Family Portrait


For the first time in awhile, my entire Vacheron & Constantin family is together!

Family Portrait

They will all share space in the cabinet until one or two are sent to new homes Family Portrait.

Family Portrait

The 4178 chronograph now has it's Certificate of Authenticity and the aluminum pocket watch is sporting a lovely set of restored hands.

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

Hope you enjoy Family Portrait
02/02/2010 - 01:50
Rei
02/02/2010 - 05:58
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02/02/2010 - 12:49
JB
02/02/2010 - 13:52
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Re: Family Portrait
02/02/2010 - 05:58
Wow! just amazing...maybe need a touch a modern VC or two?
NEVER!! Well maybe... nt
02/02/2010 - 17:26
nt
Hahahaha...that's a good one!
02/03/2010 - 03:38
As they say, never say never
I do so love your VC museum Dean :-)
02/02/2010 - 06:46
It's a great collection that anybody would be thrilled to have.  Congratulations on the assemblage and the taste in putting it together . BR, Dan
Re: I do so love your VC museum Dean :-)
02/02/2010 - 17:32
Hi Dan...I must say our forum discussions were essential for deciding what pieces to add, but that is always changing as I learn more.
beautiful kids you have there and I just LOVE the cabinet :-)
02/02/2010 - 10:29
nt
More like grandparents than my children ;-)
02/02/2010 - 17:43
Hey Alex!  Its interesting to consider the time spread as well...I'd like one from every decade of the 20th century...until the last of the &
condidering anything post 70? (nt)
02/02/2010 - 17:50
e
Yes, but its a very short list
02/03/2010 - 02:20

Something with the new 1003 and 1120 movements .

exquisite collection! what about an hour lounge watch with cal 1003 ..
02/02/2010 - 11:44
and a dial and hands like yr ref 4348 , not forgetting the "&" just for the hour lounge.
Great idea Aaron!
02/02/2010 - 17:49

The Breguet style of hands and numerals are distinctive for sure.  I think the "&" ampersand for a Lounge watch must be a given.   HEY DOC....back us up here!

Re: Family Portrait
02/02/2010 - 12:27
Hi Dean, Lovely aluminium pocket watch! A wonderful collection, and great to see you are going to all lengths to make it as complete as possible! Best regards JAMES
Canadian Connection
02/02/2010 - 18:02
As you know my interest began with the Canadian connection behind this watch.  What really surprised me was to find a Swiss version:
Gorgeous Dean.......
02/02/2010 - 12:49
that 4178 is to die for!!! Tom
Re: Gorgeous Dean.......
02/02/2010 - 18:37
Thanks Tom!  It may also be unique with that configuration of yellow gold dial and pink gold accents.  I'd love to hear from anyone who's seen another because I've been looking for some time.  Unfortunately, VC won't disclose production numbers.  I wish someone would tell me why that policy applies to vintage pieces, even when you obtain a Certificate of Authenticity?  Alex, can you help here? So my dilemma is whether to restore?  It has so much original finish and honest patina.  I see too many of these 4178 chronos with the lugs and cases overpolished , more so than its brother ref 4072, probably because of the more complex lugs and case shape.   The view that thrills me as much as looking at the dial is examining the back...notice the texture on the lugs from the casting process!  It seems a shame to grind that away because of a few nicks .
production numbers are disclosed! I put them up in my article on the
02/02/2010 - 18:54
History of VC chronos. I don't have a breakdown on the dial configurations.
Thanks for the reminder...
02/03/2010 - 02:23
that was very helpful to read again .  I was thinking of the specific dial combination, for which I was told the info couldn't or wouldn't be disclosed.  I'd also asked about total production for the TBird and 7262 Chronomter Royal on bracelet, and was told that info wasn't available.  So I'm not sure if they don't have it or won't give it?
Re: Family Portrait
02/02/2010 - 13:52
Very nice display! Excellent taste. I hope you wear them! Regards, Joseph
Who wears their pocket watches?
02/02/2010 - 18:50
Joseph, I'm dying to start wearing a pocket watch and have aquired a very fine period chain for the Extra Flat.  Now I'm waiting to complete the ensemble with a 1937 Canada 50-cent piece as a fob. Do you wear yours?  If yes, how?  Can anyone provide me with a lesson on pocket watch etiquette?
I do, but I'm sure not in a "proper" fashion
02/04/2010 - 09:06
I found vintage chains, one is 15.5cm long and the other is 26cm long. I use the short one when wearing jeans (one end is attached to a belt loop), my 57.3mm CR actual fits quite well into the change pocket on Levi's.  [As a side note, I originally thought the watch was 58mm as that was what it was advertised at when I bought it.  But I recently measured it using a digital caliper and its 57.3mm]. I use the longer chain with a vest or with trousers.  I've had some trousers custom made and told them to put a small internal pocket inside the rigth, front, pants pocket - just large enough for the PW to sit in without reaching the bottom of the regular pants pocket (and anything else that might be in that pocket). I love wearing and taking the PW out and holding it in my hands.  It just has a feel that a wristwatch can't offer. But I strongly suggest that you take those PWs out every once in awhile. BR, Dan
PLEASE POST PICTURES!
02/04/2010 - 18:56
Dan, if you get a moment can you please post a few pictures of how you are wearing the pocket watches?  We may start a new trend, instead of wrist shots it will be pocket pics .   BTW, did you notice the cover that comes with the new Excellence Platine Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch?  It looks like a nice accessory to protect the finish while inside the pocket.
Be careful what you ask for...
02/05/2010 - 09:49
because these are the worst pictures I've ever posted.  I just took them with my camera phone, given the angle - I can't see the shot when its being taken.  But even in all of its blurriness and overexposure - you get the idea of what the pocket watch looks like in a pair of jeans.  I always have the dial facing in, but for pictures sake, it is being shown with the dial facing out.  Also, I don't always use a chain. It's just the right size to fit the change pocket When all the way inside the change pocket, nothing is exposed - this is a top down view and you can see the top of the watch's ring With the short chain attached to the watch and belt loop I don't always use the chain, but this is what it looks like when not checking the time I've seen pictures of the new VC pocket watch's cover and would love to have it for storing my PW, but I don't think I'd use it when actually wearing a PW - too inconvenient when in actual use (sort of like wearing a cool, thin, sweatband over a wristwatch). BR, Dan
Thanks for the pics
02/05/2010 - 19:05
I get the idea!  My Levis have a similar pocket but I think I'll stick to a vest or shirt pocket.
a lovable family :-) (nt)
02/02/2010 - 19:05
e
Thanks Turbo
02/03/2010 - 02:25
My standard reply to that very nice comment is to admit they must take after their mother
A gorgeous vintage collection!
02/02/2010 - 21:31
Let me know if you are running out of cabinet space, I will do whatever I can to help!
Nice, are you a carpenter?
02/03/2010 - 02:26
LOL, I couldn't resist
"With family you only come out well in a picture"...
02/03/2010 - 00:33
a little Polish proverb that warns you from doing business with family or just proves that you never win in family affairs... I would try and interpret it the other way around in your case. You should be showing around with that family of VCs as much as you can - it's simply stunning ;-) (don't know if I'm making sense...)
Oh Radek...
02/03/2010 - 02:27
it doesn't matter if you make sense or not, I know what's in your heart