An interesting red box...

An interesting red box...

...what might be inside?

Stay tuned, please.

Robert
10/24/2013 - 21:40
10/25/2013 - 01:12
JB
10/25/2013 - 01:29
10/25/2013 - 07:25
10/25/2013 - 09:58
10/25/2013 - 16:41
10/25/2013 - 22:09
10/26/2013 - 01:06
10/27/2013 - 07:51
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10/27/2013 - 07:56
That is indeed an unusual box, can't wait to see what's in it !
10/24/2013 - 22:05
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Hurry up Robert, I'm pulling my hair out...
10/24/2013 - 22:14
..and I haven't got much leftcrying... You've obviously got something 'up your sleeve!'. Can't wait! Best wishes Tony
On the sleeve, under the sleeve...
10/25/2013 - 01:14
...these lines are blurred sometimes. Tony, I mean to cause you no undue stress, and certainly would not wish to harm a hair on your head.  I will reveal the contents of the box tomorrow.  Had to have a little fun today.  devil Best, Robert
I don't think its chocolates :-0
10/24/2013 - 23:31
nt
Not chocolates, my friend
10/25/2013 - 01:12
...but very sweet, I promise.
Re: An interesting red box...
10/25/2013 - 01:29
Judging from the estimated size and shape it could be a pocket watch but more likely cuff links. Joseph
You are a wise man, Joseph
10/25/2013 - 01:57
I knew that from the beginning.  I may have to give you partial credit. wink Best, Robert
Re: You are a wise man, Joseph
10/25/2013 - 02:23
I believe I spoke of Joseph when we first met! Now you know why ;-)
Well, now you've really whetted my appepite, Robert!!
10/25/2013 - 04:02
I'll be dreaming about it all night (LOL) I can hardly wait for the "curtain" to go up!! Joseph
Very interesting indeed
10/25/2013 - 07:25
Looking forward to the reveal
Very elegant box
10/25/2013 - 09:58
The box looks beautiful. The contents must be even more so. Pls update us soon Robert! :) Cheers Robin
A lovely pair of...
10/25/2013 - 16:41
...vintage V&C "buttons."   I have been wanting a pair of VC, or in this case V&C, cuff links for some time.  Isn't the shape of these lovely?  This pair is made in white gold and the size is generous.   It appears Joseph guessed correctly.  But it also looks like something is missing from this box.  :-( Best, Robert
really sweet! You now just need a 1972 to go with them ;-)
10/25/2013 - 17:07
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Fantastic Robert!
10/25/2013 - 17:55
Those are really lovely cufflinks, congratulations! Wear them in the best of health! Alex is right, though. You need a 1972 to go along with them. Christmas is coming...wink Best, Joseph
That is really nice ! Enjoy Robert!
10/25/2013 - 18:07
nt
The Red Box opens to reveal all...
10/25/2013 - 18:26
Robert, what a lovely pair of cufflinks. I've every confidence that you'll wear them with prideheart... Can you tell me anything about them whilst you're waiting for the watch to arrivewink. Have a wonderful weekend. Tony
Luv it!
10/25/2013 - 18:52
What a fantastic pair of cufflinks heart with that super VC fitted box yes.  The box is in beautiful condition and a real rarity, although not quite from the "et" era. Looking forward to following your quest for a PdelaF to occupy the remaining space in that box cheeky
I almost forgot...
10/25/2013 - 22:09
What could be better than a pair of vintage V&C cuff links?   A watch to match them! Some of my regular  fellow Loungers will already know that I have been more than a little interested in the 1972 for some time now, even before I had any idea that VC would be reintroducing the 1972 for men this year.  While the new 1972 is a gorgeous rendition of the iconic watch from the early 70s, I came to the conclusion that it was the original I was after.    I am a big fan of the Historiques collection, past and present.  One gets better water resistance and more modern sizes with Les Historiques while retaining the V&C tradition.  I think VC has done an absolutely phenomenal job with this collection, and that should be the topic for a future post.  But the 1972 Prestige de la France is one instance in which I had to have the original.  The 1972 has become an iconic model line for Vacheron Constantin following the introduction of the asymmetric beauty in 1972.    The proportions of the Prestige de la France are very elegant and sexy.  I love that "Swiss" runs parallel to the bottom of the dial, and thus off-tilt a little.  The lovely form movement caliber 1050 beats inside as it has for 40 years. (I know that Dean is happy about this -- well, so am I, for that matter.)  I was afraid I might find this one a bit to small for my wrist, and no doubt some will think it is.  But I have gotten used to and revel in the smaller sized watches, having enjoyed my beloved Historiques Ultra-fine 1955 now for more than a year.  The thinness of the Prestige helps its smaller size to wear larger as does the length of the watch and a expansive relatively clean dial. The curves of the Prestige are so sexy, and it really conforms to the wrist beautifully.    There is some difference between the original large-size Prestige and the new 1972: while the length of the two models is virtually the same (at 46mm, the original is only 1mm shy of the new 1972's length), the original is more slender across by several millimeters and it is thinner, too, in terms of the case thickness by 1 to 2mm, I think.  These differences make for what feel to me very different overall proportions and impressions of the two watches. To each his own preference.   