make any more Mercators?
make any more Mercators?
production is in the 500-700 range. Considering the difficulties in making the dials and the modifications to the movement I had heard that production was limited to about 50 pieces a year (all dial/case metal combinations) considering that production ran from 1994-2004 you get my estimate above.
But don't quote me, I may be totally off
There were some, such as those for local interest (China, Portugal, Germany) for which only 10 were made. One rarely sees these ones for sale.
Usually its the N. America/S. America and Europe/Africa that one sees more commonly and even here more often the etched dials rather than the enamelled ones.
Furthermore, I thought the Mercators were replaced by the Hommage aux Grand Explorateurs (?)
Personally I would be very surprised indeed to see any more Mercator production. (IMHO)
Mercator too small there is no denying that is is a true piec of horological art
yes, it is but there are parts of SPAIN as well.
The fine work on the maps is truly astounding!
it is this model which attracted me to VC.
I remember I was in college and there was this AD who had one in his shop window, of corse I didn't have the money to buy one but I used to pass infront of his window as often as I ould to admire the watch...
An enamel Mercator is one of my dream watches, at the top of the wish list, since a while ago.
Last weekend, in a rush of some kind, I even changed my avatar here.
I love the Mercator. It brings me such a great happiness just to read articles / threads talking about this timepiece. I'm fortunate to own a platinum one with regular engraved dial, and hope someday I can find my way to add an enamel version in my collection.
Interetsting enough, not a single Mercator was offered at geneva auctions currently closed.
As discussed elsewhere in this forum, enamel Mercator came in limited series with dials depicting various countries / regions. But this Mercator in the scan is ultra rare. I don't think we have seen this before on the Lounge. It's Claude-Daniel Proellochs' personal watch, featuring a historic map of Napoli, Italy. Enjoy!
Scan courtesy of Ng Tjeng Jaw.
Jean Todd (the then head of Ferrari F1 racing team) depicting the front of a Ferrari F1 car.
Obviously he owns all special pieces from VC, RM and FPJ. But wait a minute-- not nothing from Joe Patek. Now he has a very good taste...LOL
never seen the watch.
I do believe that however the Mercator concept shopuld have been kept only with dials representing ancient maps, otherwise the watch and its concept don't make sens anymore and become gimmicky IMHO.
like wind-shield wipers.
As long as they don't work the same way!
I don't manage to imagine such a watch .... seems to be so "atypical" for the mercator line.