1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules

Tell us a Vacheron Constantin related story: your 1st purchase, your latest purchase, an intersting anecdote, story, why you like VC etc....

The judge will be the Loungers who will vote for their favorite story. 2nd prize will be a random draw among the entrants.

1st Prize: Vacheron Constantin leather card holder / wallet

1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules

2nd Prize (draw): Les Masques Notepad

1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules

Contest open til 11.59 PM (Geneva time) March 29

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules
03/28/2008 - 21:41

Two stories here.

The first is how I became a watch nut:

As a child, I was always interested in watches; I remember that on the back of the comic books that I used to read there would be advertisements for a chronograph for only $9.95. I desperately wanted to buy that watch but my father would not let me. He said that the watch “was a piece of junk and that any good watch needed to have at least seventeen jewels.” I never did get that watch but, on my tenth birthday, my parents gave me a Douglas dive watch. As I recall, the watch came in a plastic jar full of water and was on a white Swiss tropic strap. I loved that watch, wore it all the time, and have been collecting watches ever since.

The second is why I like my Overseas and how it finally came to be:

I think that the VC Overseas is one of, if not the, best sports watch made. Like a fool though I sold it two years ago in 2006.   For about a year I purchased other sports watches but they never were the same so I sold them too.  Some of these were AP RO 15300, BP Aqua Lung Big Date, UN Marine Diver, and JLC Compressor.  Finally, in 2007 I managed to get another Overseas, now with a black face as opposed to the white face.  I am now happy once again  and I have no intention of selling my Overseas (but boy would I like a rubber strap for it!).

My first V&C
03/28/2008 - 22:18

I was looking for a classic watch. In the american sence, this meant a "solid gold swiss watch", commonly thought of as being the type of thing one only got for 30 years of good service, given in retirement.

At the time, I really didn't know much about the different brands, and levels of quality, but I knew what I liked. When I found the watch, it was stunning, and looked like more watch than I was deserving of. It had a solid gold bracelet, came in a very nice box, and was being sold by a jewler, so I felt confidant in the purchase.

After purchasing the watch, I took it home and wore it on occation, usually very nice occations, and not often enough. Over time I began to learn about watches and began to build my collection. Eventually, I learned of high grade movements and fine finishing that was applied to parts never seen. Finally, out of curiosity and with great care, I decided to open the back of my Vacheron and take a picture of the movement. Getting the back off without leaving a scratch was difficult, but soon there it was, gleaming like it had no right to. I couldn't believe my eyes as I took it in, here was the movement of the watch I had been wearing for years, not 17, but 18 jewels! And marked twice with the seal of geneva! My hands were shaking too much to get a decent picture!

That event changed my whole outlook on watches and collecting. While I had at one time over 40 watches of low quality, I now have less than 20 of very high quality. I am now a "movement collector" principly, and I place more value in the things unseen than seen. And while only 3 are V&C, I have my eyes open for only one type of watch now.

Just a little story about a Royal Eagle and a guy >>>
03/28/2008 - 23:49

I met over on another ForumS that we all know very well. I was on the fence about a V&C Royal Eagle back in November of 2004 and I was posting some questions when I received a very honest and informative opinion from the moderator about the evolution of the Royal Eagle. He did not like the older version without the applied numerals and face design, however when the new applied numerals appeared and the face design was modified, it changed the entire look of the watch. I could not agree more and after a few emails back and forth, I purchased my very first V&C Royal Eagle. I now wear this watch every week and think about the excellent counsel I received from, as you might have guessed, our very own Alex Ghotbi! The Royal Eagle is not the favorite of every V&C owner but this model has performed flawlessly all over the world and is one of the most accurate watches I own. It is a work horse with a racing horse curb appeal and very noticeable with the bracelet. It will never leave my collection and my oldest son is also crazy about it, so it is safe for at least one more generation. I can't wait to hear more stories about V&C in the upcoming posts.

Best to all,

Tim

I RXed the wallet with my latest purchase; the 47120
03/29/2008 - 00:49

But could always use another!

