Just wondering,

Our Dear Moderator presented the new VC QP Chrono :

Just wondering,


I just met a guy who was totally against this type of dial (to "show off" according to him).

He tells me that he loves the simplicity of the QP presented by Moser: 

Just wondering,

(by courtesy of La Cote des Montres)

Without discussing the technical part (friability of the movement...) or the esthetic of the dial, I must admit that the idea of a QP without all these information sounds interesting for me.

My 2c opinion
Even though The Last Shadow Puppets sing that this is the Age Of The
02/11/2009 - 15:19
Understatement too much of the latter starts dipping in the bland and boring IMHO. I don't want too much info on the dial which I want to find legible but then again I want some mojo as well But to each his own as they say.
Lin, you can't actually compare these two watches.
02/11/2009 - 16:26
They represent two different tastes and most of all, different traditions. There are many people who want the QP to look like Vacheron Constantin and PP, for instance. I don't believe they would not even think of a Moser. I personally, like Alex is very, very much for understatements... The Moser concept is cool Please have a look at my post from 19 October 2008 http://www.thehourlounge.com/index.php?module=Thread&action=view&threadid=25486&id=25486 Hej! Doc
I want to have the necessary information but wanting to strip down the
02/11/2009 - 18:11
info to the strictest minimum ends up making it illegible. For example in the Moser you have posted you don't have the day and the month needs calculating so finally simplicity is not best used here.
Lin, there is a lot to be said for...
02/11/2009 - 20:36
clean, understated dials and I cerrtainly prefer them to those which are packed with subdials, etc.  However, as has been said, there does need to be some information visible to make a QP practical for its wearer.  While it is not an approach that is utilized as much as I would prefer, I like the use of apertures to display the QP info as opposed to the more common use of subdials.  I find that the apertures can provide a pleasant balance between the practical presentation of information without an overly cluttered/busy dial. Just my personal preference and as Alex has said, to each their own. Cheers, Duncan
My 2 yen's worth..
02/12/2009 - 02:19

I am not too familiar with the Moser but I believe it is not a chronograph (which the VC here is), so from the outset you already have two displays (the subdials for the stopwatch function) less for the Moser.  Also, and as already pointed out, the Moser does not have the day of the week and the moonphase displays/functions either so, although it is a simpler watch, it also shows less information (has fewer functions).  So I think that given all the information/functions that the VC has to offer, I think it has done a good job in balancing the artistic (engraved moonphase display), the traditional (chronograph subdials), and the practical (apertures).   Of course the Moser has its own appeal too but I think we more often need to be reminded of what day it is rather than what month, and even here, we have to figure out what month it is. I'd love to have both though. Kazumi

02/12/2009 - 16:54
I think that I too have to admit that with age, many of the display types common are usless to me. I think Vacheron does this watch because Patek does it and they have to be right there with them. I have to object not only to the dial as a whole, but to each part of it. The subdial for date display, too small; the apetures for day and month, too small and placed in the wrong part of the dial. Also, why 43 mm? It shows that last 2-3 mm as bloat. The UN perpetual display is my fovorite, it seems to be the one display that is arranged realtive to common usage. When I read time, it comes out as "thursday, February 12, 10 am". If the eye must search the dial to come up in this order, then it detracts from the experience of looking at it/enjoying it. Mixing a chronograph with a perpetual calendar is just showing off anyway.