Dear Alex, DOC and JohnLy,
DOC's revealing of his Pop's cuff links (I was impressed) got me thinking on the meaning of the Maltese Cross.... not a true rendering of VC's. Is VC's hallmark a representation of the "Geneva Drive" or the "Soverign Military order of Malta"(SMOM)? The "Geneva Drive" seems to be simply a description of a timepieces' mechanism, circa 1750. DOC's Pop's cuff links seem to remark the man's devotion to the 8 pts of the cross, i.e., Loyalty, Piety, Frankness, Glory & Honour, Contempt of Death, Helpfullness toward the Poor and Sick, and Respect for the Church. The Knights Templar/Hospitaller on the original great seal of the Covenant of St. John in Jerusalem centered on a simple red cross (circa 1715) makes a statement.
Many have copied the "Geneva Drive". What is the meaning of VC's 4-sided cross? Is there one?
When I look at quality; I seek meaning and virtue - "good faith" that cannot be quantified and that's what makes VC unique. All eight of the points of the Cross seem virtuious and meaningful, I dimwittedly asociated VC HL with them. Y'all have a very select membership. As I comented prior, you have fantastic gate keeper in Alex.
I'm not familure with your business, but I'm sure that there are many people with the means, who would pay a premium for a timepiece which identifies them with the 8 pts of the Cross.
Thanks for your ear. (Alex, I believe you will parse me out ... the good gate-keeper you are - No slight untended!)