For almost 5 years, the 47112 in platinum has been my Holy Grail watch.
As some of you might know, I have been spent a lot of time and energy in the last few months trying to acquire one on the grey market at a price within the limited budget I had allowed myself for a watch. Alas, my quest was not very successful. I did come across a few opportunities, but for one reason or another, they did not materialise. On 2 October, I though that my quest had come to an end: I found an AD in the US who was ready to sell me the watch at a really good discount. It was slightly over my budget, but then I had the comfort of knowing the watch was coming from a trusted source and I would benefit from the full VC warranty…
On October 3, I was involved in a terrible car crash. I was sitting in the back of a black cab (I live in London) on my way home when someone driving a Mercedes erratically and at very fast speed in the opposite way decided to switch into our lane, resulting in a frontal collision. The driver of the Mercedes died, and the cab driver suffered major injuries, only yesterday coming out of intensive care. Out of the 3 involved in the crash, I was the luckiest, coming out with some broken teeth, a broken left arm and hand, fractured ribs, a broken pelvis, and dislocated right hip and a degloved right knee. Some of those injuries are quite serious ones, but it could have been worse and I feel very lucky to be alive - I really had a guardian angel (or two) looking after me… I am still in hospital, but I am doing much better now.
Needless to say that during the following 2 weeks my priorities changed, and I didn’t think once about the 47112. In the last few days, a friend lent me his laptop so I could surf the internet from my hospital room. I looked up the AD’s phone number and gave him a ring, and sadly he had already sold his 47112. So then I went to check out the Lounge to cheer me up and this is when I saw Alex’ amazing pictures of the 47212. I must admit that when I saw the first picture of the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Excellence Platine a few months ago, my heart was still very much set on the 47112. But looking at these pictures really made me think, and the more I looked at them and the more I preferred the 47212 over the 47112. Here’s a few side-by-side pictures:
There are some elements of the 47112 that I still prefer:
1) the rectangular pushers are much nicer than the round ones
2) the fact that the numbers in the 2 sub-dials are the same proportion
3) the fact that the hour markers are coming out more
4) the overall sportier look of the watch.
However, IMO overall the 47212 is more beautiful:
1) It has much better dimensions: I have always though that the 47112 was a little bit too thick for its dimension. By using a 42” case and taking out the officer’s back, the proportions have been greatly improved.
2) I also didn’t like the red numbers on the 47112 – while they look good on the gold model, on the platinum one they stand out a bit too much for me. I much prefer the colour mix of blue (from some of the hands) and silver
3) The sub-dials size relative to the dial is better than on the 47112 – those few extra mm really make a difference.
4) The hands are nicer on the 47212
5) The frosted platinum dial is just Money!!
If only VC had used the hour markers or the Malte Perpetual Calendar Retrograde, had kept the rectangular pushers and made the numbers in the sub-dials the same size, the 47212 would have been perfect (I personally do not mind the pt950 … could have done without, but it is still less obvious than some of the other models where the functions of the watch are written…)
All that to say that today, I decided to bite the financial bullet and completely blow away my budget limit and treat myself to a 47212. So I called VC and placed my order – I will be one of the lucky 50!!!! It will be a little while before I get to wear it – I am only putting down a deposit for now, and when I get my next bonus I will pay the balance. Anyway, at the moment I couldn’t wear it even if I wanted to – I have my left arm in a cast, and in the next few months I will be using crutches. Put I will now sleep better, knowing that my “quest” has finally come to an end… I need to thank all the Loungers who have helped me a lot in the last few months, namely Alex, Bill and Tom.
One last note: VC have kindly offered me 2 extra alternate straps: one chocolate brown (like the one on the Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Russia limited model), and one in WHITE… (yes, a lot of you will cringe, but I’ll be all geared up for the summer, Miami Vice-style!!!)
The only thing that I am slightly worried about now is how beautiful will the new Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in the Patrimony collection will look…
For almost 5 years, the 47112 in platinum has been my Holy Grail watch.
TALK ABOUT LUCKY!
You are indeed very. very lucky to survive such a catastrophic event. After that, the rest is gravy (or frosting);
and now to top it all of with a new 47212 is a way to celebrate the second chance at life that you received.
