Finally - My first VC !

Hi all,


Well, it's been two and change weeks since the Geneva auctions, and I finally was able to get ahold of - and just picked up yesterday – my first VC – a 4178!


I set out Monday morning flying from London, arriving relatively early in Geneva (I had prepared for delays, but thankfully there was none). I arrived at the auction house after a short taxi ride and the staff we polite and attentive, and within 15 minutes, I was out the door with my VC! (I fully intended to document this entire process via photos, but to be honest, I was just too excited to get the watch in my hands and failed miserably to get any pictures).


After sitting on a park bench by Lake Geneva with my newest acquisition for a couple of minutes (luckily there were no strange stares from passerbys – I think!), I walked over to the VC boutique at Place de Longemalle to have the watch checked out by the technicians there and also to see what other watches I could drool over. I must say, the staff there were exemplary – very courteous, knowledgeable and very willing to help. The watch technican opened the case back, showed me the movement and the staff went over what they recommended needed to get done to the watch. I knew going into the purchase, the watch would need a service of the movement, but they also explained what could be possible with a fully restoration by the heritage department (and the length of time – nearly 10 months!)


While I was there, I also got a new strap (naturally) for the 4178 and checked out the 4072 they had, along with a triple date from the 40s. One little nugget they did tell me was they were in the process of opening a VC boutique in London very soon – so for all you Londoners, we'll be getting one- finally! They did say the 4178 movement needed servicing (I could see there was some oxidization of the movement, but still looked good), and that if I wanted, it might be better to drop the watch off at the London boutique when opened, as if I left the watch there, I'd have to go back to Geneva to pick it up – they wouldn't be able to ship the watch due to customs issues. Good to hear honest advice from them.


Anyway, after spending nearly an hour there, I proceeded to walk over to the Quai de L'ile boutique! Haha.. I know – getting my fill of Vacheron Constantin! Again, the sales staff there were excellent, and they allowed me to indulge in trying on a variety of watches, but my favourite was the 43150 excellence platine (it was reserved - thank god) – the platinum dial was just absolutely stunning, but compared to the 4178, a massive watch.


So what are my impressions of the 4178? Well, I must say I'm impressed with the watch. First, I've never had a gold watch before, so this has been a big shift in my collection. Also the pink gold of the dial is a deeper shade than the pink gold of the case (The staff at the VC boutique said the case was likely 3N or 4N, while the dial a shade darker). The tones of the dial and case in various lighting is quite cool. The size of the watch is going to take some getting use to, as the majority of my watches are 39mm+, the smaller size is definitely understated, but wears well. I will get the watch serviced soon, but not before I have some time to enjoy it first.


Thanks for reading! Here are some quick iphone pics – The pics don't do the watch justice, as they don't capture the nuances of the dial and case. I'll try and post some better pics in the near future when I have some time. Enjoy. 

Finally - My first VC !

Finally - My first VC !

Finally - My first VC !
 

