At each Vacheron Constantin boutique worldwide, you will find models exclusive to that location. Haute Time recently had the chance to visit the brand’s Moscow boutique, where we saw models made exclusively for this location, including pieces with Russians’ favorite complications; tourbillons, perpetual calendars, moon phase indicators, and retrograde day and date models.
But the Russian spirit is most fully revealed in the simplest model: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony ultra-thin Traditionnelle. Its dial is decorated with a pattern that, thanks to its resemblance to brickwork, has been nicknamed the “Kremlin wall.” Truth be told, the dial isn’t red, but rather the color of graphite. This is however consistent with the vision of local collectors, who tend to prefer a traditional approach to watchmaking.
The model’s thin case, which is 41mm in diameter and just 7.26mm thick, is made of white gold. The transparent sapphire crystal caseback provides a glimpse of the decorations on the automatic Calibre 1120 movement, which boasts a 40-hour power reserve. This mechanical movement was produced in-house by Vacheron Constantin, but the mechanism itself was created by Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1967 (over the years its production has been brought to perfection). All its details correspond to the specified requirements of the Hallmark of Geneva.
This is how the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Moscow Boutique Edition looks on the wrist. It was very special to get this snap, since only 30 pieces of this limited edition were produced.
For those who wear cufflinks, the brand also prepared a nice surprise to accompany this timepiece – a pair of gold cufflinks with the familiar Kremlin pattern, and a backside adorned with a large Vacheron Constantin Maltese cross.
For more information, please visit the Vacheron Constantin website. Photo credit: Chronoscope.ru for Haute Time Russia.