Swiss Vacheron Constantin, known for conservative design, traditional finishing, and high prices, recently expanded their Patrimony line with the Excellence Platine watch. The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Collection Excellence Platine has all of those things as an all-platinum, three-hand watch with classic looks but contemporary proportions. This could be viewed as one of Vacheron's answers to watches such as the Patek Philippe 5196P and A. Lange & Söhne's Saxonia.
Not everyone knows that the great-great-grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, Louis Charles Breguet, Louis Charles Bréguet (1880-1955) was one of the early aviation pioneers first designing the gyroplane (the forerunner of the helicopter) in 1905 and his first fixed-wing aircraft, the Breguet Type I, in 1909.
He then developed other models such as the Swiss Breguet 19, and later the Breguet Deux-Ponts (Double Deck). In 1919, he founded the Compagnie des messageries aériennes, which evolved into Air France.
Basically, this Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41 watch takes the recipe of last year’s 36mm and adapts it in the classical masculine Tudor case, meaning 41mm. This watch has a slightly different taste than the usual Black Bay. The lack of the rotating bezel actually sets the watch in a different category. No more tool, not yet dress watch… it is the perfect definition of a casual, elegant sports watch. No useless features, just the essential, but yet a great presence on the wrist, already in 36mm. This year, the increased size brings the concept to men.
I'll begin this Gucci Dive 45mm "Bee Embroidery" dial reference YA136216 watch review by immediately acknowledging that this is not a timepiece for everyone. In fact, if your tastes are mostly about utilitarian "serious" tool watches and your focus is more on function versus style (nothing wrong with that), you are likely not going to have much interest for this watch.