New at THL ... but not

... at VC  smiley


Dear Friends of Vacheron Constantin,

For a couple of years, I have been a “silent follower” at THL and enjoyed very much the insight, knowledge and humour. Thank you Alex, Dan and all THL-members! Meeting a group of really nice people at the Hour-Club-SIHH-invitation 2014 (2nd group Mon/Tue) has spurred me to action now …

I do love VC for its horological refinement and legacy (self-evident…), for its discrete yet very sophisticated design and its true and sincere client orientation. The Patrimony Chrono with its marvellous Lemania-movement has been my favourite watch since three years, especially in business. In white gold, it is a very discrete watch. Most people realize neither its outer nor inner value. The daily hand-winding and the softness of the chrono pushers are outstanding haptic moments … Only in summertime and humid temperatures and for sports of course, I prefer a steel watch / bracelet. But living in Switzerland and working most of the time in Central and Eastern Europe, hot weather is an issue during three months per year maximum.

New at THL ... but not



New at THL ... but not


Regarding the different complications, I love Chronos, probably resulting from childhood memories in the 70ies, when Formula 1 was a bit different from today, and a Heuer Chrono was the watch of my dreams. [For the motor racing enthusiasts, I can highly recommend the movie “Rush” about the 1976 fight for Championship between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Maybe the rivalry is a bit overstretched in the plot, but the atmosphere is brilliantly captured … in the movies last fall, on DVD soon].

A watch that really captured my heart is the “American 1921”. On my wrist for the first time during the SIHH 2013, I cannot get it out of my mind (thank you Alex wink). So the picture is only a kind of preview … but a great one, and I do certainly not wait for its 100th anniversary!

New at THL ... but not

Cheers, Roland
Good to have you here, Rolando! Make yourself feel right at home ;-)
02/27/2014 - 12:12
It's a beautiful watch you have there. I like it a lot too though my preference goes out to the White Gold with Rose Gold accents - so perfectly Italian, mediteranean! Anyway, I hope to meet you at the next SIHH festivities - should be tons of fun and you'd better be wearing that 1921by that time ;-) All the best!
Re: Good to have you here, Rolando! Make yourself feel right at home ;-)
02/27/2014 - 14:46
Thank you Radek, this is an ambitious yet tempting goal for next years SIHH meeting smiley
Welcome, Rolando
02/27/2014 - 15:31
I did not get to meet you at SIHH (I was in the first group), but hopefully one day... Your chrono is an amazing first VC -- such a beauty inside and out, as you said. Let's hope the 1921 does not remain only a dream for too long. Mine has been my favorite for these past three years.  Imagine how it will make you feel... Hope to see more of you here on THL. Best, Robert
Re: Welcome, Rolando
02/27/2014 - 20:37
Thank you Robert for the nice illustration of the 1921, very hard to resist this beautiful watch indeed ...
What a treat to see you here:-) that chrono is quite something but
02/27/2014 - 23:16
Beleive me the 1921 would make a great companion too :-)
I love the Patrimony Traditionelle Chrono. I assume
02/28/2014 - 09:00
from your post that you are an owner of the Chrono? If yes, I envy :-) this piece.  The 1921 would be a perfect compliment to it. 
Re: I love the Patrimony Traditionelle Chrono. I assume
02/28/2014 - 09:12
Yes, I acquired it in 2011, and within my (small) colletction of chronos, it has become the one with the most "wrist time" by far. I use the chrono function daily, for my 3 min. tea or just for the haptic and visual pleasure ...
Re: Re: I love the Patrimony Traditionelle Chrono. I assume
02/28/2014 - 10:06
Would love to see a photo post of your VC with other Chronos. :-)
Soon ...
02/28/2014 - 10:19
... to come ;-)
Ultimate tool watch and formal but unique
03/01/2014 - 09:55
Hi Rolando, Welcome to THL and thanks for sharing your story and photos of two exceptional timepieces which also are my favorites. One is the ultimate chronograph/tool watch and the other is formal but with its unique design.
Re: Ultimate tool watch and formal but unique
03/03/2014 - 15:14
Thank you Doc for the warm welcoming
Great to see you here Rolando!
03/03/2014 - 15:04
Like I mentioned when we met in Geneva, I use my only chronograph for something more mundane...timing my coffee in a French Press  blush  Best Regards, Dan
Thank you Dan ...
03/03/2014 - 15:33
... for the nice picture! The OS Chrono is beautiful ... but for the coffee, there might be some upward potential if you switch from France to Italy cool Check out this: ECM (Espresso Coffee Machines) for Italian bar quality at home. Unfortunately, for timing the coffee, you do not need a chrono, as the perfect espresso is around 20 sec. only ...
I like, I like!
03/03/2014 - 15:49
But I think I will stay with the French Press, as I enjoy the manual process of making the coffee this way...even it it is not always perfect. :-)
Re: I like, I like!
03/03/2014 - 16:31
I hope I can give you one day a demonstration and a tasting cool By the way, there is a lot of manual activity in the process: - you grind the coffee, the quality of the mill is as important as the coffee machine itself - you press the coffee powder into the holder, different power providing different results - you screw the holder into the machine - you release the lever - you enjoy the coffee ... and the best at the end: you smash the holder down to a designated box with a bar to release it from the used and in the meantime dried out coffee garbage. Do not do it with a watch on the same wrist ... Bottom line: A fine espresso machine is of course less complicated to build, but much trickier to use properly than a watch ...
I look forward to trying it, thank you! (nt)
03/04/2014 - 12:13
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