caliber 1008

I think this is one of the most beautiful vintage manual calibers ever made

Victor2caliber 1008

Not only beautiful but also extremely rare. One of the versy first and
04/11/2007 - 23:46

few hacking movements at the time of its launch (50s), thus the BS (balance stop) as in cal 1008/BS.

how about a dial side view of the Chronometre Royal?

Re: Not only beautiful but also extremely rare. One of the versy first and
04/12/2007 - 11:56

here you go Alex

Re: Not only beautiful but also extremely rare. One of the versy first
04/13/2007 - 12:42

A Chronometre Royal dial (cal 1008/ BS) with an interesting crown...sorry for the picture shot with a K800i telephone !

Re: Re: Not only beautiful but also extremely rare. One of the versy first
04/15/2007 - 00:19

Hello Berney

that is a very nice one what is the diameter



Re: Re: Re: Not only beautiful but also extremely rare. One of the ver
04/23/2007 - 13:34

Hello Victor,

I apologize for not coming back to you earlier: the diameter of this great Chronomètre Royal is 35 mm.

Despite the bad picture, the watch has no dings !

Kind regards,


Re: caliber 1008
04/12/2007 - 16:24

I'd go so far as to say that this is one of the best calibers ever produced, vintage or modern. I used my having a Chronometer Royal as one reason for my NOT buying a Dufour Simplicity. Bill

WOW now that's an amazing compliment
04/12/2007 - 17:16

Re: WOW now that's an amazing compliment
04/12/2007 - 17:35

While you and Victor have some nice photographs, what we need here are SteveG's pics of this movement. They show off this caliber like nothing else.


Re: Re: WOW now that's an amazing compliment
04/15/2007 - 00:17

Hello Bill

you are completly right Steve makes the best pictures I have ever seen

ps. I tried several times to answer your last mail but for some reason it keeps coming back even if I just respond to

your mail

would there be some other way I can reach you



Thank you, Alex, for inviting me to this forum!
04/16/2007 - 05:42

& congratulations and all my well-wishes!

You folks are all too nice, I love my Chronometre Royal and am very proud of my pictures, but the subject is the real star. 

Although I am a fortunate enjoyer of both Mr. Dufour's Simplicity and this Vacheron & Constantin, I hesitate to attempt a

summary 'ranking' for my watches...but I will philosophize perhaps a bit.  I have had the Simplicity a few years longer, I

consider it as a watch of the current era.  We no longer have Observatory Competitions, an ebauche tradition or the quest

for better and more compact mechanical timekeepers, and 'finish' is primarily a decorative rather than functional matter. 

What makes the Simplicity so extraordinary is that it postdates all these changes...and yet, I expect it could readily

be adjusted to very high chornometer performance, the blanks are unashedly produced by specialists, but the responsibility

remains in-workshop, and despite all the emphasis of the beauty and perfection of the finish, this is only part of the story! 

Mr. Dufour will tell you that his intent is stability, durability, long-term performance and servicability, not just aesthetics.

When V&C made my 1008 the horological world was entirely different.  Nobody would think it inappropriate or somehow

less admirable to create a movement from a great ebauche (and certainly the JLC was one), nor would the buyer pay big

money for anything less than an exemplary timekeeper.  If the Chronometre Royal was top-of-th-line, then it should be

the top performer, and naturally V&C would purchase the best available basic movement.  Finish was always expected

to improve performance, or stability, or durability...and with a great company such as V&C, beauty as well.

So in my mind what Mr. Dufour has done is not new, but he must do it at an extraordinarily high level to have it mean

anything, and what V&C did in their time with my 1008, well, they would not have been such a great company if their had

produced lesser work.

I realize I am speaking from relative ignorance and from a sample of only one watch, but I am speaking from my heart and

with sincere admiration for both accomplishments.  In truth, these watches speak much more eloquently for themselves,

and do not need my assistance.

Many pictures are posted at my brief article: 

Here are a few favorites:

(if the moderator might repair my attempts to post pictures
04/16/2007 - 05:45

& an link...

THANKS, I obviously haven't yet figured out your software!  (preview function would be nice, however...)

AMAZING!! Thank you Steve for your formidable photos and for
04/16/2007 - 15:49

sharing your experience.

To upload photos you need to click on the icon which looks like a + sign