This is almost as much fun as doing it for yourself...

but not quite. I have a young professional friend that desires his first "real watch".

He says "everyone owns a Rolex" so what somewhat different would I recommend?

As luck would have it he already has an appreciation of Vacheron "they're the oldest".

Fortunately he has no site issues and could read more than a two handed face.

There's a "like new" YG Triple Date #47050 availible at what I think is reasonable.

The alternative is a search a similar Chrono Historiques. I know I found it and let it go.

Additionally he will be visiting New York and be able to try on a new Malte Chrono.

OK what would be your considered opinion and why? Thanx, Miki

BTW Doc, nice new/old catch. As always wear in good health.

depends on his life style and tastes but
01/18/2008 - 23:52

you really can't go wrong with a chrono can you?

Does he like big or small sized watches? The Chrono Historique is 36mm and the Malte is 41mm.

Does he like simple time only or complicated? In the simple time only there is the Patrimony Contemporaine (40mm) or Traditionnelle (38mm).

I'm a huge fan of the Patrimony Bi retrograde but it may be a bit too expensive as a 1st real watch.

Just my 2c...

Re: depends on his life style and tastes but
01/19/2008 - 00:52

Hi Alex,

Thanx for your 2c, but you failed to evaluate the Triple Date.

As for size he'll know for sure when he tries on a Malte chrono.

Thanx-again, Miki

the triple date is nice but if I had to chose one it would be the
01/19/2008 - 10:13

Toledo 1952!

a tri^le date is more useful but a chrono is cooler so my vote
01/19/2008 - 10:24

goes to either one of the chronos.

For me am not very interested in the chronos. I have the
01/19/2008 - 13:37

same suggestion with Alex. I like the Toledo 1952 better. I saw one with my AD but when I got back it was sold. A few months ago I just happen to see an exective of the Shangri-la Hotel wearing one. Wow it was really beautiful. If I had the 2nd chance I'll buy it without second thought. good luck!

My choice would be...
01/19/2008 - 15:42

I absolutely agree with Alex - a triple date would have to be a Toledo 1952. To me it is as iconic as its predecessor - Cioccolatone itself. I love mine and have always wanted to have one ever since I'd gotten interested in VC watches.

I am sure that your friend will love the Malte Chronographe. It is just an amazing watch, perfectly sized at that. I believe that the modern design of it beats the older version. There is a brand new Chrono Historiques YG at my AD's. I tried it on and believe me it is a bit too small on the wrist...

As for the first 'real watch' I would consider a complication that would suit me best (i.e. chronograph - which I know is rarely used, dual time, power reserve or simple time only and so on). All of those mentioned are available in an Overseas line. Although I do not own an Overseas watch yet I am planning on getting one. I have been waiting for the leather and rubber strap model to come out. Now that it's out there I think I will choose the dual time one - I believe it fits my idea of the 'travel watch' best (out of the VC range).

BTW, I have checked with several ADs in US for the Overseas USA LE - and although a chronograph model - is a beauty. The prices start around 18 K USD and I think it is a little too much for an Overseas... Especially when you consider getting a Toledo 1952 WG which price starts around the same level. 

While I do like the simple and classy 47050,
01/19/2008 - 16:49 favorite remains the Malte Chrono!

Hi Miki,
01/20/2008 - 15:04

I saw the movie Blues Brothers, yesterday

LOL !!


Re: Hi Miki,
01/20/2008 - 21:59

Hi Doc,

If you liked me in the Blues Brothers you will love me in Animal House.

Since you haven't chimmed-in on my latest dilima is it safe to assume your vote is for the Chrono Historique?

Best, Miki

Bluto rules :-) (nt)
01/21/2008 - 15:26