Design and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here

Dear fellow Loungers!

Inspired by a recent Joseph's post on his unique Les Cabinotiers piece I have started to dare and dream about my very own VC. It is definitely way out of reach for the moment but who will refuse the right to dream... And let's be honest, who among the Loungers wouldn't want to own a unique personal VC creation?!

That is why I have come up with this idea of a game we can organize here on HL. Design and present your wildest ideas of your very own VC creations. Let it be by sketch, photoshop, collage or any other creative form of communication... Let's have fun and share our ideas, designs, complications and movements - the ones we dream about for our very special VCs...

Let's get started! My first submission will follow suitDesign and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here

Have a great time designing your one and only VC!



PS. Alex, can you make it a sticky for - let's say - 2 months, please?
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My bespoke Vacheron Constantin Pepetual Calendar "Open Face"
03/17/2009 - 12:33
After many restless nights of day-dreaming and designing a unique Vacheron Constantin in my sleep I have arrived at something very dear to my heart and taste. I have given it a lot of tests and trials before the final outcome. All of those images were sketched by hand so please forgive the quality but I couldn't think of a faster and more effective way to put it on paper: trying to capture the Geneva waves and the open face movements parts  toying with the rectangular shape of the case adding the complications And finally a rectangular white metal (Palladium preferably) Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Open Face model Comments are welcome but most of all please post your own ideas! Cheers, Radek
here's my dream VC
03/17/2009 - 13:17
a Mask with representing our beloved moderator scans courtesy of Fred
;-) A Classic... (nt)
03/19/2009 - 16:29
Great Idea Radek!
03/17/2009 - 13:41

I'll try to put something together... Cheers,  Francois

Here's my dream watch
03/17/2009 - 15:29
Maybe I lack originality, but IMO VC came so close with the VC47212 that I just have a few little modifications to make it my Absolute Perfect Watch: 1) Make it into a simple Perpetual Calendar, take out the chrono to unclutter the dial - given the extra size, the day and month windows could be made bigger. I would have to think about maybe moving them (I'm thinking of a PP that has 3 windows that follwo the curve of the dial, between 10 and 2... could look nice here).  2) Straighten the lugs (instead of forming more of an "X") 3) Replace the hour markers with the ones from the Malte Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Keep everything else the same Here's a VERY rough collage (sorry for the poor quality, but my name is not Fred and I had to do this in powerpoint...) (and change no3 is not included) Cheers,  Francois
For you François :)
03/22/2009 - 11:43
Merci Fred!
03/25/2009 - 12:27

This would be such a beautiful watch...

As JJ Rousseau (born in Geneve in 1712) said:
03/18/2009 - 10:54

"On jouit moins de tout ce qu'on obtient que de ce qu'on espère" I let Joseph (JB) translate it (or François (Veillotron), Bernard (Berny), Jérôme (Mercator), Patrice (Anka), Alex (our dear Moderator), ... excuse me for the other fluent HL members that I forget

