The Mercator, coherence between the complication and the poetic dial

The last one of my collection..The newcomer is always the favourite one, at least at the moment. The Portugal edition made in 2004 is the last one before VC stops the production (maybe I am wrong, Alex would tell). What I prefer in the Mercator models-of course their incredible beauty- is the coherence between the complication-the double retrograde-and the dial. A map and a compass to celebrate Gerardus Mercators anniversary. Simple and obvious. That's why I don't like much the Chinese Zodiac one, because it's not in the essence of the watch...well if I could find one, I could change my mind...

Maybe it is not the best watch to read time but actually as I wear them often, I just look at the position of the minute hand and I have a good notion if I am late or not...The 5th is coming soon and I can't wait!    
The Mercator, coherence between the complication and the poetic dialThe Mercator, coherence between the complication and the poetic dialThe Mercator, coherence between the complication and the poetic dial
What to say...
05/18/2012 - 05:32
except that once you get #5, you only have 633 more to go! I understand it may not be your cup of tea, but my favorite is the Enzo piece unique heart, showing the possibilities are endless with this great design.
You are living my dream.....sigh :-) I can't wait to see n*5 and even
05/18/2012 - 11:18
More n*6 as I already have my comments on that one ready :-) When is number 5 due? Can't wait!!!!!
Hats off for your last purchase Mercator !
05/18/2012 - 11:24
Time passing, and admiration (not interest sadly) is growing on the Mercator. In the last twenty years it is one of the most amazing piece done by Vacheron (with the minute repeater skeleton and perpetual calendar which is another story). The case design is personnal, a lot of class with a perfect size. That lugs, that curvy side flanks: a beauty. And the slim automatic caliber is imho a very nice one. Especially compared to the Grands Explorateurs where this should have been different imho. The dial is the main point, combined with the hands, it is not only beautiful, it tells you a story, that's where it blows ones' mind. Like the American 1921 reminds me great Gatsby, the Mercator send you back in the Renaissance. And there really few moderne pieces which can do that. Maybe Breguet Tradition for the revolution time, and Halter Antiqua in Jules Vernes world. No other pieces comes to my mind for the moment. These Mercators are really special, fantastic collection. Francois
Re: Hats off for your last purchase Mercator !
05/18/2012 - 13:35
Thank you! And you are a psychic as I got a Breguet Tradition as well, White Gold, Silver and Black dial! A true beauty as well, especially the 37mm...Breguet please, stop to increase the size of your watches!
Easy :D , you love beautiful watches
05/20/2012 - 18:59
though I would have taken it in yellow gold in this special case for "historical" reason. But the white gold black dial is very appealing I must say. Enjoy your beautiful collection. Francois
Not white gold but platinum
05/20/2012 - 21:26
To paraphrase Donna Summer (RIP) "I feel love" you have a collection
05/18/2012 - 12:06
built with love and which I love :-)
Very impressive
05/18/2012 - 21:03
So unusual to see these all together. Thank you for sharing them. Now, where do you find them all! Gary
Re: Very impressive
05/19/2012 - 13:57
Thank you for your comment. I told the story in a former topic about the Mercator watches here. The last one was found few weeks ago on a commercial website.
Swell, you have a passion towards Mercators ;-)
05/18/2012 - 21:12
Congratulations on your beautiful collection!
05/19/2012 - 03:30
That's a beautiful collection of Mercators. That last one was a really good find since only 10 were made. I thought it looked familiar thoiugh... (I believe yours is number 8) Enjoy!
Re: Congratulations!
05/19/2012 - 13:54
Yes you right! And the seller told me that a guy from Canada was very interested in buying his watch...but as I put a tracker on Chrono24, I was the first one to react...It would be interesting to compare our watches and to notice the small differences. Just a small regret for this 2004 edition, VC changed the box. I really like the first ones with the magnifying glass....
Re: Re: Congratulations!
05/19/2012 - 20:11
Hi Mercator, I did enquire about it but I was interested in the price to see what mine was worth these days (LOL). They don't come up on the market very often. Tha was the only other one I've seen for sale in many years. (since I bought mine in fact). BUT... I did buy another watch earlier from him several weeks ago which is now in Geneva for certification. Its a vintage piece and I will be picking it up next month. I will be posting photos of that one and another that I purchased recently towards the end of June. Wear it in good health, Joseph
Looking forward
05/20/2012 - 02:36
Looking forward to seeing what you are getting, Joseph. :-) Best, Robert