My first VC!
03/29/2008 - 02:41

In the last 2 years I was fascinated by Gentà creations. Specialy the 222 model.

Last october I went to WTA of Munich, and what I see???

A 222!

But money were not sufficient (I thoungt to buy a Rolex 5513, not a Vacheron!!!), and a friend (...) bought it!

For sometimes I was very nettled for the occasion lost.

But fate loves me.

In december I knew that in my city a reseller had another 222. After 1 month of negotiations finnaly I bought it! Now watch is on service, and I hope to post soon the promised tread, with some exceptional pics!

Leonardo

Re: My first VC!
03/29/2008 - 02:53

in april 2005 i wrote a story of my platinum les historique chrono..
03/29/2008 - 03:58

i acquired for 3 months then, i find the story still relevant today and in fact, this VC has remained one of my favourite watch. it is amazing how the watch remains beautiful to me over the years of ownership and it is also my motivation for collecting watch, to find such gems that will last through time for me. so here is the story of the VC that got me onto this lounge and got me following the brand ( regret i am unable to copy those pic under paragraph of the story :

"my acquaintance with this watch started in oct04 at the sincere anniversary watch exhibition held in Singapore. the platinum watch entralled me through the showcase. i thought it was the malte chronograph at the exhibition, but it mismatched my impression of the more contemporary malte chronograph which i saw in that year's catalog. through some search on the net, i found out that it is the les historique chronograph which has been discontinued that was displayed at the exhibition. months after the exhibition in dec 04, i saw the watch again in a used watch dealer and i knew that if i missed it , it will take a long while before i can find another cos it is nib with boxes and papers. i bought the watch only a month later after handling it up close because i was saving up for the datograph, my dream watch. it was a difficult decison to shelve my intention to purchase the datograph but i did it because i could not put the VC off my mind , it was already discontinued and the wonderful feedbacks from those who own them from this forum gave me more reasons. it has been 3 months since and i have not regretted my decison, in fact it has become my most-worn watch when i put on my dress shirt. my style of collecting watch has always been for design and aestheics as in my field of work and usually chronograph as i do not like my watch dial too plain and i would prefer to have some functions i can play with. the case of this dress watch is thin with VC signature tear drop lugs, found mostly in its vintage pieces, but what i found most appealing is its printed silvered dial with stick hands and markers, plain and simple with subtle details like silver outlines around the tachymeter track and subdials, but not too overwhelming to overshadow its simplicity intention. the dial though silvered appears paper-ish, emitting different hues under different lighting as seen in the pics below. VC interpretation of this chrono as a vintage gentleman's dress watch with square pushers is apt,as its name suggests. overall the watch is as close as one can get to a vintage one without the natural aging with time. under flourescent lighting under warm lighting the back of the watch reveals a movement which is wonderfully finished and contrasted golden gears and wheels which comes alive like our heartbeat as the watch beats, and this cannot be seen in a vintage piece no matter how reputed and beautiful the vintage movement is. this i think is a great advancement of manufacturing technique from the olden days. as i am not a technical guy, i can't comment on the movement besides that it is a lemania based hand winding integrated column wheel chronograph, which i think is a advantage over the auto winding one because it does not have the rotor that blocks the beautiful movement which the mineral is trying to showcase. it beats at a slow rate of 18000vph , which makes looking it vey soothing and therapeutic. i matched the watch against the similarly lemania based PP5070 for the power reserve and found that the 5070 outlast this watch by 12 hours, the PP5070 lasted about 60 hours. accuracy wise, both quite as accurate against my cell phone , though i did not measure them up to the seconds over 2 days. in conclusion, this is a simple looking vintage looking chronograph of VC heritage, a piece which any collector can recognise at a glance it is a VC and a keeper for me.i stongly advise those who have thoughts for this watch to get one if u can manage to find one, as u will not regret it as many of us here have found joy owning one.  "

3 years later, i finally bought my lange's dato, i am very glad i did not gave the VC a miss, there is a reason why i shelved the dato for 3 years, simply because at first sight, VC spoke to my heart.