03/18/2009 - 11:37
thank you for putting my name in the "fluent guys list" but i'm far from fluent. As you are nice, i'll let you ride my 675
Jérome, you are to modest (by the way, thanks for the 675) (nt)
03/18/2009 - 12:49
Re: As JJ Rousseau (born in Geneve in 1712) said:
03/18/2009 - 15:10
I'm flattered Lin, but here goes: The more literal translation would be: "You enjoy much less what you get than what you hope for" A more idiomatic and perhaps poetic translation (with some license) would be: "Reality never lives up to expectations." C'est la verité, malheureusement! Joseph
Touché! (nt)
03/18/2009 - 16:12
Lin, I don't think this is an absolute truth...
03/19/2009 - 16:33
...thankfully there are many things in life which will exceed our expectations and make us really happy...  if you don't believe me, let's try this: you buy me my dream VC, and I'll let you know if the joy of having it exceeds my current expectations
What about my expectation on this operation? (nt)
03/19/2009 - 16:40
Full calendar
03/18/2009 - 12:43
I love in line calendars, very sleek.  Prefer appertures over subdials as they are more legible. I would make the dial two tone or creame colored. photoshop courtesy of Vero D
Re: Full calendar
03/18/2009 - 12:53
Looks like their pocket watch from 1936. Joseph
good eye Joseph :-) (nt)
03/18/2009 - 12:56
Re: good eye Joseph :-) (nt)
03/18/2009 - 16:11
There was one for sale in Paris but the gentleman wanted to much money. Time to save up for the pocket watch of my dreams... a VC calendar repeater Regards, Joseph
Re: good eye Joseph :-) (nt)
03/19/2009 - 03:29
Hi Alex, Despite the similarity to the 1936 watch, the time indicator portion was rounded. I believe yours is based more on a model which appeared 10 years earlier (Ref 2611) which has the oval shape. Regards, Joseph
What a superb VC! 37mm will be find for me
03/18/2009 - 12:53
does it mean that the Cabinotier can do that?
the bespoke Cabinotiers department can do whatever you want (nt)
03/18/2009 - 12:57
Nice Jacquet-Droz..........
03/18/2009 - 13:07
smart ass :-) (nt)
03/18/2009 - 15:15
LOL! (nt)
03/19/2009 - 16:37
Re: Full calendar
03/19/2009 - 16:36
While I like apertures, I prefer them to be separated, instead of all the info in one block. I don't know why, but I feel like it takes away some of the romanticsim...
Re: Full calendar
03/26/2009 - 10:44
this what i am wating for my next buy a full calendar from VC   and i always wonder why VC dont have a piece like this vassilis
Full Calendar 2
03/18/2009 - 12:48
still an inline calendar with a more contemporary look and the gorgeous engraved moonphase. I would add a central  Movement wise I would like a dead beat seconds with central seconds hand. photoshop by Vero D
Re: Full Calendar 2
03/18/2009 - 12:56
Nicer, but I think the hour markers should be smaller and the in-line date windows seperarated. The moonphase can be lowered a bit too. Just my 2 cents Joseph
+1 on that (nt)
03/19/2009 - 16:39
QDI Tourbillon
03/18/2009 - 12:56
now this one would be way on top of my wish list
That is a real piece of real estate! Nice, scary nice.
03/19/2009 - 07:37
And the nice thing about it is that you wouldn't have to make a hole
03/19/2009 - 16:40
in the dial to appreciate the tourbillon!
Amazing watch!!! ...
03/22/2009 - 11:50
... but I am bit perplexed about the mix :S
Here are my best efforts!
03/18/2009 - 18:49
First of all, I would like to say that Radek has just created a wondeful post! I totally agree with him that most of the loungers (if not all of them) dream about a bespoke VC! Some of the ideas here are quite original, especially Alex's full calendar. This inspired me to think about what I would ask VC to design if I had the opportunity (and by this, I mean spare cash), and here is what I came up with: 1- A minute repeater/tourbillon As you can see, this was inspired on the Ref 6087.  I love how classic and delicate those lugs look. To keep this piece with this aura of simplicity, I would prefer the tourbillon not to be exposed. I have been living in England, and as Doc says, Englishmen are quite discrete, and I learned to enjoy that a lot! 2- Teardrop lugs tourbillon Again, this is based on a very iconic model which I like very much. The Ref 4178 shown on Alex's post is just gorgeous, and I think that a modern recreation of those lugas would be amazing (I know that the malte collection has simillar lugs, but they are not the same!). Note that the hand are those present i the 250th aniversary special edition watches. I love how they look, and I tink they would form a good unity with the design of the lugs. As this seems to be a sportier watch, the tourbillonwould be exposed normally. This are two of many ideas I have for the perfect VC to me. Most of them follow the same idea as that in my first design, classic watches remembering the past. I hope you enjoy! Thank you a lot, and a very nice evening to everyone! PS: Sorry about the hand drawing. I do not have photoshop skills either!!!!!
Hey Rolando, I like your 2nd idea
03/19/2009 - 16:45
with a nice guilloche dial, it could look amazing
Re: Design and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here
03/19/2009 - 10:19
