one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais tourbillon QP

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP

One of my favorite modern VC timepiece is the Saint Gervais a perpetual calendar tourbillon with a 250 hour power reserve display launched in 2005 as one of the anniversary pieces. The other anniversary models (Jubilé 1755, Tour de l'Ile, Metiers d'art and Esprit des Cabinotiers) were in some sorts a hommage to the past and the traditional arts of watchmaking, whereas the Saint Gervais is extremely modern in its presentation.

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP

The name is a tribute to the Cabinotiers established in the historical Saint-Gervais district, the cradle of grand traditional Geneva watchmaking. Close to the brand’s historical headquarters located “En l’Ile” on the banks of the Rhône river, from the mid-18th onwards the Saint-Gervais district was home to the watchmakers and craftsmen working under the rooftops in order to find the silence they required and to enjoy the best possible light. Together, they constituted the prestigious Geneva “fabrique”.


The Saint Gervais is housed in a 44 mm platinum case, and features the different aesthetic elements of the anniversary pieces (exclusive case, hands, guillochage…). This timepiece has 410 parts driving the hour and minute displays, small seconds at 6 o’clock, along with a tourbillon. The in-house calibre 2250 also features a perpetual calendar. The movement is powered by four barrels, stacked in pairs and providing a total power reserve of over 250 hours: the reserve is visible on the dial by double 125-hour segment indications, each winding down in turn.

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP

In fact the watch has a power reserve of over 270 hours but has a stop system at 250 (the brand’s age in 2005) to avoid any loss in amplitude and accuracy.

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP

The Loungers know my dislike for big watches, but this is the exception which confirms the rule, the Saint Gervais is extremely elegant on the wrist and very comfortable to wear.

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP

The Saint Gervais is limited to 55 pieces of which n° 1 with a black dial (unique piece) was auctioned by Antiquorum on April 3 2005 for an astonishing CHF 446,250!

one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais  tourbillon QP


Movement : Calibre 2250 – 410 parts - 4 barrels providing a 250-hour power reserve

Indications & functions : hours and minutes
seconds at 6 o’clock
“Tourbillon” device
independent double power reserve
perpetual calendar
- day
- date
- month
- leap years

Other technical characteristics:

Energy : mechanical, hand-winding
Regulating organs: Breguet overcoil balance-spring, balance with screws
Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,000 vph)
Power reserve: 250 hours
Jewelling: 33 jewels

Other characteristics:

Winding stem: 2 positions
Perpetual calendar adjustment: using 3 correctors housed along the case

Main dimensions:

Caging diameter: 28.50mm
Total diameter: 32.0mm
Total thickness: 8.60mm


Material: 950 platinum
Diameter and thickness: 44mm, 14.6 mm
Inter-horn width: 22mm at the strap attachment
Shape and construction: round 3 parts, screw-on bezel
Case-back: secured with screws, with inset crystal
Crystals: sapphire, glareproofed on the inner face, mounted on a joint
Finishing: polished case, fine knurling on the bezel and case-back “250th anniversary” type soldered lugs
Water resistance: water-resistant to 30 metres.

Material: 18-carat gold
Dial description: light silvered finishing, hand-guilloché “ 250th anniversary” motif, 18-carat gold appliques


Hours and minutes: in rhodium-finished 18-carat gold, fan-shaped, inspired by a 1926 vintage model
Seconds : in rhodium-finished 18-carat gold, baton-shaped, on tourbillon carriage
Subdials: in flame-blued steel, dagger-shaped

The more I learn about VC the more amazed I'm with their overall
08/31/2007 - 18:33

technical and design elements.

This watch is absolutely stunning...shame it was made in such a small series

At 44 mm it's a big one but gosh, it's a masterpiece:
09/01/2007 - 02:22

As Chronometer said, it's a wonderful blending of design and function.  You would think that a 250 hour power reserve display would be impossible to artfully create, but VC did it.  I love the case design too.  I wasn't aware of a solitary No. 1 issued in black.  It's stunningly terrific.  A very astute lucky person snagged this gem in the auction.


VC really make the nicest tourbillons! Love this watch. Have any ever
09/01/2007 - 20:53

shown up at auction?

Saint Gervais undoubtedly one of the most beautiful watches ever made
09/02/2007 - 19:53
This VC stunning time piece leaves me breathless and speechless. I actually bookmarked my copy of 'The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin' on the page with its presentation. So each time I open it I start my reading with Saint Gervais. Kinda like your starting page on the laptop... Wonder what it is on my PC? :-)
LOL!! Guess what's on my laptop? The special steel Malte tourbillon...
09/02/2007 - 22:21

made in 10 pieces in 2006

Alex, don't tease...
09/02/2007 - 23:36

You're showing us all the beauties of this watch world...

did you know that just the tourbillon bridge takes about 11 hours to
09/03/2007 - 10:34


and how long does it take to assemble the whole thing? nt
09/03/2007 - 13:20

I'm waiting for an answer on this (nt)
09/04/2007 - 14:25


Might we someday see...
09/04/2007 - 06:09
a "standard" production 10-day (or more) tourbillon from VC? Bill
I think that somewhere down the line the elements used in the Saint
09/04/2007 - 10:38

Gervais will pop up in other watches but certainly in a different set up.

amazing watch...
09/04/2007 - 13:00

...IMO definitely the nicest model out the anniversary pieces

...still prefer the 47112 though!

any bad boy 47112 on the horizon? :-) (nt)
09/04/2007 - 13:48


Re: one of my all time favorites: The Saint Gervais tourbillon QP
09/04/2007 - 15:06

I always thought that this model got the least attention among the 250th Anniversary pieces.

It got less press coverage, stuck between the impressive Tour de l'ile
09/04/2007 - 16:07

and the more affordable Jubilé 1755 models. It did however sell out in a blink of an eye. I never saw one at a dealers and the only one I saw on the secondary market was a bit over list price!!