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 05:09

Does Vacheron & Constantin Le Coultre count? First was my Dad's Mystery Diamond Dial next

was my Vacheron & Constantin Le Coultre Claw with a tuxedo face. Both still look and run well.

Dad still wears his and my son-in-law wears mine. BTW Doc, guess where the boxes were made?

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 09:29

Ok, I hav'nt the chance to be owner of a VC, but I'm fascinated by the products of VC and still more since I had the great chance to visit the Manufacture. It was wonderful to discover the work of the watch maker who are creating Artwork.

What also impressed me is the passion that emanates from each.

It was really a great experience...

For me this is an unforgettable story !

My first VC...
03/29/2008 - 11:45

I only have one VC story so far, and many of you have heard it many times, maybe one too many, but you'll have to bear with me as I try to win this prize...

I think the fisrt time I saw the Malte Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in Platinum(the 47112), it was in about 2001. I immediately fell in love with the watch  - I was mesmerized by its engraved moonphase, the nicest I have ever seen... Not surprisingly, my favorite watch was also one fo the most expensive, and was way out of my reach. So I dreamed and obsessed about the watch, dreaming that one day I would be able to offer it...

Well, about a year ago, I heard that the model would be discontinued, so I knew I had to act now if I wanted to get it new... I could now afford the watch, but the watch budget I had given myself meant that I could only get the watch at a substantial discount (maybe about 35-40% off). So I started looking on the grey market... And boy did I look!

I few times I came close to buying the watch, but I never could pull the trigger, mainly because I was afraid I couldn't trust the dealer. In the end, I found an AD who was willing to sell one to me for a really good discount, which was just above my budget.

The day before I was going to buy it, I got into a little car accident that put me in the hospital for a month... Needless to say that I forgot about the watch during that time... and when I called the AD back, the watch was gone. But at the same time I didn't care anymore, because on the Lounge was posted pictures of the new model, the Malte Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Excellence Platine. In my opinon, this was an ever nicer version, and well worth its premium... So I decided to hell with my watch budget, you only live once, and I decided to put a deposit down. My quest, finally, had ended...

I still do not have the watch, but by this time next week, I will

Needless to say I am one of the happiest guys on earth!

Make sure to post some pics when it arrives.....nt
03/29/2008 - 12:04

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what a story, hearfelt and sincere, it puts life in perspective
03/29/2008 - 13:39

Thanks and btw please put some pictures up when it arrives and wear it in good health.

John

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 12:31

Since I was a high school student I was interested in watches. Not just Haute horlogerie which at the begining I did not know what it meant but watches in general. Some years (and a lot of Timex, Swatch and Sector watches) later, I finally could afford a very good watch. At the time, in my mind, this meant Rolex. (Yes, marketing works). Being 26 and a few kilos lighter I decided a sports watch was the one I needed. So I went at my AD to try on and choose between the GMT Master II and the Submariner. Then I saw it. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas. It took my breath away. 

Unfortunately it was more expensive than the GMT and it wasn't even a Rolex.

I bought the GMT (which I still love) and went home. Next day I decided to find out some info about the watch that stole my hart and why it was more expensive. I found out that Vacheron Constantin is the oldest, continuously operating Swiss watch manufacture, operating since 1755. Also Vacheron Constantin is generally considered to be one of the "great houses" or one of the "big 3," putting them alongside Patek Phillipe and Audemars Piguet. The finish of the Vacheron Constantin movements and the work hours needed to produce them is amazing.

I told myself that I took the correct decision given my budget and continued my life. After some time I saw this:

It was like nothing else I had ever seen. Then I knew it. I needed a Vacheron Constantin.  No matter how long it would take I desperately wanted one ( at least one.)

George 

   

 

why I like VC
03/29/2008 - 13:54

More easy question will be "WHY I DONT LIKE VC??????"

Ok.Ok. This question is so easy to answer me bcoz "THERE IS NOT A SINGLE REASON WHY I SHOULD NOT".

