Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

The top floor of Vacheron Constantin's boutique in Geneva is dedicated to exhibiting pieces from the VC private collections, but not all at the same time but rather under specific themes. Currently the theme is Creative and Alternative Time Displays and here is a photo report direct from the exhibition.

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1827: Pocket watch, jumping hour, quarter-repeater, 18K yellow gold. "Guilloché" silver dial with hours aperture at 12 o'clock, small seconds at 6 o'clock, eccentric minute track.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1824: Pocket watch, jumping hour, 18K pink gold. "Guilloché" silver dial with hours aperture at 12 o'clock, small seconds at 6 o'clock, eccentric minute track.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1827: Pocket watch, jumping hour, 18K pink gold. "Guilloché" silvered dial with hours aperture at 12 o'clock, 3 subdials for minutes, seconds and date.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1900: Chronograph, minute-repeater hunting-case pocket watch, with "oeil de boeuf", 18K yellow gold, cover with 12 Roman numerals. White dial enamel with Roman numerals, 30-minutes counter at 12 o'clock, small seconds at 6 o'clock, external minute track.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1910: Hunting-case lady's pendant watch with Oeil de boeuf, 18K yellow gold, cover with 12 Arabic numerals. White enamel dial with 11 Arabic numerals, small seconds at 6 o'clock, external "railroad" minute track.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1927: Pocket watch, jumping hour, 18K yellow and white gold. Silvered dial with four apertures for the days, date, minutes and hours.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1929: Pocket watch, 18K yellow and white gold. Silvered dial with 12 Arabic numerals, "railroad" minute track, calendar aperture at 3 and 9 o'clock, small seconds and phases of the moon at 6 o'clock.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1929: Pocket watch, 18K yellow and white gold. Silvered dial with 12 Arabic numerals, "railroad" minute track, full calendar aperture, small seconds at 6 o'clock.  These inline calendars were also called "Americaine"
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1929: Pocket watch, jumping hour, 18K yellow and white gold. Silvered dial with hours aperture at 12 o'clock, a triangular onyx index for the minutes, external minute track with Arabic numerals at 5-minute intervals.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1930: Gentleman's wristwatch, "shutters", 18K yellow and white gold, 4 Arabic numerals and 8 arrow indexes on the bezel. Silvered dial, external "railroad" minute track. The crown at 9 opens and closes the shutters
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1930
: Arms up" pocket watch, yellow and white gold. Silvered dial with engraved yellow gold and enamelled chinese wizard indicating the hours and the minutes with his arms. By pressing the button at 11 the arms lift to indicate the time. This watch gave inspiration for the Mecator 60 years later.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1960: "Arms up" pocket watch, 18K yellow gold. Dial with yellow, white and pink gold "joueurs de volants" indicating the hours and the minutes with their arms.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1946: World Time" pocket watch , 18K yellow gold. Silvered three-tone dial, centre zone with12 indexes, outer 24 hour rotating ring with Arabic numerals, external ring with different cities of the world. Reference city at 12.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1949: "World Time" pocket watch , 18K yellow gold. Silvered three-tone dial, centre zone with 2 Arabic numerals, 2 indexes and 8 stars, outer 24 hour rotating ring with Arabic numerals and 2 cabochons, external ringwith different cities of the world.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1948:
"World Time" table clock, Louis Cottier system, gilt brass on wood base. 24 hours gilt dial with 48 cities of the world.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1926: Art Deco clock, yellow gold, onyx, agates, turquoises, nephrites, rubies and emeralds, in a glass cage. The lady bug is static and the hours section rotates.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1927: Art Deco clock with signs of the zodiac, 18K yellow gold, rock crystal, onyx and lapis lazuli.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1940: Ship's chronometer "Regulator", steel in a wood box. Dial with Roman numerals hours, small seconds at 6 o'clock, external "railroad" minute track.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1964: Watch for blind people, 18K red gold. Dial with "braille" numerals, aperture of the glass to allow a tactile reading of the time.  The pusher at 5 lifts the crystal as to have access to the dial.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1994: Marcator dials, retrograde compas hands
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1973: Dual-time gentleman's wristwatch, 18K yellow gold. Gilt dial with 2 dials with 12 indexes , two crowns.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1978: "Prestige de la France" dual-time gentleman's wristwatch, 18K yellow gold. Silvered dial with 2 dials, 2 crowns.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1982: Dual-time gentleman's wristwatch, 18K yellow gold. Silvered dials with 12 indexes, "railroad" minute tracks.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1984: Tri-time pocket watch, yellow gold and enamel. Silvered dial indicating 3 time zones, with 8 Roman numerals for the 1st, 12 Roman numerals for the 2nd and the third
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition



