SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey

Vacheron Constantin’s SIHH 2012 is both one of sotto voce understatement on one hand and brutally powerful technical marvels with the launch of nothing less than two new manufacture tourbillon movements on the other.
2012 also sees the launch of the new visually arresting Metiers d’Art – Les Univers Infini collection and the stylish redesign of one of the brand’s iconic collections: The Malte.

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Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 in Rose Gold

Originally launched in a 10 piece limited edition of 10 pieces in the Excellence Platine collection the Calibre 2253 now exists in a non-limited rose gold case. This piece, which is currently Vacheron Constantin’s second most complicated watch in production features, a tourbillon, a perpetual calendar, equation of time (difference between solar and mean time), time of sun set and sun rise which will be personalized to the location designated by the owner as well as a stunning 14 day power reserve (indicator on the back) obtained via 4 barrels couples 2+2.
I personally like this version alot, the rose gold case gives it a certain warmth and underlines the amazing dial which like all Patrimony Traditionnelle models has 5 different finishing techniques.

Vacheron Constantin 2253 Patrimony Vacheron Constantin 2253 Patrimony

Vacheron Constantin 2253 Patrimony

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Vacheron Constantin 2253 Patrimony SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
Vacheron Constantin 2253 Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin 2253 Patrimony



Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon

Directly inspired by Calibre 2253 this model is Vacheron Constantin’s first « simple » round tourbillon in over a decade. Inspired by but not a stripped down version, as the bridges have been reworked and redesigned to underline the finish. The power reserve has also been moved to the 12 o’clock position via a pawl and a cam. One of my favorite aspects of this watch is the stealthy elegance it resonates, and the amazing finish of the underdial is something which makes my heart go wild!
This watch is the first of the VC collection to comply with the new Geneva seal criteria (which no longer applies only to the movement but to the whole watch).




Vacheron Constantin Tourbillon Patrimony Vacheron Constantin Tourbillon Patrimony
Vacheron Constantin Tourbillon Patrimony
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Overseas Chronograph with Blue Dial

In a recent SIHH article I had written “grey is the new black” due to the fact that many of VC’s new releases had grey dials, today I can say that “blue is the new grey”!

This year Vacheron Constantin offers the Overseas Chronograph with this new chromatic scheme, in steel for a more sporty look and those with more confidence or a more exuberant sense of sartorial style can opt for the rose gold model.
 

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph blue

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Overseas Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in Rose Gold

Last year Vacheron Constantin launched the very first Overseas with a high complication: a perpetual calendar chronograph. Unfortunately these models were only available in a limited edition (80 in steel/titanium with grey dial and 20 in steel with blue dial for the New York Boutique). The Overseas perpetual calendar chronograph is released this year in a dressier rose gold case with a silver dial with a lovely beige hue.  


Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph perpetual calendar SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph perpetual calendar
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Metiers d’Art – Les Univers Infinis

Ahhh each year I am happy to underline a new Vacheron Cosntantin model with a lousy name and The Metiers D’art – Les Univers Infinis – Fish-Dove or Shell win hands down. I’m a bit harsh here because in French it sounds great but I can imagine a non French speaker trying to pronounce – let alone remember- the whole name.

The latest addition to the Métiers d’Art collection: a subtle blend of graphic art and decorative techniques in Fine Watchmaking and an exceptional alliance between the artistic crafts cultivated by the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin: engraving, enamelling, gemsetting and guilloché work
– the “Métiers d’Art – Les Univers Infinis” collection embodies several artistic arts exercised within the Manufacture: enamelling, gemsetting, engraving and guilloché work.
 
 
Les Univers Infinis represents an alliance between artistic crafts such as engraving, enamelling, gemsetting and guilloché work, the dials areinspired by the periodic paving technique known as “tessellation” – and in particular by the work of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher.
These models are made in a limited series of 20 pieces each in a 40mm white gold case housing automatic cal 2460.


