The magazine "Departures" is sent to everyone who has a platinum American Express card. In its May/June 2007 issue there is a full-page article on VC's Platinum Maîtres Cabinotiers Skeleton Minute Repeater. Due to its price tag of US$507,000 the article is entitled "A Half Million Past the Hour".
Most of the page is devoted to VC's computer rendering of this watch with some tidbits of information. Only 15 were made. It took 2,000 hours to "build" each watch (I assume they meant to make the parts) and another 320 hours to assemble its 330 components. Loungers will know the other details in the article like, for example, just what a minute repeater is. Curiously the story says the hand engravings on the movement parts were done by a master "who was inspired by the crescent shapes in the design of the Eiffel Tower."
Well, this watch is stunning beyond belief and all I can go is drool and dream about it. And besides all the marvelous wonders found inside the watch, what pretty lugs it has. Perhaps Alex might have a scan of this masterpiece to share with the Loungers. I also think this article being found in a high-end magazine demonstrates that the world around us is awakening to VC's resurgence in the marketplace