I have been following this forum for a while and I thought it was about time for me to make a contribution. I am sure that I am not the only one that really love the way Vacheron Constantin use the Maltese Cross.
It occurred to me that there could be more to the connection between our favorite Maison and the beautiful Maltese Cross than an old barrel component related to winding. It did not take long to find a good story here. Wikipedia tells the following story about the Maltese Cross:*** In the 15th century, the eight points of the four arms of the later called Maltese Cross represented the eight lands of origin, or Langues of the Knights Hospitaller: Auvergne, Provence, France, Aragon, Castille and Portugal, Italy, Germany, and England (with Scotland and Ireland). The eight points also symbolize the eight obligations or aspirations of the knights: 1 to live in truth2 to have faith3 to repent one's sins4 to give proof of humility5 to love justice6 to be merciful7 to be sincere and wholehearted8 to endure persecution *** This ties beautifully well with the values of Vacheron Constantin and its collectors!
To me, this is very interesting. It reminds me of something one of the collectors said in one of the video interviews with Vacheron Constantin collectors in one of the video clips in the Hour Club. He told that he had never met anyone wearing a Vacherin Constantin watch who was a bad person with a weak personality. He described Vacheron Constantin owners as noble and honourable persons. This is fully in line with the original values of the Maltese Cross.
Well done, Vacheron Constantin!!!
Let me hear what you think!