A look at a rare Mercator America

a collector asked me to post these photos of his watch.

Mercator America made in 2004 in platinum 10 pieces with polychrome enamel dial.

The Mercator was launched in 1994 as a tribute to Dutch cartographer Gerard Mercator who drew maps of the world in the 16th century. Originally launched in 2 limited editions with dials representing either the Americas or Africa/Europe/Asia in yellow gold, at a later date a regular production models were launched with the same dials but engraved instead of enamel and in either yellow gold or platinum cases. A few pieces were made upon special demand for specific markets.

This model being one of them, its rarity increased even more by the fact that the case was in platinum whereas the majority of the special piece Mercators had yellow gold cases (and some rare examples of rose gold as well)

A look at a rare Mercator America

A look at a rare Mercator America

A look at a rare Mercator America

A look at a rare Mercator America

A look at a rare Mercator America

for more on the Mercator : History of Vacheron Constantin's Alternative Time Displays Part 1
I love the whole concept of the Mercator. beautiful watch
07/05/2010 - 16:39
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superbe NT
07/05/2010 - 20:02
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Spectacular enameling! This is such an art and I am so thrilled that
07/05/2010 - 20:12
V&C has kept this art alive at its maufacture. I still think this is one of the high points (there are many) of a V&C tour and the enamel group is so informative and friendly to show and discuss their work--brings back great memories. I am also a little biased on this watch, you can see California on the baja peninsula if you look very closely. Many thanks to the collector for sharing and of course to Alex for the post. Best, Tim
Art for art's sake but a stunning timepiece.
07/06/2010 - 11:07