Going back to their roots in a grand undertaking, Vacheron Constantin rolls out the Patrimony Moon Phase timepiece as one of many SIHH 2017 novelties that pay homage to the maison's creations from the '50s era. Contrived after the classic lines representative of the Patrimony collection, the proportions of this reinvented rendition traces a silvered opaline dial upon which a unique moon phase display and retrograde date sits — hallmarks of the maison's longstanding watchmaking expertise.
An impeccably elegant complication, a sleek minimalist aesthetic fronts the 42.5mm diametre watch face, emphasised by its retrograde date denoting 1 to 31 sweeping across the upper half of the dial. Harmonised with a moon phase indictor perched above the 6 o'clock mark, this crescent-shaped window peers into a gleaming full moon backdropped against a star-studded night sky. So precisely attuned to the lunar cycle, it requires no correction for a whopping 122 years, on top of an optimal user-friendliness that centralises all function adjustments via the crown. Driven by a 2460 R31L self-winding calibre developed and manufactured by the maison with a power reserve of 40 hours, this new movement is certified Hallmark of Geneva as a testament to the brand's dedication to distinction.
Truly timeless, the Patrimony Moon Phase is the epitome of haute horlogerie, assuredly putting Vacheron Constantin on the map once more as they pave the way to the coming SIHH.
The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Moon Phase will mark its official launch during SIHH 2017.