I got this one wrong

I was recently shown these 2 pictures of a watch and was asked what I thought about it:
(Pictures courtesy of zhjean)
I got this one wrong

I got this one wrong
The pictures are obviously not very clear.  My first reaction was that it wasn’t authentic.  

1. I’m not used to seeing Ref. #s that start with a 9,
2. The maltese cross and “Vacheron Constantin” looked like they were placed too high on the dial,
3. I don’t recall ever seeing a modern VC like this before (but it has a 7-digit case number which is not that old), and
4. And just the look of it.
But after checking with Alex, it is an authentic VC.  Ref. 91150 was made specifically for Carlson’s, a retailer in Hong Kong in 2010.   Inside the case is a cal. 1017 form movement.

(picture courtesy of Doc)
I got this one wrong

It just shows, you (or at least I) can never be 100% sure by just looking at the exterior considering the huge variety of authentic VC variations.
I believe VC ref #s that start with “9” are reserved for special orders.  After doing a little searching, there are no 4-digit Ref. #s that start with “9” and the only other 5-digit Ref. # that starts with “9”, that I know of, is Ref. 91180 (this is better known as the 250th Anniversary watch that was presented to each male, VC, full-time, employee.  The female employees received 1972s if I recall correctly).

I got this one wrong

I got this one wrong
Interestingly, the cal. 91180 uses a round Patrimony case, but the same cal. 1017 form/rectangular movement.

So, does anybody else have a Ref 9xxxxx that they have or have seen before that they would like to share?

BR, Dan
As you said, you can never be sure...
07/23/2012 - 22:05
The ever elusive employee Patrimony Contemporaine is so desirable that even though the regular version beats it by a miłe in terms of aesthetics for me I would get it immediately had an oppotunity showed itself...
What is the employee Patrimony you speak of? Do you have
07/23/2012 - 22:55
A Sputnik for me????:) Eddy
LOL, CandyMan! Believe me when I tell you...
07/24/2012 - 01:34
the Sputnik won't fit your already amazing collection. As for the employee Patrimony please see Dan's post above. The watch was given to VC employees as a gift to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the manufacture. The watch sports a form movement that VC was stocked up with at the time and it had been previously used on a limited edition piece called Carree Historique. It's a small and rectangular caliber and thus a small seconds dial close to the center of the dial. LIN has one of those. It got out on the market in Belgium after one of VC workers had been laid off and decided to sell his piece.Lin beat me to it by an hour or so I was told. Lin was proudly wearing his elusive piece at an elegant private dinner reception in Geneva a few years back  and Charlie Torres was present. Imagien the look on his face when he spotted the watch on Lin's wrist. He was evidently mad. The watches were not meant for resale and each and everyone of the VC workers who had been given one of those must have obviously signed some kind of no-resale clause as long as they remain a workforce at VC.   
07/24/2012 - 01:50
I think they were able to trace it to the employee based on the S/N of the particular watch. I don't know what happened to the employee, but I understand he was never seen again! (LOL) just kidding! Joseph
the invisible hand of justice ;-))) (nt)
07/24/2012 - 15:08
WHAT??? No Sputnik? It's outta this world!!!! nt
07/24/2012 - 04:30
Rumor has it that for the 260th anniversary the employees get
07/28/2012 - 22:12
a tourbillon
All Lounger CVs should be sent by PM to Alex, :-O
07/29/2012 - 13:05
devil  just kidding!
Will you last, buddy? Sure seems worth it... ;-) nt
07/30/2012 - 22:31
I did not know this
07/24/2012 - 18:28
I did not know that the form caliber 1017 was used in the special employee 91180.  Interesting information.  Thanks, Dan. Robert