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YPCAI: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionelle Calibre 2755 Boutique New York

by Michael Weare
12 November, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Calibre 2755

YPCAI, You Probably Can’t Afford It, and in the case of the Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2755, made especially to celebrate the opening of the Vacheron Constantin New York boutique, you probably can’t get it either, because it was in a limited edition of one piece.

The Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2755 Boutique New York was created to be unique, complex and exclusive, and its $620,000 plus price tag amply reflects the loving care that went into it.

The watch was designed specifically to pay tribute to the expertise acquired over more than 255 years by a Manufacture that set its sights on North America at an early stage in its history. Indeed the brand appointed an agent and opened its first distributorship in lower Manhattan in 1832, prior to that only British made watches had been marketed in North America. This makes Vacheron Constantin the first Swiss watch brand to be sold in America.

Crafted in 18kt pink gold, this Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2755 Boutique New York model is what is known as a Grand Complication timepiece. Its 602-part movement were developed and crafted in-house by Vacheron Constantin and bears the Hallmark of Geneva. The watch incorporates the three major complications of the art of fine watchmaking: a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, and a minute repeater.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 2755 crown

Of these three complications, the minute repeater is undoubtedly the complication whicb proves that Manufacture Vacheron Constantin is one of the world’s most innovative watch brands. The Vacheron Constantin watchmakers developed an original centripetal strike governor device.

It’s an ingenious system which features two weights which act as a brake on the governor’s rotating shaft. This evens out the energy released by the barrel. To do this it uses opposing centrifugal and centripetal forces. Once the governor spins, the centrifugal force pivots one end of the weights outwards so that the other acts as an increasingly powerful brake on the central shaft, thereby bringing the rotation and strike to a slower, steadier rate.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Calibre 2755 caseback

In addition to the minute repeater, the Patrimony Traditionnelle calibre 2755 features a tourbillon. A tourbillon is designed to counteract the effects of gravity while at the same time giving the owner a fascinating window into the complex workings of the watch. As for the perpetual calendar, it follows the Gregorian calendar for the next 400 years.

With its 44 mm rose gold case, for all its clever complications, the watch is still elegant, understated and classic. Another stunning watch you probably can’t afford.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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