First Post

Dear All,

This is my first post, and I would like to introduce myself. I have been reading you for the past 2 years and learnt a lot. So I start this post with a big thank you to all loungers.

I was bitten by the VC bug 2 years ago. I am spoiled because I am currently leaving in Switzerland, fairly close to Geneva, so I can indulge in seeing and trying great timepieces.

I am a scientist and a bit of a nerd. I have always been into watches; my first watch was a Rolex which I bought 16 years ago. About 6 years ago, I moved to Switzerland for work (not in the watch industry; but I am considering to redirect my career everyday smiley) and started collecting. I progressed from Rolex to JLC and I currently focus on VC and Patek. I guess like most of you – I feel that the VC design is the most elegant. I came to VC while looking for a dress watch. I felt that the Patek Caltrava was not for me, and then I met the Patrimony Contemporaine ref. 81180: a beautiful two-hands watch in white gold with a dial that changes depending on the light conditions: what a beauty! There is something Zen about this watch. I bought the watch: I was hooked!

As you Guys often say: when you buy you first VC then immediately you buy a second one! Loving so much the classic VC design, I could not resist buying a vintage piece, I found a yellow gold 6873Q cal 1072 date with dart-shaped markers. Although this reference is not so rare, to date, this is the only one I saw on the market, I came across another one but without a date. Again, as I read on our forum, in the 1960s, VC was producing the same reference with batches having different markers and hands. I like this a lot! It adds to VC uniqueness.

I believe I did the right thing asking VC to service this beauty and waited for almost a year - how excruciating!! I did not wear the watch more than one weekend before sending it away because I knew that if I would wear this beauty longer I would never do it (a bit like when one tries to quit smoking wink). But as always, good things come to those who wait….

So I will end this first post with couple shots of my vintage beauty.

Best,

Stan

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Welcome to THL, thanks for posting! Love the wristshot!
11/21/2013 - 02:40
It looks great right there!  I, also,always send vintage VCs back to the Maison when I first geth them.  I want to make sure they are running as best as they can before I start to wear/use them. Cal 1071/1072 is a fabulous movement.  This vintage piece should complement the Ref. 81180 quite nicely as a pair of dress watches. Enjoy!  Best Regards, Dan
Re: Welcome to THL, thanks for posting! Love the wristshot!
11/21/2013 - 12:59
Thank you Dan,   I love your Chronomètre Royal by the way.   Best,   Stan
Re: First Post
11/21/2013 - 03:54
Thanks for the history and the great photos! And welcome! The watch is a real stunner, a beautiful elegant dial and a very famous movement...the first of Vacheron's to be awarded the Geneva Seal, Gyromax balance, 29 jewels, ruby roller bearings, used in the automatic Chronometre Royal. Yours is a particularly elegant version. Wear it in good health! Joseph PS: There is a thread somewhere on the Lounge describing this movement more fully as well as several others, by 'tick-talk"
Looks lovely. Do you know which year this VC Is from? Also
11/21/2013 - 05:39
Would be great to see photos of both your VC's together?
Re: Looks lovely. Do you know which year this VC Is from? Also
11/21/2013 - 13:03
Thanks   This 6378 is from 1965 (according to VC’s certificate of authenticity). The work done by VC is amazing. Unfortunately I am not a really good photographer and I only have poor shots from the watch before or with my 81180 (I will work on it cheeky). Overall the watch was in good condition but now it looks new!   Best,   Stan
Re: Re: Looks lovely. Do you know which year this VC Is from? Also
11/22/2013 - 15:38
Thanks.  Eventually look forward to pics of both your VC's together. Both charming; sharing the same DNA and values, and almost 50 years apart !!!
thanks for your story and welcome to the Lounge the big question is
11/21/2013 - 10:06
what are you considering for your next VC ?cheeky You have a lovely 6873 and may you wear it in the best of health
Re: thanks for your story and welcome to the Lounge the big question is
11/21/2013 - 13:09
Thanks Alex,   I don’t know what will be my third VC. I think that I am addicted to vintage; maybe next will be a vintage with a nice guilloché dial.   Regarding the current collection, well,  I am also waiting for new models. There are/was few models that I am/was considering mainly from the “Historiques” collection. I love the 1955, Chronomètre Royal Platinum edition (I tried this one at the Geneva boutique, it is really nice). I have a small/regular wrist size, hence anything above 40 mm is a no go; regarding square watches; anything above 43 mm in length is slightly too big… but I love the Malte moon phase + power reserve (ref. 83080) despite its generous size, I saw both in YG and WG, only tried the YG version but it is really nice in my opinion. These are now gone from the current collection (?).   Here is a WS for all loungers' delight!   Best,   Stan
I love the Malte Moon Phase and Power Reserve. This
11/21/2013 - 13:28
is one of recent VC's that did'nt stay in production for too long. It is beautiful.
That looks perfect on your wrist, Stan
11/21/2013 - 22:47
Not too big at all! yesheart Lovely dial too. Joseph
Welcome
11/21/2013 - 12:03
Hi Stan What a beauty. Congratulations and welcome to the lounge. Hamish
It's a classic and looks perfect after the restoration on your wrist
11/21/2013 - 12:10
may it only time happy times for you ;-) Oh, I know the allure of VC and Patrimony Contemporaine in particular. I'm pretty sure you won't stop at two VCs. Soon enough you'll find yourself craving for another one. And to quelch the thirst you'll have to start yet another hunt. You'll find many knowledgable aficionados here willing to share their expertise and maybe pass on their pieces to another owner.
Wellcome - An excellent vintage choice (nt)
11/21/2013 - 12:51
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Great watch great shot ..,
11/21/2013 - 14:44
Congrats to the watch and welcome to this forum. You'll be comfortable here and it's as hard to quit as your watch .
Nicely done!
11/21/2013 - 19:29
Can you please share some "before" shots of the dial?  Cheers,
Re: Nicely done!
11/21/2013 - 22:25
Unfortunately I am not a really good photographer and I only have poor shots from the watch before. I am better with an iphone than with a Leica frown The watch was in a good condition, although the hands and markers had a lots of scratches, some dealers probably get their "watchmarkers" to polish these but it is often badly done. Now the watch looks new. I love vintage. Best, Stan
Here is a catalog pic of your watch
11/22/2013 - 06:23
from 1967 that shows the dial variety of which you refer: And there was another interesting variation featured as lot 131 of the Quarter Millenieum sale; white gold with a textured bezel, nicknamed "Ecossaise"  for the tartan-inspired guilloche bezel and lugs:
Re: Here is a catalog pic of your watch
11/22/2013 - 23:30
Thank you for putting my watch in context, I knew about the “Ecossaise” but I forgot about this 6378C with such a great dial.   In this world where watches are trade as commodities and should have a known reference number with specifics that ensure their authenticity, how refreshing will be to revive this aspect of watch making and have dials and hands variations introduced again in current collections. The only problem is those will then be called limited editions!   Best,     Stan
beautiful vintage, welcome to the lounge !
11/22/2013 - 00:10
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what a timeless beauty!
11/25/2013 - 13:01
Congrats Stan! Your VC is beautifully restored. The wait is worth it. It looks brand new and definitely a timeless and elegant dress watch! Thanks for sharing those lovely pics. May this watch time beautiful moments for you always. Cheers Robin