Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

Books of great horology value for Doc!
 
Most of the books below I have read from cover to cover, several times, even in different languages, yes, Swedish of course, but only the books that meant something to me.
The first one, I got from my wife, wich she deeply regrets, ’Klassiska Armbandsur’ or ’The classic watch’ by Michael Balfour.
It was a X-mas gift 1979…

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list
Over to Vacheron&Constantin (V&C)
 
As I got caught, in 2003 I wrote (!) with ink (!) and asked for a catalogue of their contents and price list.
Got them both forb the year 2003-2004

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

I started reading from Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Antiquorum,
the last taught me so much so they didn’t know until we met all of them and I soon became close and good friends.
It’s a tragedy it ended as it did!
Those were the real times!
I followed auctions, especially Antiquorum, long before onlie auctions! Ebay was virgin market at that time, and so the ‘watch dealers’ !
Fact is, I soon understood that they didn’t know anything about Vacheron Constantin, at all! To them a strange bird, PP, Omega, Rolex – yes, but V&C never heard of. Sell it fast and cheap, and they did!
What a time it was!
My first two V&C’s were PW’s,
still have this beauty from 1920

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

Anyhow it was not about watches I aimed to put down this article.
It was about horological literature, especially V&C.
I have, as some of you noticed, that I passed on this article for quite a while!
Take a good advice, never promise a lot of people something in advance, because so much interferes, with what you had thought to do.
I was nearly finished with the article, but then started changing, it would perhaps been better if not, but I put a yacht in the sea and gave my daughters hand away..
 
Well, I found The PuristS in the beginning of 2000s, and soon I found Alex.
We started a daily conversation, both emails and phone calls in 2003.
 
And I started reading, something I’m quite good at, often read 3-5 nooks simultaneously, yes I understand what I read.
At last I have got a library, made of two rooms!

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

Today I have about 4 meters of horological literature!
That includes over one meter of old Antiquorum catalogues, including the sought ‘The Art of Patek-Philippe 1974-1999 

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list
and of course two volumes of the greatest of them all. The Quarter Millennium Auction of Vacheron Constantin.and of course two volumes of the greatest of them all. The Quarter Millennium Auction of Vacheron Constantin.and of course two volumes of the greatest of them all. 

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


In 2004 I was extremely lucky tio get this book in German.
When I bought it I didn’t know it was a bible!!
Augenweide Armbanuhr –VC, by Anton Kreuzer.
 
Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


In 2004 I also read and reread  Antiquorums catalogue from 1994, more like a book: I learned so much in that book!
The Art of  of Vacheron Constantin 1994,
fantastic, a great part of it is the correspondence by Constantin in Italy and Vacheron in Geneva.
You can also see where from V&C bought the first wristwatch – and gor a bargain. It’s in CHF!
 
Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


the last watch was drawn among the attendents!!

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Then we have 2005 and the catalogue from the quarter of Millennium, a must! BTW first time Alex and I met for some stressed minutes, it were over 1.000 persons that wanted to come in to the auction hall. WE both managed and both went way with watches!
No auction in Antiquorums history has brought in so much money, 18 millions on 250 watches!
The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin 1755-2005
 
Pics en masse
I read and looked in this catalogue until it nearly fell apart, but luckily I have one new!
Absolute master piece
See Catalogue above !!

I kept on reading among other things magazines and other books.
Chronos had a 12 pages history over V&C and I believe it’s been in WatchTime too, since they are the same company!
 
Then at last it came! Proellochs own story,
The World of Vacheron Constantin.
I have read The world of Vacheron Constantin three times. Once in German!

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


One of the best books ALL categories I read.
There are two quite unknown names on the book, but Proellochs told me that he had written the book himself, but put those ladies to write it down, he didn’t want to figure more. he also published a thinner book 2005 Einige Geschichte

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


got The Secrets of Vacheron, deicated by Cologni, informative, but miles from The World of VC as literature! Which as I pointed is one of the finest books all categories I read!

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list
2009 came another masterpiece, for you who just put it on the coffee table.
High Society, I read it twice, magic in some way, reflects my art deco
interest! And HOW beautiful it is!
Read it.

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In 2011 I got this very beautiful book, Treasures of Vacheron Constantin,  BTW, we who sometimes get some books from Vacheron Constantin should actually be more thankful then we are!

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This is the oldest ‘booklet’, but from when? It must have ben in the beginning of Proellochs career!
The first is a very small book, that I bought on Ebay, 10 x 15 cm and 52 pages and is named Vacheron Constantin, author Proellochs, the first ‘new’ CEO, who saved Vacheron Constantin. Without him I wouldn’t  have written this letter. Over time we became good friends.

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

and inside thr collection

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list

From when?

