Les Grands Explorateurs

It is my understanding that VC will release new hommage aux Grands Explorateurs every year or so (not sure of frequency).

But I thought it might be interesting for members of THL to add their input.

Therefore I am suggesting that those who wish submit their "favourite" explorer or one who they feel is worthy of being celebrated on a watch, the reason(s) for their choice and possible even a map from the period of the explorer which they would like to see on the watch. Les Grands Explorateurs

I have mine and will submit it as soon as I find an apprpriate map.

What do you all think??


My choice is not an Explorer but an Empire. I would choose a
07/04/2008 - 12:18

map representing the Persian Emprire under Darius 1

Alexandre Le Grand will be find for me (what do you think Alexandre)?
07/04/2008 - 18:26

No offense for Darius the 3rd.

Mine would be a conqueror. Two that come to mind
07/04/2008 - 14:26

is Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan. Right now in St Martin so the maps will have to come at a later date.


like this one John?
07/04/2008 - 15:47

A little more conservative
07/04/2008 - 16:36

Something like that. Perhaps if they had the "explorer" Design and just the map. Seeing Alexander on his horse is too distracting, prefer looking at the Cloisonne dial. Alos do not care for the windows framed in metal.

I do like the case and the cloisonne dial.

Thanks Alex

I dont like this model nt)
07/04/2008 - 18:30


How about a great Viking explorer! I think Leif Erikson would
07/04/2008 - 21:43

be outstanding. A map of the north Atlantic to also bring attention to the enviornment. I am thinking there are some really cool maps of this area in one of the Viking museums?! Best to all, Tim

A map i would love to see for the "Hommage aux grands explorateurs"...
07/04/2008 - 22:34

is an old map (of course!!!) of the Bering strait.

I've always loved the shape of Alaska and Kamtchatka and you've got Asia facing the Americas.

This must be a very powerful place.


And why not Marco Polo?
07/04/2008 - 23:44


Re: Les Grands Explorateurs
07/05/2008 - 05:10

Well my choice would be Capt. James Cook.

His vast explorations touched many if not all continents.

There are so many maps to choose from here includings Hawaiian Islands, Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania, new Guinea and the New Hebrides, Alaska, the Bering Strait and the west coast of Canada etc. etc.

His connection with watches is the fact that he took one of Harrison's timepieces (H3 or H4 I think) on one his voyages, using it quite successfully for navigation.


Great idea JB!
07/06/2008 - 20:20

Since I like white metals and I am a huge fan of the color blue, I'll say Robert Edwin Peary, who discovered the North Pole.

To be honest, I don't know much about the man (so I', not his biggest fan), but I think a dial representing the Artic could look very nice (something similar to the Sputnik dial - Alex, showing us that watch was the best mistake you'll ever make!) A semi-transparent, partly frosted ice blue dial would be a killer for me