Press Corner has been updated with an excellent interview of Vacheron Constantin CEO

Juan-Carlos Torress interviewed by revolution talks about the brand and and the challenges in the watchmaking industry

Excellent read
06/11/2014 - 03:20
I agree VC is a master of creating emotions with their watches. Especially like the read on the traditional watchmaking aspects of the cow urine on the min repeater gongs and also how the hard of hearing watchmaker uses a piece of metal in his mouth like Beethoven! Just amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us Alex Cheers Robin
In fact not cow urine but
06/11/2014 - 09:03

horse urine cheeky

Horse urine gets about...
06/13/2014 - 22:04

A little known Pharma industry fact for you all.. Involving horse urine no less. How I have resisted sharing this info is beyond me, and now seems as good a spot as any.


'Premarin' is a hormone replacement therapy product. Your mother might be taking it.


the name is, (as is the product itself), rather inventively for pharama, made up from pregnant mares urine. Pre. Mar. In.


oh well, I'll just crawl back under my rock.



I wonder about the thought process that goes into this!
06/16/2014 - 21:25
Thank you for sharing the interview.
06/11/2014 - 16:32

There is some really fascinating stuff in this interview -- for instance, the interesting techniques for manufacturing the minute repeater calibers, and here Mr. Torres seems to be confirming the hitherto apocryphal cow/horse urine theory.

I was not fully aware of the design elements that Mr. Torres describes regarding the straight line to be drawn from the central pinion to the slider on teh new MR. I had not "connected all the dots" including the sub-seconds pinion and the "eight" index.  Perfect attention to detail, and he is so right that your mind will subconsciously appreciate these details. I think a lot of people have reacted to the off-center sub-seconds with a  simple "I like" or "I don't like," when the design is not really that simple at all.

It was also good to read the history lesson with regard to trendsetting over the past several decades. VC also seems to be taking a very balanced and realistic approach to the sizing of watches.  VC did not jump on the band wagon with regard to ultra-thin watches, they invented it. But they are also not going to stop making more substantial watches just because thin is in for now. 

Personally, I was happy to read and see the references to the 1972, the 1912 and the 1921 all good examples of the "discreet elegance" discused in the interview and all watches of which I am very fond.  ;-)



some other site news
06/11/2014 - 17:54

Firstly, will someone from the Hour Club please review the 3rd edition of Collector's Island please enlightened.  It's a stunner, really my favorite so far....

Also, Alex will you be revealing the new maison exhibition Travels & Andornments?

here's what I suggest
06/12/2014 - 12:10

you can do a review of Collectors Island and I'll put a video on the exhibition online cheeky

Dean, please post pics of Collectors Island 3.
06/12/2014 - 17:28


I'm hoping someone else will
06/13/2014 - 01:09

I know there are other enthusiastic writers out there...angel

Re: Press Corner has been updated with an excellent interview of Vacheron Constantin CEO
06/12/2014 - 17:16

Excellent interview Alex. Always a pleasure to read JCT interviews.