Fish watch: guilloché and cloisonné enamelling
 
Probably my favourite of the 3 because of the color ,the sense of movement and graphically the most eye catching.
The pattern is cut out from a white gold dial base and the eyes of the fish are meticulously engraved. The guillocheur then forms tenth of a millimetre symmetrical motifs. Parallel curves accentuate the head, tail and fins, while the body of the fish is covered with shiny scales.
 
The enameller marks out the outline of the motifs using a fine gold wire to separate the various enamel colours, a process known as cloisonné enamelling. The enamel is finally placed in each fish and fired in an oven at a very high temperature, an operation that the artisan will repeat several times in order to intensify the colour. The last firing is followed by a lapping/polishing operation designed to position the partition wires on the same level as the enamelling, and glazing – meaning applying a layer of varnish – that give the dial a radiant glow.



Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Escher Fish

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 The Dove Wtach:  Enamelling, Engraving,  Guillochage and Gem Setting

The dial representsa depiction of doves in flight and uses 4 métiers d’art
The engraver begins by drawing the outline of the doves on a yellow gold dial base, before proceeding to “champlever” them, meaning engraving the motif before the enameller fills the cavities thus formed.
 
Then comes the turn of the enameller. It is up to the artisan to create and choose the perfect harmony of the shades which, once bonded by firing in the often, create this radiant violet hue. The enameller completes his task by applying a translucent enamel coating to the violet birds. For their white counterparts, he opts for an opalescent enamel that reveals the engraved motifs and creates a striking depth effect.
 
Once the enamelling is complete, the gemsetter highlights one of the doves.
 
Finally, the guillocheur, does his part in accentuating the depth effect of the dial. Due to the extreme difficulty of this process, it is extremely rare for an enamelled piece to be guilloché-worked as a final phase. The expert takes the time required to patiently incise the material and thus create a truly lifelike depiction of the doves.

 

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Escher Dove
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Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Escher Dove
   

 

Shell watch: engraving and champlevé enamelling

The details of the dial (starfish and shells) of this piece are truly astounding
 
First of all, the engraver traces the shapes of the shells on the dial using a drypoint and then hollows out the fields or cavities while protecting their outlines in order to create a relief engraving using this champlevé technique.
 
Then comes the turn of the enameller, who fills the cavities with enamels before firing them several times at a temperature of 800° to 850°C. Several firings are required to complete this work, which is perfected by lapping-polishing and glazing-varnishing. The engraver sets the final touch by engraving the surface of the starfish. The champlevé enamelling technique calls for excellent mutual understanding and cooperation between the two artisans and which will strongly influence the final result, since any discordance could jeopardise their joint work.
 

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Escher Shell

Vacheron Constantin Metiers d'Art Escher Shell SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey


 

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Malte

The tonneau shaped Malte collection has been redesigned in celebration of Vacheron Constantin’s 1st tonneau watch made in 1912.
Certain may think that the new Malte may lack the presence of the previous models but I find the new collection less bulky and more refined.
Moreover all the models apart from the lady’s model (which has a quartz movement) are all officially approved as meeting the new criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva.
 
 
 
Malte Lady

Currently available in only a rose gold case of  28.3 x 38.7 mm  it houses a quartz  cal 1202 and is set with diamonds on the bezel.



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Malte – Small Seconds

I really like this model, it is refined, elegant and yet has presence on the wrist. It comes in a 36.7 x 47.6 mm rose gold case.  The watch houses cal 4400/1.



Vacheron Constantin Malte

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SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey Vacheron Constantin Malte
Vacheron Constantin Malte SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
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Malte – 100th anniversary

This is a platinum rendition of the Malte small seconds (without the seconds!) but in a platinum case and painted black Roman numerals and limited to 100 pieces. The dial is quite fascinating as it has a somewhat grainy glittering dial and even though the case and dial combination may be considered rather austere it will make a great dress watch.