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 14:19

I have to admit the story of my first VC purchase was posted on another Forum that I believe we are all quite familiar with.  As I know many of the people on that forum are also HL members, I'm sorry if I'm being a little redundant.   Last October my wife and I took a cruise through the Caribbean and she saw a watch that really attracted her attention.  It was a VC 31 day Retrograde in RG, #47245.  She called me over and we both really felt that it called out to us.  Though always appreciative of fine watches and art, we have never purchased a high end watch before - so reluctantly we decided it was best to not buy something on an impulse that we really knew very little about.  (I knew about VC's high quality reputation and history - but only at the most basic level). After getting back home, we couldn't stop thinking about the watch - actually we started going online at the Miami airport to do some research.  Googling led me to the forum.  Over time I have read every single post on this forum - which has given me an immeasurable amount of knowledge and understanding.  We feel that, compared to other brands, VC just "fits" us in terms of style and personality (at least the Mens watches).  After looking at many of the offerings that VC has created over the years we felt that the 31 day retrograde still called out to us the most.  I am very happy to say that my wife bought this watch for me 2 weeks ago, from an AD, for our tenth wedding anniversary! I'd like to thank each and ever one that has posted on this forum for teaching us something about high-end horology and VC.  This knowledge was definitely a deciding factor in making the purchase.

Best Regards, Dan

Once upon a time, there was ...
03/29/2008 - 15:26

... a kid whose grandfather showed him a pocket watch. So much beauty in already a small case (relatively, if you compare with wristwatches) brought him to a certain fascination! Dream was starting...

It took me some time to transform it into reality and to enter this wonderful world: collecting watches, those marvels which always bring me stars in the eyes!

My last VC acquisition : getting the spirit of VC with its tear drop lugs, opening dial, guilloché (2 kinds) showing the VC expertise! Sometimes, there is more word to say to tell sensitivity: just watch it!!!

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°2: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 17:55

Why I love VC?

VC is for me an authentic brand, that immortalizes its history by knowing how to modernize its image without making "fashion" .

Another VC story
03/29/2008 - 18:01

Hi all,

I posted my virst VC story at post 100, so I won't repeat it, although to me my first VC will always be my favorite for the sheer joy and excitement I had when I first bought it... I felt like a child all over again!!

The rest of the story which only made me love the watch all the more happened at the Beverly Hills Event: having my watch examined by a VC watchmaker, and me being able to see the movement with a microscope and fully appreciate the beauty and refinement of the workmanship first hand in such close-up view!! Something not many have the pleasure of doing. But what made it really special was the watch maker making comments on the movement finish (Geneva Seal), telling me why such and such parts are necessary for the Seal, pointing to them as he explained their better function this way, and always commenting on how well made the watch was. "You see, they added this jewel here and they put these jewels in chatons (I think that's what he said) as it will make their life longer and operate better; this attachement here for the swan neck fine adjustment was also added for the Geneva Seal: this attachement actualyl has the smallest screws of the entire movement, basically the same tiny screws as for Tourbillon cages.". And much more..... And I won't even mention sharing drinks at the hotel bar later on with all the artisans, drinking Mojitos and talking about things I will not repeat here since it is the rule of bars that you can never repeat a conversation!!

Note: I already have the Notepad, so if I do not win the wallet, don't put my name in the draw for the pad, I would want someone else to enjoy it!!!

my recent fun VC story
03/29/2008 - 19:02
Short story that was long !!!
03/29/2008 - 20:16

Tell us a Vacheron Constantin related story: your 1st purchase, your latest purchase, an intersting anecdote, story, why you like VC etc....

I did that in a well illustrated post, but the nowadays sometimes, not working system didn't put it in

So instead of that, because I haven't time to spend two hours more here, you'll give a short story!

At one of the first auctions by Antiquorum, where you could bid interactive by internet, I was participating at an event

in New York.

