Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine 85180 Luxury Watch 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 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 5N red gold case, silvered 18-karat 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. With anglage, dressage, perlage, 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 factory accessories on Video and content by Tim Mosso.


Benedict San Diego says:

AP, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.

sandydenny lives says:

This is the one…….dammit, I might have to buy it. At least I’ll be able to stop at last.

joseph sanchez says:

Vacheron – great watch! Very nice review.

Simon Crane says:

Excellent review as always .
I think that vacherons lack of icon household model is actually a good thing . Though this is pretty damn near perfection in my book.

Andrew Steel says:

so simple bauhaus ish design using exotic materials.

Agentxphile says:

Love this.

Nick Pol says:

This what  I would call true master piece. Classic ,elegant, timeless I bet this watch will be relevant in 100 years.  

Andrew Steel says:

pronunciation irrelevant. I’ve heard 3 different pronunciations from VC employees. almost the same with JL employees also. Nobody pronounces them like the Swiss or French do in the English speaking world and no one should care to. How many times I’ve heard the French mispronounce an English word. irrelevant garble.

Andrew Steel says:

i like these so much more than the calatravas

De Vincent says:

Nice watch

Time with Don says:

How well are they decorated compared to a Calatrava? Are they polishing the beveled edges better?

swissnor says:

The Reviewer can’t pronounce Vacheron Constantin properly

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