Previously launched in both white and pink gold versions, this is the latest incarnation of Vacheron Constantin’s Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date, and it is now part of their limited edition and boutique-only Collection Excellence Platine. With a 950 platinum case and a matching dial, the Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date even features strap stitching using thread in both platinum and silk. When VC wants to do special, you know they don’t mess around.
Limited to just 50 numbered units for the Collection Excellence Platine, the Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date joins a rare group of watches that have been promoted to this platinum-themed collection since the concept was introduced 2006. Sizing is the same as the other two versions of the Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date at 42.5mm wide and 9.7mm thick. The function set – a large retrograde date display along the northern radius of the dial and a rather subtle moon phase and moon age display (showing the day in the moon’s cycle) at six o’clock – is both cleanly symmetrical and visually interesting with lovely details on the moon phase and a centrally-mounted blue hand for the pointer date.
Apply all of this on a lovely matte sandblasted platinum dial, and you have a brand new look that feels at once traditional in form and contemporary in execution. Just like the previous versions, the platinum Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date uses the 2460 R31L, an in-house automatic movement from Vacheron Constantin that ticks at 4 Hz while offering a 40-hour power reserve and a design that allows all of the functions to be controlled via the crown alone.
Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Patrimony Moon Phase Retrograde Date Collection Excellence Platine
Reference Number: 4010U/000P-B545
Case Material: 950 platinum
Dial Color: Sand-blasted 950 platinum
Indexes: 18k white gold, applied
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Dark blue alligator leather with platinum folding clasp
Caliber: VC 2460 R31L
Functions: Hours, minutes, retro date, moon phase.
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Additional Details: Hallmark of Geneva certified
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