I wanted this lady's watch, because my wife also likes Art Deco

It's very revulotinary, because you can easily change strap, to for instance a bracelet,

see the book "Secrets of VC", page 268, which you can win in the other thread

The bidding was on, and it went fast, as soon as I raised, the other part raised again, so I thought it would

become to exspensive, when he suddenly stopped!!

I got it

Next day I got a telephone call from Swuitzerland, Directeur Vuilliomenet at the VC Museum,

wondered if I was willing to sell it to them!

They had been bidding on telephone, when the line broke to USA

I said that since they already had one similar, I feeled that I would appreciate it more then they,

and I certainly do

Cheers

Doc

Mercator Story
03/29/2008 - 21:47
Just got this beauty earlier this week. It's my first VC and latest purchase. I'm now a happy Casper. A story about how I got the Mercator and my watch smuggler partner in crime: 1. Mercator located: About a month ago, I was lucky enough to locate this beauty from a source in Japan. Authenticity verified by the Godfather, and I was ready to pull the trigger but a bit reluctant to ship over to my location. 2. Smuggling Planned: Suddenly, I heard from my Japanese friend. She was about to have a short biz trip in my town so I told her about a potential watch purchase. No surprise, she kindly offered to hand-carry. And there she was on the watch smuggling ring! 3. Deal Settled: Watch transaction concluded in quick and smooth fashion. Seller managed to deliver to my friend just in time before her departure. 4. Watch Now Box Later: For those of you who are familiar with the Mercator, you would know that the wooden box is quite massive and heavy. So I told my lovely friend to bring the watch only. The box could come later by postage no problem. I teased her that she shouldn't take the box or if she do should hide it between her underwear or else she would be taxed!!! 5. Heartbeat Skipped: Next day, she arrived. After meet and greet protocol, she took the Mercator out of her handbag and handed it to me. My heartbeat skipped-- what a very very beautiful watch :) 6. Final Chapter: Then she said wait a minute while rushing out for her luggage. It must be a usual japanese goodie or souvenir. One or two layers of fashion gears were removed, and there it was-- the Mercator wooden box situated neatly between stacks of folded underwear!!! This time my heartbeat didn't skipped, it completely stopped-- what a very very beautiful underwear, aahh sorry-- a very very beautiful box and magnifying glass inside it. Good watch, Great friend. I enjoy composing this and will email the story to my friend too. Oh well..picture is worth a thousand words but look like The Lounge is experiencing enormous internet traffics :) Although I have some scans with me right here but I couldn't load them here for the time being. So couple of good scans to follow shortly as soon as I can! Cheers & Happy Anniversary to the Lounge and VC fans.
Re: Mercator Story-- Split Paragraphs and Scans!!!
03/29/2008 - 22:16

Just got this beauty earlier this week. It's my first VC and latest purchase. I'm now a happy Casper.

A story about how I got the Mercator and my watch smuggler partner in crime:

1. Mercator located: About a month ago, I was lucky enough to locate this beauty from a source in Japan. Authenticity verified by the Godfather, and I was ready to pull the trigger but a bit reluctant to ship over to my location.

2. Smuggling Planned: Suddenly, I heard from my Japanese friend. She was about to have a short biz trip in my town so I told her about a potential watch purchase. No surprise, she kindly offered to hand-carry. And there she was on the watch smuggling ring!

3. Deal Settled: Watch transaction concluded in quick and smooth fashion. Seller managed to deliver to my friend just in time before her departure.

4. Watch Now Box Later: For those of you who are familiar with the Mercator, you would know that the wooden box is quite massive and heavy. So I told my lovely friend to bring the watch only. The box could come later by postage no problem. I teased her that she shouldn't take the box or if she do should hide it between her underwear or else she would be taxed!!!

5. Heartbeat Skipped: Next day, she arrived. After meet and greet protocol, she took the Mercator out of her handbag and handed it to me. My heartbeat skipped-- what a very very beautiful watch

6. Final Chapter: Then she said wait a minute while rushing out for her luggage. It must be a usual japanese goodie or souvenir. One or two layers of fashion gears were removed, and there it was-- the Mercator wooden box situated neatly between stacks of folded underwear!!! This time my heartbeat didn't skipped, it completely stopped-- what a very very beautiful underwear , aahh sorry-- a very very beautiful box and magnifying glass inside it.

