1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules

OK here goes!

Tell us what your favorite Vacheron Constantin watch is and why. Please post a scan if possible. You don't actually have to own the watch but should be one you really like.

Doc will be the judge here and will choose the post having convinced him of buying a non Art Deco watch 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules

1st Prize: The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin book (exists in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Mandarin)

1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules

2nd Prize, (the name of the winner shall be drawn): Overseas leather bound notepad

1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules

contest open til 11.59 PM Geneva Time on March 29

03/28/2008 - 21:56
KCC
03/29/2008 - 00:52
03/29/2008 - 06:24
03/29/2008 - 11:58
03/29/2008 - 18:15
03/29/2008 - 19:07
MY FAVORITE WATCH IS BUT OBVIOUS....
03/28/2008 - 20:49

LES MASQUES COLLECTION

WHEN I FIRST SAW THEM, I DONT LIKE THEM. BUT SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART THESE WATCHES RESERVED THEIR PLACE N MY EYES ABSOLUTELY UNAWARE OF IT.

NOW AFTER COLLECTION SOME INFORMATION ON IT ESPECIALLY MASKS AND HOW THESE WATCHES ARE CRAFTED, I RESPECT THEM LOT.

I THINK ITS JUST BECAUSE SOMEWHERE THESE WATCHES ARE ACTUALLY LINKED WITH OUR ANCIENT CULTURE. THEY ARE. THEY REMINDS ME MY ANCIENT FAMILY, MY ANCIENT HOME......................... BUT ABOVE ALL, IT REMINDS ME MY ETERNAL SOUL.

JUST LOOK AT THE CHINA MASK..... WHAT A PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REACH PAST CANT BE SHOWN BETTER THAN INDONESIAN MASK.

CONGO- ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED MASK

WHY ALASKAN MASK IS SMILING AND SHOWING HIS TOUNGE TO US??????????????????

AS TOLD THESE MASKS ARE NOT PIECE OF ART..... IT IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

WHAT IS ART???????????

"ITS RESPONSE OF MAN'S CREATIVE SOUL TO CALL OF REAL" AS TOLD BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE.

THESE WATCHES ARE REALLY RESPONSES OUR GREAT PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/28/2008 - 21:55

Hello! Fellow Loungers!

My favourite VC watch is the one I own - the Overseas Dual Time, in stainless steel with black dial.  I like it because it represents many of my own personalities and characteristics:

The whole concept of the Overseas is about travel - something I enjoy very much; it is a sporty and youthful looking watch, made of sturdy and longlasting materials; it has a second time zone - convenient when I travel or am thinking of loved ones abroad; it is not a watch you see on many wrists, and I like to be unique, or at least be a little different to the masses.  Finanally, I love the watch for is excellent craftsmanship and fine details - the guillochet dial, the markers, the hands...all elegantly and tastefully executed in VC style...!

The Overseas suits my current needs, and for many more years to come!

Best regards to all

JAMES

Favorite Vacheron!
03/28/2008 - 21:56

I would have to say that this vintage piece is currently my favorite.

It has a nice art deco case, famous provenance, and the very special dial. I've heard this type of gillocheage called "frappe", which may or may not be correct. It is the finest working of a dial that I've ever seen, and even the modern forms of gilloche have not exhibited this pattern.

While modern watches may please and amaze us, we should remember that work done 50+ years ago are also feats of wonder.

That is exceptional! Thanks for posting.
03/29/2008 - 04:45

Tony C.

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/28/2008 - 23:23

Wish I could have picked just 1 out but it was impossible. This is my humble collection at the moment and love them all.

They all have features that appeal to me so could not pick one out as my favorite. The dial on the Jubile & Malte Chrono is their strongest feature, depending on how the light hits them they are constantly changing....magnificent. The lugs on the 4072 and historique are incredible beautiful, very stylish and consider the 4072 is 60 years old. The Cloisone and enamelling on the Audubon birds and Chronometre Royal are masterful, reminiscent of a long forgotten art form brought back to life by Vacheron, how cool is that.

WOW! Your 4072 is very gorgeous!
03/29/2008 - 14:07

What's the size? 36mm?

I believe its 35mm, I will check when I get home. nt
03/30/2008 - 00:44

nt

Re: Well, this is a little tricky but my new favorite>>>
03/29/2008 - 00:22

V&C is the Chronometre Royal that was designed for the Hour Loungers contest a while back. The simplicity of the face with the striking color combination and the gold hands, just melts my brain everytime I look at it. It is my great hope that this watch will appear in the metal in the not too distant future. I am also hoping it will have a display back so after I am nearly crazy from the beauty of the face, I can then admire the movement. Thanks to V&C, Alex, Doc and all the Loungers for this great experience and fun. It is a great place to belong.