Vacheron Constantin Malte 100 Anniversary

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SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey Vacheron Constantin Malte 100 Anniversary

Malte – Tourbillon

NIIICCCEEEE. This version is just stunning and tops my wish list. The rose gold case is slightly larger than the small seconds models at 38 x 48.2 mm and houses a brand new movement cal 2795, comprising 169 parts, beating at a leisurly frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations/hour) and a 45 hour power reserve. The large tourbillon cage takes up a large part of the lower half of the dial taking center stage and distilling a quite aura of sleek elegance. Last but not least the movement finish is nothing short of astounding may it be on the back plates, the tourbillon cage or the underdial.



Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon
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SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon

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Re: SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
01/18/2012 - 17:38
Lovely post Alex. I like the Overseas with Blue Dial, and the Blue/Gold version is also very attractive. But Blue with SS is a lovely combination. The Overseas QP/Chrono also look lovely in both dial combos. The fact that VC can introduce two Tourbillon Calibres in one SIHH prove that it has come a really long way since the troubled times of the recent past (70's-80's). Wonder what is next this year???
there are still some interesting watches incomig :-)
01/20/2012 - 18:44
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very detailed write-up, Alex - thank you!
01/18/2012 - 22:13
love the blue-dialed Overseas... still, I don't believe in the unnecessary inscriptions on the dial... is Christian ever going to hear this out??? the form movement is the star of the show IMO... gotta love itheart Kudos VC! all in all I get a feeling VC has catered to the needs and tastes of its more conservative clientele this year... there is a lot of conservative, old-style design apsects I see in the novelties... heritage is the key, right? hope to be there next year to discover a new design chapter in VC's history... something as provocative, revealing and sophisticated as QdIcool
missed you this year buddy!
01/20/2012 - 18:45
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The OS range has developed well. Is it just me or
01/18/2012 - 23:55

has it now become VC's most talked about range in forums, press etc? And I like the new shape of the Malte - a good move to do something other than a regular tonneau shape  

