Everyone can make a first good impressions on the novelties and that's appreciated by anyone here.
So thanks again to all SIHH who had posted here !
From the photos you shared kindly with us, my own impressions:
Like FX not as amazing as 2010 but some very nice novelties. Eve if a watch is a complete package, I am always very sensitive to the case design, my opinion is always biased in that direction.
-The Historique 1954 "lips" or "aronde" !
Since Lange has decided to stop his cabaret, simply the most beautiful simple rectangular watch on the market imho, not less. The case design is amazing, charming, poetic, lovely!
The dial is simple with some lovely details at the same time
The caliber is not rectangular shaped but maybe we can hope one in the future if VC goes on with "tonneau" and recangular watches, but it doesn't affect the "power" of this beauty.
What a charming watch!
-The perpetual calendar on the Patrimony contemporaine basis: perfection.
I love this case, the dial of the normal version is beautiful but maybe a litlle empty for people who like complicated watch.
Well here it is just perfect, not too less, not too much.
The caliber is beautiful and flat, wich gives it a marvellous overall elegance.
Maybe my favourite 2011 Vacheron, a dagger in the heart of perpetual calendar lovers.
.A bit disapointing:
-The Quai de l'île: like Foversta I am not into it, the dials are beautiful but in the end it spoils the concept.
I found the normal QDI a bit large, the annual calendar is definitely too much for me.
.And the one which leaves me torn between two feelings: amazement and dispointment: the Worldtime
First the comparison with Patek is normal, it is the reference since many years in that complication.
A similar watch wouldn't make sense, and Vacheron cleverly offers something different.
I will still do the comparison because I think every customer will do it.
From a very personnal feeling, Patek makes very pure watch, very balanced, kind of perfect but cold. Where Vacheron gives me a poetic feeling, something more charming, finally more "catching". The Worldtime complication gives to PP what they often lack the most, a little poetry.
About the VC;
The caliber is the new reference on Worldtime, no question about, Patek is far away behind on this point wiht his old Cottier system. Congratulations VC development team.
The dial, very nice, poetic, I love it but it is a little flat, like the saphire. On this kind of complication I would have loved a slightly curved earth and sapphire.
The hands are pure genius, I find them TER-RI-FIC.
Last point; the case, that's where VC missed to erase completely the competitors.
The patrimony traditionnelle is not made for high complication imho, flat flanks, flat bezel, it gives presence to a simple watch, on the simple Patrimony it is just perfect.
Butfor big complications it gives pan effect I dislike. And here the watch seems a bit fat and a bit "cold", too bad
I would have loved so much curved flanks, a Jubilee 1755 case (or a flat "Tour de l'ile") or a Mercator would have fit in so well.
Imagine the Mercator or a flat tour de l'ile with the Patrimony Worldtime dial, a curved sapphire, slightly curved hands on a slightly curved earth. A bit in the idea of the Magellan Watch if you know it it but not goingin that far.
That would have been pure poetry and an invitation to travel and admire the earth.
credit: journal de la haute horlogerie
That's why I have mixed feelinfs on this Wolrdtime, best Worldtime caliber, great dial and hands but it could have been such a crusher with different choices in the case and the dial and sapphire shape.