Vacheron Constantin, Swiss watchmakers with over 200 years’ experience, and the official timing partner of this year’s GQ Middle East Men of the Year awards have announced the introduction of a limited edition watch, designed for the Middle East.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Middle East: First Look
GQ Middle East had a chance to see the watch first-hand ahead of its release during Dubai Watch Week.
An update of their classic Patrimony reference, this subtle, understated model is, in the words of Alexander Schmeidt, Vacheron’s brand director: “a piece for conoisseurs of fine watch making.”
Talking us through the watch, Schmeidt explained that the Patrimony is a demonstration of both the skill of Vacheron’s watchmakers and their restraint in applying what they know.
The Patrimony Middle East's Design Explained
“The Patrimony is a very simple design. It’s about sophistication and understatement. The skill is in making this a piece worth collecting when you have relatively little to play with.”
Vacheron’s watchmakers worked on the principle of using carefully refined details to catch the eye of those who are really looking. They call it ‘reducing to the max’.
A Watch For Connoisseurs
For example, the watch case is made from platinum, which to the untrained eye could be mistaken for steel. The watch face is curved, making it incredibly difficult to place the indicies at the hour marks. It also means the watch hands have to be curved, by hand, to match the angle of the watch face. These are the sort of details obvious only to those who know their stuff.
In short: if you know, you know.
Why A Special Edition For The Middle East?
Limited to just 30 pieces, the Patrimony Middle East Edition reflects the caliber of watch owners in the Middle East.
“Can we say this watch is designed to directly reference the Middle East? No. But we can say that designing a watch specifically for this market and in such fine materials is a statement of intent, a tribute to the region,” said Schmeidt.
The manual winding movement comes in a 42mm case and offers a 65 hour power reserve.