This is my very first discussion on The Hour Lounge, so let me introduce myself a bit.
My name is Koen Simon. I am 20 years old, live in Apeldoorn The Netherlands and I am crazy about watches. I currenly work for the online watch website www.monochrome-watches.com
My passion for watches actually began when I was twelve years old with a very nice vintage steel IWC that my uncle from Therwill used to wear. When he passed away, my father inherited the watch. For me that watch is really special. It was the first time I'd seen a floating second hand and it really amazed me. After that, I decided that one day, I will own an IWC.
At the time, IWC just launched their Vintage Collection. They had that a very cool video called " The book of dreams" which showcased these pieces very nicely. I particulary liked the Portofino and the Ingenieur a lot. So what happended next? I printed out a picture of the Portofino, went to my AD and told them that I was interested in that watch. Untill they told me that it was way, way, way out of my budget for a twelve year old (they mentioned the price and I drew my conclusion). But after a year of two, when I was 14, some parents of my friends knew that I was crazy about watches and started to ask me for their help selecting a nice watch. At first I did this for free, and later on I was also getting paid for this. End of the story, after a couple of years I earned enough money to purchase both the Portofino and the Ingenieur.
I realize this is the Vacheron Constantin forum, but to understand my passion for watches in general, IWC just had to be mentioned.
So what brought me to Vacheron Constantin?
I have loved Vacheron Constantin from a very early stage in my passion.
When I was 13 I believe, I came home from school on a Friday, and I realised that a lot of my clothes were missing. I turned out that it was a surprise from my dad. He packed my bag and surprised me with a watches road trip to Switserland! Supercool!!. We also went to the Vacheron Constantin boutique in Geneva . Obviously I could not afford a Vacheron Constantin at the time, but I explained to the salesperson that I really liked watches and asked if it was possible to just have a look at a watch I really liked. The patrimony tradittional. " Of course!" he replied. " Would you like to only see that watch, or do you like me to show a couple of nice complicated watches too?" Well...that was that offer I could not resist. He showed me the most stunning pieces. The Mercator, The Columbus, The Malte Regulateur Tourbillon and also very nice perpetual calendar with minute repeater. That was absolutelty the coolest day ever.
From that dat I said to myself. One day, I am going to own a Vacheron Constantin ( after the IWC, because, well...budget ;) ). Pretty shorly after that we went on skiing holidays in Zermatt. I was walking around the village and of coursed also had a glimpse in the windows of the nice watch shops. Then...my eye caughy a beauty that is still in my dreams and that is still my ultimate dream watch. The Toledo 1952 in whitegold (if someone happens to own that one, or in a different gold colour, please show me some pictures! ). To me, that watch is just so different, elegant and totally beautyfull. I am still saving up for that one. But again, it is out of my budget, but it is nice to set goals right? The day I get it is going to be just as nice as my boutique visit almost 8 years ago.
But...I actually made an account on this forum because I actually did became an owner of a Vacheron Constantin watch. In fact, a very nice vintage watch with cow horn lugs from the 1950's ! I was at a meeting in Amsterdam and a good friend of mine was wearing the watch. It was love at first sight. I asked him if I could put it on my wrist and joked that he will never see this watch again. He told me that I could wear it for a couple of weeks to see if I can get used to it and that after that I could make an offer for the watch. Because I really liked the watch and it also ended up being in my budget, I purchaded my first Vacheron Constantin and it also happens to be my first vintage watch.
Apparently I am not the only one who likes the watch, since my father and sister have kidnapped it quite some times already.
The story is already long enough. Let's get to the pictures.
Ladies and gentleman, have a nice day.