Presenting my Historiques American 1921

For a full review of the watch and the caliber click here


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!! Presenting my Historiques American 1921

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 Presenting my Historiques American 1921) 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!

Presenting my Historiques American 1921


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”
Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921

Presenting my Historiques American 1921
09/16/2010 - 12:59
09/15/2010 - 20:09
WHL
09/15/2010 - 21:10
09/16/2010 - 13:03
Doc
09/16/2010 - 23:39
09/17/2010 - 00:40
09/17/2010 - 00:59
SJX
09/21/2010 - 18:44
09/21/2010 - 19:16
Simply stunning! This is a watch that is...
09/15/2010 - 15:21
...perfect. It's quirky but classical at the same time. And the quality of the finish (movement and case) is beyond anything achieved by any other major brand in the world, bar none. A big claim to make, I know, but I really feel it to be true
agree, its classic with a twist ;-)
09/16/2010 - 12:57
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Congratulations on such a great piece!
09/15/2010 - 17:05

Congratulations, Alex! It is a really stunning piece.  It is simple (function-wise) but the "twist" (which is so Vacheron-like) ensures that it will be the center of many conversations to come. I had a chance to try it on and it was very nice on the wrist too (but I had to return it).  Aside from the low supply and high price, I was not too fond of the strap which it came with.  It had a oily-looking shine to it that, coupled with the brown color, reminded me of "la cucaracha" (sorry, Alex). Still, it is one of my favorite new VCs. Wear it in good health, Jefe! KazumiLa cucaracha, la cucaracha!