the OS has become one of VC's best sellers
01/20/2012 - 18:46
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Thanks a million or two maybe. Great write up and pictures are
01/19/2012 - 00:30
Suberb. I will study further and pick favorites but the menu looks very tasty. Thanks again for all your efforts. Best to all, Tim
thanks Tim :-)
01/20/2012 - 18:48
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alex, thank u for yr relentless effort amid yr tight schedule in SIHH.
01/19/2012 - 04:45
to update the rest of us who are unable to attend. great pics and explanation as always ! yes the perpetual OS sets me drooling , but i wish for something more like a window display calendar or a new chronograph caliber.devil however, i am content that the brand is doing more than well as it is my biased favourite !!!
glad you enjoyed the read :-)
01/20/2012 - 18:49
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Ah, this was the post I was waiting for
01/19/2012 - 05:12
Thank you, Alex, for a wonderful report. The photos and your comments make for a great journey evn for those of us not lucky enough to be at SIHH. I am glad the perpetual chronograph is now part of the regular production Overseas line. The new calibers are stunning and impressive. The dials of the Metiers d'Arts are amazing. VC is clearly at the top of their game. Will there be a new addition to the Excellence Platine line as well sometime this year? Best, respo
thank you for your kind words Robert. No new Excellence Platine
01/20/2012 - 18:50
model this year
Superb, Alex!
01/19/2012 - 06:22
Some new watches but also existing models like Overseas got a new touch. On my wishlist! yes
Thanks Rei :-)
01/20/2012 - 18:50
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Re: SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
01/19/2012 - 09:11
Many thanks ! On what is base the Perpetual chrono ? Still a Piguet 1135 ?  Thanks.
F. Piguet 1185
01/19/2012 - 17:28
with QP module
Thanks Alex !
01/19/2012 - 14:09
Photos are fantastic as usual and give a much better vision of models as some photoshop in the press (I will never understand that). All watches are beautiful, the new Malte line is very nice. Even if a shaped caliber should a been there looking at Patek Gondolo and Lange Cabaret. A lot of nice watches, but I must say I don't see this SIHH 2012 as the best year for Vacheron novelties because I don't see a hit like the American 1921 was or Patrimony line. That said,  the métiers d'art are FAN-TAS-TIC. I wanted to be surprised and amazed, the métiers give me that feeling once again. Just my 2 cents Francois
a form movement is possible but the price of the watch would
01/20/2012 - 18:52
have been much higher as to payoff the development costs
Re: SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
01/19/2012 - 19:04
Thanks for the information Alex. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at SIHH and will be writing about the experience very soon. For those members of the Hour Lounge who have the opportunity to visit the Rath Museum, there is a fantastic collection of VC models and downstairs you can see the workshops used by some of the watchmakers of yesteryear. I believe there is also a collection of historic Vacheron Constantin models at the Boutique in Geneva, alas I did not have time to visit, but maybe next time I am in Geneva I will be able to look. Back to SIHH, I met a lovely young lady (young is term I use relative to my not so tender years) and she demonstrated enamelling. It was fascinating to watch. I enquired what made her think of enamelling as a profession. she explained that her colleague sat next to her was her mother and having watched her mother do enamelling at home that was the profession she wanted to take up. Fantastic I replied, do you have any siblings, "yes" she said "a sister and she does enamelling for Vacheron too". Three artisans in one household, this was delightful and is another reason to love Vacheron Constantin. Finally, I am glad you posted this overview of the new models as I missed one special model; Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 in Rose Gold. This is gorgeous, I just regret not seeing it. Will they have this model in the Boutique in Geneva? Thanks again
The cal 2253 in RG is already available and ready to be shipped!
01/20/2012 - 18:53
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A pleasure to join you on the journey...
01/19/2012 - 23:45
Many thanks Alex for taking us through the new range in classic detail together with excellent visuals.yes Firstly, and most importantly, it's good to learn that the VC order/production book is full for the current year. This speaks volumes in all different ways and that is what the business is all about! The range, in total, is super including the three designs from the Metiers d'art collection. Such beautiful work which is very seductive. With only 20 pieces per design it will most interesting to see initial reactions in the marketplace! I have been reading the various despatches from Loungers who were fortunate enough to have attended SIHH. What a wonderful opportunity to both visit the 'office' and the 'festive board'. An important mix which is ,clearly, deeply appreciated. In that respect I look forward to seeing a few snap-shots inorder that I may put names to faces and so on. Tony
dear Tony thank you for the kind words I'll be posting scans from
01/20/2012 - 18:55
the booth soon
Thank you for taking us to SIHH again this year, Alex.
01/20/2012 - 12:48
