My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar

My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar

Regardless of it’s un poetic name, the minute repeater is certainly the most exciting horological complication and the most magical for any WIS. Imagine when a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon are added like in the cal 2755 (some one do something about such a lousy name for sucn an amazing piece).

However, considering the difficulties of manufacture and their price tag the said WIS hardly has the opportunity of seeing one and even less hearing it chime.

You can understand my irrepressible jubilation when VC asked me if I could wear the calibre 2755 for one day and write about my impressions. I weighed the pros and cons: what if some guy in the subway cut my arm off and walked away with the watch? Or if it fell off by mistake? My children, my grandchildren and the next seven generations would need to work hard to reimburse it!

Well…I’m right handed and could live without my left arm and as I don’t yet know my future siblings their monetary problems are of little interest to me. Not being of the adventurous type but being an incurable snob, I wasn’t going to refuse the opportunity of wearing the equivalent of a Parisian apartment on the wrist!

The 1st question that needs answering is what is a minute repeater? According to my friend Eugene who is a man of taste, the minute repeater is useful for the great traveller. If you wake up in the middle of the night in a dark room and have no idea where you are just activate your repeater, if you hear a gentle voice next to you whisper “what a lovely sound…what is it?” you know you’re travelling and at a hotel. If a husky voice yells at you “stop playing with that watch of yours and go to sleep” you know that you’re at home My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar

Being rather of the sedentary type I needed another reason to wear such a watch. I have to admit, it wasn’t too difficult: the possibility of wearing such an amazing watch doesn’t come twice!

The early apprehension rapidly evaporated and I was manipulating it like a watchmaker. The hairs on my arms stood straight each time I activated the repeater and watched the tiny hammers delicately hit the gongs creating a pure seraphic music.

I have to admit that I hardly worked that day; I spent my time admiring the sensual curves of this sublime time piece that at regular intervals sung for me with her delicate voice making me sigh like a love struck teenager.

My dear Loungers, it is time for me to say adieu, because it is out of the question that I return my dearly beloved to its proprietor…a convoy heading to Skepteria is waiting for me, I will arrive tomorrow morning and will seek political asylum as to continue living my clandestine love story far from lustful eyes. I will make my watch chime each time I will feel nostalgia for the Lounge.


My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar

My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar

My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar

My day with a repeating, tourbilloning perpetual calendar
A true masterpiece Alex. Enjoy your exile...
02/03/2009 - 11:04
though I believe that Interpol has already been notified and is circulating your picture. On a more serious note, while I admire the craftsmanship and skill that goes into creating such a timepiece, my preference in chiming watches is for them to be without other complications.  I would love for VC to make a minute repeater, or better yet a sonnerie, without the tourbillon and without the perpetual calendar.  When will VC make my dreams come true??? Oh, and if you activate the repeater and you hear, "Police, put your hands in the air!", then you are surely in deep, deep trouble.  Thanks for sharing your encounter with the snake in the Garden of Eden.  Glad that you are enjoying the apple. Cheers, Duncan
What a great experience that must have been
02/03/2009 - 11:36
I remember that sound of that repeater being outstanding during the presentation at SIHH 2007 (organised by Alex of course). I assume the sound of the production version is just as good or better? - SJX
I made it chime in my car with the radio on and it was amazingly
02/03/2009 - 11:47
loud and pure.
One word : Discreet .
02/03/2009 - 12:16
No living people outside Vacheron&Constantin or Hour Lounge and those who are really in to watches, not even the wildest WIS, could imagine that behind that 'low profile' design, you have evrything! Seeing a person with it at the wrist, you wouldn't notice that you just missed an absolute masterpiece! I, who really appreciate understatements, loves it, and you know that I really don't like tourbillons, but who, on this planet could resist this watch, not me The Englismen, are said to be the masters of understatements, they will for sure buy the whole stock Congrats Alex, to have had the pleasure of wearing it, this shows how important man you are to V&C! I'm sure that you felt some kind of relief, when you turned it back in one piece Thanks for a nice article, as always hej! Doc
LOL Alex !
02/03/2009 - 13:00
Hope you are bringing your dear wife with you on this journey to Skepteria
Agree with Duncan that
02/03/2009 - 15:01

a repeater is better be left alone (in this piece : )

