collection. For example, only 100 platinum copies of the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar exist. The clasp on the blue alligator leather strap and the dial are also made of platinum on this rare timepiece. At 4.05 mm, the in-house caliber 1120 QP is exceptionally thin for an automatic movement with a perpetual calendar. With a total thickness of 8.96 mm, the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar is easy to slip under any shirt cuff. Plus, its moderate 41-mm diameter means it is suitable for almost any wrist.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 is yet another high point in this series. It is the world's flattest mechanical wristwatch with a minute repeater. At 8.09 mm, it is even thinner than the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar. However, it does share its 41-mm diameter. The manually wound caliber 1731 boasts a respectable 65-hour power reserve despite only being 3.9 mm thick. This wristwatch comes in pink gold or platinum.
|Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731, ref. 30110/000P-B089||361,000 USD||Platinum||Minute repeater|
|Patrimony Perpetual Calendar, ref. 43175/000R-9687||64,000 USD||Pink gold||Perpetual calendar|
|Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date, ref. 4000U/000R-B110||43,100 USD||Pink gold||Retrograde date and day display|
|Patrimony Moon Phase and Retrograde Date, ref. 4010U/000G-B330||41,100 USD||White gold||Retrograde date, moon phase|
|Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time, ref. 86060/000R-9640||40,000 USD||Pink gold||World time display with 37 time zones|
|Patrimony Contemporary Automatic, ref. 85180/000J-9231||22,300 USD||Yellow gold||Date display|
|Patrimony, ref. 81180/000G-9117||16,200 USD||White gold||–|
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony collection is comprised of numerous men's and women's models. You can purchase a simple thin gold watch with two hands for around 16,200 USD in mint condition. Pre-owned examples are somewhat less expensive at about 11,500 USD. Thanks to the manual movement's thickness of 2.6 mm, the entire watch is only 6.79 mm thick. This classic dress watch is available in white, pink, or yellow gold. There is also a platinum model available; it costs around 24,600 USD new and 21,500 USD pre-owned.
If you prefer the convenience of a self-winding movement, you should take a closer look at the simple automatic models. These come in the same three gold varieties as the manual timepieces. The complete watch measures 8.55 mm high, which is only possible due to the impressively thin, 3.6-mm automatic movement. Unlike the two-hand watches with manual movements, automatic Patrimony models include a date display at 6 o'clock and a central second hand. Plan to spend around 22,300 USD on a mint-condition timepiece. Pre-owned examples sell for about 15,300 USD.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date also features a day display. Both the day and date are indicated using individual hands. After every Sunday or 31st day of the month, the respective hand springs back to its original position. Prices for never-worn versions of the Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date sit around 43,100 USD. As this is a newer model, pre-owned pieces are hard to come by.
The Patrimony Moon Phase and Retrograde Date also has a retrograde date display that arcs across the top of the dial from 9 to 3 o'clock. The moon phase indicator sits farther down at 6 o'clock. It will be accurate for 122 years and shows how many days it has been since the last new moon. The Patrimony Moon Phase and Retrograde Date is available in pink or white gold. Set aside about 41,100 USD for a timepiece in mint condition. Pre-owned pieces are currently quite rare since Vacheron Constantin only introduced this watch a few years ago.
Watches featuring one of the so-called 'grand complications' are the highlights of the Patrimony collection. One of the most popular and complex functions is the perpetual calendar, as found in the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar . This exquisite wristwatch comes in pink gold or platinum. The platinum version belongs to the "Collection Excellence Platine" and is limited to only 100 pieces. Thanks to the automatic caliber 1120 QP, the calendar of the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar will remain accurate until 2100. You can purchase the pink gold version for about 63,500 USD new. Due to its low numbers, the platinum model is an extremely rare find. Upon its introduction in 2016, it was listed at 110,700 USD.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 features one of the flattest mechanical movements with a minute repeater. The caliber 1731 is only 3.9 mm thick, and yet it still boasts a 65-hour power reserve. The 265 components come together to create a true watchmaking masterpiece. Vacheron Constantin only produces a few of this model each year since it is such a delicate and time-consuming process. The pink gold edition costs about 294,000 USD in mint condition. Prices for the platinum version sit around 361,000 USD. The Patrimony Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731 is not often found as a pre-owned watch.
If you're a frequent traveler, you know the value of a world time watch. These watches display multiple time zones at once – usually 24. The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time takes it to the next level. Its 37 time zones even account for those with a half or quarter-hour difference. What's more, this watch also includes a day-night indicator. The automatic in-house caliber 2460 WT is responsible for all the accurate timekeeping. This 42.5-mm wristwatch is available in pink gold or platinum. The latter version is limited to a run of 100 pieces. Mint-condition watches in pink gold demand around 39,700 USD, while the platinum edition had an official list price of 98,500 USD in 2014.