Here's something for fans of tonneau shaped watches

Here's something for fans of tonneau shaped watches

Thank you Alex for this chronological frieze ...
07/20/2007 - 14:19

...of the VC Tonneau shaped watches.

My two favorite are the 1995 one, and the Tourbillon :)

the model from 1995 was a limited edition model made to celebrate the
07/20/2007 - 14:39

brand's 240th anniversary

As for the tourbillon it is one of the most beautiful ever! And the carriage is drop dead gorgeous!

Thanks Alex for these information, and for this marvelous pictures ...
07/20/2007 - 17:03

...raaaaa the T.O.U.R.B.I.L.L.O.N ^^

Very cool to see the various Tonneaus over the years. Nt.
07/20/2007 - 18:38


The 1912 piece looks a lot like
07/20/2007 - 19:17

The 1912 piece looks a lot like PP's chronometro gondolo (the old ones).  I wonder who inspired whom?  At any rate, I think it (and most of the others) still look good even today.  Personally, I like the 1997 model (and the tourby of course).  I think there are still a few of them to be had in the grey market.  Can we expect any non-malte type tonneau coming from VC soon? (although it might be construed as following in the footsteps of PPs release of the chronometro gondolo)...      Kazumi

you're going to say that I speak in riddles again but
07/20/2007 - 23:11

to answer one of your questions the answer is ....wait and see

as for the tonneau watches which look like Patek's recently launched Gondolo, the form was a fashonable trend starting 1915 and other brands had similar looking watchs such as Longines or Omega.

The one who really relaunched the modern tonneau trend is Frank Muller!!

Re: you're going to say that I speak in riddles again but
07/21/2007 - 06:15

Ha!  You are at it again, Alex.

A few nights ago my wife commented on how nice the new chronometro gondolo looked (she is a PP fan).  Although the malte tonneau models looked OK, I thought it would be nice if VC had something else without the malte lugs or some other fresh form-watch design.

I guess Frank Muller really made a killing with the re-hashing of the tonneau design.  To his credit, he recognized and seized the opportunity; practically making that style his own.  Tthose who do not know about VC and PPs historical designs will probaly think the gondolo was a copy of FMs design....well, in a way, it probably is - in the sense that PP is trying to cash in on the risk taken by FM in relaunching the tonneau design.   I don't own any of his watches but I did get to shake hands with him once in his boutique here in Osaka.

Looking forward to seeing more from VC.  Unfortunately, "looking" and "seeing" are the only things I can afford to do right now...

I think one of the reasons Patek put the emphasis on the fact that
07/21/2007 - 11:40

the new Chronometro Gondolo was based on a design from a vintage watch was that people don't think they were copying Frank Muller!

Re: Here's something for fans of tonneau shaped watches
07/21/2007 - 05:41
Thanks Alex, That's a great photo. Is it available as a poster? Tonneaus are my favourite shape. I'd love to have the tourbillion but the case is abit large for my wrist. The 1936 retro date sonnerie reminds me of PP 5013. Best Wishes, Joseph
I'll check if there is a poster but not sure as it is a pretty old
07/21/2007 - 11:42

picture I found in my computer.

The Malte Tourbillon is my dream watch

Great picture, Alex! Something to savor everyday...
07/21/2007 - 15:40

I still like my Royal Eagle Chrono best although a Malte Tourbillion would be my dreamwatch as well

which model of the RE chrono do you have? (nt)
07/21/2007 - 18:29


it's a SS chrono with a black/ruthenium dial...
07/22/2007 - 03:48
I love the watch and this color combo! It's a biggie and wears great. Actually, I wear this one most of all my VC's now. The only and little thing that bugs me sometimes is the deployant buckle. I just prefer a regular VC pin buckle. It is more comfortable than deployant and looks so good with half the Maltese cross symbol. I will be replacing the deployant clasp soon.
I really like that combo especially with a brown strap, I guess if you
07/22/2007 - 17:35

put a kevlar, composite material strap on it it would look pretty cool as a sporty summer watch.

brown strap and the color combination
07/22/2007 - 20:17
make it a percect match for me. This way the watch is not too sporty nor too elegant - just a perfect casual timepiece. My sporty watch will be the new Overseas on a rubber strap... :-) I still can't make up my mind whether it should be the Dual Time or Chrono. Or maybe there will a new design - the Japanese LE 'Engine' look-alike? This would be cool!
Cool line up...
07/22/2007 - 08:53

It would be really nice to see VC re-issuing a simple tonneau watch with an appropriately sized manual winding form movement.



I know that they are working on a tonneau shaped movement but the
07/22/2007 - 17:39

question is when?

The 1912 is the 1st modern VC I ever bought, the look, size and shape are perfect and even though it gets little wrist time I enjoy having it.

I like the 1912 a lot too...
07/22/2007 - 19:10

I'm happy to hear that VC is working on a new shaped movement, and I'm sure that it will be well worth the wait! It would be fantastic if they could put an adjustable mass balance with this new movement.



1912 is a great timepiece
07/22/2007 - 20:26

especially in RG. Great buy,Alex! I would have gotten one myself a long time ago for the same reasons you mention in your post had it been a bit larger...