Finally an F. Piguet 1185

I find myself drawn towards movements as much as watch brands and it has long been a desire of mine to own an example of the superb Frederic Piguet calibre 1185.

After saying a fond farewell to my Overseas time-only and an Omega Speedmaster Moonphase (everything worthwhile comes at a cost), a new member has joined my Vacheron family:

Finally an F. Piguet 1185

interesting search for movements, just wondering why you
12/28/2007 - 23:17

preferred the previous OS model vs the updated version?

Re: interesting search for movements, just wondering why you
12/29/2007 - 02:51

While I'm drawn to the simpler style of the older version (dial and bracelet), even if that were not the case I'm afraid the newer model is out of the question for an ectomorph like myself.  Anything larger than 40mm simply overhangs my skinny wrist  Hence, I have never been fond of the current "oversize" trend.

As a daily wearer, the Overseas chronograph is surprisingly comfortable when compared with the Speedmaster's sharp case edges and hair-pulling bracelet.  OTOH, the VC deployant clasp is a bit finicky whereas the Speedmaster was quite robust.

Re: Re: interesting search for movements, just wondering why you
12/29/2007 - 05:19

Nice choice and congrats on your new VC.  I personally like the previous Overseas as it has a more balanced look.  I am just not a fan of having 3 different sized subdials.  I also find the 40mm case of the previous model more comfortable than the 42mm case of the new model, although the new bracelet does make the 42mm case more wearable than some other 42mm watches I've tried on.  Anyway, great choice and enjoy it.

Best regards,

Dino

I'm surprised by the popularity of the Overseas! There is so much
12/28/2007 - 23:28

talk about the RO and the Nautilus that the Overseas always seems to be forgotten. Judging from what I have seen on HL for some time the OS is quite a popular model (this is the 3rd post in a row on the OS!!). I guess VC owners don't "shout" as loud as PP and AP owners  

Re: I'm surprised by the popularity of the Overseas! There is so much
12/29/2007 - 01:30

I agree VC owners are less prone to "shouting out".

For myself, the Overseas line of watches has always been the only range of VC I have found myself attracted to. I find it very wearable, given its sporty, modern and youthful look. Particularly in stainless steel, it is certainly the only VC watch I would feel comfortable wearing anytime and anywhere, given its clean-cut and unostentatious design. As such, I also feel it is a good entry point into the world of VC. The Dual Time seems to be a popular choice amongst loungers here. For me, this model was perfect - it had the extra features I was looking for as an "upgrade" from my previous sports watch (a Cartier Santos ronde). The chronograph, while also appealing did not suit my needs as much as a second time zone.

All in all, the Overseas line is a perfect harmony of practicality, thoughtful design and fine craftsmanship without being appearing pretentious.

Re: I'm surprised by the popularity of the Overseas! There is so much
12/29/2007 - 04:58

I had a Royal Oak 15300 date model for a while, nice as far as they go I guess, but its not as comfortable as an Overseas so I sold it. I'm not interested in the ROO as they are to thick. I've seen 2-3 others who've had both Royal Oak and Overseas and came to similar decisions moving the AP's along and keeping the Overseas.

So, its not surprising to me.