First impressions

I have had this watch for 2 days so these are first blush reports.

Case: I have a 7 1/4" wrist so its not that large for a 41"+ diameter watch. My experiences with the Datograph and 5070 were not good, never could get it tight enough on my wrist so it wouldn't move all over the place without shutting of the circulation to my hand. I wasn't sure how it Vacheeron Malte would fit on my wrist so once it arrived and tried it on I was relieved and happy. It felt like the watch was made for my wrist. Both the size and weight felt very comfortable and the best part it sat still without moving over to the side of my wrist. The Malte lugs and the bezel design is very easy to look at, I really like crown with the maltese cross. The complaint, the pushers stick out to much.

Dial: Better than I thought the micro blast is very subtle and seems to change depending n how the light hits it. I am not bothered by the "chronographe & 950 plat" at all. The sub-dials and the outer chapter ring are very easy to read (even for old eyes). The chrono sweep second hand is very elegant and has the open pointer on the end similar to the hand at the 3:00 subdial. The difference is the proportions for the chrono hand work very well. Its long and the pointer is very small, while the one on the sub-dial looks totally out of proportion. The small hands has a large pointer on the end and is distracting (I wonder if V&C would change it?). Other than that I could find no wrong with it at all. Its stunning.First impressions

Movement: I spent much time on another Vacheron forum discussing the differences between PP and V&C movement and have to say they do have a couple of good points. Primarily PP adds their "free oscillating balance while V&C uses a their "swans neck regulated balance". After listening to the arguments and reading the article (Alex recommended...thanks alex) I have to agree that the free oscilling system has some merits you do not get with the V&C. Now that I got that out of the way the finish work on the V&C is as good as the PP and as the picture shows its very easy on the eyes. The pushers are much smoother that the PP (and the historique...does that make any sense).

In summary as our fearless leader says its one very cooooool watch. First impressions

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You have selected one of my personal favorites>>>
01/29/2008 - 22:45

and I am glad you addressed the pushers. I am hoping that V&C does a little redesign on the pushers for a more rectangular shape--something very V&C to be sure but more like you see on the Villemont chrono, Aston R model--fits the design of the watch and moves with the case vs. just sitting out there in space. I will still get this watch when the current economic storm clouds lift, hopefully sooner than later. Why did you go with the platinum instead of the gold choices? Just curious. Thanks for the report and great shots. Tim

Not sure, perhaps the dial was one reason, I like the
01/30/2008 - 13:25

weight of Plat. and with only 75 made I thought it would be cool to own one.

You sound happy and show no sign of post-purchase trauma/disharmony
01/29/2008 - 23:01

I am sure you're gonna love the watch.

And if you ever get tired of it just let me know :-)))

Enjoy every second of wearing it!!! 

John, I repeat :-)
01/30/2008 - 00:29

Doc has to flat on the ground, for the PT It's, yes I know the word is overused, stunning Wear in health

and love it,

as I do love it

If this watch dosen't become a classic,

no one else will !

It's a genuine keeper

Congrats !


Doc...Thanks for the kind words coming from a vintage
01/30/2008 - 13:26

guy they carry a lot of weight.

Thank you for the report!
01/30/2008 - 03:00 well as pointing us to you discussion on the other forum... I found that thread really interesting - by the way do you know now if VC does a lot of other modifications to the movement?

While the PP 5070 might have a slight edge in terms of movement over VC, it is MILES away (in my humble opinion) in terms of aesthetics and flair... It is a no brainer, you really made the right choice!

Every person who has this watch has said that the dial is a pleasure to look at and that the photos don't do it justice... I cannot wait to see one in real life... (and I'm with you on the pt950 and Chrono inscription)

I am happy that you are happy with your new baby

Thank you for the additional pictures - this watch is soooooo beautiful!

Hi Veillotron,
01/30/2008 - 09:35
When is your beaty arriving? Or have I missed sth and it had gotten there already? I was just going through your comparison report between the old 47112 and new 47212. I am with you 100% - the new Malte Perpetual Chrono is tops. BTW, what's the list price for the new version? How's your recovery?
not soon enough!!!
01/30/2008 - 14:45

I was told by VC when I made my first deposit that the watch would be ready by February. I called last week and I was told that there are delays in production, and that it might now be March or April... The lady responsible for my order is supposed to get back to me with a more precise date.

While it is a little bit frustrating to have to wait longer, as long as it is ready for Basel/SIHH, it will be OK - this way I can it two birds with one stone and go to the fairs (I've never been before, and I think it could be quite cool...). I am really looking forward though to having my baby on my wrist...

Glad to hear that you're on the same page as me for the 47212. Alex can correct me if I m wrong, but I believe the MSRP is CHF150k (about US$130k).

Recovery-wise, I am doing better everyday. Most of my injuries have healed, and I'm now working from home (about 5-6 hours per day). It will still take time before I can walk normally (and probably a year before I can do proper sports), but at least I can now get around with the help of only one crutch. So it's all good - thanks for asking

Re: not soon enough!!!
01/30/2008 - 16:07

Glad to hear you're doing good!  Just keep up the good spirits!

Hope you will get your dream watch ASAP. And once you get it you know who to share it with first... 

Good to hear your're back on track and don't work too hard :-) (nt)
01/30/2008 - 17:30


01/31/2008 - 13:38

VC got back to me, and it looks like it might be ready by beginning of March

Hi Veillotron....I called Vacheron in North America
01/30/2008 - 13:22

asking what specifically does V&C do to the movement. I am waiting to hear back from them. Once I do I will post it, but I agree with youthe Malte chrono is a better looking watchwhether it be plat, white or rose gold, just has a nicer appeal to it.


cheers... looking forward to the info :-) (nt)
01/30/2008 - 14:35


you are one of the 75 happy few. I have to admit that I did not like
01/30/2008 - 12:17

the Malte Chrono wen it was released, it felt like VC had turned their back on the Chrono Historique (one of the most iconic modern chronos IMHO) but with time I have come to notice all the details and subtilities and now consider the Malte Chrono a winner and the platinum model one of the most beautiful modern chronos out there (along with the Journe Octo Chronograph and the Voutilainen)

May it time only happy moments

You are really fast John...
01/31/2008 - 16:38

...only few days between your post to know our opion concerning VC or PP chrono...and now, you have it!!!

Congrats for this new VC and this benchmark between the PP!

The only point I don't really love ont he Platinum version is the granulated dial :)