Cushion case chronographs, Constantin

I've never been a fan of non-round case chronographs, like the Royal Eagle, because the outer chapter shows less precision than the watch can produce. It just looks silly to me. I think the height of beauty was the round case, teardrop lug chronos from the 1940's. Some of these appear in two tone cases, which seems like it would be difficult to marry gold with steel to create a strong case.

Back in the 1930's Vacheron had a cushion shaped chronograph with one or two buttons, and a round dial. I think the outer chapter was marked as either tachymeter, or pulsations. Does anyone have any more information on this watch? Movement, dial, case size?

I've seen illustrations before, but never any actual photos of this watch. Can't find any info on the caliber or reference. I wonder if Doc already has an example in his collection?

Thanks,

Linden

This cushion chronograph is quite difficult to find nowadays
12/27/2007 - 22:57

but it is a truly awesome piece.

Size is around 33x35 (or 36) mm, and you can find either pulsometric or tachymetric scale as you mentioned.

One was sold at the 250th anniversary at Antiquorum, but you can see another nice one with 1 button below.

Cheers, Patrice

the cushion shaped mono pusher was made in 1936 in only 10 pieces the
12/28/2007 - 00:26

bi pusher versions were made in larger numbers but are nevertheless quite rare.

The base movements were as far as I recall based on Victorin Piguet ebauches.

I'd love to see a cushion shaped VC...
12/28/2007 - 04:44

maybe a new Les Historiques model.  I'd even settle for a basic time only model or one with a small seconds.  I just love VC's when they are in something other than a round case.

Best regards,

Dino

remeber the Medicus chronograph launched in 2000? Gorgeous watch but
12/28/2007 - 09:40

with a horrible non column wheel chrono movement! Nothing wrong with a cam chrono per se but definately not worthy of being in a VC!!!

I would love to see VC come out with a cushion shaped chrono...especially mono pusher.

A beautiful watch IMHO, but the movement ...
12/28/2007 - 15:12

really seemed to detract from that watch.  I suppose if one found it at a really good price on the used market then maybe one could justify it...but the non column wheel chrono movement was a bad idea.

Best regards,

Dino

I agree, but with a round dial
12/29/2007 - 04:46

I love the squareish dimensions of the case, and the round dial. Not that all watches have to have a round dial, but a chronograph really should.

Not that a very very expensive watch needs to do anything other than tell the time of day and be shiny. It's just that the Royal Eagle is out of bounds, for me.

I have read something similar
12/28/2007 - 17:48

That there were 10 made in 1930. I wonder if that means ten made each year or just every now and then?

I'd love to find a photo of a movement, I know it was a column wheel, but I'd like to see how a complex movement was finished at that time.

10 made in all. I don't have a scan of the movement but will
12/28/2007 - 18:32

see if I can find one.

Thank you Alex
12/29/2007 - 04:37

I really appreciate everyones response. As listed on one of two examples that I found on a auction site, they stated that the Vacheron archives reported ten examples were produced in 1930, which is why I asked about the production numbers.

I'm a movement collector, in that I relly love a great movement, and I evaluate a watch based as much on that as case/dial. As you guys have pointed out, the newer version is a cam movement. I'm a big fan of the column wheel movement, and the 1930's version seems like it is one of the first examples of a really contemporary chronograph design. The re-issue did not do justice to the original, both case and movement are just not up to snuff.

The picture that Anka posted is just the most beautiful watch that I can imagine, and it's 75 years old! That is why I love the vintage Vacherons! The picture does look like an illustration though, hard to believe that even a google search has no examples at all. Indeed, it must be a rare watch.

Linden

Here's a poor scan of the watch..
12/29/2007 - 09:42

taken at an exhibition