Chiming in the New Year!

I posted the results to a recent Christie's auction, and mentioning that I didn't come close in bidding for a MR/chronograph/chronometre pocket watch.  I guess I wasn't good enough this year for Santa to give me that one. frown

But, I did get my Ekegren, ultra-thin MR back from the watchmaker that has been working on it for over a year. (He had to make a new balance shaft from scratch).  He was able to finish it up at the end of November.

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!



I also picked up this one at the beginning of December.  It is not "100% V&C", but it is one of the "Fabrique Pour Vacheron & Constantin" minute repeaters credited to Mathey-Tissot.  I checked the numbers (case # and “No. xxx” also on the case with Alex/VC and the watch was mfg'd in 1914.  I also confirmed that VC will restore and provide Certificates of Authenticity for "Fabrique Pour" watches.  Interestingly, I could not find a serial number on the movement.

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

(I really like the perlage under the balance wheel and love wolf's teeth gearing)

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!


It is running reasonably well right now, but it will be sent in for service right after SIHH.  The slider sticks and does not return immediately after being activated.  This causes a sound during the chiming, but I’m sure this can be fixed during servicing.

The Ekegren is 48mm in dia. and 8mm thick.  It looks quite elegant, the hands have discolored a little but the dial cleaned up quite nicely.  I did not want anything with the dial and hands to be re-finished.

The FP VC is 55mm in dis. and 13mm thick.  But it does look and feel much bigger.  The dial is very clean.   There is a scratch on the crystal, but other wise it looks OK.  I will not get the case back polished as I’m afraid it will impact the engraved initials.

Chiming in the New Year!

Chiming in the New Year!

I made a couple of video clip sound recordings, but I don't have a Youtube account to post videos.

I think the chimes are crisp, clear and quite loud from both watches.  I am a VERY HAPPY Vacheronista with my favorite complication to chime in the New Year!

Wishing you all the best for 2014!