Enjoy it enormously for the rest of a very long life and enjoy all those little things that you took for granted before.
Joseph, Thank you for your kind words. I do plan to live on for a little longer, and you are right, the 47212 is frosting (albeit very nice and expensive…)!
In regards to the 47112, although I have always preferred the white of platinum to the yellow of gold, I think you made the right choice when picking your watch – the details and the moonphase are a lot more prominent in gold.
guardian angels, your fairy godmother etc.... for not only being still alive but also for not having incurred any permanent injury. I guess after going through such a shock you needed to gift yourself with something really big
Congrats on your choice, its an excellent one and one I wish I could make too
Be well and enjoy life
I did thank all of them a few times… Especially when I learned that the cab driver’s memory has been affected by the accident. I am so lucky that all my injuries should heal in time, but most importantly that my brain is still intact. And again thank you Alex for all the support during my quest – one of VC’s best moves in the last years has been to put you on their payroll – I have yet to meet somebody who embodies and promotes better the values of the brand!!!
It is written in heaven that you must wear VC 47212 in this life. No one can take that away from you.
I wish you speedy recovery and wear the watch in good health.
Many thanks for your post – provided nothing else happens to me I will indeed wear the 47212 in this life – I am getting very excited just thinking about it… In terms of recovery, it will be 3 months before I can put any weight on my right leg, and I will probably be using crutches for the next 6 months. But every day my right leg is getting a little bit stronger and flexible, which is an encouraging sign.
Enjoy every moment of your life, with or w/o watch !
I am indeed enjoying every moment of my life, without a watch presently.
In fact, at one point I did ask myself “I'm so happy to be all in one piece and alive, do I really care if I have a VC or not?", but then 5 minutes later the answer came: “Actually, yes…” - so I’m getting this lovely 47212
Fantastic and terrible story, that ends happy!
In describing those two watches,
I can only tell you, that word for word,
I'm 100% agree with you!
Good luck in the future and we will see more of it,
I guess !
Wear in in good health
I am happy to hear that an expert such as yourself agrees with my description of the two Chronos QP!
I will post the pictures in a few months, although it will be hard to beat the ones taken by Alex… Maybe I’ll sub-contract the photographing to Deniz, he did such a good job on the 47112...
I am taking a guess here, but assume it was the accident on the Kings Road sometine during the night. I saw the taxi in the morning on the way to work and have never seen anything like it!!
You are very lucky - I heard that the mercedes driver was 24, drunk and was doing 90mph or something !!
Great watch and hope you recover soon!
Well, some details are still to be confirmed… But you are right, I was part of the crash on the Kings Road, I was on my way back from work and it happened at 3:30am.
The police has yet to confirm the speed the Mercedes was going at, and if the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But from the state of the cab, one police officer told me that he though the car must have been going at 80mph. I didn’t see the cab but I was told that the front had been completely smashed and it took the firemen 1 hour to extract the driver from the wreckage.
Considering how the crash happened, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was under the influence of some substance (the Mercedes was swinging from one lane to the next, as if it was an arcade game, and in the end the driver decided to collide with us… and never did it look like the driver had lost control of the car)
It will be good to meet when/ if a VC dinner is organised in London!
You were incredibly lucky and am very very impressed with how safe London Taxis must be. It would be great to meet up at a VC dinner in London.
and recovering from your accident. We all have a lot to thank God for and this is one of those times. Congratulations on your new acquisition of an incredible ref. 47212! You will love it and be one of only 50 people in the world who gets to enjoy this amazing timepiece. It just does not get any better than that. Please post some pictures when you get a chance. Enjoy and wear in good health!
Mike, thanks for your post. The fact that it is a limited edition has was not a criterion in choosing the Excellence Platinum over the “regular” model, but now that I think about it, it does make it a little extra special I should be able to post some pictures by Jan 2008…
Congratulations on your new and well deserved watch, but more importantly, on your new lease on life!!
Thank you for sharing your story and I hope you will share photos and stories of your new darling soon.
I hope you get back in tip-top shape asap (I already know you will enjoy the watch).
Kazumi, thank you for all the kind words. Apart from the hospital food, I am really enjoying my new lease on life!! Francois
God bless & good fortune to you.
