completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

i would like to thank many forum members(alex, WHL (bill), Amanico (Nicholas) and Kazumi) for their email correspondences, directing me to this final piece. The hunter has finally gotten his  prize after 2 years . 2 years of monitoring many auctions with non popped up after my intention, scouring the net for any possible sniping and visiting many grey dealers leaving my name with no return.

there was no compromise with this piece, the dial and metal that i wanted has to be this. although, i did get de-motivated when the days passed with searches with no result, passing on a gold piece with the incorrect papers and a platinum with a enamel dial in platinum at a better price. However, this made this prey sweetter when i finally lay my wrist on.

i would especially like to thank Kazumi for his great help to translate and correspond to the japanese dealer which is willing to hold the watch for 3 weeks. he was very passionate to help out a fellow desperate lounger till late in the night, amid his hard day's work.  as it was a dealer i have not dealt with and the tax rebate was good enough for a trip for 2 to collect the watch personally in tokyo, i squeezed a holiday out of my tight schedule and was rewarded handsomely.

the mercator is a very well covered watch , it is an iconic piece for Vacheron's, and courtesy of Mr.  William Rohr's mention makes it an even more difficult watch to catch.  So i will not repeat the reason for this piece as a " must-have " in my collection. i will present it in a travelogue, and as a watch should be, bring happy times to its owner. it gave me an opportunity for me and wife to romance tokyo, like a honey-moon, as getting the prized watch and stealing time out of a busy schedule, made my mood especially good.

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

looking at my watch with a silly grin on the minute i got my watch in the shop :

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at the ramen shop, again !!!

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

in the shinjuku gyoen park :

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

after the eurphoria, this is the satisfaction, that the mercator in a complete set is what makes a collector very satisfied , with the complete material on the derivation of the watch :

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

and finally my visual impression of the watch , i really appreciate the engraver signature of the watch, and the off -centre retrograde hands, not to mention the overhanging fluted lugs :

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the slim silhouette of the watch, as with the rest of the les historiques, is a bejewelled asset :

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

my grail collection of les hisrtoriques (circa 1990s) :

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

as an extra, now i have 2 VC loupes wink

completing my les historiques collection (circa 1990s)...

