The two strap colors drive home the fact that this Geneva watchmaker wants both men and women to consider purchasing this new 36mm gold-cased automatic dress piece. Its small diameter means it will easily fit most any size wrist. As vintage-minded collectors of both sexes increasingly don cases with sub-38mm sizes, Vacheron Constantin has smartly broadened its appeal with the small size here by adding two strap models to what had been previously available with a bracelet only or on a bracelet with a diamond bezel. (However, Vacheron Constantin does offer a Patrimony small with a different movement, the manual-winding Caliber 1400, with no date indication).
This new model matches a pink gold case with either a purple shiny alligator leather strap or a dark brown alligator version.
Between the lugs however, the watch is all pure classic design, with a slightly domed silvered opaline dial, thin baton hands, pink gold applied hour markers and a pearl minute-track. Inside is automatic Caliber 2450 Q6, which means that unlike the existing small size manual-wind Patrimony models on a strap, this one also displays a date. A look at the caseback will reveal the beautifully finished 22-karat gold oscillating weight adorned with Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross symbol. And like all the company’s watches, the Patrimony small is stamped with the Geneva Seal.
Slated to arrive in stores in July, the price for the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony small with either strap is $23,300.
Specifications: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony small
Movement: Caliber 2450 Q6, mechanical, self-winding with approximately 40 hours of power reserve.
Indications: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date.
Case: 36mm pink gold, 8.1 mm thick, transparent sapphire crystal caseback, water-resistant to 30 meters.
Dial: Silvered opaline, convex external zone with circular “pearl” minute-track, 18-karat 5N pink gold applied hour-markers.
Strap: Dark brown alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales or purple alligator shiny leather with alsavel inner shell, stitched-tip, square scales, pink gold buckle with polished half Maltese cross-shaped.