the desparation of finding the mercator ended with a Vianney Halter...

antiqua.

it is not easy to quench the thirst for a watch like the mercator, with a beautiful case shape, size and and alternative way of telling time, in short, it is unique and immediately identifed as a VC. the antiqua may seem an unsual candidate to fill the gap. however, it posseses the same kind of charm as a VC do to me, it is a reptile-brained decision, and not as logical as a it would have been a VC acquisition.

the antiqua intrigued me so much that i would disregard resale value and after sales service which i would usually consider. it is more of an emotional purchase , of passion for hand crafted machines as art. the impulse is derived also for the art that VC produces, the magic it does on me. i believe if it hadn't been the VC toxic that i dose daily, i wouldn't be able to appreciate this watch, so it is an extension of my VC collection. as it is to me, art and form plus human touches that speaks to its owner.

enough said, let's see some pics :

the desparation of finding the mercator ended with a Vianney Halter...
the watch in its winder doubling as a clock

the desparation of finding the mercator ended with a Vianney Halter...
it was said that this watch takes 900 hours to make, if u google, there is a comprehensive report of how painstaking 
the process of making the case and dial, this is exactly what i love about hand-craft for watches, the contrast of brushed and shiny surfaces and no sharp edges. the look, though controversial, grew on me when i first saw it in the boutique, and dangerously lingered on me, haunting my sleep. despite seeing it for years on the internet, it didn't move me until this day. many would have classified such a look as futuristic and modern, i agree that it is futuristic , but more like in the 50s if it was made then. today, it looks more like a vintage art decor watch in an unique form. that is why i see no deviation for my collection of such classic watches , very much like a VC. it wouldn't stick out in a box of VCs like a sore thumb, in fact, it found its place harmoniously with the VC counterparts. this watch is a perpetual and displays them in portholes of a vintage submarine in a capsule, such arrangement quenched the thirst for the mercator for the moment.

the desparation of finding the mercator ended with a Vianney Halter...
 
an interesting aethetic of a halter is the invisible rotor not covering the movement thus making the transparent back easier to accept.

the desparation of finding the mercator ended with a Vianney Halter...
 
no different from my other post of a new watch, a happy wrist. it may look big on my wrist from the picture, however, in real, it looked like a 36mm watch, like my thunderbird, and measuring the back case confirmed this. i am blessed for this christmas present to myself. 

the search for the VC mercator continues, unless SIHH coming yield a surprise.


Amazing Watch !
12/10/2010 - 12:21
Movement angles are subtile, case finish is amazing and Dial even more. And such a personality. Big congrats for this Antiqua ! cheers Francois
my friend you have gotten yourself a piece of contemporary horological
12/10/2010 - 12:42
history! Can you believe that the Antiqu dates from 1998? At a time where men's watches were still 36-37mm and classical?  Vianney halter had a vision and made the Antiqua which opened doors years later for what is called today "contemporary horolgy" and the likes of MB&F. Urwerk, Sarpaneva (who worked with Vianney) etc.. have a lot to thank him for. As outspoken and original as the design may be it has become a classic and has outlived trends. Kudos to you and your excellent taste  and may it time only happy moments
Incredible piece of Horology
12/10/2010 - 13:50
Great catch for this rare "Art watch". Should be so much nicer in real Like your wristshot Wear it in good health. Cheers, Liger
a fascinating watch with a Jules Vernesque appeal, Alex thanks for the
12/10/2010 - 15:28
history
Re: a fascinating watch with a Jules Vernesque appeal, Alex thanks for the
12/10/2010 - 17:08
Disney's version of the Nautilus Gorgeous retro-inspired classic...it makes me smile
that's quite a replacement!!!
12/11/2010 - 09:57
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like the mercator, there is no sitting on the fence for love/hate for.
12/13/2010 - 03:46
the antiqua. it evokes emotions, " it's weird ", " it's hideous", " it's unusual", " it's b.r.m" ( a brand name ) , it leaves an impression no matter.  it brings a smile so far.  and that's the whole point.
greetings from its younger cousin The Trio
12/13/2010 - 10:49
Vianney Halter Trio
wooh ! single arm push up! sublime and steamy.. my friend. nt.
12/13/2010 - 11:40
nt.
Congratulations, I love the original decision and great quality...
12/13/2010 - 17:51
of Vianney Halter's pieces. Enjoy to the fullest! Best, Mike