05/29/2013 - 03:49
JB
05/29/2013 - 04:56
05/29/2013 - 06:55
WHL
05/29/2013 - 07:07
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05/29/2013 - 16:33
05/29/2013 - 21:09
KL
05/30/2013 - 02:32
06/01/2013 - 05:04
SJX
06/01/2013 - 18:40
Re: Finally - My first VC !
05/29/2013 - 03:49
Very, very nice.
Congratulations!!
05/29/2013 - 04:56
An excellent choice. The dial and case are outstanding, enhancing each other. There are quite a number of variations on the dials. Alex has one and he has posted photos. I have one as well (but have not yet posted any pics). Enjoy the new addition. You will quickly adapt to the 36mm size. Ity's a great heirloom watch. Wear it in good health. Joseph
I'm sure it won't be too long ...
05/29/2013 - 23:33
...before I adapt to the 4178 on the wrist. I just can't stop looking at it! 
And what a first VC it is!
05/29/2013 - 05:11
Congratulatios LiquidSolid! Ref. 4178 is such an exemplary VC, you can't do any better for something that says "VC" so clearly but yet so elegantly  yes 10 months is really not that bad for VC's vintage restoration dept., and indicates to me that there is nothing seriously wrong with the watch. I love Pink Gold out the colored metals, the 2-tones 3N and 4N make a really nice combo. I couldn't be happier for you! Best Regards, Dan
That's quite a special watch to start off with:-) I'm glad you had
05/29/2013 - 06:08
such positive experience at the boutiques and may your 4178 time only happy moments. Looking forward in seeing you and the 4178 at our next The Hour Club dinner in London
I like the sound of that... :-) (nt)
06/01/2013 - 05:05
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Good to see you back buddy :-)
06/01/2013 - 12:58
M
A great beginning
05/29/2013 - 06:55
for your introduction, dare I say seduction, into V(&)C.  What a lovely watch heart.  Looking forward to bigger pics when you get home yes.
What an experience!
05/29/2013 - 07:07
Thank you for sharing your day in Geneva with us. Wear this new (to you) 4178 in the best of health! I am currently in the waiting period between getting a vintage VC and enjoying it for a couple of months and getting it back from an extended stay in Geneva for service. Bill
Wow what a start !
05/29/2013 - 12:07
You got one of the most iconic and imho one of the most beautiful chronograph ever made if not THE most beautiful for my taste. What a fabulous watch, enjoy it ! cheers and thanks for stunning us with your photos and experience smiley Francois
A happy landing in Geneva...
05/29/2013 - 16:01
I have enjoyed your journey and the intrigue surrounding it. Your new acquisition is beautifulheart... Also good to hear that a London VC boutique is on the horizon. Let's have a few more photographs when time allows. Regards, Tony
Wow wow wow! Congrats!
05/29/2013 - 16:25
Starting your VC collection with a 4178 is really impressive. Fine taste you have. Your pics look great too and inspire me to look at vintage VCs more. Congrats and wear it in the best of health! cheers, robin wong
Well
05/29/2013 - 16:33
Congraultions what a beautiful watch. Not many people get to start their VC collection with a 4178! It is a grail for me and it is a watch I adore. Wear it in good health Once again Congratulations....
I can't wait to see what you do for an encore!
05/29/2013 - 17:41
What will your second VC be, I wonder?  You need another during its10-month stay in Geneva.wink Congratulations! Robert
Many thanks all...
05/29/2013 - 21:09
the 4178 has really been a watch I've been chasing after for well over a year, but got really serious about acquiring one in the last 4-5 months. I look forward to learning more about the history of this watch and meeting my fellow HL'ers soon! BTW, when is the next London GTG?  In the interim, another quick iphone photo;
Re: Finally - My first VC !
05/30/2013 - 02:32
Congratulations and thanks for sharing your joy, she is a beauty!!
Congratulations for this new beauty !
05/30/2013 - 14:28
regards, Berny
Re: Finally - My first VC !
05/30/2013 - 16:32
CONGRATS!  I am glad that I lost out to a fellow Lounger.   PS - sorry I made you bid more!
Re: Re: Finally - My first VC !
05/31/2013 - 00:59
So it was you!! haha.... good to know I was going up against a fellow HL'er! No worries mate, but you owe me a drink! 
Re: Finally - My first VC !
05/31/2013 - 18:06
Congrats, it looks beyond cool :)
Fantastic first VC!!!
06/01/2013 - 05:04
Absolutely stunning - an iconic VC, one of my favourite vintage models... Congratulations on such a great catch, it must have been a fun trip to go to Geneva to pick it up... I sure hope to see you (and your new addition) at the next London Hour Lounge dinner... Cheers, Francois
Congrats!
06/01/2013 - 18:40
That is beautiful and in my mind the quintessential VC chronograph.
That's one hell f a way to start with VC!
06/02/2013 - 12:58
Way to go! Can't wait to see your second... Maybe a little minute repeater perhaps?! Gary
LOL - only in my dreams mate!
06/03/2013 - 23:12
Will be saving a long time for one of those... I won't be picky though, I'll take pretty much any one that Vacheron made!
Re: Finally - My first VC !
06/05/2013 - 18:39
Was the other one that you were interested in the RG at Christies lot 209?   I am the purchaser of that one and received it Monday - sans strap due to export so next time i'm in NYC.   2nd Vacheron for me, the other one is a 1951 4560 YG Full calendar w/moon phase and claw lugs.   Something about the 4178 has really gotten to me lately. I have numerous Pateks (no jeers!) but have taken a liking to vintage Vaceheron;s also lately.
welcome to the Lounge and congrats on your 4178 :-) Please do
06/06/2013 - 11:08
post scans and comments
Congrats!! That's a great looking one too...
06/07/2013 - 23:20
Fortunately, I picked mine up at the earlier auction over the weekend. The Christies auction was my backup auction! I was trying to get a time only Vacheron, but got outbid on it. Stupidly, I let it go... kicking myself now! Welcome to the forum, and as Alex said, please post pics!! I'm going to try and take some better pics of my 4178 this weekend. 
And let's see that 4560!!
06/07/2013 - 23:22
one of my favorite vintage moon phase watches!