Good watch, Great friend. I enjoy composing this and will email the story to my friend too.

Some scans. Enjoy-- more laters.

Cheers & Happy Anniversary to the Lounge and VC fans.

The Heights of Vacheron
03/30/2008 - 01:34

The seed for a replay was planted during February of 2007 when our small group of four climbers from the Alpine Club of Canada had to turn back just 1000m from the summit of Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina. At 6962m, the Stone Sentinel is the highest peak outside of the Himalayas. While some 7,500 permits are issued during the brief two month climbing season each year, barely one sixth of those who start the trek make it to the top. Altitude sickness or weather will stop most. For us, it was the dreaded viento blanco or white wind, with blinding gusts over 100kph, which send us down prematurely. It was small consolation to later learn that it was five days before anyone reached the top. Frustration set in during the flight home but within months I had an expedition scheduled for next year. In what seemed like the blink of an eye, I was again in Mendoza on January 24th, 2008. Some things were different this time around. I had joined with a local Argentinean outfit and our group was much larger, with a guide, his two assistants, and nine other participants. Mostly Americans, I was also pleased to find a couple of Brits, another Canadian, and a native Argentinean among our team. Another attraction was our approach via the Vacas Valley, a much less travelled route that allowed for completely different views of the mountain and surrounding valleys. I hoped to be lucky enough to spot the elusive guanacos and Andean condors that haunted the upper reaches of habitation. Finally, I had a mission to complete. Over the intervening year I had discovered a wonderful group of like-minded Vacheron Constantin watch connoisseurs hanging out at The Hour Lounge website forum. Motivated by their camaraderie and enthusiasm, I secretly undertook to wear my Overseas chronometer to the summit and represent the brand on the highest pinnacle of the Americas. A two-day hike from the ski-resort town of Penitentes brought us to base camp Plaza Argentina (4190m). Thankfully, most of our gear was transported by mules. From base camp a familiar routine was performed on schedule. One day we would carry and cache a load up the mountain to the next camp, the next day we would rest, and the third day we would move to our new camp. Porters were employed to carry group gear and cooking duties were fulfilled by our guides. From base camp we proceeded up the west side of Aconcagua to Camp 1 at 4880m and Camp 2 at 5830m. We were following the False Polish Traverse; so named because it traverses beneath the more direct but technical Polish Glacier route before joining the Normal Route to the summit. High camp, named Camp Cólera, was situated at 5980m. Although I felt good, my nightly self-portraits revealed a steadily deteriorating façade. Thankfully, I didn’t look at them until safely home. Another slight ailment was cured with a few days of Imodium, while an inability to sleep during the early days on the mountain disappeared after just one half-tab of Diamox. The daily weather pattern had been sunny mornings followed by afternoon precipitation. While the snows were falling earlier each day, the weather was still favorable for our summit push. On the morning of February 7th, we were awake at 5 a.m. for a restless breakfast. From within my backpack I retrieved a well-wrapped pouch which had safely carried my Vacheron Overseas to this point. Fully wound and set, I slipped the watch on and covered it with a knitted wristband. We were headed upwards by 7 a.m. Two out of our group stayed behind, feeling the effects of mountain sickness. Eight hours later those remaining were on the summit. True to form, it began to snow upon our arrival and obscured all views. After a round of back-slapping and picture-taking, the ominous sound of thunder was heard. When the guide’s radio crackled out a weather warning, it was time to go. A glance at my Overseas showed it was 4 p.m. – I had enjoyed an hour on top! We descended the Normal Route to Plaza de Mulas and hiked out the next morning via the Horcones Valley; completing our circumnavigation of Cerro Aconcagua. This time the flight home was filled with quiet, albeit tired, satisfaction. Dean Aka tick-talk