Interwiew of head of Heritage department - Ask your questions here

Dear Loungers,

I'm preparing an interview of the Director of the VC Heritage Dept in charge of the archives, museum etc and in general the guardian of VC history.

Please post questions you would like me to ask him in this thread
VC Heritage department
03/04/2014 - 15:30
have a so huge number of references and of course of different calibre. I am quite surprised that VC has not yet re-produced new enlarged calibres (based on historic ones). VC should have plans of each of them. Maybe it is not realistic? What is the link between Design department and Heritage department? Does VC prefer to limit the Historical line in their catalogue? VC has a marvelous offer from its creation. Thanks for having us dreaming and waiting for 260th Anniversary with surprises Thanks Alex for allowing us to have these exchanges with VC. Cheers, Liger
You made my day Alex, I'm happy :)
03/04/2014 - 20:23
I have tons of question which focuss on Chronomètre Royal with P1007/P1008 and even if your post on the CR is THE reference post, I got lost in my own researches. Hope the director doesn't mind, this is very specific, but I cannot pass on this opportunity. blush With the cylindrical case -I have seen two references 4838 and 4907 , any differences between them? which? - The most important quesiton for me devil i have seen two watches have the "maltese cross" case and a guilloche dial case numbers 357410 357411 movement numbers 509160 509161 Are there others? Does he knows for which customer these specials were intended. -On the "Maltese ross case"  many references 6107: 34mm  snap on case back P1007 6108 : 34mm  snap on case back P1008 6110 : 36mm screwed down caseback P1007 6111 : 36mm screwed down caseback P1008 is that alright? Then the 6161 , what is it? Mine is snap on caseback but it seems possible to have screwed down caseback. ? both possibilities? Production numbers of these refs? -How many black dials? --
03/04/2014 - 21:24
Over the history of all V&C wrist watches, what one movement do you believe has been the workhorse for the Manufacture and what movement do you think is the most beautiful. Thank you so much for this opportunity and I think you will be hearing from Dean in small Novella format with his questions! Best to all, Tim
Thanks for getting this opportunity.
03/05/2014 - 13:45
yessmileycheeky 1. Has it been considered to publish a book consisting of photos from the archive as shown in "The World of Vacheron Constantin Genève" from page 281 to 409?    2. Has it been considered to published separate books on the cal 1003 and 1120? I'm very pleased with the books that Alex has published on the cal 1731, 2253 &2260 and the 2755 but miss similar books on the two mentioned calibers and their history and  the wealth of different cases they are represented in.     3. I miss in general a closer tie to the auction houses. Information like how many models were made, what kind of metal and what kind of movement is in general impossible to get on the more simple models. E.g. I have a ref 4870 with the extremely rare cal  P498 with small seconds. It is impossible to find any information and I believe that a lot of Vacheron Constantin collectors feel that they have something exceptionally rare, but they can't prove it. I have noticed when finding similar models from Patek Phillipe such as ref 2526 that they are much better documented.   Yours sincerely Kent     
03/05/2014 - 18:18
Dear Alex, great idea! I wonder what was the most controversially discussed watch in the history of Vacheron Constantin (in terms of design, production, launch, end of production, pricing, ...) ever, and why. Many thanks in advance, R.
Thank you for this opportunity. The following is my
03/05/2014 - 20:14
question: VC is the oldest continous watchmaker in existence today. And with this comes uninterrupted heritage.  Contemporary VC is considered top three (along with PP and AP).  My question is: In the old days - 1800's and early 1900's, what was VC's market position? Was it top three even then? How was it consiered technically next to PP in those days? Because in those days there was no real in-house. Everything was based on outsourcing and ebauche, so considering this, how was VC considered technically?
Does he wear
03/05/2014 - 21:15
Hats... And to make it even more interesting, what's his favourite hat/watch combo (fact of fiction) of all time? G
Re: Interwiew of head of Heritage department - Ask your questions here
03/07/2014 - 15:39
I Would ask if there is anyintention on making a costumer friendly database with all watches produced by VC, something in the style of what omega is offering in their website.
Hope I'm not too late to contribute
03/08/2014 - 20:58
Just returned from enjoying the fresh snow in the mountainscool  This more-or-less annual interview with the Heritage Department is very welcome Alex.  I recall we received advance notice of the Extract from the Archives through an earlier Q&A and now I'm very familiar with Julien's signature angel. I'd like to support the questions asked so far and add just a few.  The Lounge is such an excellent venue to ask questions of the Heritage Department as they arise, so some have been previously submitted, but please permit me to repeat them. - can photocopies of the actual ledger entries be made to accompany the Extract or Certificate of Authenticity? - are there plans to create an internet-based Virtual Museum of all pieces within the VC Heritage collection?  Most important that movement pictures be included.  As already mentioned, the example of photo references, as published in The World of Vacheron Constantin, provide a valuable resource, but alas they are mostly lacking movement pictures and frustratingly concludes with 1938. - I am fascinated by the Henry Graves, Jr. story and wonder if his letters to V&C may be made available for us to see? - is there a schedule to complete the online publication of The Saga of Vacheron Constantin in The Hour Club? - can we have an explanation of the various abbreviations that are used to describe vintage watch calibers, such as "RA 19" 194 ART" or "20/22" 2-PRC" ?  I'm aware of some, but is there a complete reference available? - this idea was floated before, but will there be any consideration for appointing or electing annually a Vintage Ambassador or Docent, perhaps to coincide with attendance at SIHH, which will allow a forum member nominated by fellow Loungers to research a forum-selected topic with assistance of the Heritage Department, and present their results in the forum? Thanks again Alex for taking the time to connect us with the Heritage Department.
and some specific questions
03/09/2014 - 18:13
There are so many mysteries to be found in Charles Constantin's Annales that one could overwhelm the Heritage Department very quickly, but perhaps they can see their way to addressing a few interesting specifics: 1922 and 1923 it is mentioned that Vacheron & Constantin engaged in commissioned work for outside entities.  One was the Japanese congolmerate Mitsubishi, through their Paris offices.  Some details on this work would be greatly appreciated! Also mentioned were the Rueff Brothers of Madrid.  Were they involved in the very exciting Ref. 3620 retailed by Brooking of Madrid and revealed to us in this amazing post: Help indentifying VC ?  Any other details of this relationship are eagerly sought. Another fascinating aspect of the Swiss watch industry that V&C's participation is hinted at with this statement: "We began business in 1923 with Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co., on Regent Street in London.  Interesting relationship for many  years."  I've learned something about the English-style 3/4 plate movements made by Swiss companies for the English market and am dying to know if V&C produced them as well? Thats all for now, Cheers smiley
Re: Interwiew of head of Heritage department - Ask your questions here
03/17/2014 - 01:39
Would appreciate any info on this steel chronograph.  I found it very similar in design to the 1990 platinum recase for 434 calibers, also screwdown caseback.  Thanks in advance Nicolas
Unfortunately your watch is a very well made fake:-( sorry to be a
03/19/2014 - 07:47
bearer of bad news
Re: Unfortunately your watch is a very well made fake:-( sorry to be a
03/30/2014 - 06:15
no bad news at all, I just need to understand a bit more about the watch. case is just forged? thanks for the input!
Re: Interwiew of head of Heritage department - Ask your questions here
09/08/2015 - 17:42

Hello, I have a ref. 4870 automatic with P498 caliber gold 36,2 mm indelible dial.

How many pieces of these reference have been produced all over the years?

Many thanks!


welcome Renzo, this is an old post so too
09/08/2015 - 18:05

Late for the interview but you may want to start a new thread with your question