Good luck to everyone,

Tim

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03/29/2008 - 00:26

the Chronometre Royal Hour Lounger.

The freaking 30030 of course
03/29/2008 - 00:52

This is the ultimate one!

My favourite VC: Cronometre Royal
03/29/2008 - 02:51

I dont' love complication. For me a watch has to be "clean", simple. But precise, very precise! This is the only thing really necessary.

And evidently it has to have a good design

Then I love manual wind: watch lives by my hand. Maybe I'm too "romantic", but I like to think that there's this relationship, this feeling between me and my Watch!

The watch thah have all the quality I love is Vacheron Constantin Cronometre Royal.

Beautiful. It is what a watch has to be. And any other!

Then his movement...

So, who knows it has to love it!

http://image.forumfree.it/5/9/0/7/8/5/1202301720.jpg

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Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 03:52

Who's gota tell Luca if he don't win?

Doc probably wont choose this cos its a chrono, but my fav ...........
03/29/2008 - 04:38

is this or any medical chrono in the same era or possibly the rumoured to-be-relaunched historique chrono :

photo from paul boutros of time zone

Are you crazy ?! It's a medical, it should ne mine !! :-)
03/29/2008 - 21:16
I know this watch very well and its the coooooolest
03/30/2008 - 00:48

Chrono I have ever had my hands on bar none....Paul remember your promise.

John

Not complicated, nor fancy...
03/29/2008 - 04:43

While I have personal reasons for showing a preference for simple watches, I also have the impression that it is the more basic models which really define a high-end manufacturer. Take Patek, for example. While the PP complications are understandably legendary, wasn't it really the simple beauty and outstanding basic movements of the Calatrava models which solidified that company's exalted stature? Well, along those lines, my favorite V&C is the yellow gold cal. P454/5C which I acquired in Zurich last December.

The aesthetics of the watch appeal to me a great deal, as I am a fan of both simple dials, and Arabic numerals. The cal. 453/454 series of movements were among the finest hand wind movements ever produced, as their several decade run underscores. This is a watch which has beauty, a superb movement, keeps excellent time after 50 years of service, yet lacks any pretension of being other than what it is. To me, the ability to manufacture watches of this type and class reflects the deep commitment to quality for which V&C has, for so many years, been known.

Regards,

Tony C.

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 06:13

What a challenge and an almost impossible one at that! Looking back over all the references I have and the myriad of astounding designs that Vacheron has created over the years, the task of picking a "favourite" is really impossible. How can you pick just ONE? So I have, after much consternation and soul-searching chosen a favourite from my own collection and one I would most like to own. The one from my own collection was not difficult. There weren't that many from which to choose and it came down to the one that had the most unique design and what I consider a touch of genius. The watch is the Toledo 1952 based on the "cioccolatone" of 1954. For me the elegant curves of the lugs and indeed the sides is overwhelmingly sensual and almost organic. The shape of the curved steps to the bezel give the design an almost living appearance and the back curve of the case which feels so comfortable makes it seem as if the watch is actually conforming itself to your wrist.

However, the real stroke of genius is in the guilloce pattern. At first there is nothing unusual about it. But when you look at it from the side and illuminate it...just so... the interplay of light and shadow reveals Maltese Cross pattern. (Stand back a bit and you'll see it.)

Now the other watch was much more difficult to decide upon. Two hundred and fifty plus years condensed down to one watch... beauty, innovation, mystery, a watch one never gets tired of looking at: The stunning Jump Hour pocket watch from 1929!

So there it is, two for the price of one. But perhaps tomorrow, I will pick two others!

Joseph

This 1
03/29/2008 - 06:24

The design with the lugs & clean dial, WOW.  To me this is the best looking chronograph ever. This is my dream watch now if I could only  find it for 1/2 price.

(Photo from Antiquorum)

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 09:47

My first choice  for a VC would be the Patrimony Contemporaine automatique in pink gold because of the beauty of his calibre 2450, the simplicity and the class that emanates from the watch.

My second choice (if I would be really rich...) would be a Malte tonneau regulator tourbillon...

My favorite watch is
03/29/2008 - 11:58

the Malte Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Excellence Platine

Why do I love it so much? This could be long, but I'll try to summarize:

1) The moonphase is completely out of this world, and is simply to die for

2) The platinum dial and its finish is a sheer stoke of genius from VC

3) I like the whole look of the Excellence Platine collection: its monochrome look gives a modern industrial twist to the watch; it is luxurious, and yet completely undertstated

4) The QP is my favorite complication

5) I am in love with the Malte lugs - and again I am sorry that VC will not be producing anyore the Malte round case, a real beauty!

