looking for this watch

hello there :)

iam on the search for a special watch, i only have a pic of it where i could read the name Vacheron Constantin. so i tooked a look on the homepage and all the watches but i could not find it.

here is the pic:

looking for this watch

i love this watch looking for this watch

somebody knows the name of the watch? and where i can find it?

sincerly Wurschtbieb

Re: looking for this watch
02/12/2008 - 04:49

This is the Mercator model which came out in honour of Gerard Mercator, the cartographer's 500 anniversary.

Limited quantities were made. they all featured reproductions of Mercator's maps.

The one pictured is of North and South America although there are others with different parts of the world pictured, some with only local maps (ie Portugal, Germany) and others with continents like the one pictured.

I believe the one in your photo is platinum with the etched face. They were originally done in a cloissonee fashion.

There are still a few floating around for sale but are very hard to find, especially the cloissonee ones.

They haven't been made for about 10 years. That's why they're not on VC's website.

If you send me a private message I can send you a link to a site where there may be one still available, but in yellow gold, not platinum.

They also appear on the auction sites periodically (Antiquorum, Sotheby's and Christies.)



You are a man of excellent taste :-) The Mercator is what got me
02/12/2008 - 11:08

interested in Vacheron Constantin and probably one of the most exciting and original watches of its time.

As Joseph explained the watch was first launched in 1994 in a limited edition with closonné enamel dials representing either Europe/Africa/Asia or the Americas

Vacheron Constantin soon after launched the regular production model of the Mercator with the same dial motifs but this time in etched metal and not enamel. These models existed in yellow gold and platinum as shown in your scan.

Upon request Vacheron Constantin also made different dials upon request from specific markets but always in enamel and in a limited edition. For example:


North America


Hong Kong


There was also a rather bizarre model with the signs of the Chinese zodiac which doesn't really make sens since the Marcator dials were based on the maps drawn by 16th century cartographer Gerard Mercator!

The only non enamel dial model made for a specific market was a platinum Mercator made upon request from the Thai royal family

Upon the difficulty of execution about 50-60 Mercators were made per year over about 10 years which makes each piece a rather rare one!

Good luck on your hunt if you're looking for one. Its an amazing watch.

The Mercator - a splendid case of VC artistry!!!
02/12/2008 - 11:14

Just a'propos a previous post. Stirs emotions, doesn't it?

This watch is an excellent example of VC artisians and designers thinking out of the box.

I have to admit it is a great series of watches with a motif behind it. Still I wouldn't get one for myself.

Chinese Zodiac was not necessary
02/12/2008 - 23:38


Re: looking for this watch
02/12/2008 - 14:00

This kind of watch is really unique in the watch history, and quite difficult to manufacture, especially the cloisonné enamel.

BTW, I probably know a possibility of buying one in PT 950 (if still available): just send a PM and I will leave you a link and more info.

Cheers, Patrice

I love this Mercator too
02/12/2008 - 14:26