Hello my fellow Loungers. My first dream watch you have seen again. It is a dual time based on the Malte Tourbillon. Scans courtesy of Fred.   But I would love even more a world time like this one: in a RG Patrimony 42mm case with this color combination on the dial: In my dream the space with the locations is smaller and there is a Maltese cross at 12 at the central dial. Isn't dreaming nice? George.
Re: Re: Design and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here
03/19/2009 - 10:33
Well if you prefer I could use this gray: George.
hey, I don't remember seeing that DTR model before...
03/19/2009 - 16:23
...the color combination is very nice
it was a limited edition (nt)
03/19/2009 - 16:48
George a world timer that would look like this?
03/19/2009 - 17:05
totally deserving for V&C to remake one of these. nt.
03/19/2009 - 20:13
How about a monopusher ref 6087?
03/19/2009 - 10:49
in steel with rose gold lugs and crown. Two tone dial à la Patrimony Traditionnelle
is that a trailer? :) that'll make me very happy. but alex, u won't...
03/19/2009 - 20:11
get the credit for design by colouring the case.
For you Alex :))
03/22/2009 - 11:44
My dream watch, Fred you're my hero :-) (nt)
03/23/2009 - 10:54
Re: Design and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here
03/21/2009 - 03:01
My idea would best be done by description.  It would be a full hunter pocket watch. The 18k case would have the VC logo in simple black enamel.  The front opens to show a watch face with exposed escarpment.  The movement is an ultra thin movement.  The back of the watch opens up to have on the outer case a keypad and on the inner case a cellphone touch screen.  The screen saver would of course be an image of a watch face.
Re: Design and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here
03/21/2009 - 15:32
Done this some months ago. Vacheron Lack a rectangular Watch, that would fit in, imho. All the design details here: --- What makes for me a good design, is FIRST and above all proportion. hat is really something where Vacheron is at the top. Only one model could be a little undersized (the chrono QP), all the other are perfectly proportionned. Second simplicity in appearance Complexity has never turned me on, Shapes can be complex in the details, but the general shapes must be "understandable". There is one exception I like it is Cartier Crash Watch, but this is more art. Third Personality Perfect example is the 1972 Bold design but the simplicity in appearance makes it remendous and proportion are perfect. A new 1972 very pure should be also something great, like the old one of the collection presented recently. Some kind of perfection in the past from Vacheron Chrono Graph 4072 SS with black dial. Proportion are perfect, dial is perfectly shaped with good proportion, nothing breaks the shape. And personnaly I love Steel + Black dial. It lacks maybe a bit of personnality, but such a perfection, doesn't need it. But I think Vacheron realised a dream of design with the American 1921 imho. Proportionned,  simple, bold. One of the greatest simple watch at the moment. I would love to see it with a White metal, black dial combination. Photo from Foversta
For you Cisco
03/22/2009 - 13:28
Thank you so much
03/23/2009 - 12:36
Salut Fred I thought it would be astonishing but in fact I am more turned on by the rose gold version. "comme quoi..." And you, you do great photoshop for us, but what would be your dream VC? François
Hi François :))
03/24/2009 - 01:04
The American 1921 in pik gold is the eprfect watch for me My dream watch would be a QdI BiRetrograde, already posted here :)
I submitted this abou 18 months ago,
03/23/2009 - 16:31
When at the 2007 SIHHI spoke with Dominique about it. Unfortunately this one will be extremely difficult and expensive. The 3 day/date/month windows in a row would take a great deal of design and engineering. This would be very expensive but with all the demands for bespoke watches I would be looking at a very looong time. With all that said I greatly appreciated the time Dominique took looking at the design and giving me a very direct and honest answer while at the SIHH....Kudos to Vacheron and Dominique. JohnLy
For you John
03/24/2009 - 01:02
Fred, your a genius, thats the watch I envisioned
03/24/2009 - 12:48
Can you remove the leap year & raise the day/date/month windows up approx 2 mm? I will never be able to have this watch but thanks to you I will have a picture that I can always go back to look at. Much appreciated Fred John
Sure John :))
03/29/2009 - 12:15
Thats it, as Alex said above you are my hero...Thanks
03/29/2009 - 15:31


Re: Design and submit your bespoke Vacheron Constantin watch here
03/25/2009 - 04:28
Here's my Vacheron Constantin dream... I wish I could draw better... I love how Vacheron Constantin tourbillon looks and I want it running in the middle of the watch.  I want The dial is decorated with Guilloché and features a hollowed number, so you can see what's underneath. As you can see on my picture the watch doesn't feature minute and hour hands... Instead, the hour and minute hands are operated using two coloured discs located beneath the dial.   I would also like a minute repeater, power reserve featured on the back of the watch and as for the colour I always love yellow gold, white dial and black crocodile leather strap.  So here's the picture of the watch featuring 10:10...
Very cool and modern design! Congrats :-) (nt)
03/28/2009 - 18:16