Chronomêtre Royal hands

Hi VC experts,

I have always seen the Alpha hands on Chronomêtre Royal model and only on it as on the following picture (Photo taken on internet don't remember where !!) :

Chronomêtre Royal hands

But i saw a watch caliber 453/3B with the same hands.

Chronomêtre Royal hands

Questions :

Is it standard?

Another question :

As far as i know, Chronomêtre Royal uses caliber : P1008BS. Is there any Chronometre Royal with 453/3B caliber ?

Best regards.


Hi Patrice, there has been some discussion on VC chronometer calibers
05/25/2007 - 19:05

and if you check the Recommended Threads section you will find many interesting information.

The vintage Chronometre Royal models used caliber 1008 and 1007 (both manual) as well as cal 1072 (automatic). Caliber 453 is chronometre grade but not used in Chronometre Royal models.

The Alpha hands were exclusively used in Chronometre Royal models (and this had been a distinctive design element for these pieces) and I would think that the hands on the watch you have posted (caliber 453) were not there originally.

The first photo looks good enough to be Steve G's

Speaking of the Chronometer Royal...
05/26/2007 - 20:01

I saw a picture of what was supposed to be a limited edition Chronometer Royal.  My information could be mixed up but it had arabic numerals instead of stick indices.  Was there really any of the sort in SIHH this year?  Cheers, Kazumi

there is something interesting comming along but you'll have to
05/26/2007 - 21:16

wait another 2 months

05/27/2007 - 18:53

Oops...I might have spilled the beans here.

A "friend" let me have a quick look at some of this year's offerings and I noticed the photo of an unfamiliar watch among the bunch.  I had a glance of the details but since it seems like it is still supposed to be under wraps, I'll wait for you to give us the low down later. 

Hope there are still more goodies to come...but that means I will never be able to make a decision on a next piece!

LOL :-) Don't worry there are more than 2 and less than 6
05/27/2007 - 19:05

new watches that will be unveiled by the end of the year.

Not counting special "boutique" editions

All worth the wait!!

Wow! Thanks for the tip, Alex.
05/28/2007 - 03:02

It looks like the re-awakened old giant is starting to flex its muscles! 

Although I am almost decided on a Contemporaine manual wind, I think I will wait a while longer to see VC's other new offerings first (and save up in the process).

Now, if only my wife can forget about that Patek she has her eyes on (...or maybe someone else will beat us to it).

Thanks, Alex.

Why not get your wife a VC which you could borrow :-) (nt)
05/28/2007 - 14:40