Quite the compliment!

In a recent interview for Watch Journal, Eduard D'Arbaumont, President of IWC, North America was asked: If your brand did not exist, which watch would you wear?

His reply should please many at VC.

"Well it would have to be a Vacheron Constantin Grand Patrimony in white gold. It's a beautifully simple watch, something that you could wear every day for the rest of your life and then pass down to your family."

C'est pas mal!

As Alex said...
09/29/2016 - 11:15

...if they know; they know.


That is quite a compliment!
09/29/2016 - 11:23


Very nice, indeed
09/29/2016 - 11:33

And I would agree with him, although this isn't the exact model!

It is indeed quite the compliment. But thinking a bit deviously, I wish the
09/29/2016 - 14:24

magazine would ask this question to Mr. Stern of PP :-) and see his response :-)

he would probably say Rolex :-) which of course is a
09/29/2016 - 14:53

fantastic brand (I'm a huge vintage Rolex brand) but I don't think Mr. Stern would ever mention VC as the latter is the only direct and frontal competition PP has!

Thanks JB for sharing this with us, that is quite the compliment! (nt)
09/29/2016 - 18:19

I think this is the watch Mr. D'Arbaumont is referring to, Ref. Model #: 81180/000g-9117.  Grand Taille Patrimony.  (Picture from VC's website):


Oh, that's a nice one!
09/30/2016 - 17:33

I prefer it just a little bit better in platinum.

Oh, that's a nice one!

(Photo courtesy of Bill L.)

ooh! any one of these babies would make a happy man out of me :-)
09/30/2016 - 17:37


Re: Oh, that's a nice one!
09/30/2016 - 19:54

I'm quite partial to the PT with the grey dial...since I own one. But the design is wonderful and one of thebest time only designs.


Re: Quite the compliment!
09/30/2016 - 19:28

He shows exceptionally good taste and is very open about it. I wonder how many in his position would take that kind of risk?

As a complete new-comer to this forum, I walked off today with the platinum Historiques Ultra-thin 1955. That would be - and definitely is - the watch for me!

It joins the platinum Cornes de Vache that I have been wearing on an almost daily basis - when actually using the chronograph - and in the coming January is to be unified with the OS Ultra-thin "time only" in WG.

That to remind you that I am a champion of a few Independents ,who are also friends of mine; but they make entirely different kinds of watches.

Apart from that VC is closest to my heart and emotions about watchmaking at its very best - and still the finest..

Greetings to all!











Wow, that is already quite an amazing, modern, VC collection!
09/30/2016 - 21:05

We love wristshots here at THL and would love to see some when you have the time!

Welcome to the Lounge and VC ownership.  Is it safe to assume you are a white metal fan?

Here on THL, we just love watches and I am sure many would love to see some of your Independents and watches from other brands that you like.  I know I do! 

Please note, due to some recent, technical issues with the website...if you want to post pictures, upload them but do not "insert" them into the body of thr text.  The pictures will show up at the bottom of your post.

Best Regards, Dan

i second Dan, would love to
09/30/2016 - 22:55

see photos, you have quite a collection. I'm also a huge fan of the independents so please post photos of your favorites also :-)

welcome to the Lounge, good to have you with us

thanks for joining.
10/01/2016 - 12:09

Some great timepieces you are talking about. Would love to see some pictures on the wrist. Maybe start another thread, but would really enjoy seeing the VCs and the others. There are many fans of independents here as well. Sounds as though you have a nice collection started!

Thank you for the warm welcome!
10/01/2016 - 21:25

... and making me feel at home here.

Sorry to disappoint, but I no longer - sigh! - take photographs of anything these days. The years advance and, at the age of 77, I would rather be in the "now" of things rather than join the waiting line for a more than uncertain future.

Indeed I prefer white metals for the daily getaround. However there are certain gold colors that are right for a particular watch, if not always for me. Now on my wrist is a Papillon d'Or by Andreas Strehler - sorry Vianney!

The Historiques Ultra-thin 1955 just blows me away. I can read the time within a handful of seconds from the dialface, without any markings between the minutes indicators! What a relief to be free of a tyrannical seconds hand that dictates precision - and turns me into an even more of a precisionist fanatic. No, this Ultra-thin is truly exact - after a single day and night on the wrist!

Strange indeed that I compared it to my Rolex Day-Date 40 in platinum with the "president's bracelet" and noticed no real change in wearing comfort. The weight difference, however, is impossible to be neglected! Again photos are no great help, expecially where the thin-ness of the VC becomes the main part of the story. Getting the time off of it is a breeze, under all sorts of lighting conditions.

Time for me to say goodbye to Andreas and change back to the VC -

where I really feel at Home!



Elegantly stated and understood Amerix.
10/02/2016 - 00:51

Thanks for taking the time to express yourself,  I can truly understand and agree with all that you have said.  BR, Dan