Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

A surprise package arrived this week and I have been so busy studying all of it's facets that only now can I write about it!

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

The Hour Club has produced this wonderful art book, which is a multi-media festival and different than anything else I have encountered in terms of Vacheron Constantin ephemera.

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

The overall theme is the passion behind collecting and several people are profiled.  Their objects of fascination are not horology, however, which is a pleasant departure from the expected.  Intermingled with their stories are details of historic Vacheron & Constantin interest, including new materials on the world time complication and Louis Cottier's involvement with V&C...real brain food!

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

The book itself is part of the show.  Like a true art book it is limited, with only 1755 copies.  The pages are bound but not affixed to the boards; rather the content floats like and island between the covers.  Within are several parchment folios which contain reproduced  letters and artwork from the archives.

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

Also pasted within are high-quality photo reproductions that reveal details too often obscured in the conventional printing process.  Here is a shot of Louis Cottier at the bench and the Manufacture on the L’île.

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

Lastly, within the back cover is inserted a metal print block which reads (in reverse) Collectors' Island No. 1, as hommage to the old days of type-set printing.  It also provides a clue that further volumes are planned.

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

After caressing this 112 page manuscript for awhile, I finally noticed the hand-addressed letter within, where JCT provides an introduction to the Collectors Island project.

Happily Marooned on Collectors Island

I'm astounded by the level of thought that went into this first issue and will need to exercise a collector's willpower to remain calm until the next edition angel.  Thanks so very much to VC, all the contributors and participants - its a real work of art heart.
Love the way you present the book and glad you're enjoying it :-)
02/26/2012 - 09:40
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VC's effort to engage and entrall collectors with material will bear .
02/26/2012 - 18:08
good fruits. it really makes collecting VC more meaningful with more insight and literature.  i am away with family on holidays, but received a DHL's notice of a delivery from VC, i hope it is the same book !devil Thank you, VC, Alex and Mr. Torres for the kind gesture in advance.
Re: Happily Marooned on Collectors Island
02/27/2012 - 18:25
Miine arrived via DHL just as I was walking out the door this morning.  I was tempted to play hooky, but decided that anticipation is part of the fun, so I will open it tonight!
Thanks Alex and VC for this great book!
02/28/2012 - 03:30
I'm sure it will be treasured and gone through with a fine tooth comb by all enthusiasts that can get their hands on one.  Mine just arrived yesterday...it got delayed going through Customs in NY for a few days (maybe due to the metal print block?),  But it is in my possession now, heart BR, Dan
Wonderful Project
02/28/2012 - 18:26
I found some time to spend with this gorgeous volume last night, and it was delightful.  Reading about these connoisseurs of things other than watches, and getting a glimpse of their collections, one can sense their passion and appreciate the similarities with those who study and collect timepieces.  It was a great way to begin and end the volume. In the middle of the book, the history of the world timers was not only interesting, but had a level of factual detail worthy of a scholarly publication. Bravo to all of those involved, and thanks to the folks at VC for sharing this with us.
A big thank you to Alex and VC...
02/28/2012 - 19:28
I just received my copy of Collectors Island, number 1196. I was travelling last week when I saw Dean's post on this book. I emailed Alex, indirectly asking him if I will receive one. He answered saying that it is a decision of individual markets and he has nothin to do with it. Just last night I arrived back home and saw this DHL from VC ! Alex, thank you so much. Thanks to you, I now have a mini VC library. Secrets of VC, High Society, Calibre 2755, and now Collectors Island. I also bought Treasures of Vacheron Constantin and have old VC catalogues (last 7 years). Thanks a ton.