I missed the April 17 thread on the Coin watch with the beautiful skeletonized caliber 1003 ultra-thin. But I have my doubts about the coin watch. a)why hide the movement? b) it appeals to Americans and wouldn't Brazilians, Chinese and Frenchmen prefer a coin of their own nationality? c) it does not, to my understanding, show a the movement through a saphire case back. So I make a modest proposal for Vacheron. First, sunburst designs on dials are gorgeous, one look at the Saltarello and My God! The common seashell, too, has a bit of a sunburst, many gorgeous variations and I show the above as an example. Why not replace the coin with a seashell motif which would serve as the cover of the watch? It would appeal to an international audience and would not be as convex as the seashell shown. Secondly, it could be any size and show the back through a saphire crystal and use whatever movement Vacheron saw fit, preferably the beauty of a skeletonized movement as they do now. Lastly, and most importantly, it would be a FIRST, keeping with the creative tradition of Vacheron that is, par excellance, in design forms, in my opinion. So just a modest proposal...
Re: A common seashell and the coin watch
04/19/2012 - 23:12
Sorry loungers, on my post I meant to say the April 13 thread regarding the coin watch and sorry my post posted twice as technology and an old guy like me are anathema.
I don't believe the coin watch is a current production piece
04/20/2012 - 11:00
I believe it is an older piece that is avaiable from the Shanghai Boutique (it is one of the few VC locations that sells vintage watches). While I have seen the US $20 gold coin the most often, I believe coins from other countries were used as well...not many, but a few. Also, I think the skeletonized movement is shown off quite well when the watch is lifted up, :-) Best Regards, Dan
you may be interested in the history behind these coin watches here...
04/20/2012 - 18:23
Thanks Alex, I should have known better and used the search function
04/20/2012 - 19:11
Mea Culpa, :-). :-(. BR, Dan