Your Personal Journey through SIHH is always my most awaited post of the year, Alex. I especially like the Metiers d'Art watches this year.  The designs are ver artistic and at the same time quite playful, and the execution is as always superb!  These pieces are a real tour de force for VCs artisans.  I thought the dove watch was great when it came out as a piece unique, but the shell and fish variations are even cooler! It is also good to see the development of the Overseas line (as well as its market acceptance).  VC has gone a long way from the less-than-popular Phidias and 222, and the quirky (in a SAAB-ish kind of way) 1st generation Overseas (which I own).   As Francois (Veillotron) puts it, the blue dials are very 2011.  The new grey, right?  I am sure the new additions will be a hit. I like the more fluid lines of the new Malte pieces over their chunkier stablemates, but I would have prefered a more classic tonneau with fluid, flush bezels instead of tiered ones.  However, I guess the design team had to put some sort of design twist somewhere to come up with a "fresh", distinguishing aspect to the classic design.  Ultimately, I think a proper form movement (like what Patek rightfully offers with its Gondolo) with display caseback would have been more befitting the 100th anniversary but I suppose such a movement is not in the priority list right now.  Still, I look forward to comparing the new Malte with the Historiques Aronde. Thank you again for the great report! Bon weekend! Kazumidevil
the new Malte is in fact more losange shaped than tonneau. Glad you
01/20/2012 - 18:56
enjoyed the read buddy :-)
The Jury is Still Out...
01/20/2012 - 13:53
Firstly, I'd like to thank you Alex for a great report.  As always, your photos are amazing.yes I’m still unsure how to rate the VC 2012 vintage – I have yet to decide if it was a great year, or just an OK year... At the moment I’m leaning towards OK.  New versions of existing watches: I really, really, really like the OS Perpetual Calendar chrono with the beige dial – that watch looks amazing! The beige dial gives it a more refined, dressy look, which makes for a very versatile piece. I like the blue dial for the SS OS, but still prefer the Ti/SS version. I don’t really like the blue dial on the RG pieces (I think that the grey slate dials go much better with the RG). The RG 2253 looks stunning, but this one had been out for a few months already...  Les Univers Infinis Les Masques remain my favourite Metiers d’Art, but I think VC has done a fantastic job with les Univers Infinis. I really like the integration of all the artistic crafts and the use of Escher’s repeating patterns. My favourite is the fish watch – the use of more uniform colours makes it easier to wear. Still, in my book those watches are nice to look at, but are not easy to wear.  Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day Tourbillon The star of the show in my opinion. It did come out late November, so there wasn’t the surprise effect, but in the metal that watch is really impressive. So simple and clean look, yet with the tourbillion I could gaze at the dial for hours and not get bored. The dimensions of the watch (42mm x 12mm) are perfect for me.  And the movement is a real beauty. Even if I cannot afford it, I would love to see an Excellence Platine version of this watch...  Another facelift for the Malte collection... I’ll start off by saying that I really like the new models. I love the new case - its proportions are great, I find it more wearable than the previous model. The curvature of the case is very gracious, but its chunkiness makes it very much a man’ watch. I LOVE the Small Seconds.  It now tops my wish list, it will be a hard choice between this one and the Patrimony Contemporaine. The 100thanniversary looks even better in real life – the paint used for the numerals is so thick that they almost look applied... The grainy finish of the dial reminds me of the 1921 and the Excellence Platine collection. In fact, this is probably the closest a watch will come to the EP Collection, I wonder if VC did consider going all the way and making it an EP model. The tourbillion is also astonishing. My no2 of the show, it’s a close call between that one and the Patrimony 14 Day Tourbillon. And the Malte Lady is a big improvement on the previous model, it looks a lot more gracious. This is the next watch I will buy my wife. Having said that... What’s going on with the Malte line? I somehow feel that it is the black sheep in the VC family, that it is in a constant identity crisis. I know the decision must have been based on sales performance, but one could say the fact that VC keeps changing the case doesn’t say a lot about their conviction in their Malte offering.  The decision to eliminate the round case form the Malte line was to have a clearer line identity. But now, with this yet again new version, there are now 3 different tonneau cases in the Malte collection. And gone are my beloved stepped lugs, as well as the distinctive sword hands (well, the new ones do look like a sword, but are more traditional). I miss the round case (only remains the Malte Power Reserve and Date Boutique Edition), which remains my favourite (notice the variation on the lugs between 1 and 2 – they are a straighter in 1...). I think that the new case (5) looks better than 4, but the original (3) remains my favourite tonneau case. As I mentioned earlier, I really like the new Malte lady. But I must say that I am a bit puzzled by the fact that VC came out only a few months ago with the other lady Malte, knowing that they were going to change the case. And it is the ‘old’ version that gets the mechanical movement... And finally, question to Alex: you said that the movement in the Malte tourbillion is a new calibre. Is it really a new calibre, or a tweaking of the old 1790R? Apart from switching from regulator display to normal, based on the technical specifications and look, it feels pretty much the same...  Thanks Again Alex for a wonderful article! Cheers, Francois
Re: The Jury is Still Out...
01/20/2012 - 18:26
I completely agree with you Veillotron the original Malt case round, your n° 1 is the Malt original and the onde I prefer. The regulator with the second  opening back on cristal back is a winner. As you say now we are lost with so much hesitation. I hope they will come back to the round case.
never say never but I doubt VC will ever go back to a round
01/20/2012 - 19:02
Malte line.
quite a post Francois! thanks for sharing, the cal 2795 finds
01/20/2012 - 19:00

