Getting a firm footing in the future with a solid foundation built on the past.

Portrait of Tammy Strobel

Getting a firm footing in the future with a solid foundation built on the past.

Without the past, there is no future. In this special issue of The Peak, we spotlight 20 young movers and shakers who define the theme “The Future Shapers”. They all have an eye on the future, but several are also building on tradition – be it a family legacy or cultural heritage.

The same could be said of the four new Patrimony timepieces by Vacheron Constantin. Comprising a manual-winding time-only model, a self-winding time-and-date model, a self-winding retrograde day-date, and a self-winding perpetual calendar (pictured), these watches are among the latest highlights by Vacheron Constantin – the world’s oldest watch manufacture in continuous operation at 264 years of age.

As the word “patrimony” suggests, these watches are inspired by the brand’s history. Reflecting the elegance of Vacheron Constantin’s mid-century timepieces, they stand out with their minimalist design and sleek lines. While Patrimony dials are often done in muted shades such as silver and white, these novelties feature a contemporary midnight-blue hue, with a vibrant sunburst finish. Elsewhere, it’s all about fine details, including a domed dial, pink-gold applied hour markers and a “pearl” minute track.

The exercise in excellence doesn’t end on the outside: These watches have ultra-slim profiles, ranging from 6.79mm (manual-winding) to 8.9mm (perpetual calendar), thanks to in-house movements such as the ultra-thin perpetual-calendar calibre, 1120 QP. Each movement is made to Geneva Seal standards, and powers these watches efficiently and beautifully – made possible by know-how transmitted through time.