a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a collecor has kindly accepted to share his amazing VC collection with us. This is the 3rd and last part.

to see Part 1 click here

to see Part 2 click here


Heure SautantePlatinum. Launched in 1994 the Jump Hour is directly inspired by a 1930s historical piece. At 12 is an aperture with the hours’ disc which jumps immediately to the next hour once the onyx triangular minutes indicator reaches 12 after having made a complete one hour tour of the dial.

The 36mm case housing the automatic caliber 1120 exists in yellow gold and platinum and features a beautiful guilloche dial. This watch is certainly an under looked watch and one of my favourite VC’s from the 90s. Definitely worth looking into especially considering that it was produced for only 4 years with a very low production number of 192 pieces in yellow gold and 131 in platinum. 

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)


Saltarello
White gold. Launched at a watch show held in Berlin in 1997, the cushion shaped Saltarello (also housing a caliber 1120) was made in a limited edition of 500: 200 in white gold, 200 in rose gold and 100 in yellow gold.

The silvered dial features a guilloche sunray pattern but one of the coolest features of the Saltarello is hidden from the eye: its gorgeously skeletonised/engraved rotor. It is one of the extremely rare non skeleton models with such a rotor. 

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)


Mercator: Africa, Europe, Asia
Platinum. Launched in 1994 the Mercator existed with polychrome enamel dials or gold dials etched with acid! The movement of the Mercator is as interesting as its dial. It houses the extra flat (2.45mm thick) cal 1120 modified for a bi-retrograde time indication. The calibre was born without the Geneva Seal which was added to later models starting 2003. The hands, which have been very ingeniously shaped in the form of a compass progress divergently across two arc-shaped zones, one graduated from 1 to 12 hours and the other from 0 to 60 minutes. Each hand returns instantly to zero on exactly completing one half day and one hour respectively.

The complexity of the double retrograde hands was made even more difficult by moving the hands to the top part of the dial resulting in the hands and the crown to be on a different axis. 

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)


Chronographe Historique
Platinum with the extra rare guiloch salmon dial. Housing cal 1140

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)


Patrimony Contemporaine maual wind

White gold housing cal 1400

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)


Minute Repeater
Platinum...with the sweetest chimes I've heard a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)

a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)
All watches are great....
04/28/2009 - 13:14
this person has good taste. jérôme
Not like you (nt)
04/29/2009 - 23:55
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Eh Vergès.......
05/01/2009 - 00:06
good grief! there are more ........
04/28/2009 - 13:47
Alex, yr presentation brings out his thematic collection very well. thanks for the effort. the third offing of unique time-telling and signature dishes of contemporary VC is delicious. but of course, the finale dessert is sweet and a bang.
White Metals
04/28/2009 - 18:58
This collector has a real love of white metals...steel, white gold, platinum!  He also has knowledge of the significant movements in VC history and a great eye for Vacheron's iconic designs.  I share his passions
What a collection! Thanks for sharing!
04/28/2009 - 19:00
I love the Saltarello and Mercator!  Those pieces are definitely in my wish list. Of course I also have a soft spot for the super clean Contemporaine. A very lovely collection indeed.  Thank you for sharing! And thank you for the write-up, Alex.  Maybe you can do a similar one featuring your collection. Cheers! Kazumi
Delightful Post
04/29/2009 - 00:00
Hi Alex, Another set of absolutely delightful pictures! Thanks for posting! Best regards JAMES
This gentlement prefers steel, white gold and platinum
04/29/2009 - 03:54
Excellent collection of elegent and clean pieces.  These are truly VC watches that I feel VC should work harder to gain more solid recognition from the collectors. Regards Ling
Re: a look at a private collection (Part 3 - Final)
04/29/2009 - 06:22
all quite beautiful. the chronographe historique would be the one I would go after. thanks for sharing all these temptig delights, lol. best regards, Matt
Awesome collection/ collector
04/29/2009 - 13:10
Congrats to the collector ! my favourites are part 1 & 2 All the best to my fellow loungers, Berny
How it goes Bernard? (nt)
04/29/2009 - 23:56
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I would love to have such a collection
04/30/2009 - 14:37
especially part 1 & 2 !! Ciao, LN
Even half of it (nt)
04/30/2009 - 17:11
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a collection obviously built with taste, passion and...funds :-) NT
04/29/2009 - 19:52
NT
Alex, thanks for the invitation to these three
05/01/2009 - 00:37
private shows of a very balanced and extremely elegant collection Please, tell the collector I deeply respect her/him for an utmost taste Carpe Diem Doc