6) I love the color scheme - silver (platinum, I should say), with a touch of blue...

7) The proportions of the case are perfect IMO: 42mm is the perfect size, and compared to the old model, the height proportion has been rectified (IMO the 47112, maybe its only default, was too thick for its size, making it look a bit like a hamburger shape - JB, I apologize for the image, but I am really hungry at the moment)

8) I love it because I have been in love with this watch for the last 5 years, and I love all that it represents to me...

9) the fact that it is a limited edition is a nice little bonus...

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 12:48

That's a tough one and adding the anticipation for the next month reveations...

Well, from the current production models and assuming that money is not a factor I would have to say this one:

George

Hey, this was my 100th post.
03/29/2008 - 12:51

  youuuuupiiiiii.

George

congrats amigo :-) (nt)
03/29/2008 - 15:07

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Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3: Gifts and rules
03/29/2008 - 15:11

My favorite would be the Jubile 1755!  Beautiful casework, guillochage, and the movement is..well, everybody knows about that already. 

Of the simpler watches, I think ounce for ounce, the Contemporaine is a good contender too.  The next two weeks will be a time for a big decision... 

It probably won't be easy as I am sure VC will be coming up with many surprises at SIHH.

There are so many one could be attracted by!
03/29/2008 - 15:46

I would suggest the following one (jump hour from 30s):

The complication is quite rare and ... complicated.

Nice mixture of two golds.

Precision of the Mandarin: well centalised, automaton showing precisely time, very well drawn and executed.

A real artistic piece, and a step in VC production.

Doc: just try it...

I don't have only ONE prefered VC...
03/29/2008 - 17:33

But I really love the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar:

Why?

A little bit simplistic, but I find it very fascinating... pure and modern line of the Patrimony collection, an useful complication magnificently executed ... and the skeletoon work

 

In a more "affordable" price, I don't discourage to buy a day a Bi Retro ^^

aahh... my favorite VC
03/29/2008 - 18:15

o dear... what a dilemma, but still, one clear winner for me.... The Bi-retrograde.

The watch design is flawless. Alex's post on dials that were rejected for the final design showed me how much they actually thought about getting it right straight away and the attention to detail.

The watch is simply gorgeous.... To me it has the functions that I really care about: day and date. I am an aficionado of simplicity and elegance, which to me this watch represents. It also shows the true Vacheron Constantin signature: unexpected, surprising, unusual, yet elegant, refined, classic from day one.

When I buy my next VC, this is it!! No questions asked!

Doc, this watch is already a classic! This is the Art Deco of the beginning of the 21st century.

I just LOVE this watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I love this version too:

PS: I already have the book "The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin", although not the DVD that apparently comes with certain editions. So if I win, can I just get the two watch holder from contest no 1?

St. Gervais...
03/29/2008 - 19:07

unique and out of reach. A fabulous VC - the ultimate timepiece :-)))

Re: 1st anniversary contest n°3
03/29/2008 - 20:16

Hello VC loungers and fans,

My favourite Vacheron Constantin modern watch is the pink gold Patrimony traditionnelle:

My favorite vintage Vacheron is:

Have a great week-end !

Patrimony Tribute to Great Explorers
03/30/2008 - 00:58

VC is obviously the King of alternative time telling displayL'Heure Sautante, Saltarello and Grand Mercator (got it now) have always been on my radar screen but it is 47070 Patrimony Tribute to Great Explorers that stands out and sing to me day and night. As far as I know only 240 watches dedicated to the eight famous explorers will be produced (so 40 pieces in each version). The first two versions, Magellan and Zeng Hé Expeditions, were introduced in 2004, and they were long gone and being sought-after. Rumor has it that the next version(s) will be released this year in Geneva. This watch has everything it needs to become a collectable masterpiece: history, hand-painted enamel artwork, unique time-telling function, craftmanship, rarity/limitation and etc. It’s the crown jewel dial of delicate enamel artwork and the supreme commander of rotating discs function. The hour figures are not painted on clear discs, rather they are openwork solid gold arrayed around one of 3 wheels, the wheels are rotated by clicks which are in the cross shape. Now see live photos (borrowed from another forum), and judge it for yourself. Patrimony Tribute to Explorers is surely my favorite and it would make a perfect addition to my and anyone's collection.