Hello from a new Member

Hi Everyone,

I've just purchased a Malte Chrono in Red Gold and I'm so excited about this new Brand (to me) and couldn't wait to share my impressions with others who are as passionate or maybe more passionate than I am.

I have a small collection of watches:

2 Zeniths, the Chronomaster GT in YG and am waiting for the Quantieme Perpetuel in WG, and IWC Port Chrono in SS and a SS IWC Cousteau Chrono, A Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute gold and steel sp this is my firast VC (and I know not my last!).

I can't believe how beautiful this watch is; the finish, the winding, the chrono pushers and last but not least that beautiful dial.  Owning this one makes me want to own another one soon!  Of the current watches the one that appeals to me the most is the Retrograde Date but I've seen the old model and I think I like that dial better but since I haven't seen either of these in person it's hard to say.

One thing that would help me is to know what size the old Retrograde was and what precious metals was it offered in.  Also I'd love to hear from anyone that has either of those watches as to your thoughts on those.

Thank you in advance for any input you can give me.  I appreciate it!

Best regards,


Re: Hello from a new Member
02/18/2008 - 04:59

Greetings, TommyV, and Welcome!

I too own a Zenith Ghronomaster but in RG. Its a great watch. I replaced my Breitling Navitimer with it (same functions) but the El Primero movement is superb.

I used to own the older Retrograde date which I liked a lot. I believe it was 39mm. Mine was WG but I know its available in RG as well and there is a platinum version also with a skeletonized dial. I prefer the older version although many here really like the newer one.

The older version was smaller 39 vs 41 or 42 mm (I believe). You can check the specs on VC's website. There is a link here on this site.

I also prefered the round date wheel but its a personal preference. For me the older model had a more unified, calmer look.

I also owned a RG Malte Chrono which is a superb and beautiful watch and I congratulate you on your fine taste. Its one of the nicest chronos around! I sold mine to fund a VC Chrono perpetual so I didn't get rid of it because I didn't like it. In fact I liked it very much. I'm still drawn to it frequently. Its one I'm sure you'll keep for a long while

VC has a great history and there are some very unique vintage pieces as well.

Enjoy the group. There's lot to learn and lots to share!


Re: Re: Hello from a new Member
02/18/2008 - 05:21

Hi Joseph,

Thank you for the response and the info on the older version.  I too like the round date wheel better but again it's one thing to see pictures and another to see it in the flesh.

I absolutely love that Chrono Perpetual.  That is my all time favorite; it's lovely.  I bet that's hard to get off your wrist!  In terms of vintage pieces is there a good place to see them.  I'd love to browse through some of those to see the history of the Brand.  Do you have anyn favorites I should keep my eye out for?  I'm so new to this Brand any direction I can get would be very much appreciated.

Again, thanks for your thoughts and hospitality and I look forward to both learning and sharing!



Welcome to the Lounge Tom and congrats on the chrono! the 245
02/18/2008 - 09:39

is in fact 37mm in diameter and as Joseph stated it came in RG, WG an platinum with black dial. The open dial limited edition (247) is drop dead gorgeous!

There has been some talk on the 245 and 247 so if you use the search function you may find sme info which may help you.

Here's a link to a mini article I did on the Patrimony Bi Retrograde:


The world and hisrory of VC are quite fascinating to learn more about the brand check out the "All Articles" and "Recommended Threads" section, you may also want to have a look at the "Prss Corner". There are also some excellent books / catalogues on the brand and history:

- The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin by Franco Cologni (2005)

- The World of Vacheron Constantin by Lambelet & Coen (1992)

- Antiquorum Quarter Millennium auction catalogue (2005)

- Antiquorum The Art of Vacheron Constantin auction catalogue (1994)

The two books can be ordered at your local bookstore or on Amazon

The Quarter Millennium catalogue can be orderd through antiquorum www.antiquorum.com

The Art of VC has become a collector's catalogue, it is rather difficult to come by but sometimes there is one that pops up on ebay.

Good luck in the hunt and keep us posted.

Wellcome Tommy,
02/18/2008 - 11:03

Congrats to a very nice choice !

Please send us some pics !


Congratulations on your new watch!
02/18/2008 - 11:49

Tom, you have great tatste - IMO, the Malte Chrono is definitely one of VC's top models.

Please post pictures, we want to see it!!! and may it only time happy moments!



Welcome Tommy and congratulations on your new
02/18/2008 - 14:37

chronograph. I also have one and "wouldnt' leave home without it". Alos good luck on your search for the retrograde, unfortunately for me my eyes are not good enough to read the dates.

You have definately came to the right forum for information...there's an abundance of it here and its all good.


Congratulations, and what a way to start your VC collection!
02/18/2008 - 15:25

Hi Tom,

Welcome to the Hour Lounge.  As everyone has said, you've come to the right place for all things VC.

That is some watch you have there.  Do share some pictures with us. I love that version of the Malte Chrono.  The RG just gives a nice warmth to it.

Anyway, enjoy your new baby, and may it time only happy moments!



Re: Congratulations, and what a way to start your VC collection!
02/18/2008 - 15:54

Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and kind words; I couldn't ask for a better welcome than that.

There's so much for me to learn and I'm looking forward to becoming part of this fun and knowledgable community.

best regards,


02/18/2008 - 23:11


Welcome on HL TommyV...
02/19/2008 - 15:25

...and congrats for your new VC!!

Post pics if possible

02/21/2008 - 23:37

And you are starting with one of the best actual VC pieces.

Thanks to share some pics to us.