a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

The 1st floor of the Maison Vacheron Constantin in Geneva is reserved for exhibitions of the historical timepieces Vacheron Constantin has in its private collection. The theme of the exhibitions change a few times a year enabling a vistor to come back over and over and not always see the same watches.

Currently the exhibition is on form watches whith a major focus on the period from 1915-1935, here's a selection:

1935

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

 

1928

 a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

Circa 1920

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1924 (white gold)

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1919

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1919

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1917

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1921

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1918

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1915

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1915

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1913

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

1930 

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

Circa 1980 (Dual time)

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

Ref 240 (launched in 1995 for the brand's 240th anniversary)

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

 

1912 (launched in the late 90s in 1912 pieces WG and RG inspired by a model from 1912)

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

Egerie (launched in 2003)

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

Malte Tonneau Tourbillon Squelette (launched in 2000)

a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron

Thanks for the photos
04/29/2008 - 13:21

love the one from 1917

I love the Tourbi Sekeleton!
04/29/2008 - 14:46

I like the look of it, very handsome indeed.

Re: a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Va
04/29/2008 - 14:51

Thanks Alex, for bringing back a few memories

This show was on display at the time of the SIHH dinner and it was a great representation of tonneau shaped watches.

But to avoid confusion what you call the "first" floor to those living in North America (I'm not sure about the UK) is really the "second" floor.

The "ground" floor or rez de chausee is what we call the first floor.

Confusing enough LOL

Regards,

Joseph

Re: Re: a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maiso
04/29/2008 - 15:05

Was wondering the same thing that use to confuse me all the time when I first moved out to Hong Kong 4 years ago

I agree with Mario and Rei
04/29/2008 - 14:53

The Malte Tourbillon Squeleton is from another planet... (and I prefer even more the version with the black nickel face)...

The 1917 is kinda cool - it looks like the VC Dali would have designed...

Great photos....Thanks Alex,
04/29/2008 - 17:14

I like to many to mention, but the 1913 case with the art-deco design around the bezel is very cool. Its always nice to see pictures of the vintage and how its influenced the designs of today.

Mr L...gotta get an avatar

There was never a shortage of audacity in VC's designs!!
04/29/2008 - 17:20

You gotta love that 1917 design!  I also like the one from 1919 among others.

I remember a conversation I had while looking at this pieces during a tour of the Maison courtesy of Mr. Rudol Bull, Expert Master Watchmaker (or Big Kahuna, in French).

I was chatting with a lady from a group of Japanese watch store "purchasing staff"...

Kazumi: (pointing to a tonneau watch) Sad to think that the average Joe will probably just think of this as a Frank Muller.

Lady: Yes, so similar.  I wonder who came up with the design first?...

Kazumi (eye's almost popping out in disbelief)...Uhm...these are designs from the 1900s.  Mr. Frank Muller is still alive(!)

Lady: Oh yeah...oops.

Kazumi (...I hope she just joined their shop yesterday...)

Thanks for the post Alex!

Ciao

Kazumi

LOL, always fun to read your posts....nt
04/29/2008 - 17:22

nt

Re: a look at the "Form watches" exhibition at the Maison Vacheron
04/29/2008 - 19:14

Hi All,

I agree with Veillotron completely... the 1917 watch looks like it just came out of Dali's "The Persistence of Memory"... 14 years before it was painted.

best,

Jaime

I wonder how many hours I spent looking at these !
04/29/2008 - 20:10

As you understand these are the Holy Grails to me.

Some of them I have quite similar, and some I missed by inches, but most I'll never get.

But isn't that what dreams are for

Thanks Alex for this really elegant collage

I'll dream tonight:

BTW just bought this little Lalique crystal from the Art Deco 30 minutes ago,

on a live auction.

Cute, I know my wife will like it,

and in the end I peraps add bonus to buy one more form watch

Far from watches, but still Art Deco

Cheers

Doc

(Triple) thanks for the pics, 1912 and 1919 are my favourites
04/29/2008 - 21:04

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Rare timepieces!
04/29/2008 - 23:28

I like the 1917 and 1930.

The 1917 is particularly unique in its kind, except maybe the Crash watch from... Cartier, if I remind it well.

But it was made more lately than VC.

I wonder how many they did produce!

your great shots bring back nice memories, Alex ;-)
04/30/2008 - 00:46

Seeing the rare timepieces in person at the Maison was very special...

Thanks for the pics Alex...
05/03/2008 - 19:49

...It is the first time I see real photos of watches that I had seen only in books :)