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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Automatic 85180 Luxury Watch Review

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Subscribe for the best luxury watch content. White Gold Vacheron Patrimony 85180 Review Vacheron Constantin is a watchmaker with the wind in its sails. With a model lineup that reads like a hit list from the last ten SIHH Geneva watch shows, there isn't a weak spot in the catalog... but there is a star. The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine has been a defining model for the Geneva high-horology powerhouse since the debut of the first model in 2004. As of 2006, the reference 85180 automatic became the face of the Patrimony Contemporaine line. Originally regarded as a heretic due to its use of a 40mm case, date window, and automatic winding the Patrimony Contemporaine Automatic has become the definitive Vacheron and - perhaps - the first true icon of a brand that has never fielded signature watch in the mold of Patek Philippe's Calatrava/Nautilus or Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak/Offshore. With an 18-karat white gold case, delicately textured matte silver dial, and 18-karat hands and indexes, Vacheron brings the goods. The Partimony is fine but never ostentatious. Its detailing is as sensitive and nuanced in the finest Geneva tradition. Vacheron station within the Swiss watch "Holy Trinity" is reinforced by a tour-de-force: the caliber 2450 Q6 automatic movement. The caliber combines traditional high horology finish with modern refinements. Ceramic winding rotor bearings ensure that each caliber 2450 winds with outstanding efficiency, never requires lubrication of the rotor bearing, and never requires replacement of this costly component. For good measure, Vacheron incorporates hacking seconds (stop seconds) so that the balance halts when the crown is pulled out; this permits precise synchronization to a reference clock. And the movement finish is world-class. The 22-karat gold automatic winding rotor sports impressive rose-lathe guilloche with a fine clous de Paris pattern. With mirror-quality anglage on each bridge, finely grained dressage on each wheel, a tight perlage pattern on the main plate, and cotes de Geneve worthy of the famed Geneva Hallmark, the quality speaks for itself; the VC Maltese Cross merely confirms what is manifest in the metal. See this future classic - this future icon - in high-resolution images with full Vacheron Constantin on: https://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/vacheron-constantin Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/watchbox/ WatchBox Reviews Channel: https://www.youtube.com/WatchBoxReviews Video and content by Tim Mosso. Video and content by Tim Mosso