Then there is a lot of books where V&C is mentioned.
This book by Peter Braun, Chief Editor of ArmbandUhren, had written about several watches in the book, mostly V&C. I believe after I have Had every number of ArnbandUhren since start.

We can go on with books and booklets from V&C forever, few if any are as generous!
You always have long arms when you leave them!

Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list


Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list





In my view there are some books concerning Vacheron Constantin that are invaluable, and if I should try to rank them,
they would be from top and downwards.
 
Antiquorum Art of Vacheron Constantin
 
Augenweide Armbanduhr –VC, by Anton Kreuzer.
 
The world of Vacheron Constantin, by Proellochs
 
The Quarter Millennium of Vacheron Constantin 1755-2005
 
The Secrets of Vacheron, by Cologni
 
The rest is impossible to rade, but the first five IS A MUST!
 
I have had good help from the 12 pages in Chronos issue April 2005, by Brunner, with his tremendous knowledge of watches in general. No one beats him!
 
At last but not least books that a horological enthusiast needs in his library,
Without them their library is incomplete!
 
Finally no one should call him a watch collector if he doesn’t know how a watch functions, remember my words about a pocket watch at every collectors place, doesn’t need being a V&C, just seeing how the watch works. You don’t do that through a sapphire glass and 180 degrees hidden behind a 21K winder weight and the rest by bridges!
 
Finally I have got so much out of collecting watches, that’s it is not possible to describe.
From friends to knowledge, and also my taste for art haveconcentrated to the Art Deco period, and in that to many other things, like paintings, posters, sculptures, books, yes, even walking sticks, and jewellery and of course some watches, which doesn’t need to be V&C nowadays!
 
Cheers
 
Doc,

who are sorry for a lot mispelling but the text is so damned small!
Re: Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list
07/26/2012 - 10:50
Doc, you really are THE man!
Re: Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list
07/26/2012 - 13:09
Hi Doc, We could share a common library, that would free a few copies for others! I can't wait to read your own.... Best Dje
Re: Re: Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list
08/04/2012 - 17:59
Thanks, I have more in my pocket Cheers Doc
Uh oh, one more thing to collect
07/27/2012 - 16:51
Well, I have been known to collect and read books, so this is just one more category to add to the list.  The nice thing here is that at least this collection spans two passions, much like cookbooks for me.  Doc, this is a great list.  I have managed to pick up a few of these, but I have a long way to go.  Some of them are not easy to find... Thank you for this post! Cheers, Robert
Re: Uh oh, one more thing to collect
08/04/2012 - 18:08
My friend, all good books are worth reading, and most important is not to be as a I once was, narrow specialist, remember reading absolute different literature! It's what given me a library, perhaps in some way worth more than all my V&C's. Not leaast you can take a book anytime from the shelf, or just view it, sitting in your chair. The risk for theft is zero compared with seven pw's in gold on a shelf. The book could actually be even more expensive, but if such a literary thief acts, I would nearly admire him laugh Cheers Doc 
CORRECTIONS!
07/28/2012 - 02:33
As I suspected when writing a long article, mispelling and some errors would occur, when you put everything together! I'll try to correct, explain, complete, and make the article a bit more understandable. I'm deeply sorry for all troiubles I caused. Hope it get's a bit more clear now! I should probably have posted the first article, before all other things happened in my life! The most importaant ofthem all!! How could such an ugly man as me, get such a beautiful bride? heart Please notice the husband, with his shining rin (!), already in the background laughCORRECTIONS to the article Doc's ultimate Vacheron Constantin list First the total sale was CHF 18 million. I didn’t have the luck finding the pocket watch from 1920 at Ebay!! No that I had to pay some more for, but it’s unique, the Museum has cast covetous glances at it a couple of times! The one that once ws a bargain at Ebay The dedication was of course from Proellochs, which I suppose you understood. The story about his book The World of Vacheron Constantin, Claude-Daniels told me himself at a dinner. The book by Peter Braun, Chief Editor of ArmbandUhren is And a look inside, one of several pages, I BTW once had a version of the Jalousie, with diamonds, YG, WG, and the blue sapphire, it bceme a bit to much for me indecision I hope these explanations will spread some light over the article. That the recommended litereture was posted twice, I have to blame the cyber space for! As I wrote the watch interest has given me so much in other fields. I read actually even more now and collects first editions, especially of my hero, Winston S. Churcill! Never to late to start collecting, and it's so funny, not least the most funny of them all laugh PG Wodehouse, only first edition, but as always, there are rivals, to many, out there! Never to late! Cheers Doc
Impressive is putting it mildly:-)
07/28/2012 - 22:15
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Re: Impressive is putting it mildly:-)
08/04/2012 - 18:10
as always, tomorrow and yesterday is one thing, today IS the thing Doc