Contemporaine's compared

After reading Radek's earlier post, I just remembered being able to get a side-by-side photo of the employee's 250th anniversary model (top) and my Boutique model (bottom), courtesy of Mr. Udaka of VC, Japan.

Contemporaine's compared

We had always talked about the elusive employees anniversary model but this was the first time I got to see it in the flesh.  I asked Mr. Udaka to show me the watch several times, but since it was not available for sale, he could never wear it during the local watch fairs where showing off the regular models was the order of the day.

Another good thing to come out of my THL SIHH visit was getting to meet Mr. Udaka away from the usual fairs back home, so he could wear the watch at last (In fact, a lady VC-Japan employee was wearing the Ladies 1972 in rose gold with black dial..equally stunning actually).

Contemporaine's compared

(scan taken from an earlier post by Alex)

I could be wrong, but the 40mm employees model (ref. 91180) is powered by a cal. 1017 (JLC 822 based; 21 jewels; 21,600vph).  The dates "1755-2005" are inscribed discretely at 12 o'clock, and the backside is numbered (so VC can tell which employee is selling his watch at ebay!).

Both watches are equally handsome.  Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the owners...

As you can see from the next shot, the dapper Mr. Udaka (right), wins this comparo hands down!

Contemporaine's compared



Here's what I think of your comparison...
04/20/2008 - 11:02

I am not the one to discuss which one of you guys is handsome...

I am sure though, Kazumi, you beat him in the 'funniest guy in Osaka' contest by a mile!!!

There is another aspect to this comparison: your Contemporaine boutique beats the Contemporaine employee edition by two miles (one mile being a plainer and simply more classic design and the second being technical advancement - VC inhouse vs. JLC caliber).

Although as you said this employee edition is elusive and limited and if I had a chance I would get it right away... Wishful thinking ;-)

Thanks fot the comparison Kazumi...
04/20/2008 - 12:17

... two nice watches

Even if Radek is right at the technical level ... il largely prefer the employee edition for the design!

As for design and movements...
04/20/2008 - 13:04

I agree with Radek in that being a VC, having the VC in-house movement with geneva seal and all, is a big bonus.  However, the JLC movement, which are staples among many current VC models, is technically a great movement too.

I also agree with Fred that the design of the employee model does have its own appeal, and I might have been swayed to the employee model if VC used the cal. 1400 movement with small seconds (as in the Grand Classic) instead.  Of course it would have been hard (both cost and quantity-wise) for VC to give away cal. 1400-equipped watches to all its male employees

One thing I like about the boutique and regular Contemporaine models is the sharpened indices at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions, which I think really makes a big difference in the chic department.  The small seconds on the employee model is also a little too near the center, but that doesn't really bother me a lot.

Just my two cents.

Both I great, (but) I like the small second at 6 and
04/21/2008 - 10:57

the idea of 250 limited edition not in the market

Re: Contemporaine's compared
04/20/2008 - 14:27

I would go with your Contemporaine. I like the cleaner look without the sub sec dial. Also as you pointed out the hour markers are much more interesting on yours. Third point are the minute markers, definately prefer the cabochans vs the rail way markers.

don't know about the watches but...
04/21/2008 - 12:19

you look better

...especially true when sporting your Beatles' mop-top haido ;-) (nt)
04/21/2008 - 13:27


The mop-top is only for harrassing my ADs...
04/21/2008 - 17:07

Well, I guess just like his employee model vs. my boutique edition:

1) Our looks, just like our watches' designs, might be a matter of taste, but...

2) Just like my boutique edition, I'd like to think that I have an advantage on the "movements" department...


LOL! Your mot-top has become such an icon
04/21/2008 - 17:20

that you should make it your avatar!

Kazumi, I prefer your VC
04/21/2008 - 13:25

When I first saw the 250th Employees edition, I really liked it. Well, I still do, and I very much like the seconds dial at 6, but seeing the side-by-side comparison, I prefer by a long mile your VC.

I fully agree with John that the cabochons looks 1,000 times better than the chemin de fer...

And as you rightly pointed out, the Boutique edition looks much more chic and refined, with its shaped hour markers and clean dial...

You definitely made the right choice

BTW Kazumi, in celebration of your gorgeous new purchase how about
04/21/2008 - 14:14

an avatar?

Ahh..I knew that was coming...
04/21/2008 - 17:47

I tried just now but my scans are all too large. 

I'll get a more suitable sized scan and try again asap...(yeah, right..). 

Don't hold your breath though.

just send me the photo and I'll put it up for you because I'm not
04/21/2008 - 18:02

goind to wait for another 380+ posts until you do it

Alex, could you post pictures of the JLC mouvement and the in-House VC
04/22/2008 - 12:24

just to have the in-side comparaison.


here you go
04/22/2008 - 12:55

cal 1400 (inhouse):

Cal 1017 (based on JLC 822) scan courtesy of Dino 944

Thanks Alex
04/22/2008 - 13:53

I whish I could have a vision of the JLC mouvement on the 250th ; just to see how (the small JLC caliber) it feets ; but that's ok

Cal 1400 is beautiful indeed!
04/22/2008 - 18:50

I really like the the look of it.