From what I have been able to discover, there were quite a number of variations among the dials, hands and other external details of the Prestige during its production. Perhaps, even into the early 70s, V&C was still operating under the general rule to make no more than 24 examples of a given watch before altering some detail of the watch and continuing production?  This is both challenging and delightful for collectors, no?   The presentation of the watch and matching cuff links in a box fitted especially for the set was irresistible.  This is the first and only such set I have seen, but what a great idea.     I was particularly happy to find the combination of a white metal (gold) case with a dark dial -- always a welcome rarity for Vacheron.  In this case, the dial is a deep, deep gray rather than a true black, and it is a very handsome color. If the dial color has faded with time, it has done so uniformly across the entire dial. My preference for the Prestige dial is that it be minimally furnished to leave an open canvas.  In this example, there are no hour or other markers as there are on other examples, and that suits this elegant watch. My example is very similar to Doc's former example except for a difference in the crown.    The strap design and folding buckle clasp (an old Cartier design, perhaps?) are also an interesting feature, predating the half-Maltese Cross buckles that we know and love.  The strap has to be cut precisely as there are no adjustments after it has been installed.     And in this case, it is here that I get my "V&C." This Prestige was produced during the time when V&C was transitioning to VC, so I guess this watch and the links are twixt and tween the "et" era, Dean.    The 1972 takes an asymmetric view on the passage of time, suggesting that we do not need to be so precise, we may indeed sacrifice a little precision for style. But I have learned that it is a good idea to set the time on the quarter hours to keep myself on time.  I applaud VC for retaining this same spirit regarding the dials of the new 1972 even while they added very interesting printed patterns to the dials of the regular and Boutique editions.     My fantasy now is to wear this watch in Paris, which I see as the Prestige de la France's natural habitat.    Thanks for indulging me in celebrating this latest addition.   Best regards,   Robert
You are such a bad boy, Robert!!
10/25/2013 - 22:20
"Just forgot"...my ass! Absolutely stunning!! Gorgeous photos, lovely combo. Very elegant and superb appearance on the wrist. Now that's an iconic set! I'm drooling. Best wishes, Joseph
I gave you partial credit, Joseph
10/25/2013 - 22:25
wink Thanks for the kind words.  I was thrilled to have found the set.  You know I was hunting the right P de la F for a while. Best regards, Robert
Robert what a lovely combo. Great cuff links and timepiece. I
10/27/2013 - 07:26
Saw the new 1972 in VC Singapore last week. It looks lovely. But I love yours more with the black dial. Enjoy it and wear it in the best of health.
Did you see the new 1972?
10/27/2013 - 08:05
The new models are just beautiful.  Were you tempted?  I do like the black dial myself especially with the white gold, but black dial and white metal is a difficult combination to find in either VC or V&C past production.  There are some exceptions, of course, but they are few and far between. Thanks for your kind wishes. Robert  
Yes I saw it. I liked it. Though I asked to try on the 1907
10/27/2013 - 09:53
Chronometer Royale instead. I realized I don't like enamel dials so much. What I did like was the 14 day Tourbillon which I tried and is so wearable. Next time I would like to try the 1972 on and also the 1951 when they have it.
Yeayyy, what a fantastic write up of one hell of a sexy watch! And the
10/26/2013 - 00:09
ensemble (watch and cuff links) look very good together May your 72 tick only happy moments Best Alex
Thanks for your kind words
10/26/2013 - 00:25
...and your unfailing support. I agree, if a watch can be sexy, the Prestige de la France surely is.  cheeky Best regards, Robert
Ooooh, you're very good at this...
10/26/2013 - 00:39
teasing that is devil.  Super ensemble, please accept most heartfelt congratulations!  Love this "Gentleman's Quarterly" photo... You don't happen to have a medal to go with it, do you?  This was scored this off fleabay not too long ago and I sincerely hope it was someone from here.
Thanks, Dean
10/26/2013 - 00:47
I appreciate the compliment.  smiley No medal in this set, but that is a fantastic artifact you landed.  Let me know if you ever wish to part with it.  wink As for the photo, well, I was trying my poor best to do an hommage to one of the official VC press photos: Clearly, I need the help of some professionals.laugh Thanks, Dean. Robert
Re: Thanks, Dean
10/26/2013 - 00:54
I just took pics of the item but was hoping you or someone on the Lounge grabbed it.  IIRC it was 6cm across so not likely included with the watch packaging.  The other side is even better...
That is really nice.
10/26/2013 - 00:59
I misunderstodd and thought you had bought it.  Thanks for supplying the photos. Best, Robert
Oh my god, that other side I didn't see coming.
10/26/2013 - 13:25
I have never cared about these coins but this is a work of art. Love it and a great item you have managed to get into you collection.    Best wishes Kent
Re: I almost forgot...
