OK, I've been waiting for a week to post this (since I received back from service my most cherished V&C) and filling up the server space with other posts to get to post 100 and make it special...
It all started in the spring of '06, on a nice sunny afternoon in the southern Dutch town of Maastricht, strolling along the old medieval streets.
Flash back to one year priviously, when I first got interested in mechanical watches and bought my first timepiece (not a VC). At the time, my mind was full of these almost magical names, Patek Phillip, Breguet, and most appealling to me, Vacheron Constantin, which epitomized the ultimate goal and achievements of of owning the top in watchmaking.
I had never thought in my mind that I would ever own one of these fabled timepieces; they were more a symbol, a dream and part of watchmaking mythology than a reality. I had come to terms that I would probably never own one.
Flash forward to spring 2006 and a visit to a small watch shop in Maastricht. I saw a Vacheron & Constantin watch, from the 50s or early 60s (didn't know at the time), in near perfect condition, the dial could have been made yesterday. The movement was absolutely exquisit, better than my mother's Jaeger Lecoultre from the 60s (which I had checked as soon as I went to visit after my interest in watches started). This was what it was all about...
My girlfriend encouraged me to buy it, seeing my passion and my tremblign fingers as I was handling the timepiece. It took me a little while to realize that I had in my possession a Vacheron & Constantin watch, the epitome of high horology. A feeling of absolute elation inhabited me... My girlfriend told me a few times in the following days to stop looking at my watch as she saw the joy and especially the unbridle pride I had in that watch.
I sounds very cheesy, but it is difficult to describe the strength of those emotions. I am sure most of you have had these feeligns too and you can fully understand them
It is a reason I decided to have it fully service by VC and obtain a certificate of authenticity. After many tribulations and 14 months, it arrived last week!!!
I had almost forgotten how nice the watch looked... my pictures don't make it justice as usual, especially the near mint state of the two tone dial...
When I bought the watch I also got given a VC box, which si not the original box (it does not have the "&"), but I have it anyway.
They changed the crown for a VC crown with the cross on it.
Now, here are some pictures, with the cover of this year's Mardi Gras guide with a Art Deco style just for Doc...
The watch with the certificate:
The box, and the little thingy VC sent with the watch, both great for traveling:
More of the box:
Picture of the movement before service: (I haven't got a nice one after service yet)
And with the Mardi Gras background: