Everybody here knows how "objective" I am when it comes to VC , but they really killed it this year and were the highlight of SIHH 2015.
"HARMONY", "CHRONOGRAPH", "FLEURISANNE (Floral) Engraving", "ARCA"
Others have already shared pictures and thoughts, plus Alex's article is very comprehensive...so I will allow these additional, live, shots to speak for themselves for the most part.
These two watches were some of the hardest to get a hold of, because Charlie Torres kept them to himself for most of the show:
The wristwatch, grand masterpiece, of the VC show:
Cal 3500 would make any watch or micro-machine enthusiast drool!
While obviously a technical marvel, I prefer the backside of this watch much more than the front.
The doctor's dial has always had a warm place in my heart when it comes to chronos
Some consider the Harmony collection is a little too large for those with small wrists, but mine is only 6.5" in circumference and I feel totally comfortable wearing all of them. Though I think the volume of the cushion case design is quite large and is the reason so many people were surprised at how heavy all the watches in the Harmony Collection felt like in their hands.
The first chronograph VC has ever made especially for women:
Though the VC modified, and now in-house produced (no more ebauche from Lemania), cal 1142 will eventually show up in men's watches as well.
Many of the women had a hard time selecting between these two. The obvious answer? Get BOTH (wear the Chrono while home and wear the Dual Time while traveling )
The men's version of the Harmony Dual-Time in both WG and RG
Just in case you're into his and her watches:
Both of these MÉCANIQUES GRAVÉES watchese are beautiful in person and both are sporting new cases just for these movements. They were also the third and fourth most difficult watches for us to get our hands on at SIHH (after the Split-Second and Tourbillon Monopusher Chronos)
39mm case for the Cal 4400/1
41mm for the Cal 2260/1. I'm not a big fan of tourbillons, but they just "fit and flow" so well with VC's engraved and open-worked designs!
The Clock, grand masterpiece, of the VC show:
Constant-Force escapement, with the constant force mechanism sitting right below the escapement located at the very top of the movement. Twin barrels, each with a mainspring that is one meter long when unwound in order to generate the 30-Day power reserve.
I will watch the show "Gem Hunters" with even more appreciation, now that I know it took over a year to find the Rock Crystal used to make the clock's case!
And don't forget VC's Guilloche Master, Supachai, when looking at the blue base trim. The MÉTIERS D’ART challenges of enameling and using a guiloche machine (designed to work on very flat surfaces in a single plane) to work on a 5-sided object are much tougher than the beautiful results would imply!
I heard some people may have been confused/misunderstood the Harmony Collection and its relationship with VC's 260th anniversary collection. The limited-edition watches that are a part of this year's 260th anniversary collection are just the kick-off to the Harmony Collection. All of the watches introduced as part of Harmony will be available in non-limited versions starting next year. I know the fleurisanne engraving will be removed, and that some other aesthetic changes are being considered (font colors, etc.)
And this is just the start of 2015, expect more interesting novelties as the year progresses.