10/26/2013 - 01:01
Stunning ;-) As Doc would say: "Love those buttons"! Wear in good health, Miki
Thanks, Miki
10/27/2013 - 07:42
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love your photos and writeup!
10/26/2013 - 04:32
Congrats Robert! The original 1972 is such an elegant and sexy watch. It looks great on you too. Dressy yet avant grande in a way due to its case shape. A very versatile watch indeed. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your new watch and matching cufflinks! Cheers Robin
Avant garde
10/27/2013 - 07:43
...a perfect way to describe the Prestige.  Thanks, Robin. Best, Robert
Super work Robert.
10/26/2013 - 12:52
I love your article and the way it reflects both your passion for the brand, your love for the details and what I like the most is that in every line your write the warm of your personality and kindness is pouring out. The watch, the strap, the cufflinks and case is just fabulous. The strap actually seems to be the original one. Wear it in the best of health. It looks as though you had a good time taking the photos and thinking out how to present the watch.   Cheers Kent
Thank you, Kent
10/27/2013 - 07:46
I did have a good time photographing the pondering the original 1972.  I appreciate your very kind words a lot.  The strap is not original.  I do still have the original strap, but it was time for a new and somewhat longer one to fit my wrist and I sought one that was pretty close to the original design. The folding clasp buckle is original, however.  Best, Robert
Exactly like Joseph !
10/26/2013 - 14:12
Especially the beginning, lounger are gentlemen so I won't speak my mind, but the first word who came to my mind were quite rude, a mixed feeling between after your teasing and a lot of envy cheekycheekycheeky And great photos, what a style !  You look awesome ! thanks for sharing Robert François
Ah, thanks for your kind words, Francois
10/27/2013 - 07:47
I had to have some fun with the teasing. All best, Robert
Simply beautiful !
10/27/2013 - 07:42
Wear in good health! Good trip to Paris in the future :)
As I wrote...
10/27/2013 - 07:49
...I am looking forward to returning this watch to Paris, which is, after all, where I found it in the first place.  wink Best, Robert
I knew there was more coming when I saw the cuff-links and he box...
10/29/2013 - 08:09
Robert, What a rare and beautiful find! You are to be praised on your meticulous research and patience. That's what makes a great watch hunter and the hunt itself worthwhile. Please enjoy your PdF and prize it highly in your collection no matter how precisely it will tell your time;-) PS. What a fantastic color combo, one you were so fascinated by for quite some time. Luck must be really on your side. Best always!
Hey Radek, thank you!
10/29/2013 - 14:57
It means a lot to me to receive congratulations from you, my good friend.  smiley Not too small for my wrist, I hope.  You will have to judge when you see it on my wrist one day, I hope soon.  Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to these tic-tacs, but it was worth the wait and turning over a bunch of stones before finding this one. Hope all is well with you. Warm regards, Robert
What a beauty....
10/26/2013 - 01:06
Robert Congratulations... I judge a post on my own selfish desire to own the featured watch and I can assure you that your watch is a watch I would love to own. All the best
Don't we all?
10/27/2013 - 07:51
Judge selfishly, I mean.wink I am delighted that there is some appreciation for this "old" watch," which remains fresh and new to me. Best, Robert
Re: An interesting red box...
10/26/2013 - 04:02
Congratulations Robert, not only on the beautiful watch (I also prefer the "swiss" at the bottom) and cufflinks, but also on the way you presented them hahaha quite an exciting post! Perhaps my favourite to this day. Cheers!
Thank you, Jose
10/27/2013 - 07:53
I am glad you found the post exciting.  It was certainly fun to create.  But the Prestige de la France is a fun watch and it deserved to have some fun coming out after 40 years or so in its red box. Thanks so much for your kind words. Best, Robert
Now the dust has settled...
10/26/2013 - 23:14
Robert  -  "It's not what you do, it's the way that you do it!" A marvellous piece of choreography, beautifully presented and totally engaging!cheeky!... I take my hat off to you  (albeit I've lost all my hair!!)  for a brilliant posting. Most enjoyable and above all with excellent content. With thanks and good wishes Tony
I am blushing, Tony
10/27/2013 - 07:56
You are too kind.  I appreciate your generous comments very much.  Just trying to have a bit of fun with what I feel is a very playful yet elegant watch.  It is that personality of the 1972 that first drew me to it.  Thanks again for your indulgence in my silly posts. All the best, Robert
Oh Yeah! Nice Catch Robert
10/26/2013 - 23:23
I know you have wanted a PdF for a long time, and this one is a real beauty with great bonus features - a wonderful box and fabulous cufflinks. CONGRATULATIONS!
Ah, well, Mike you are partly to blame...
10/27/2013 - 08:00
...you and your lovely wife, as hers was the first one I had ever seen in the metal, and that only fueled my desire to find one for my wrist.  These original Prestige de la France pieces are not easy to find in good condition, so the hunt was challenging but rewarding in the end.  Hope to see you soon. Robert