Forgive me for I must have missed this model.

Which is this? It's from the photographer's website. New (or old) Malte PR?

 I hope I am not doing anything wrong :)

Forgive me for I must have missed this model.

Forgive me for I must have missed this model. 

That's the new Malte power reserve date with inhouse caliber. I had
05/31/2007 - 13:28

first inserted it in mt SIHH write up but my scans were horrible so out they went. The official unveiling of this watch will be in a month so stay tuned to learn more about it

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Similarities with the Japanese LE models...
05/31/2007 - 17:48

I can't help but notice the similarities between the last couple of Japanese market LE's and the latest offerings from VC.  

The the Japanese market LE called "Malte" of two years ago probably has the same movement as the ladies complication model, but the pattern on the dial, the index ring, etc are practically the same as in the new power reserve.  I do like the design elements on both models.  The fan hands (as in the Jubilee) on the new power reserve is much more to my liking than the usual sword hands.  All in all a very nice change from the old version.

The last Japanese market LE "Heritage" is a simpler version of its Traditionelle sibling.  It has the same cal. 2455 without the date disc.  I found the Japanese LE lacking in character and depth.  I would like to see the new Traditionelle in the metal though.

I wonder if next year's Japan market LE will be another testing ground for a new VC design...

All the best,


Looks like Japan is the testing ground for VC :-) I had seen the model
05/31/2007 - 18:14

with off centered seconds at 9 and when VC told me about the autimatic Patrimony Traditionnelle I was afaraid it would look like this one!

I find the Japanses LE with seconds at 9 to be stuck between conventional design with the stick markers and baton hands and a somwhet more original approach of the seconds at 9.

I love the Malte with PR and moon...gorgeaous.

The Malte Power Reserve with date is a truly lovely piece and good for those who like smaller cases (38mm). It also has an all new inhouse VC caliber but I won't spill the beans yet

Re: Looks like Japan is the testing ground for VC :-) I had seen the model
05/31/2007 - 18:43

Well, if Japan were a testing ground, then the Japanese LE which, despite being an LE, is still cooling off its butt at many an AD's showcases (even found them being disposed off in the grey market), probably convinced VC to improve on the 9'oclock seconds dial theme.  The automatic Traditionnelle, though a much better design, still has an offbeat look to it that you will either love or hate - which is fine because variety is the spice of life.

It is good to hear that the new Malte PR with date is not just a re-cased version of the old one.  Maybe they could come out with one with the same black dial as the Japanese LE PR with moonphase.  I can tell you it really looked handsome in the metal.

VC has understood that just recasing and old movement is a no-no if
05/31/2007 - 19:16

you want to get your seat back as king so here you have a new case with a new inhouse movement bearing the Geneva seal

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks...
06/01/2007 - 03:41

While I would not really call VC and old dog, and there is nothing new about the re-casing issue, I am glad that VC is finally taken positive steps to do better when possible!  It will take time but it is important to start now.  It is a good sign of a renewed committment, and sincerity to its patrons. 

Even seemingly small things like removing the word "automatic" from the dial of the new PG Contemporaine automatic shows that VC is starting to listen to its fans who prefer discrete elegance over "blingy" and useless reminders being placed on the dial (PT 950, etc).  Let us hope this becomes a regular design principle at VC.

With the help of this forum, I hope VC will listen and learn more from its supporters (who can also be the severest of its detractors).  Where else can you get the most honest opinions from the people who truly love VC?! 

I just saw some of the upcomming Japan LEs and you better start
06/01/2007 - 19:54

saving up...there are a some awsome pieces (and affordable )

I hope they are as breath-taking as the boutique Contemporaines (nt)
06/05/2007 - 07:42


The new Malte PR looks stunning...
06/01/2007 - 10:27 much nicer than the model it replaces. It looks young, sporty, yet elegant. Very versatile.

Alex, you mean even this model will have a new inhouse caliber? If yes, then that's truly amazing.

Will it have a transperent sapphire back? I dont think the previous model did.

I agree that the new Malte Power reserve with date is very
06/01/2007 - 12:22

modern looking.

Yup this model has an inhouse caliber!! No transparent back though :-(

Re: I agree that the new Malte Power reserve with date is very
06/03/2007 - 16:21

Alex, how does VC (or any other manufacturer) decide which models should have a transparent back, and which should not?

Why should the Patrimony Automatic and Trad have a transparent back, whereas the Malte PR not? Are ther reasons technical? Cost?

good question. Its mostly design oriented. I'll check on this (nt)
06/03/2007 - 16:28


Re: good question. Its mostly design oriented. I'll check on this (nt)
06/04/2007 - 21:03

Thanks Alex,

I look forward to VC's reply. I doubt VC would adopt lesser finishing and therefore not put a transparent back.

Alex, could you make this issue of transparent back and the reasons for it a separate post, so it appears on the first page, and transfer the relevant questions/answers from this post to that new post? I am now on page 3!!!

I think it could be cost mostly...
06/04/2007 - 18:21

If you don't have a transparent back, you don't have to decorate the movement as much.

I saw in a Breguet boutique two versions of the same watch, one with transparent back and one without... several thousand dollars differences because the one with the tranparent back was decorated with much finer engravings, etc...

I could be wrong though. It could simply be style and design...

VC is going the route of finishing the non visible and underdial of
06/04/2007 - 18:40

the movement to the same standard as the visible back so the movement of the Malte PR with date is as finely finished as if it had a saphire case back...beautifully finished too.

I've asked VC about the reason and am waiting for their reply.