I've seen and heard it!! The wonderful skeleton minute repeater!

I had the chance of wearing on my wrist the wonderful skeletonized minute repeater, albeit for a few moments only. I heard several times too. It is a wonderful peice, amazingly executed... Pictures do not make it justice.

I have one bad comment though: you really need to strain to hear it properly. I was used to my pocket watch repeater, and the wristwatch really doesn't come close in terms of sound amplification (I had been todl that before, but didnt' imagine the difference).  Not enough metals around for good resonance I think. The sound was very clear though.

This was in London and teh watch cost 290,000 UK pounds.... (around $550,000...).

It was really an something I never thought I'd have the chance to experience.... :-) Great start of the New Year!!

WOW!! Platinum model I guess? Of course you can't compare with the
01/07/2008 - 19:27

chimes of a pocket watch but believe me its really good for a wrist watch: crisp and clear. Its one of the rare skeleton watches I would REALLY love to have, oh well...I can dream

I guess a City Boy with his banker's bonus will soon be the proud owner of one of these

Not platinum, yellow gold I think
01/07/2008 - 19:49

Being a skeletonized watch, almost to the extreme of "skeletonization", the view of all the pieces moving around and the huge complexity involved in the literally hundreds of tiny pieces moving around simply to hear the hour, quarters and minutes is truely fascinating. You almost need a magnifiying glass just to see some of these pieces.

What most people do nto realize is the size of the watch... it is really small, not at all like some of the monsters coming out. To make something so complecated, so small, and just about remove all the metal you can possibly remove is amazing. I have never seen such a perfect view of a complicated watch mechanism such as that one.

You have to give it to them: VC do the best skeletoning work of all.

And I think you're right about the City Boy somewhere, although some new rich from somewhere where new rich people are coming out (Russia, SouthEast Asia) could also become the lucky owner. Whoever gets it, they would have good taste!! (there's so much crap out there that really isn't worth the money they sell it for).

its the RG model since
01/07/2008 - 20:04

VC didn't make one in YG

scan courtesy of Deniz

Agree on VCs skeletonizing and the last sentence of your post

I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing the RG model and it is truly
01/07/2008 - 19:37

fascinating!

You're a lucky man Nico, I doubt many will be able to see and even less handle one of these watches

How lucky you are!!! ...
01/07/2008 - 21:47

It's my favorite VC very haute-horlogerie!!

I didn't know the price...550k$ wooooo

Thanks Nico for the info!
01/08/2008 - 04:55

I'll have to make a quick trip to New Bond Street before it goes away!

I have no intention (and means) to buy it, but I would very much like to see it and hear it in the flesh...

I don't remember the name of the shop...
01/08/2008 - 19:12

... but you're right, it is in New Bond Street (or old Bond Street; same thing anyway).

The shop is the one where they sell a lot of the "independent-ish" makers (like Uurwerk, etc...).

The VC is at the complete back of the room in a little display.

I checked out some of the other watches, the uurwerks are great, huge and strange; some of teh other watches are just crazy. I did love the VC dual retrograde, but then again, even with tax deduction at airport, the UK prices are just mad.

Good luck.

that's probably Marcus! Looks like we have similar tastes, I'm a great
01/08/2008 - 19:24

Urwerk fan

thanks...
01/09/2008 - 01:49

I was also thinking such a watch would be found at Markus (I didn't mention its name because I wasn't sure it wwould be allowed...)

I completely agree with you, the prices in the UK are completely mad - and this is not just for watches

I don't think I will ever buy a watch in the UK  - the price difference can be so much more compared to Switzerland

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01/09/2008 - 11:37

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