Chronometre Royal 1907 first impressions

I recently took delivery of my LE Chonometre Royal and now that I've had it for a few days decided to post my first impressions.  The watch is, in a word, stunning.  This is my first VC, my previous watches being primarily Lange's, so my observations are from that viewpoint, specifically in comparison with my Lange Anniversary, as both are automatics and both have enamel dials (a primary reason why I went with the Chonometre Royal).  While the Lange is also a beautiful watch, it is more austre; the VC, being RG, is far more warm and elegant.  The case/crown of the VC is more refined; I love the recessed crown and the curved lug ends, which significantly add to the overall ambiance of the watch.  Both the Lange and the VC have beautiful, exquisitely finished movements and both are quite accurate (the Lange keeps to within 1-2 seconds/day while on a winder; I still checking the time on the VC but it appears to be similarly accurate, but it's too early to tell how it will do over the long term.  I'm also experimenting with winder settings...more of that later). And now to the dials. While the Lange dial is beautiful, the VC is stunning!  The detail that has gone into the application of the numbers is incredible, the red 12 just adds to this, and the enamel is definately a step above that on the Lange.  This becomes very apparent when both dials are viewed under magnification.  The lange dial has the imperfections that are normal to most enamel dials; the VC dial is flawless.  What can I say, I love the watch.  This one is a definate keeper.  And now a question pertaining to winder settings.  V.C. recommends a setting of 900 TPD, however my winder (Orbita) has only settings, in this range, of 800 TPD and 950 TPD.  Does anyone have a recommendation as to which would be the preferable setting?  I would post pictures, but I am not sure as to how to go about it.   
Congratulations on a terrific timepiece.
08/31/2008 - 01:52
The Chronometre Royal is a wonderful watch and beautifully executed.  It sounds like you are enjoying it and I hope that you wear it for many years  in good health. Interesting to read your comparison of the piece with the Langematik Anniversary watch.  Personally, I find both to be amongst the very best of enamel dialed timepieces.  Since I have not compared their respective dials under magnification, I cannot really speak towards the relative superiority of one versus the other.  I would say that each tends to embody and present their brands' DNA.  The Lange is a bit more bold with its design and platinum case, which is something that I come to expect from the premier German manufacture.  As you said, the Chronometre Royal is a bit warmer and softer with its RG case design and that is well within the traditions of VC. Bottom line, I think both are excellent representations of very high-end watchmaking and would I necessarily rank one as better than the other?  No, but I will keep and enjoy them both forever.   I would encourage you and any other lucky owners of these timepieces to do the same. Cheers, Duncan
Gorgeous piece! Congrats!
08/31/2008 - 02:43
I had the pleasure to try one on during last years Miami- "Inside Basel". Very distinctive! As far as the winder, I'd try it on the lower setting, to see if that rotation will keep it running. You can always raise the setting. If you are able, I am sure everyone would love to see some photos and even some comparison (VC/Lange) pics. Best regards, Jacob
+1 on seeing some side-by-side scans! :-) (nt)
09/01/2008 - 01:13
Re: +1 on seeing some side-by-side scans! :-) (nt)
09/01/2008 - 22:18
I've posted some scans of both the VC and Lange below.  Here is one of both side by side.  Again, apologies for the quality of the photos; I'm not the greatest photographer.
Re: +1 on seeing some side-by-side scans! :-) (nt)
09/01/2008 - 22:20
And one of the backs, side by side.
thanks for sharing, its a fantastic watch and one which I'm sure will
08/31/2008 - 03:36
continue giving you great pleasure. To post scans click on the "mountain icon".
As watchbug says I would love to see side by side scans of the
08/31/2008 - 12:02
CR and the Langematik. Thank you foryour thoughts and its interesting how the Lange and VC are both incredilbkly high end but have two different appeals, Lange being a very no nsense serious watch whearas the VC is a more suave and meditrerranean. May both time only happy moments. As for the TPD you can either try the 850 and if its not enough go up to 950 as its impossible to overwind an automatic.  
Agree on the dial, its flawless!! Would love to see scans NT
08/31/2008 - 17:34
08/31/2008 - 22:45
... on a fabulous purchase in good taste. The chronometer Royal is amongst my most fav watches available today.
Congratulations on such a beautiful VC
09/01/2008 - 01:17
the one that we see in the top corner every time we come to the Lounge Congrats on getting your hands on the Limited Edition version, I think having the 12 in red really brings the watch to life. Thanks for sharing your impressions... Cheers, Veillotron
Re: Congratulations on such a beautiful VC
09/01/2008 - 08:49
Thank you everyone.  Here are some scans of both the Chonometre Royal, and as requested, the Lange Anniversary for comparison. Hopefully they will come through as this is my first attempt at posting scans  I apologize for the quality of them as I am not the greatest photographer.
Re: Re: Congratulations on such a beautiful VC
09/01/2008 - 22:13
Scan of Anniversary back.
Re: Congratulations on such a beautiful VC
09/01/2008 - 22:06
Second attempt on posting a scan.
Re: Re: Congratulations on such a beautiful VC
09/01/2008 - 22:09
Additional photo of VC Royal 1907.  I'll follow with two of the Anniversary for comparison.
Re: Re: Re: Congratulations on such a beautiful VC
09/01/2008 - 22:11
Scan of Anniversary front.
Fantastic! nt
09/02/2008 - 01:57