Disagree with one small assumption about that voice in the dark -

there should be a third kind of *exciting* voice, "honey, don't be selfish, since she is leaving tomorrow morning, let's share this one night stand *together*", obviously the one next to you cannot sleep, too, and you know this is home, sweet home ; ) Alex, surely you can write (very well! as far as the loungers are concerned:), but never known in this genre - I mean, poems, almost.  Anyway, thank you for sharing such an intimate love story!

brilliant and hilarious. You made my day!
02/03/2009 - 17:52
Thanks Alex,
02/03/2009 - 18:45
That was a very funny and unfortunately too brief an article. It woke me up early this morning when I read it! Who needs coffee when you can have M. Ghotbi's humour?! You're a very lucky individual getting to play with expensive bubles like that. Maybe you could persuade VC to sponsor an auto manufacturer, say like Lamborghini Regards, Joseph
give me a Lamborghini and I'll probably thrash it in no time at all:-)
02/03/2009 - 18:51
Nothing to say but WOOOOWWWWWWW!!!! Lucky man!!
02/04/2009 - 02:48
Ghot(bi) bless the beautiful watch! ;-)))) nt
02/04/2009 - 10:56
For VC, it is "In Ghot(bi) We Trust"! :-) (nt)
02/05/2009 - 00:54
LOL guys :-) (nt)
02/05/2009 - 11:49
witty and well written loved it! NT
02/04/2009 - 11:32
Hi Alex! You are so lucky! Where you able to record the sound?
02/04/2009 - 15:12
If yes maybe you can upload here. Its really my wish to hear the chimes.
Good for yuo Alex.......
02/04/2009 - 15:36
and thanks for sharing those lovely pictures.  Just looking at that watch made me smile. When I was younger I remember going out with an older woman and I bought her a card that said "Someday, Someway we'll be together".  I guess it says something about life and time when that saying in the card is more applicable to a watch than to a woman! All the Best and You are a lucky devil! Tom
what is absolutely extraordinary
02/04/2009 - 17:43
specially with this timepiece is the sobriety, the discretion, the lisibility. "Heavy" complications, but a very simple, clear dial.  On top of that, a wonderful class. Bravo Vacheron. Deniz.
Sounds like a great day for a WIS...
02/04/2009 - 17:57
What a stunning watch.  While I am not crazy about the offset dial with the subdials pushed toward the upper portion, I could certainly learn to live with it   .  I love the case with its magical slide, and of course its amazing movement.  Thankfully for us your apprehensions about wearing the watch dissappeared and you were able to share your experience with us.  I'm sure it was a memorable day!  I've only handled a watch with a minute repeater twice, and each time it was an IWC.  The first time was at a special event and the President of IWC at the time Marc Bernhard (I think back in the late 1990s) was very kind and pulled out a  Platinum Grand Complication.  He said "Would you like to try it on? Its not every day you get to try on a $200,000 watch."  I think I was drooling so much just looking at the watch that I could barely speak...but some how I managed to say," Yes!"  It looked perfect on my wrist and I admired it for several minutes.  So much so that when a friend asked what it sounded like, only then did I realize that like an idiot I forgot to ask to hear the minute repeater function .   What a terrible mistake on my part.  I had been interested in watches for more than 10 years and had never seen a minute repeater in person much less tried one on.  It could be years or decades before I would hear one in person as my local dealers never get in anything that complicated.   Thankfully, a few years later I was invited to an event sponsored by guessed it IWC.  Needless to say, when the opportunity arose to hear a Portuguese Minute Repeater I made sure that I got to hear it.  It was quite a treat.   I still have not heard a VC Minute Repeater...but hopefully someday I will. Best regards. Dino
Lord of the Rings!
02/04/2009 - 19:53
Great photography Alex, can you give lessons?  These top-line pieces certainly demonstrate what the brand can do.