1994 Phidias "World Time", automatic, 18K yellow gold, bezel with city indication. White dial with 2 diamonds and 9 indexes, date aperture at 3 o'clock, inner dial with outer Arabic numerals revolving on 24 hours.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1995: Gentleman's wristwatch, jumping hour, automatic, yellow gold and 950 platinum. Silvered dial with hours aperture at 12 o'clock, a triangular onyx index for the minutes.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


1998: "Saltarello" gentleman's wristwatch, retrograde minutes, jumping hour, automatic, 18K yellow gold and rose gold. Silvered dial (for the yellow gold model) or pink (for the pink gold model) with hours aperture at 12 o'clock, Arabic numerals minute track at 10-minute intervals.
Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition


2005: Les "Métiers d'Art" 4 seasons: Made specially in 25 sets of 4 watches for the brand's 250th anniversary. These watches feature an engraved Appollo on his chariot with enamel background depicting the different seasons. 

Hours are read on top left part of dial, the minutes on top right, day on bottom left and date on bottom right.

Spring: white gold 
Summer: yellow gold 
Fall: rose gold  
Winter: platinum 

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition

WHL
02/14/2011 - 17:58
Doc
02/15/2011 - 09:49
02/15/2011 - 13:18
Perfect Valentine's Day Watch
02/14/2011 - 17:48
Thanks so much Alex for posting this report.  I had a fantastic time going over each piece with the collection's watchmaker Rudy Bull, who treated every watch like a good friend.  I nominate this as the perfect Valentine's Day watch: IIRC, the 1984 tri-time clamshell pocket watch had 3 quartz movements .  I'm wondering, in the interests of building a reference library of sorts here at the Lounge, if some mention of the movements can also be included?  Pictures would be ideal . A specific question comes to mind regarding an iconic V&C pocket watch.  Can you confirm if Robert Cart manufactured the movement for V&C's wandering-minute, jump-hour pocket watches?
the movement is VC but the jump hour mechanism is R. Cart
02/16/2011 - 17:44
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I wish either
02/14/2011 - 17:58
that I lived close to Geneva so that I could see an exhibit like this, or that it travelled. Fantastic watches from VC entire history. Bill
Hi Bill, I think a traveling V&C exhibit would be a hit way out here
02/14/2011 - 21:03
on the West Coast. The Cartier exhibit last year was a screaming success (of course there may have been a few jewels involved in that one!) and we are always hungry for European culture out here. Thanks to everyone at the Maison for such a thoughtful selection and Alex of course. I was wondering what the case diameter is on the 1994 Phidias World Time? It appears to be quite small. Best to all, Tim
Cartier Exhibit at SIHH
02/15/2011 - 18:04
Tim, were you able to catch Cartier's museum exhibit at their booth?  It was breathtaking!
Hi Dean, yes I was able to view the exhibit, it was excellent, however
02/15/2011 - 20:19
it was just a fraction of what they sent to San Francisco at the Palace of the Legion of Honour. It would be nice to see Vacheron&Constantin put together a traveling show for the rest of the world, so much to share. Stay warm, Best, Tim
the Phidias World Time is 36mm (nt)
02/16/2011 - 16:36
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Re: Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition
02/15/2011 - 03:05
Thanks for sharing Alex, It is indeed a beautiful exhibition which some of the Loungers were priviledged to see at the Maison VC in Geneva. Outstanding!
How different they are!
02/15/2011 - 09:49
Of course my heart beats a little extra for my old repeater from 1827, I'm glad that it is at the Museum, as a part of the history! The Art Deco clock from 1927, is perhaps the most beautiful watch ever made by VC! 1973 is so funny and clean, I like it because it's personality, as I also do with the 'orange opening' of the 1984! A fantastic collection, and I think I held them all in my hands! Thanks Alex for strong and beautiful memories! Just beautiful :-) Doc
Re: Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition
02/15/2011 - 10:52

