JJ Audubon Birds of America. Came very close once but sadly now out of reach!
VC MR1731 EP should be my ultimate Grail Watch
Please refer to Alex photos:
Which one will be yours?
And I don't have the skills to photoshop or draw one.
It would have at a minimum: grand and petite sonnerie, tourbillon with no hole in the dial, a power reserve indicator on the back.
Either a rattrapante chrono or PC is possible, but it would need to look very simple on the dial side and must be easy to read. (This is where working with Dominique and VC designer Emilie would need to provide their expertise to see what can be done).
How about a derivative of the CDV case? That watch with those lugs... mmm... yes, I would want that too. Obviously it would be thicker than the CDV, but if the dimensions could be managed, it would be beautiful. So, how would you case it and in what metal? I am guessing you would go with Rose Gold, the traditionist that you are.
I love the cow horn lugs, but think they should be reserved for the simple chrono. Its the only time those lugs have been used.Maybe the quarter Maltese Cross lugs? They were first used in 1955 to celebrate VC's 200th and they've been used in several References over the years. I think they fit because they are also quite recognizable/iconic as being "VC" (even though I know others have used the lugs in the past as well). A theoretical work in progress
With no budget constraints and a World Overseas, I'd then book more luxury cruises and see more of the world. Look out Dan! China's on my list!
What a great question, Lin!
I can think of several pocket watches from the early 20th century that I would like. Several bras dans l'air, a perp. calendar repeater, and a few wrt deco pieces.
An atelier Cabinotier watch would be nice.
As for a more contemporary piece, the one-off enamel dial of the ceiling of the Opera Garnier by Chagall.
But there are more...! (LOL)
a) Traditionelle Calibre 2755. This piece has grown on me. Something about integrating a Tourbillon, Minute Repeater, and Perpetual Calendar in a Traditional sense with the finest of VC finishing appeals to me. Other brands, even few independents, might have more ''innovation'' or even ''better finishing'' (according to many blogs), but VC's traditional sense wins me over.
b) Patrimony 1731 Minute Repeater. I love this. I like the Platinum in black dial, but many say that RG sounds better.
c) Patrimony automatic with date - in Black Dial Boutique Exclusive. The date disc is same colour as dial and this is an awesome touch.
d) Malte Small Seconds with calibre 4400. I just find this watch so beautiful - especially in the PG case with Slate Grey dial. Very elegant and badass at the same time.
e) Overseas Automatic - I am still on the fence about this one, but it is growing on me. I think, whether the Blue or Brown, they both look better with their respective leather and rubber straps. And the movement - wow. What a sight and good price too.
f) Overseas World-Time. Just love this. In brown.
g) QDL Steel with white dial - I was blown away. So affordable, yet every bit a VC which can hold its own with the best and most expensive of watches, including in VC's own stable. But if choosing between the OS Automatic and this, I think the OS might "age" better long term.
h) Possibly a Bespoke VC. But currently no idea as to what. Still thinking. But I did approach Dominique Bernaz a year ago regarding an idea. The price did not make it seem worth it.
i) Lastly - my Traditionelle. I could buy the White Gold and Platinum versio of this. I do not care what anyone says, or what the blogs say, but for me this is one of the most beautiful (apart from the Patrimony) and versatile watches today.
There are others too such as the CDV, but for now this is my favourite VC list.