I admire VC more & more.

I have been observing the world of horology for some time now (especially in Asia, not sure about the US or EU), and with so much of hyped marketing we have today which translates into many 'fake' brands (although I admit I do like some of the hyped watches as long as the pricing makes sense), VC keeps its path in staying true to its value. It's truly a connoiseurs' brand; it's free from hyped marketing, the fact that many rich newcomers flock to PP (of course, it's got top quality) which they perceive as having an "excellent investment value" and it screams "I am rich!", as well as AP (I have seen MANY ROOs on people's wrists these days and AP's customers keep getting younger! smiley) but rarely a VC. I don't get to see VC on someone else's wrist often, even for Overseas. However, I am glad that VC is not perceived as another PP or AP, as I and of course everyone here would want VC to be a discreet brand, not a showy piece but a watch that a gentleman would wear inside his sleeve without the need to show it off as he knows that he's someone with an elegant taste.
Maybe an old money type of feel?...

I still remember a famous & probably on of the most respected WIS in Singapore told me to ge t a VC instead of PP as "it's got better finishing" some time ago, shows me how great VC is. I proudly wear my Patrimony Contmp. boutique ed (where's Kazumi? cheeky) as I type this, I glare at the dial, the case, the maltese cross buckle... truly a connoiseur's watch without any pretence or gimmick and I think this year SIHH shows VC is that. 
Bravo VC! 

Sorry guys if I write too long... Thanks for reading in advance.
 
I love, and share, your passion Rei!
01/30/2012 - 09:10
Thanks to THL for allowing like-minded individuals find each other and share a common passion!  heartyes BR, Dan
spoken like a true connoisseur. VC is the only brand I collect other
01/30/2012 - 10:32
than independents. I usually stay away from brands just because of the marketing but VC has that "independent" family feel to it. And I agree with your friend, the finish is just amazing even on the non visible parts
And though I only have 1 VC now >>>
01/30/2012 - 10:41
I am sure I will get another one in the future. So far, I can't afford the VC I want hahaha... 
your passion is both contagious and shared!
01/30/2012 - 15:11
VC
So true, Rei... Wonder what your next VC will be???
01/30/2012 - 20:34
nt
Hm...tough Q :-)
01/31/2012 - 04:15
I am quite fond of Saltarelo and Mercator but dunno if I can get one. I also love VC patrimony perpetual calendar but it just remains a dream hehe... We'll see what luck will bring me in the future! laugh
Really thoughtful post Rei. You are a true
01/30/2012 - 21:41
aficionado and it is great to have you on The Hour Lounge. The joy in the anticipation of the next V&C only gets greater through the years! Best, Tim
Thanks Tim! And thanks to all...this is a great place to be
01/31/2012 - 04:22
though I am nowhere near the guys here in terms of knowledge. Your humility really inspires me! yes
Re: I admire VC more & more.
01/31/2012 - 05:29
Rei, I have to agree with you, Vacheron used to be known as "watchmaker to royalty". I love their classical, understated look, in tradition with its long history. In the 1950's, Vacheron made the most beautiful dials and cases (with gorgeous lugs) than the competition, not to mention the finishing of the movements. I, being a Vacheron guy,  have been told by several independent watchmakers that Vacheron was the best. Having said this, PP makes about 50,000 watches nowdays so your PP may be in lots of wrists, what a pity! AP makes complications like the best of them, I just don't care for them artistically, and most of their sales are for the Royal Oak. And great to say, VC is now comming out with a more beautiful tounneau shape to their Malte line.  Whereas PP can be plain vanilla in their designs, I think, Vacheron never seems to be and this is beautiful. Lastly, other top, exclusive brand have a very short history, really, having taken the names of older brands that were non-existant and entered the top tier in the late 80's and 90's to take advantage of the rapid market into mechanical watches.  Don't fall into these brands, their history is hardly authentic.  Vacheron has always been old money and aristocratic.
Yup, that's what I meant hehehe...
01/31/2012 - 07:06
VC though old is still sexy haha
Sexy? You betcha....
01/31/2012 - 21:53
Yo man, I gotta good feeling ;-))) (nt)
01/31/2012 - 22:52
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Hahahaha! I want his watch! VC? :-))) (nt)
02/01/2012 - 03:30
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Re: I admire VC more & more.
04/10/2012 - 17:52
Hi Rei, Just want to say that i also admire VC,but i still love PP and AP , and yes i know that more and more younger people are buying the offshores( which still are superb quality watches, myself i love the Alinghi team in forged carbon from 2007 and the Montoya in titanium from 2004. Just think about the new ways AP are going with R&D of new materials like the Forged Carbon that was used on the Americas Cup alinghi team boat in 2007, and yes i still know that there are alot of publicity in it:-)). I dont believe that there are a lot of new rich people that are buying Patek just to show off, that is still Rolex territory, and dont forget that Patek is still family owned and doesnt follow the mainstream wave of watches like others, they make there own path.  I think you are alittle infected by the only VC watches:-), because VC also make watches like the offshore collection ( overseas collection). To end this mail i want to say i really love VC as musc as PP and AP, they all makes superb watches, and im for one are infected with the CALIBRE 2755 rose gold oh my!!! and the World Time:-), but i also love the Patek ref 5207,5208 and oldies like the ref 3939. I tend to agree that there are some offshore models that just dont cut it , but as i said before , wathes like the Alinghi team , Montoya edition and the Offshore Diver are still great engineering watches, and i know the movements for the offshoreline dontmatch the movements of VC , Patek and AL&S.  That was just my oppinion, i hope i will not get cut of from this superb forum:-). Kind regards Flemming