a film on the current exhibition at the VC museum: Creative Shapes

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I did not know about the driver's watches
05/31/2012 - 17:21
I did not know about the driver's watches featured in the video.  Very interesting.  Thanks for posting this, Alex! Best, Robert
Very well done video, informative, crisp and making me want
05/31/2012 - 19:33
to see more! The maison is looking good. Enjoy. Best, Tim
Hmmmm
05/31/2012 - 21:29
I hate to be left wanting more crying.  The pieces are astonishing but presented a bit superficially IMHO.  To say a movement is unusual but not show it?  Perhaps some links to greater details could be considered for these brief video presentations.  As I recall, the individual watch info presented with the Maison displays was pretty scant too, but at least one can find somebody nearby to pester with questions.
A very nice intro to the history and design
05/31/2012 - 23:38
of VC watches. I really likes the link between the old a new. Its a teaser to look into it more and find out details. many will see it, be intrigued and investigate further.... Well done! Joseph
For those that are intrigued
06/01/2012 - 01:21
as Joseph describes, more details on V&C driver's watches can be found with lots 133-135 of the Quarter Millennium auction catalog, which is accessible online.  Pg. 265, Secrets of Vacheron Constantin, pictures more driver's watches including that ladies watch with the "unusual" movement.  Unfortunately no details on the mechanics.  I see it has a clasp that attaches directly to the head, which IIRC Cartier has re-introduced.
You beat me to the punch, Dean :-)
06/01/2012 - 04:52
I had to wait to get home from work to check my references. In addition to the 2 references you mention, inquiring minds might like to delve into a few other sources, some more available than others. The World of Vacheron Constantin has an enormous compendium of VC watches from before 1900 til 1938. Unfortunately they are in B&W (colour film was developed independently by Kodak in the US and Agfa in Germany and had very limited use, and that mostly during the war...just an aside, folks) and some of the reproductions are quite poor particularly the movements. but the collection of watches from that time is quite astounding. Antiquorum in their magazine VOX from Spring 2005 has a nice collection of a few of the watches from their 250th anniversary sale, but the catalog itself is still available and is a must for any serious fan of Vacheron. The Art of Vacheron ( an earlier auction) also has a very nice collection of VC pieces in colour. There is a a copy of AUGENWEIDE ARMBANDUHR (which I believe means something like " eye-opener or feast for the eyes, wrist watch" ) featuring Vacheron from 1992 with some great photos but the text is in German. It also contains a list of VC Calibres and a listing of important dates in VC's history. There are a few interesting photos in Cologni's "Memoires des Marques- Vacheron Constantin". VC also came out with a small book called the Keys of Time based on one of their exhibitions a few years ago. It illustrates and explains the wide variety of wing keys for pocket watches. They should consider  such a booklet for all their exhibitions, hint hint! But perhaps the best recent collection is Julien Marchenoir's, Treasures of Vacheron Constantin which does include the famous Driver's Watch (man's and woman's version from the video and the 1921 American as well. Its a great book and readily available. It contains photos and desciptions of watches and movements; also a must-have. There are a few other rarer references that I have, but these mentioned above should really be very informative for the Vacheron enthousiast and "amateur" (French meaning). Happy exploring! JB