Dan

12/30/2013 - 14:10
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KBS
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JB
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12/31/2013 - 12:54
Re: Chiming in the New Year!
12/30/2013 - 14:10
Congratulations Dan! You have really caught a very serious MR virus. It seems the only cure is a V&C MR, which I hope you will finally get. I wish all a Very Happy New Year!
Thanks Marko!
12/30/2013 - 14:36
I've always loved minute repeaters.  I was born with naturally, extremely bad, eyesight.  I used to wear a watch to bed as a small child in order to be able to hold it within 2-3 cm of my eyes in order to tell the time. So the idea of listening to the time has always been a huge fascination. BR, Dan
Thanks for sharing these two beautiful timepieces with us.
12/30/2013 - 15:50
Thanks for sharing these two beautiful timepieces with us. Congratulation! I didn't know "Fabrique Pour Vacheron & Constantin" existed but you have taught me something today... Are there a lot of "Fabrique Pour Vacheron & Constantin" out there? Whats the story/history behind? I'm looking forward to hear the video clip sound recordings. Happy New Year 2014 to you and all!  
Thank you. To learn more about "Fabrique Pour"...
12/30/2013 - 22:28
Please go to the Recommended Threads section of THL and read what Alex, KBS and Tick-Talk have written about these "second-class" watches.  The credit goes to them.
Congratulations Dan.
12/30/2013 - 18:02
That's a couple of fine looking minute repeaters you have there. Thanks for sharing those pictures of the movements. They both look good and it is interesting to see that the quality of the FP V&C movement is looking so much like a high grade movement since it is intented to be a second class movement. I hope one day that I will be able to present a minute repeater from V&C, but so far all I have managed to lay my hands on is a V&C Quarter repeater from 1830. I really like the conservative look of the FP V&C watch and the art deco style of the Ekegren, and I think that they compliment each other very well. I wish you a happy New Year and may your watches only chime happy times (now in stereo smiley)   Best wishes Kent  
Thanks Kent, your great write up on your "Fabrique Pour"
12/30/2013 - 22:31
helped a lot in terms of understanding this group of watches (Alex and Tick-Talk:  thank you as well). I really love the sounds of both and consider them to be very high quality...irrespective of brand/market positioning.  wink
Marvelous Dan!
12/30/2013 - 19:12
They are gorgeous heart  Amazingly different in execution too...looking forward to your analysis.  FWIW, I can post videos to YouTube for you if that helps.
Thanks Dean
12/30/2013 - 23:09
I would be very grateful if you could help me post the video/sound clips onto Youtube.  As I'm sure you've already seen, the designs of the hammers is different between these 2 watches...but quite representative of most of the Swiss designed MRs I've seen.  (And different from the English style MR you have).  I do not know the design pros and cons of these two competing designs...but if anybody would be willing to explain, I would love to learn! Both are "fully jeweled" up to and including the hammers. The Ekegren has 31 jewels (12 jewels for the MR mechanism and 19 for the basic movement). The FP VC has at least 25 jewels (8 jewels for the MR mechanism and at least 17 jewels for the basic movement).  I do not know if the design of the MR mechanism allows it to require less jewels or whether it is a design compromise (i.e., "second class"?) I believe the Ekegren was a higher quality movement when it was first produced (it is also a thin movement), but has seen tougher times over the years.  To me, both sound quite comparable today.  The Ekegren on occassion seems to hit an inconsistent minutes strike (as if the spring runs our of power or if the hammer sticks).  But it doesn't always happen...even if I activate it twice in succession. Aesthetically, I love both for different reasons.  The PT/RG combo is very art deco and suits the thin design.  The FP VC is stark in comparison, but the minimalism really strikes a chord with me.  KBS' comments are very sympathetic with my thoughts. BR, Dan
Congratulations! Two beautiful watches
12/30/2013 - 20:36
:)
Thank you! (nt)
12/30/2013 - 23:13
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Re: Chiming in the New Year!
12/30/2013 - 22:07
Lovely Dan, especially the "Made for VC" Movement looks first class! Congratulations. Best, Joseph
Thanks Joseph!
12/30/2013 - 23:16
These 2 really scratch my itch for MRs.  I'm really glad that VC considers these FP watches their own and will service/acknowledge them.  It gives me a strong sense of faith in these "second class" offerings of the day.  BR, Dan
What a way to end the year!
12/30/2013 - 22:19
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Thanks Jefe! (nt)
12/30/2013 - 23:16
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Video/Sound Clips of the two Minute Repeaters :-)
12/31/2013 - 00:14
Courtesy of Dean, who posted them on YouTube, so I could put them on THL.  Thank you Pal! Out of these 2 clips, the Ekegren sounds better...but the Ekegren is just back from service and the Fabrique Pour VC has not been serviced yet.
Dan, just fabulous
12/31/2013 - 01:40
I love both sounds. And timing is good too. I would never stop pulling the slider! Thanks for sharing Best, Joe
Thanks Joe, can you tell I am a very happy boy? :-)
12/31/2013 - 07:36
I am refraining from using the sliders too much,  it is not easy...but I'm afraid of wearing them out.  blush Happy New Year!  BR, Dan
Absolutely Fabulous
12/31/2013 - 17:46
Wonderful sounds for a new year.  Thanks Dan.
Thanks Michael! (nt)
01/01/2014 - 22:10
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Wow! These sound amazing, Dan!
01/02/2014 - 16:04
I am really happy for you.  That FP VC is especially beautiful.  I want to see these the next timme we meet.  :-) Best regards, Robert
Thanks Robert...I believe we'll see each other in a few weeks? ;-)
01/02/2014 - 18:01
Looking forward to is, as always!  BR, Dan
Looking forward to it!
01/02/2014 - 18:15
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Re: Chiming in the New Year!
12/31/2013 - 08:38
Two outstanding MR. Very nice Dan.     Joe
Thanks Joe, Happy New Year! (nt)
12/31/2013 - 11:46
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Wow
12/31/2013 - 12:54
these are beauties zith marvellous calibers out there. Thanks for sharing and happy new year ! Francois
Thanks Francois! (nt)
12/31/2013 - 16:56
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Dan has a smile that'll take him into 2014!...
12/31/2013 - 14:05
What can I say young man?wink Dan, I've enjoyed your despatch - keep the chimes acomin'......you won't wear 'em out! Always a great pleasure to hear from you. Here's the best to you and your family for a wonderful and healthy New Year. Warmest regards Tony
Thank You Tony, especially for calling me a young man! :-) (nt)
12/31/2013 - 16:57
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