A new video has been added to the video section re the "Collectionneurs" service of

selling vintage watches in VC boutiques, how it works and the reason behind it.

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

Excellent interview.
08/08/2014 - 13:24
Can't get enough videos from VC yes. Thanks. Kent 
Very informative, looking for more
08/08/2014 - 16:40

Collectionneurs is a good service for those seeking absolute assurance of originality, authenticity, and functionality in their vintage timepieces.  Alex, there used to be a link in The Hour Club to the current offerings but I cannot find it now.  I also tried to find the NY boutique collection not too long ago but couldn't.  Is there still an online presence for the Collectionneurs pieces?

Ooh. I hope so.
08/09/2014 - 02:10

I saw a couple beautiful pieces at the NY Boutique last week. I'd love to be able to see them online.  The ratchet sound winding the 40's chronometer was sublime. 

The offering were online on The Club but took them down as
08/09/2014 - 16:03

A bit complicated to follow up but now a new process has been finalized and most probably the service will be back online hopefully by year end

Great news
08/09/2014 - 20:44

And I agree with the idea that it is better to not do something at all than to do it poorly or in a manner inconsistent with the values and ideals of the brand.   I look forward to the returne of this service online. Thanks Alex. 

Great service
08/09/2014 - 12:02

I saw some very nice vintage watches earlier this year at the Paris Boutique and recently at Quai-de-l'Ile.

It would be great indeed to have a section in The Hour Club to see the whole selection of "les collectionneurs".

HAGWE,Roland

Re: A new video has been added to the video section re the "Collectionneurs" service of
08/10/2014 - 01:50

A fascinting video, Alex.

But I am curious about one thing. Julien mentions where they obtain the vintage pieces (auctions and vintage dealers for example).

I also know that VC does not buy vintage watches from individuals as I was told at one of the Boutiques.

But surely the watches that are seen at auction and at dealers come from individuals, do they not?

And dealing with the auction houses as well as dealers must be more expensive than dealing with individuals, I would think.

There is a bit of a paradox here.

Perhaps I just don't have the whole picture...

Joseph

I think it is a question of time well used buying at auctions, as
08/10/2014 - 11:54

The dept in charge of buying these vintage watches will at a glance see what's on sale and see the watches in the flesh at the exhibition or before.  And at auctions the price is clear there are no negotiations as with a private party. 

You would be surprised by the number of mails I get from people who want to sell their watch to VC and imagine the issues if the heritage dept finds the price requested too high or customs issues  and costs of having the watch sent to Geneva for inspection etc....

 

VC has bought direct from private collectors but when the watch was extremely rare and important... But for its private collection and not for resale

 

Thanks for sharing this video interview.
08/14/2014 - 20:43

It is really a great service VC is providing through the Collectionneurs program.  I wonder if other brands will follow suit. 

I can certainly see a Collectionneurs piece in my future.  yes I have had the chance to see a number of pieces at the NY Boutique, and I have been sorely tempted already.  The watches look as new for the most part. 

Alex, are there any photos of the box or complete set that would typically accompany a Collectionneurs timepiece?

Best,

Robert

here is the Collectionneurs package
08/15/2014 - 11:17

TESSSTTESSST

 

Thanks, Alex!
08/15/2014 - 14:13

That'll do just fine.smiley