inspiration in cal 1790 but there have been some changes and the caliber now has the Geneva Seal all this led VC to consider the cal 2795 to be different enough to give it a new number rather than call it 1790/1

Re: SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
01/20/2012 - 18:09
I agree with you Alex, the Overseas with Blue dial is a real beauty. Mine is a model with black dial and rose gold bezel on steel. I wonder if they will lett me try the blue dial on my watch !!!!!!!!!!!  The Malt is a novelty ok but among all the 17 brands present at the SIHH I didn't notice 1 real innovation. Several facelifts only. Most brands invest on their traditional models or propose various complications on existing models. Some are realy stuning but no new development. After a very good year 2011 the brands prepare a sober year I think not knowing what to expext in 2012.
Wonderful report. Vacheron had a great line up this year.
01/21/2012 - 00:40
I especially love the Metiers D'Art collection this year. I think it even surpasses the 1st "Masks" release. If I win the lottery, I will head straight to the New York boutique and place my order for one of the 20 sets :) . In the meantime, I'll just keepenjoying these photos. Regards, Dan
The 3 new watches in the Metier's D'Arts collection...
01/21/2012 - 06:38
are not sold in a set.  This is the first time for the Metier's D'Arts collection. Therefore you can buy your favorite of these 3 watches...though I'm sure VC won't really hold you back from buying all 3 if you wish, cheeky
Re: SIHH 2012: A Personal Journey
01/22/2012 - 02:00
Thank you Alex!!!   It was a great privilege and a real pleasure attending SIHH and being welcomed by VC's communication manager and yourself to see and touch VC new creations!   I spent a full afternoon at the fair: I saw many interesting peaces from different brands, but I must confess that Vacheron Constantin collection is by far the most consistent one, and without any doubt the most beautiful and authentic!   Guys, you cannot even imagine what I felt when I was invited to the private room to see the new watches. When I saw them I was speechless and even afraid to touch them!   Amongst the novelties, my favourite is by far the Malte 100th anniversary! It's the most beautiful tonneau shaped watch I've ever seen and I can confirm you its numbers on the dial (and the white dial itself) are really special. It is a timeless classical watch. Now I just need to save some money...   Alex, I did really appreciate meeting the artists and the artisans (all very nice!) working at the stand. The guilloché master allowing me to work on its machine was a really nice surprise!   This was a great and special journey: thank you VC and Alex for making it extraordinary.   See below a few pictures I took with my iphone.   Kind regards from SIHH Geneva, Edoardo   PS In addition to the novelties posted by Alex, I did also have the privilege to be the first to see a new creation, but I’m sorry I’m not allowed to tell you more :-)          
it was great meeting you Edoardo and hope you can join us in the next
01/22/2012 - 19:16
SIHH event
Thanks for showing me the collection Alex
01/22/2012 - 13:42
And it was great to catch up for a wonderful meal at the beautiful manufacture. - SJX
anytime to share a seafood platter :-)
01/22/2012 - 19:17
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For those wondering what Alex is referring to
01/23/2012 - 17:48

The seafood platter at VC manufacture. I've eaten at many manufactures and VC is the best so far without a doubt.

Better late than never....
01/24/2012 - 21:45
Having just returned from a short trip, after unpacking the first think I do is check the Lounge heart.  Another wonderful report Alex, with a very interesting line-up of novelties from the show.  Nice to see further development of the Overseas line.  As it steers towards haute horlogerie I hope the sporty edge isn't lost.  Of course, the Metiers d'Art pieces are jaw-dropping gorgeous.  Maybe its just me, or the lingering impression left by last year's blockbusters, but this year seems to have been a bit subdued in terms of VC's product.  Overall, was there a cautious overtone to SIHH, considering world markets?
there was no big blockbuster piece like the past years (Worldtime...
01/26/2012 - 10:08
QDI or Masks) which may lead to think that it was a quiet year (and its a feeling I share). Also most of the pieces were developed in 2008-2009 during the crisis which can explain the conservative designs