It has been a few years now since blue dials have been the go-to for brands for their new launches, and it doesn’t look like our fascination with the colour is fading off, despite it being the “Year of green watches” this 2019. However, not everyone does it like Vacheron Constantin – especially the mesmerising deep blue shade for the Patrimony line.
One of the most iconic perpetual calendars around, the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin gets a new face, the same midnight blue specially created for the Patrimony line. The result, a modern and fresh twist to the usually classical-looking piece. Prior to this, the previous editions were in white and slate grey dials (with pink gold case) and platinum dial with platinum case (under the Excellence Palatine collection).
With a combination of the sunburst satin-finish convex deep blue dial and rose gold accents, the highly-legible watch is a joy to look at both in hand and on wrist. The finishing touch, a moonphase display made with champlevé enamel done with ultra-precise firing at a high temperature of approximately 1,000°C sits at 6 o’clock.
The other details on the dial are what we are familiar with and love for the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin pieces – the circular “pearl” minute track; solid 18k 5N pink gold applied hour markers and hands; day of the week at 9 o’clock; month and leap year on 48-month counters at 12 o’clock.
Despite its slightly larger size at 41mm, it sits comfortably at a super slim profile of only 8.9mm thick thanks to the 1120 QP caliber, which is based on the design of the slim automatic movement by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audermars Piguet’s 2120 calibre in the original 5402 Royal Oak Jumbo. Sealed with the Hallmark of Geneva, the movement is intricately decorated with an openwork hand-skeletonised rotor and polished bevels.
This version comes with a matching deep blue alligator strap and 18k pink gold folding clasp, and retails at SGD116,900/ EUR80,000.