A couple of fine babies

I was at a local watch fair this afternoon and came across these fine babies among the other VC treats.  I know I should have taken shots of the other watches on display but I was caught in such an animated discussion with the VC representative that I completely forgot.  Apart from seeing the beautiful VC models on display, I really enjoy these exhibits as they afford me the chance to talk with familiar faces from VC who have been so friendly and accomodating from the very beginning.  Really nice gentlemen.A couple of fine babies

First is the Malte Perpetual Calendar Open Face model.  Very interesting way of presenting the usual date displays.

A couple of fine babies

Actually I was hoping to see the Bi-retro today but it seems that they are in rather short suppy at the moment.  The piece that the store had ordered didn't last in the store case very long and they have been waiting for a replacement since then.  Anyway, here is another beauty that really took my breath away.

The Traditionelle Skeleton Perpetual Calendar in RG.  It was really something.A couple of fine babies

A couple of fine babies

The view from the back is even more spectacular.  This piece really has to be seen in the metal to be fully appreciated.  No one does skeletonizing like VC!!!A couple of fine babiesA couple of fine babiesA couple of fine babies

A couple of fine babies

I was told that VC will be coming up with many, many more surprises for everyone and next year's releases will continue to show the innovations that VC has been known for.  Unfortunately, I promised to keep hush for now.

Thanks for sharing Kazumi, I love the new Patrimony Traditionnelle
11/03/2007 - 15:27

perpetual calendar skeleton, its refined yet masuline and surprisingly quite legible. 

Nice photos!!
11/03/2007 - 15:49

After seeing the close-up shots of Deniz, I must agree with you on the fact that no one does skeltonizing like VC...

Out of those two models, however, I prefer the perpetual calendar retrograde..



Thanks, Veillotron
11/04/2007 - 02:39

Those two models are definitely aslo worth the special treatment from Deniz' lenses.  My shots just don't do 'em any justice.

The hefty Malte perpetual open-face in PT is definitely an interesting piece.  It is nice to see how VC has dealt with the date displays in this case (i.e. Paddles in place of the usual subdial hands).

I must say that the Traditionelle perpetual skeleton, though more traditional in this sense, is definitely a work of art.  It will really take Deniz' macros to be able to show of the intricate detailing that has gone into the watch.  Really has to be seen in the flesh (better yet with a loupe).

Enjoy the weekend.


Wow, true beauties...
11/03/2007 - 16:38
Just a quick question: how big (diameter) is Malte Perpetual Calendar Open Face?
39mm (nt)
11/03/2007 - 17:22


Thanks for sharing these fine watches; how about telling us more about
11/03/2007 - 17:56

the future VCs ?

Ahh, the coming models....
11/04/2007 - 02:56

I was given some ideas only but even that was under an oath of silence!

I am sure our dear Alex would be in a better position to enlighten us, when the right time comes.  Besides, I wouldn't want to rob our Jefe of the chance to do another one of his celluloid stripteases!!


Wow! These are really something you don't see everyday in flesh!
11/03/2007 - 18:05

The Traditionelle Skeleton Perpetual Calendar is the same ref. 43032? I couldn't get it from the picture.

Thanks for sharing, Kazumi!


this model is ref 43172. the previous perpetual calendar skeleton was
11/03/2007 - 19:33

ref 43032 it had a different case, it was smaller (36mm), had different engraving and the moonphase display was different.

Hi Jian. As Alex mentioned...
11/04/2007 - 02:31

As Alex mentioned, this is a different model from the one you mentioned.  It is of the new Traditionelle line launched this year.  It features the Traditionel case which is rather on the austere side, and as Alex pointed out in an earlier post, quite masculine (say compared to one with teardrop lugs, etc). 

One of its strong points (for me) is that it is bigger than the previous (and now smallish) skeleton perpetual, but still below 40mm.  Compared to the 40mm and over Contemporaines, Bi-retro, and Overseas lines, it is nice to know that the new Traditionalle line is sized, very traditionally, in the 38-39mm range.


Thanks, Alex and Kazumi! It is good to know that those like us ...
11/04/2007 - 06:13

who have missed the previous model, now discontinued, still have some possibility to make the dream come true, by owing a Skeleton Perpetual Calendar.

I also believe that - 40 mm is still a suitable size for dress watches.



Re: Thanks, Alex and Kazumi! It is good to know that those like us ...
11/04/2007 - 07:25

Hi Jian,

Although I have the Jubile 1755 (40mm), it still took me several years to warm up to simple dress watches in the 40mm range (the Contemporaine in particular).  Now that I have though, I cannot wait to get my hands on a PG contemporaine hand winding model (if possible the boutique model).  Unfortunately, my meager watch budget is now funneled to the requirements of my 14-month old daughter so the next watch may take some time.

As you said, the new traditionelle skeleton perpetual leaves us with the possibility, but my daughter reminds me of the low probability!   Of course, she is a piece unique that I would not trade for all the VCs in the world.

Hi Kazumi,
11/04/2007 - 16:00

You're blessed having that piece unique!

But you know, they are NOT mutually exclusionary.



Give me the open face, please ! (nt)
11/04/2007 - 15:56


Thanks for this nice pictures Kazumi...
11/05/2007 - 15:12

... The Traditionelle Skeleton Perpetual Calendar  is really really wonderful!!