Just a few pictures and a big thank you to V&C

for a truly remarkable day. I am afraid that I will have to ask Alex for help on this one, the Firefox is not cooperating today and I am leaving again. Please enjoy the few pictures and little narative of a perfect day.

Best to all,


here are Tim's scans and write up
05/26/2008 - 22:45

The above pictures, from the top are: The watch Doc and Dominique Bernaz would both want to own; La Maison view from upstairs; short drive from La Maison to the Manufacture and view of the Jura mountains; the “watch garden”; cool lobby clock. We begin.

Well, to say it was a great day would be an understatement of all time. The people at V&C orchestrated an experience that was not only enjoyable and informative but simply splendid. The Maison has a new collection since my visit last year and Dominique Bernaz was in excellent spirits(despite a back injury, which made it even more amazing) as our host and link to this rich past V&C affords those lucky enough to visit. There were many of the old machines used in early watchmaking and time enough to ponder the people in the 18th and 19th centuries laboring over these old hand devices, really something to think about. Then there was a wristwatch collection that showed the transition from pocket watches to wrist watches and how the original designs on the wrist watches were taken from the pocket watch. There was then a clear break in the design and the wrist watch really started to show some originality, as early as 1911 with several examples of early art deco watches arriving soon after. I think Doc and Dominique Bernaz would be after many of the same pieces here. The curved cases and art deco numbers, along with glass cut to fit the unusual designs, all added to the early artistry of the wristwatch. There was also a fine selection of the modern day V&C wristwatches at the end of the exhibition, clearly showing links of today’s watches with those fine early designs. The presentation, information and watch selection was simply excellent.

DB outdid himself in his explanation and detailed narrative of the collection, which was greatly appreciated. We relaxed in DB’s office overlooking the Rhone river and discussed a new idea regarding the Overseas collection and where it might logically go with some technical innovation and just a small design change. The ideas were all discussed and we will hear back soon as to feasibility and rough cost numbers—very exciting ideas. The Manufacture was quite breathtaking in all regards. Our host for the visit was Ms.Veronique Briand and she was kind enough to present everything with her excellent English and sparkling eyes. Lunch was provided in the upstairs private dining room and it was of a caliber I have enjoyed in the finest restaurants of Paris, no kidding. The tour of the Manufacture started after lunch. The only pictures I took were of the lobby and lower level watch exhibition garden, sort of a Japanese zen garden with watches on pillars, really something to ponder and enjoy.

Ms. Briand took us to see most of the steps of the assembly of the V&C watches and later the testing and certification of each piece. I was impressed that the layout of the building afforded such an easy flow for the parts to be finished appropriately, assembled and tested. You never even considered any other set-up and flow that could be any better, really genius design. I am sorry that I could not share pictures in all these departments with all these wonderful craftspeople, but that will have to be discovered by you when you have your tour. I will say that the certification and regulation and adjustment department was fascinating and seeing the Geneva Seal process and its final product, really cemented in my mind what a labor intensive process it is and the enormous amount of talented individuals it takes just to make one watch with the Geneva Seal.

We then were able to see many watches in the testing area and meet Mr. Ch. Lafrancois (sp, no card from him) who showed us perpetual calendar watches, Les Masques, Explorateurs, Mercators (one of these was amazing and you could read the cities and see the rivers and follow some of the topography of the enamel map!) Alex would have tried to take this one home, maybe a few of them.

We left with some literature and a fantastic feeling of complete satisfaction, still a little dizzy at this writing of all the work and talent and passion that goes into the creation of a V&C timepiece.

Many thanks to Alex for setting this up and of course Mr. DB at La Maison. It was also our pleasure to spend some time with Julien Marchenoir, Director Marketing and Communication. It is nice to see that V&C has placed such knowledgeable and capable people in these positions and also watch and clock collectors—it doesn’t get any better than that!

I also must thank Ms. Veronique Briand for an absolutely seamless visit and her joie de vivre was something I will not soon forget. The people at V&C, everywhere we went were glad to see us, greeting us with a Bonjour and happy to show us each phase of watch making that was going on in their department. So the beauty and passion that you see in our beloved V&C watches are created by the friendly and incredibly talented people of V&C in a temple to watch making where every Lounger needs to go at least once to be complete and share the joy. Thank you for truly one of the best days of my life. Best to all, Tim Brown Hour Lounger

I like Dom and vice versa,
05/26/2008 - 23:06

but this watch would be mine

Wow, is to american to appreciate it,

rather say,

jolly nice watch

Merci mon amis

Le Docteuer

Thanks Tim...
05/27/2008 - 00:45

(and Alex) for sharing your wonderful day with us.  It evokes memories for me of my visit last year.

As you have very well mentioned, one of the keys to an enjoyable visit to any facility is the people who are the hosts.  In this regard, VC truly excels as the fine folks at the Manufacture and Maison are truly warm and welcoming to their visitors.

There are many fine watches and excellent brands but it is the people who really help to distinguish VC. 

Thanks again,


Glad you enjoyed yourself
05/27/2008 - 05:20

hope to make the trip sometime soon myself. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Thanks, Tim. Seeing the people and processes makes a difference
05/27/2008 - 07:51

Thanks for the very spirited report, Tim.

As most of you know, I had the chance to visit the Maison and Manufacture just last month but the tours were not as leisurely as yours, since it was the middle of SIHH (again, I thank VC and Alex for obliging my request during the busy time).  Also, I toured the Manufacture with buyers (who were there for "work"), so the level of interest and general atmosphere in our group left quite a bit to be desired.  Someday I hope to visit the facilities again, and this time, at a more leisurely pace and with fellow Loungers.  VC would definitely have their hands full!

Anyway, even the fast-paced tours were sufficient to give me a better understanding and appreciation of the kind of work, and the friendly and dedicated people, behind each VC.  It is interesting that each watch is a product of modern equipment animated by designers and technicians on one side, and traditional tools and centuries-old crafts brough to life by artisans and craftsmen on the other.

I also agree that VC's staff are the friendliest and most gracious people around!

Best Regards,


Thanks Tim for taking time for the write up. As I said in a recent
05/27/2008 - 15:57

post the team at VC are genuinely nice people which makes visiting them even more memorable.

It was a pleasure and this is an event not to be missed!
05/27/2008 - 21:07


lokks like it was fun, thanks for sharing NT
05/28/2008 - 12:22