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SJX
11/29/2011 - 12:36
Yeah baby!...The Mercator is THE watch that made me fall in love with
11/28/2011 - 10:28
VC! my 1st job was next to a VC dealer and I used to go and drool at the Mercator in the window. The Mercator was launched in 1994 and still is one of the most avant guard watches ever with the amazing dial and the superbe way of telling time. May your Mercator time only happy moments
WAY TO GO!
11/28/2011 - 10:38
Great story and huge congrats on your latest acquisition!  It's a great VC collection that you have there, enjoy it to the utmost yes
thanks. dan . nt.
11/28/2011 - 12:18
nt.
dr evil's reply from austin powers...
11/28/2011 - 11:10
Good one!!!!
11/28/2011 - 11:25
nt
fantastic story of team work :-) thanks for sharing the great
11/28/2011 - 11:13
story and good to see that you made a trip of it!
smelling the roses along the way is a good feeling....
11/28/2011 - 12:20
stealing time off work to collect a watch produce tremendous utility .. i discover devil
Great story, great trip and a great watch!
11/28/2011 - 13:01
Congratulationsyes From the way you describe the whole 'buying experience' one can tell you are over the moon with Mercator. May it only tick away happy times for you. Cheers!
Superb!
11/28/2011 - 13:55
Absolutely love it, congrats on your new acquisition!!!heartyesyes You've been on a roll lately, your trio of VC is really stunning - all have a great combination of flair and class..."there was no compromise with this piece, the dial and metal that i wanted has to be this."  - I had the same mindset when looking to purchase my 47212, I can relate to the pains you have endured over the last few years, and the elation of getting the prized, elusive watch... Thank you for sharing this great story, it's a bright ray of sunshine in my grisly Monday morningsmiley May it time only happy moments... Cheers, Francois
Super tale
11/28/2011 - 15:11
And very pleased for you to have found the Mercator. I know how it is to hunt for a watch you know is out there, somewhere... Congratulations and enjoy your VC Trilogy Gary...
Radek, Francois,Gary and fellow loungers, your empathy and relation ..
11/28/2011 - 16:10
to my tale is the very reason we gather here in the lounge for the common passion and love for VC. We are friends whom never met, yet able relate instantly and talk in length of this subject till the whim hours if we ever met.  And if anyone needs help here, we will extend a helping hand winthin our means.  this is how unique this community is, and this is one of the reason why VC is so special to me. 
Superb collection of white metal pieces
11/28/2011 - 18:14
A wonderful ensemble, congratulations heart.  Now, how about a back view of that Mercator wink.  May I also recommend this fantastic book to compliment your Gerard Kremer hommage timepiece...
would u happen to also have a fetish for a tattoo on a sexy back ?....
11/29/2011 - 07:08
i meant the gilt engrave of legends on the rotor devil, i've always weak knees for those engrave .
I wish for reversable lugs...
11/29/2011 - 16:20
so that one could choose to wear the watch with either side up enlightened.
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11/28/2011 - 19:18
Congratulations! Its a beautiful version of the watch. Wear it in good health. I see winter is approaching Tokyo as well :-( Best wishes, Joseph
no real winter in hong kong though, see my reply to timerider. nt.
11/29/2011 - 08:53
nt.
Big congratulations on the hunt, the tour and
11/28/2011 - 19:56
the article--all very captivating and a perfect slice of The Hour Lounge Pie (we just finished Thanksgiving and I am still thinking about all those great pies). The Mercator is one of the quintesential V&C watches ever presented and will stay a true classic for centuries to come.  Enjoy that beauty with every tick and thanks again for a great adventure. Best to all, Tim
the pleasure is mine , saying thanks here to fellow loungers...
11/29/2011 - 08:51
As for my side of the story...
11/28/2011 - 20:14
I knew how much Aaron wanted this watch so when I got an e-mail from him telling me that he had found a watch in a shop in Japan, I knew I had to move fast.  Circumstances were less than perfect because the shop was in Tokyo and I was in Osaka so I decided to step out of the office for a while and call the shop asap (e-mails tend to go unanswered and I did not want to lose the watch on account of that). As expected, they were a bit hesitant about dealing with a buyer from abroad, especially since I was asking them to put the watch on hold for 3 weeks.    I gave them my contact info as a show of good faith but the lady on the phone said that she would have to ask her boss, etc., etc. and that she would contact me again.  Not wanting to take any chances, I told her that we were very serious about the watch and that I would hold the line until she came back.  Luckily, she did so before my cellphone batteries ran out, and she informed me that they would hold the watch for Aaron... and  the rest is history. I am glad that I it was I was able to help out a fellow Lounger this time around.  It was a good experience for me and seeing Aaron's post (great photos by the way) makes it all worth while. Congratulations again on such a stunning piece, Aaron.   May it time only happy moments (and I hope that once in a while it reminds you of our little episode)yes Kazumidevil
certainly , buddy ! it would not be possible without your help ....
11/29/2011 - 08:26
this story blogged here is also a testament of a friendship between 2 persons that have never met but shared a common passion. yes
you are a fantastic friend Kazumi, I love it when you write: "that
11/29/2011 - 10:18
we were very serious about the watch" the use of we shows how involved you wereheart 
As the saying goes in the UK...
11/29/2011 - 14:03
...Sir, you are a Scholar and a Gentleman... Kaz, I would not have expected anything less from you - good job! It is people like you who make the HL such a nice place to hang outyes Cheers, Francois  , good job -  -  -
Congrats Aaron!
11/29/2011 - 12:36
Finally you have it! Hope to see it one day. - SJX
jx, i'll definitely bring it along when we meet. nt.
11/29/2011 - 17:45
nt.