my friend this is for....
09/16/2010 - 12:58
you
Congratulations Alex! Absolutely beautiful piece...
09/15/2010 - 18:47
Wear in the best of health! Best, Mike
thanks Mike!
09/16/2010 - 12:59
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Wow! Congratulations!
09/15/2010 - 20:09
That is just one of the most beautiful watches released in the past 10 years -- at least.   So, is this what arrived in the box you pictured earlier this week?  Has VC changed the presentation box for this particular model (and possibly other watches)?  I kind of liked the older style presentation box that I have seen before, but perhaps this one is equally beautiful.  Any additional photos of the box you might share, please? I have not YET, acquired a 1921, but I am very hopeful.  It is on my very, very short list. Thanks for sharing the fantascitc phots of this beauty.   respo
Hi respo....
09/15/2010 - 21:14
I've said it on Purists, I've said it through your friend Domenic when I met him, and now I'm going to say it here: Just buy the watch already!! (My purpose in life is to nag you like the kid who asked for his $2 in Better off Dead!! ) Bill
LOL
09/15/2010 - 21:37
Keep nagging me, Bill.  I put the "I" in "WIS." Best,  respo
you should listen to Bill, he is in part responsible for my VC madness
09/16/2010 - 13:00
Welcome Respo good to see you here. The new VC watch box is
09/16/2010 - 12:43
great with some goodies: outer cardboard box the box the top par can be removed and inside is a pouch which contains all the goodies: cleaning cloth, USB key (instruction mmanual), stylus, paperwork and can also be used as a travel pouch
Thank you for the additional photos
09/16/2010 - 17:02
...and for the "Welcome." I appreciate the chance to see the full package for the 1921. I still think I prefer the former presentation box, which looked smaller to me, but elegant.  In any case, this is perhaps a bit more contemporary and very lovely.  I know the box is not the "main event." So, I was reading with great interest your post yesterday and the earlier review of the 1921 that you did with Kari Voutilainen's comments on the watch.  That is remarkable what he said about the finish of the movement.  I am still very much a watch neophyte, and it is impossible for me to gauge how well a movement is finished except in extreme cases and with the help of very goo photography.  An opinion like that is helpful in understanding the pricing of the 1921, perhaps even within the VC brand, as well as comparing it to other time-only pieces from a few of the other major manufacturers.  I was also interested to learn from your post that VC planned to make only about 150 of this model per year.  That seems like a nice low limited production number to me.  I would still like to have the crystal ball to tell us for how long VC will produce this model and if there will be other variations (in other metals, boutique LEs, etc.), but I suppose we can't have complete information, can we? Thanks again for the additional photos.  I would be very grateful if you would post a new photo of this watch every day... respo
variations on the American 1921
09/16/2010 - 17:52
I have no idea how long the American 1921 will be in production, but considering that its still selling like hot cakes I would imagine that it will still be on catalogue for a few years. As for variations, special editions etc. I have no idea, I would think that somewhere down the line it may be released in a white metal but I don't see it happening in the near future. The only variation I'm aware of is a platinum perpetual calendar version which was available only in VC boutiques (notice the crown on the left side of the case) You were mentioning movement finish, if you're interested in VC movement finish click here
Well, there was ONE more ...
09/16/2010 - 23:32
variation of American 1921, but I promised not to post the picture Anyway, it is a nice one and Alex yours too Congrats! Oliver
what???!!! you promised not to post a scan but you didn't promise not
09/17/2010 - 19:22
to describe it, right?
Nice box!!!
09/17/2010 - 08:10
Congrats on your newest acquisition Alex...wear it in good health. I have yet found another VC that really captures my heart but I am sure it'll come in the future.
Congratulations, Alex.....
09/15/2010 - 21:10
I'm so glad you finally have one on your wrist, and this is a wonderful birthday present to yourself. Bill
Its a great watch and am enjoying every minute ;-)
09/16/2010 - 13:01
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Congradulations on the gorgeous watch and the Birthday!! nt
09/15/2010 - 23:12
nt
thanks for your kind wishes (nt)
09/16/2010 - 13:02
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Re: Presenting my Historiques American 1921
09/16/2010 - 00:27
Congratulations Alex! Its really beautiful. Wear it in the best of health. Joseph
merci mon ami (nt)
09/16/2010 - 13:03
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A real beauty! Congratulations! [nt]
09/16/2010 - 07:38
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thanks Tien, could be a cool compagnion to your Vachy ;-) (nt)
09/16/2010 - 13:04
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Beutiful watch and
09/16/2010 - 23:39
perfect on your wrist! But on my tiny? I have had it as background on the PC, to and fro some years now,  from the first pics I got from you What's the measures? It really are stunning and it's a form watch Congrats my friend! Doc
40mm but fits good Doc :-) (nt)
09/17/2010 - 11:25
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OMG, I'm in love - again!
09/17/2010 - 00:40
My original objection to the initial release was the red 12. IMHO it was an unnessary distraction to a beautiful face. This is perfect, especially on your wrist, although better on mine As always, wear in good health. The Don's proud soldier, Luca
Grazie! but the red 12 was on the Chronometre Royal not this one :-)
09/17/2010 - 11:29
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Luca's lost his mind...
09/17/2010 - 20:01
again but he still loves thw watch!
You know, it really is
09/17/2010 - 00:59
growing on me, the 1921, and your photos are great, and it does look fabulous. Congratulations (both on reaching, and succumbing to, mid-life and mid-life crisis respectively!) I hope it brings you joy, and perhaps I'll see it in the flesh next time... I hope so. Best regards Gary
I'll bring it over next time in London !
09/17/2010 - 11:32
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One of the nicest watches around, without a doubt!
09/17/2010 - 13:30
What a nice way to treat yourself for your birthday! All the best
I agree with you :-)
09/17/2010 - 15:42
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All I got for my birthday was a hug & a kiss.....
09/17/2010 - 17:43
.....and that was from my dog!!!  Congratulations, Alex.  That is an extraordinary watch just on the concept, but the VC craftmanship & finishing put it way over the top.  This is one of those rare watches that, when someone asks you for the time & glances at your watch, they can't help but remark "What the heck is that & how do you read it?" You chose well, my friend.  May you wear it in the best of health!  Nicholas
its a good start :-) (nt)
09/19/2010 - 17:09
N
Congrats Alex!
09/21/2010 - 18:44
That is probably VC's best timepiece (within reason) in today's collection. And happy belated birthday! - SJX
thanks buddy :-) (nt)
09/21/2010 - 19:16
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Re: Presenting my Historiques American 1921
11/03/2010 - 17:33
Hello, I bought American 1921 having read excellent article. Thank you