Yes, I do hope my recovery will be as quick as the delivery of the watch! Thank you for the good wishes
Thank you for sharing your story with us, and I am happy that you are still with us, and I hope you will recover soon, for you and your family, but also for our community of Loungers.
As a coincidence, your decision to get a 47112 was delayed and in the meantime, the new 47212 has appeared, which is a real sign for you, and I think you took a good decision (100% with you).
Take benefit for a long story with "her" and in life.
All the best, Patrice
Patrice, you are right, in a way things did work out better for me. I am not sure how I would have felt if I had bought the 47112 and then had seen the 47212. It’s funny how some things work out for the best in the end…
Thanks Bill for all the support and the emails.
Also thanks for all the help in making my quest successful.
Getting a watch to commemorate the good fortune of surviving is a good idea; I did the same thing recently, and the watch was my constant companion during my recovery.
Does the 47212 also have that fantastic moon on the moonphase dial that the 472112 had?
I hope your recovery was quick and not too painful - good to hear that you also treated yourself to a VC. In regards to the moonpahse, it is slightly different from the 47112. It is my understanding that it is still engraved in one piece of platinum, but the background has been darkened (not sure by which process – Alec, do you know?). So the 47212 moonphase looses the nice monochrome effect that the 47112 had, but on the flip side it makes it stand out more against the platinum dial. I think that the moonphase for the 47112 in YG is perfect, but for the model in platinum I think the change is an improvement
I agree with you, Veillotron.
My impression is that the moon dial in the 47112 was too flat in PT and didn't stand out enough. No doubt VC received feedback to that effect.
The new moon dial is absolutely stunning. I think the background was darkened to make it stand out more, as you said, and give it a real 3 dimensional quality. It certainly looks stunning. In addition, making the full moon and new moon different, almost with their own personalities was shear genius.
I wonder if VC will make a custom one in yellow gold for a retrofit to the 47112?
I'll be waiting to see your photos.
A speedy, total recovery!
Still fighting a long and not so smooth recovery, but what ya gonna do? The meds are worse than the initial medical event!
I happened to wander through Tourneau in NYC (yeah, yeah, TM? in Tourneau?!? :-) since I was grounded and wasn't allowed to fly for a couple of weeks, and saw this; it "called out to me"
And it was a nice number in the LE series...when I wore it back to the JLC offices in NYC, they all teased me about it; I admit it, I have no will power when it comes to pretty watches!
(it's the one on the right; I titled this pic "Affair")
..the one on the right, of course...
thank you for this analysis with your comparation.
For me, I loose the beautiful hands, hour indexes, officer's back, and a strength, power coming out of the watch.
But specially I wish you all to be healthy.
I share your sadness that the “regular” model is being discontinued…
I shared you view in the beginning, but quickly the Excellence Platine edition grew on me… I think the 47212 will keep me happy for a very long time, but in a few years I would like to design my own perfect VC (it is too expensive for me to do this presently). I think it is amazing that VC offers this service – for customers like myself who are obsessed with little details, it is the only way to get a “flawless” watch.
First and foremost thanks goodness your are alive! In my line of work I have dealt with auto accidents for the last 5 years and yours are certainly among some of the most unpleasant I have heard of where the person survived or could be expected to make an excellent recovery (hopefully) without many lasting signs of the accident. All I can say is I would not wish a degloving accident on my worst enemy. Best wishes for a speedy recovery without any lasting effects.
In terms of the watch, I love the 47212's design far more than the 47112 (no offense to any 47112 owners, its just my perference). I find the 47212's design much cleaner to the eye and just beautiful. It has been pared down to what is essential for this watch. I always found the 47112s dial too cluttered with its varying sizes of arrow shaped hour markers, roman numeral 12, and broad hour hands. I think the 47212 looks great with its round pushers (they look odd to me on the Malte Chronograph) but they look great to me on the 47212...they give the watch a lighter less bulky look than the 47112 rectangular pushers jutting from their protects in between the rather thick lugs.
Best regards, have a speedy recovery and I'm sure you will be really happy with your new watch!
Cheers for all the good wishes... I'm happy to hear that you also think that the 47212 is nicer
Glad to hear you'll recover and that "Time did not stop for you that Day" !!