Thank you for pictures Mr Alex. Pocket watches, are MY LIFE ... Superb! Extraordinary! NO COMMENT!

P.S. 3 pieces black suit + V-C pocket watch + good fragrance = ELEGANCE

Great report, Alex!
02/15/2011 - 13:18
Thanks for these great shots. I was a real privilege to see these pieces at the Maison last month (and the tourguide was brilliant). I agree with Tim that a Left Coast showing would draw a crowd: I too went to the Cartier exhibit, which was a smash, and several years ago the AP traveling exhibit was shown in Carmel and drew a lot of admiring fans. Best, Gary
Re: Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition
02/15/2011 - 15:00
And please refer to my submission a couple of years ago for my Fusee V&C watch...http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=viewEntire&threadid=31682 HPete V&C Antique watch with fusee escapement.
Re: Creative and Alternative Time Displays: A look at the exhibition
02/15/2011 - 16:43
Very interesting display of rare pieces. I especialy love the 3 watches from 1929. So clean and readable. Thank you for your photos.
Great exhibition Alex++ In love with the 4 apertures
02/15/2011 - 17:09
in "Les Masques" collections. I really hope VC will propose soon new versions with this incredible calibre 2460 G4 and please not only by set.... Another question for you Alex concerning the Mercator dial: You have noticed a specific mark under the 10 hour index: PH initials (not engraved on the enamelled dials Mercator): Who is the VC engraver? The exhibition is really nice and I will try to visit the VC Maison in the future. Thanks a lot for sharing. A Very good idea you had Alexandre. Best regards, Liger
Wow, great collection of alternative time display pieces...
02/15/2011 - 17:43

Even though they are all beautiful, my favorite is the 1929 pocket watch with "Americaine" inline calendar. It is a beautifully designed symmetrical dial.  Thanks for the great report Alex! Best, Mike

Great report and love the '73 dual time - please don't tell
02/15/2011 - 22:39
me it's quartz Also fantastic clocks from mid-20th century. Thankd for putting this together Alex
It was amazing to see them in person!
02/16/2011 - 08:48
I've always loved the round, jump hour, watches (both in pocket and wrist versions). BR, Dan
True enough, Dan! there's something special and magical about...
02/16/2011 - 09:14
the jump hour watches. To me though, the most inspiring was the set of "Metier's d'Art" set of seasonal watches (very similar to Aexander the Great in time display) - real pieces of art I also have soft spot for the 1972 "Prestige de la France" models - great piece there too. Yep, itwas amazing to have a look at the collection in person, although it was a rather quick peek. You guys kept me too busy 
i marvel at mechanical jump hour and retrogrades since collecting,....
02/16/2011 - 10:47

hope to see these soon thank u for the refreshing reminder.

I agree, there is something really special!
02/18/2011 - 03:57
just how cool is that? !
02/19/2011 - 10:17
w
Very special three amigos!
02/19/2011 - 12:14
Wear them in best of health. I am sure you get this comment often :-)
On top of the world on the top floor....
02/16/2011 - 16:56
So many beautiful exhibits and some very nice photography. A very enjoyable viewing. 10/10 for Alex! Tony
THanks for this marvellous article !
02/24/2011 - 18:38
The saltarello in pink gold is gorgeous ! JB killed me with his 3 amazing pieces