How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!

A time ago it was an article bout a collector fellow collecting 'small watches'.

Over the years I got several emails with the question about my 'Poche Surprise',
and it's all about how big it is.
Some belive it's like a alarmclock for travels!!

A true 'Poche Surpise' is very, very small as you will see!

This one is from 1930. Prime Art deco  smiley

How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!


How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!


How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!


How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!



How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!


How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!


How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!


It's 40 mm wide, 32 mm in height and 6 mm thick surprise

It's my smallest in size, but not in my heart, of all my watch objects,
I probably rank this highest in every way.
It is influenced by the opening og Tuthankhamun's tomb 1922,
since very many of the  Art Deco objects during the twenties were.
They said the artists at that period was hit by, 'Tuthomania' smiley

I'm still is heart

Cheers

Doc



I had no idea...
02/24/2013 - 19:05
I had no idea it is that small, Doc. surprise  I guess I never really paid attention to the dimensions before.  However small, I can see why it holds a big place in your heart and collection.  Thank yo for posting these photos that put the poche watch in perspective. Best, Robert
Re: How small is it? Very small - the whole idea!
02/24/2013 - 19:59
Credit: Robert Maron
Hi Doc, great to see you here more often these days! :-)
02/25/2013 - 11:35
at 40x30x6 it is quite small, but oh so beautiful! I just posted pictures of my biggest watches under Radek's post. So I thought I'd post my smallest watch under your post, as a comparison, blush It is 33.5mm in diameter and 5.85mm thick.  It is from 1978 and still has the "&"  surpriseheart Best Regards, Dan
Agree with Dan, good to see you back Doc :-) and I am also surprised
02/25/2013 - 18:27
in the size of the watch, I had imagined it much larger
Stunning, thnx for the post
02/25/2013 - 15:09
cheeky
Always enjoy that piece Doc
02/26/2013 - 22:23
According to Charles Constantin, in 1929 VF sold patent rights for the poche suprise mechanism to the American case and band maker Kreissler and thus we see some American-cased versions with V&C and other maker's movements.  I believe VF also supplied an even smaller square-shaped model with shutters, another "pop-up" style, and even an easel-type case...very versatile imaginations at Verger heart.
I guess I can check that:-) nt
02/27/2013 - 20:47
vc
Thanks for sharing, never got an idea otherwise !
02/27/2013 - 22:37
nt
BUT IT*S HEAVY!
02/28/2013 - 16:34
this little poche surprise weights 60 (!) grams. Thick walls. whereas this big pocket watch from 1920 weights 70 grams, also thick walls in the case for the cieselering! Cheers Doc
Treasures of Vacheron Constantin
02/28/2013 - 19:22
Doc, there are several pages devoted to Verger's so-called purse watches in the book Treasures of Vacheron Constantin that I'm sure you'd enjoy.  Also a feature on the Montre à Volets, which I believe you also had?