friends, I am happy to post some initial impressions after a weekend with the
Traditionelle Twin Beat Perpetual on the wrist.
So where do I begin?
What strikes me most is the aura this watch exudes. I bought the Twin Beat for its innovation and technical tour-de-force, but I am most astonished by how this watch oozes perfection in the execution. The surface finishes, the materials, the proportions, all seems to come together to create a special kind of magic.
I'll let the pictures do the talking (sorry you have to make do with my iPhone pics). What I can't show you is the joy that comes from pressing the pusher and switch the movement from 5 to 1.2 Hz. I love to see the slow movement of the larget 1.2 Hz balance wheel!
the watch belongs to the "Traditionelle" line, it's fair to say this
is a fairly un-traditional watch for VC. On the wrist, it certainly feels like a very modern watch, some might say an avantgarde design, at least by Vacheron's standards. The greys in the dial beautifully play in the light, creating sometimes a dark, closed appearance, changing to a light and translucent one at a different angle.
The dial is complex, and it certainly is never boring. Personally, I find it very attractive, especially due to the different textures of grey and the fantastic finishing of the components. Overall, the Twin Beat it is a very wearable watch, which isn't loud or ostentatious. I wore it with jeans in the backyard of a small café, I wore it to the office, it didn't feel out of place at any time.
One of the main feats of this watch is that VC managed to put essentially two movements, a large barrel AND an instantaneous perpetual calendar into a case measuring just 42 x 12.3 mm. Even on my small wrist, it doesn't feel too large. The watch sits very comfortably on the wrist. The main impression when wearing it is the weight of the watch. It always feels solid, substantial. The case design itself is quite restrained - here, the "Traditionelle" is true.
I'll wrap this first post up with a few wristshots. More will follow...
Thanks for watching!Cheers,