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?
that is a very nice one what is the diameter
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
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.
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
would there be some other way I can reach you
& 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:
& an link...
THANKS, I obviously haven't yet figured out your software! (preview function would be nice, however...)
sharing your experience.
To upload photos you need to click on the icon which looks like a + sign