Malte Tonneau Dual Date

I have 2 questions regarding a Malte Tonneau Dual Date I recently purchased. Hope someone can help with them.

 The watch is rated for 30M water resistance yet the crown does not 'screw down' and there is no mention in the owners manual of how VC makes it 'water tight'. Any leads on that?

My 2nd question is this: On the case back the words Royal Eagle is inscribed, which I thought represented another model other than the Malte Tonneau. I purchased the watch from Cellini in NYC, an AD. Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Bill

Re: Malte Tonneau Dual Date
11/05/2007 - 20:58

I don't have any specific info on the water resistance, but the 47400 I purchased about a year ago does not have "Royal Eagle" written on the back.

Re: Re: Malte Tonneau Dual Date
11/05/2007 - 21:15

KCC,

Thanks for the response and apologize for misrepresenting the watch as a Dual Date insead of the correct name Dual Time.

Re: Re: Re: Malte Tonneau Dual Date
11/05/2007 - 22:04

Hi Billy,

No worries, would you have any pictures of the front and back?

could both of you post scans of the back? Water resistance is a scam
11/05/2007 - 22:49

in the way that water restistancy of  watches are rated based on tests comparable to a swimmer sitting still at that pressure level not taking into account movement or change in depths. So basically a 30m water resistance means you can take a shower with it or get stuck under the rain but not really fit for swimming!

Regarding the fact that the back of your watch is inscribed Royal Eagle I can only guess that the case was made prior to the name change.

Re: could both of you post scans of the back? Water resistance is a scam
11/06/2007 - 06:35

I totally agree with you Alex; the water resistance is based on static fluids.

Re: could both of you post scans of the back? Water resistance is a scam
11/06/2007 - 18:04

I placed a call to Russell from VC and he is looking into clarifying the inscription on the caseback of my Malte Tonneau Dual Time.

good to hear. Keep us posted. Would you mind posting a scan of the
11/07/2007 - 13:17

case back anyway just for reference?

Re: good to hear. Keep us posted. Would you mind posting a scan of the
11/08/2007 - 02:31

Hope this picture comes through - I've tried before with no luck.

Re: Re: good to hear. Keep us posted. Would you mind posting a scan of the
11/08/2007 - 02:34

Here's the front of the watch - my new love.

Re: good to hear. Keep us posted. Would you mind posting a scan of the
11/08/2007 - 03:36

Hi Alex,

Is there any difference what so ever between the RE and the Malte styles?

no difference between the Royal Eagle and Malte Tonneau its just a
11/08/2007 - 09:08

name change. Slowly all round Malte models will be phased off and this model range will only have tonneau models.

Re: no difference between the Royal Eagle and Malte Tonneau its just a
11/08/2007 - 09:36

It is sort of interesting that VC will eventually connect the shape of the Tonneau to its signature line.  It makes me feel that my choice for the 47400 was a good one.

Re: Slowly all round Malte models will be phased off
11/08/2007 - 10:01

Could you please give us some more info regarding this change?

Hi George, not much to add, logically each model range will have its
11/08/2007 - 11:12

distinctive features: the Patrimony Contemporaine and Patrimony Traditionnelle with their special case shapes and dials, Overseas etc...

Today only the Malte models are different there are tonneaux and round and the goal is to have one case shape per model range and within the next few years VC will phase out the round Malte models. Therefore Round = Patrimony and Tonneau = Malte. Its a logical step IMHO 

I am a very sad boy... :-(
11/08/2007 - 14:27

The Malte collection is my favourite VC line and I like the tonneau case as much as the round case.

To me, they both look like they are part of the same family – the lugs and hands are so distinctive!... I really like the fact that within one collection, there was a little bit of variety. I can understand VC’s rationale to streamline each collection, but IMO this looks to be more a business decision rather than an artistic one: have one case for each collection in order to increase manufacturing efficiencies and economies of scale, ultimately increasing profitability per model. I guess that’s the CEO’s job… I don’t think that the Malte collection will increase its brand recognition by moving to only one shape. I am only happy that I bought one round Malte case before they disappeared… Veillotron

even your avatar is melancholic :-) Last year I was part of a pannel
11/08/2007 - 14:38

of aficionados/collectors who were to answer questions on a watchbrand whose name was kept secret. One of the questions regarded the opinion of the participants on a model range which included both round and form shape and the unanimous answer was 1 name = 1 case shape.

But there is still time for you to purchase many other round shaped Maltes until they are phased out  , just this year VC introduced the new Malte (round) power reserve with date with a new inhouse movement. On the other hand you just bought the most beautiful Malte model (and probably one of the most beautiful watches out there so... )

interesting that collectors prefer 1 case per collection...
11/08/2007 - 19:11

I will be out of "watch money" for a while after getting the 47212, so I'll probably have to pass on the remaining round Malte models (especially since a little mouse told me that I might be interested in a certain new model)

However, as you said, the 47212 is definitely my favourite and will bring a smile to face every day...

As for the avatar, I prefer the sad face to the smiling one!