As some of you know, I have owned a Mercator (Potugal and Iberia) for over a year.

As you also know this is a kind of "jump-hour" watch.

Here are 2 pics that I took over a year ago, whic I have posted previously:



Well, I thought, since the Olympics are rapidly approaching, if I could get a few more jump hour watches and wear them at the same time, I could enter the high-jump competition!

Unfortunately it didn't quite work out that way... but at least I still have some very lovely watches.








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Hi JB! You've got a very nice collection here!
07/09/2008 - 18:11

without adding another Jumping as you said you will still make it with your amazing collection!

Re: Hi JB! You've got a very nice collection here!
07/09/2008 - 18:57

Many thanks for the kind words, Gilbert.

The concept of the "jump hour" watch has always had a fascination for me. And although other manufacturers have made them, I believe that VC's are the most interesting and most beautiful.

Very nice "Jump" collection JB!
07/09/2008 - 18:19

While all 3 are very nice, the third one is by far my favorite.

Over the last year I have warmed up to the Mercator, but my appreciation level is still very far from Alex's, Jerome's and yours...

The Saltarello is very nice, but the dial of the 3rd one is a killer! The dial is so clean and simple, yet so original...

What year is it?



Re: Very nice "Jump" collection JB!
07/09/2008 - 18:51

Bonjour Francois,

Many thanks for the kind words. It took awhile to find it.

These were made I believe in the late 1990's.

The dial is really special! Its based on a pocket watch that VC made around 1929 with a similar guilloched pattern.

But my personal opinion is that the dial on the pocket watch is even nicer.

I contacted VC to find out if they would redo the dial with the design of the 1929 watch but they said they could not.

Oh well...

Beautiful collection Joseph, but I have to agree the Francois...
07/09/2008 - 19:58

That third one is my favorite as well.  I've seen pictures of the pocketwatch you are referring to, but I'd still be very happy with the one you have.  Enjoy all the jumping!  I'll be in Beijing during the Olympics but am not terribly looking forward to it. 

Any chance of trading a jumper for a home rental at the Olympics?     Enjoy your collection!  Best Regards, Dan

I feel your Olympic Pain Dan...
07/09/2008 - 21:36

Call me a party pooper, but I don't see living in the town that will host the Olympics as something great...

Just a lot more traffic for a while, and then a lifetime of taxes to pay...

I hope it will not turn out this way for you, but in London I think we've already busted the budget and we're still 4 years away

Thanks for your understanding :-)
07/10/2008 - 04:15

Besides what you mention, the air ticket cost of leaving is 5x the normal price and if you stay - you are restricted in your movements, business will essentially be shutdown for 2 months, driving limited to every other day, etc., etc. 

But Joseph, its still a "great" deal if you want to trade it in for a jumper

Re: Beautiful collection Joseph, but I have to agree the Francois...
07/10/2008 - 04:42

Thank you for your gracious comments!

The Salterello is really a stunning watch. Initially I wasn't sure about it but when I saw it, I was astounded by how beautiful it was. Sometime I feel like wearing it back-to-front. The movement is a work of art too!



Have fun in Beijing and bring some oxygen...I think the smog is a bit thick.

Now that is a classy trio! (nt)
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Re: Now that is a classy trio! (nt)
07/10/2008 - 04:44

Thanks Tim,

Hopefully I'll be able to bring them to a VC THL dinner!

Best Wishes,


what a trio! You are a man of taste :-) You'll be surprised with the
07/09/2008 - 23:34

production numbers of the Jump Hour. I'll post them tomorrw.

Wear all 3 in best of health.

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07/10/2008 - 04:46

Thank you, Alex.

Thanks for the kind words. I very happy to share them with everyone.



JB, u can be awarded a medal for these. great collection ! nt.
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Re: JB, u can be awarded a medal for these. great collection ! nt.
07/10/2008 - 06:15

Thank you, a.ler,

If I take 3 safety pins ,I can attach each one by the buckle to my jacket and voila... 3medals!


I love the Saltarello!
07/10/2008 - 05:09

I gotta get me one of these...

Re: I love the Saltarello!
07/10/2008 - 07:24

Hi Rei,

You will, I saw it in my crystal ball

All good things comes to those with patience!



Thank you
07/10/2008 - 14:04

 I hope so...

Joseph, you did it!
07/10/2008 - 15:15

Gathering the 3 jump hour watches from VC!

I love the Mercator (I have one with Europe, Africa and Asia), but the others are oustanding too.

Saltarello is nice, but the cushion form is not at the top of my list.

And the last one, it missed me during a previous auction: it was in platinum, and really caught my eyes!

It's a pity you does not own the Mercator any longer.

Cheers, Patrice

Re: Joseph, you did it!
07/10/2008 - 18:16

Bonjour Patrice,

Thank you for your kind comments.

Mais le Mercator est encore chez moi. Il y avait justement des anciennes photos!

I don't think I will ever sell that Mercator. It shows the town of Oporto (et j'aime beacoup le port)

I almost bought a PT Jump Hour but then the YG came along at a much lower price and I had the seller (in Germany) send it to me in Paris when I was there last month.



Great that you kept the Mercator.
07/11/2008 - 00:54

Next time you are in Paris, it would be nice to meet together with some other Loungers, ... and Alex of course!

Great Trio!! Thanks for sharing, JB.
07/10/2008 - 17:23

Hi JB,

What a great trio that is.  I would have to say that I like the Mercator and the Saltarello, but I might warm up more to no. 3 if I get to see it in the metal. 

I sometimes see the Saltarello in dealers sites here in Japan and I definitely wouldn't mind having one.  No spare change at this time though.  The bathroom scale-look might even be a great way to remind me to watch my weight!

The mercator is a great watch of course and I should have asked Radek to help me steal Jerome's while he showed us around Geneva last April.

My dream would be to have a Mercator, Saltarello and the Tribute to Great Explorers.  I am glad they don't charge taxes for dreaming.  Again, thanks for the pics (I love those of the Saltarello).



Re: Great Trio!! Thanks for sharing, JB.
07/10/2008 - 18:22

Thank you, Kazumi,

All 3 are lovely in different way.

Originally I was not interested in the Saltarello because of the shape, but I bought it anyway because of the dial and movement.

But after seeing it, I changed my mind completely. The entire combination especially on the wrist is very unique. It really catches the eye!

I would certainly love to add an Hommage aux Grands Explorateurs. That would be wonderful. Well, maybe next year and after selling a few other watches

Best wishes,


awesome 'Jumping VC' collection, Joseph! Congrats! nt
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07/24/2008 - 00:14

Fantastic pictures and fantastic watches