IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

Everybody here knows how "objective" I am when it comes to VC wink, 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:

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

Cal 3500 would make any watch or micro-machine enthusiast drool!

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

While obviously a technical marvel, I prefer the backside of this watch much more than the front.

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

The doctor's dial has always had a warm place in my heart when it comes to chronos heartheartheart

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

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.

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

 

The first chronograph VC has ever made especially for women:

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

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. 

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

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 devil)

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

The men's version of the Harmony Dual-Time in both WG and RG

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

Just in case you're into his and her watches:

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

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

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

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!

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

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.

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

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!smiley

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

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!

IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015

 

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.  enlightened

Thank you, Dan!
01/28/2015 - 14:49

Your gorgeous photos have shed new light on the collection.  These live shots from you (and Alex in his earlier post) have brought the collection to life for this unfortunate soul who was not able to be at SIHH this year.  The wrist shots are especially helpful for me to imagine how they might fit since I am now happily familiar with your wrist and can see how great these look on you.

Your final comments are also clarifying.  Thank you for the hints at what is tom come. 

Best,

Robert

My pleasure Robert
02/01/2015 - 04:45

Sorry about replying so late, I've been recuperating from a fever/cold and am now just about fully recovered.

I found all the watches wearable this year, :-)  (even the ladies models)

Re: IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015
01/28/2015 - 14:58

Thanks Dan,

The photos are great!

I agree with you completely. I did have an opportunity to wander around a bit and see many of the other displays.

But Vacheron was a real class act! The Harmony Collection really topped everything. Vacheron was again able to combine art and science in a very satisfying way to produce these timepieces. And as you say, there is more to come. This was the tip of the iceberg cheekysmiley

Best,

Joseph

Thanks JB, Here's to looking forward to all the year has to offer! (nt)
02/01/2015 - 04:47
100% Dan
01/28/2015 - 17:55

I think VC also captured the most magazine covers in the press shop, pretty indicative of their status this year yes.  And thanks Dan for your help and comradship during the event smiley.

 

My Pleasure Dean!
02/01/2015 - 04:48

We don't get a chance to see each other often, so I do enjoy the (always too short time) to talk with you and Dianne.  BR, Dan

Re: IMHO, VC really was the hit of SIHH 2015
01/28/2015 - 18:35

Great photos Dan.

A memorable year for VC. 

Wait to discover next 2015 novelties and follow-up declination of cal 3500 in the current collection.

Liger

Good to see you Liger
02/01/2015 - 04:51

Hope your feeling better.  I'm interested in seeing what the next cal 3500 watch will look like too, but I don't expect it to become affordable enough for me to consider.  :-( 

BR, Dan

EVery time I look at a photo of the Harmony chrono,
01/29/2015 - 05:49

...I get heart flutters heartheart

the Grande Complication is also to die for, although out of my price range.

I'm with you re the tourbillon chrono - the backside is mesmerizing... I'm not sure if it is because the hole is at 12 instead of 6, or if it is because it is larger than usual, but there's something about the tourbillon opening that bothers me a bit...

 

I am very happy to hear that there will be a few more models to be revealed this year!

 

Best,

 

Francois

a monopusher would look so GOOD on you!!! :-)
02/01/2015 - 04:52

It would be a great complement to what you already have! wink

agreed
01/30/2015 - 07:25

this wear was VC year, lovely novelties, a chronograph caliber and what a split second !

The clock is cherry on the cake.

François

thanks Cisco! (nt)
02/01/2015 - 04:53