To paraphrase Julius Cesar: “I came, I saw, I bought”
Well I didn’t buy right away, not that I didn’t want but just couldn’t! I first saw the Historiques American 1921 end of 2008 and deliveries were to start sometime after.
There were so many things I loved about this watch: the design which was almost 90 years old but which had been re interpreted with such peps that it looked so contemporary and the fact that VC was using it to launch its all new large sized inhouse manual calibre 4400.
All the retailers I talked to were saying that these watches were trickeling in and that they were all pre sold (VC had planned to make about 150 a year), and the only ones I was finding on the net were ABOVE list!!
I finally put my order down in Dec…and I was told there was no guarantee I would be delivered within the year!!! However pleading that I wanted it for my 40th B-day in September I managed to soften the hearts of the people at VC and received my watch early Sept… 10 months after having ordered it!!!
My American 1921 has been on my wrist for the past 10 days…it’s the first thing I look at in the morning when I wake up (I know…I know ) and it puts an immense grin on my face.
However there are some down sides, due to the location of the crown my fingers rub against the lugs when winding, its not painful but unpleasant.
My second issue is that I wish the strap was screwed like in the original model and did not use spring bars.
OK I do admit that I’m pushing it and trying to find fault with a watch which really doesn’t have any.
One of the fun parts is that due to the slant of the dial you actually need to “read” the time fo ex: It is 12.05 but the hands would be indicating 2.15 in a regular watch!
As for the cal 4400, I’ll let independent Master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen speak:
“I’m very impressed with the movement construction and finish. The movement is easy and logical to assemble, all parts fit in perfectly. You tell me this is a base movement? Then what a base movement! Finishing a movement to be used in very small quantities is something, having a movement with this type of finish in what will be made in large amounts is something thoroughly different! The quality of this movement is much higher than what we see in other high end brands (Kari did in fact give some names that I prefer not to give out but you can imagine who he was referring to). This is the first modern caliber I see finished so well”