Just received my WatchTime magazine. Haven't had a chance to do more than glance through it, but looking forward to reading it. Thank you Alex.
Got mine too!.....
12/05/2009 - 20:11
Looking forward to a pleasant weekend relaxing on the couch, watching some great sports matches on TV ("American" football and basketball, both professional & college), and thumbing through my new VC magazine. Oh, yeah, my wife says I have to put up the Christmas tree. Gee, the things I have to deal with..... Thanks, Alex, & thanks to VC & The Hour Lounge. Cheers! Nicholas
Re: Received my WatchTime
12/06/2009 - 08:44
got mine. thank you alex. i will be enjoying it for quite a while. scott
12/06/2009 - 19:18
When you get to the article titled Living History, about the Heritage Department's archives and collection, you might be shocked to read the reference to an 1805 silver pocket watch with alarm function which is attributed to Jean Marc Vacheron yet bears the signature 'Vacheron & Constantin' on the dial! Jean Marc had ceased to be active in the manufacture in 1785, after thirty years labour, when his son Abraham took over the reins. JM actually died in the year 1805 at the age of 74. It wasn't until 1818 that Francois Constantin joined the firm in partnership with Abraham's son Jacques Barthelemy Vacheron. The answer can be found on page 27 of Cologni's tome, The Secrets of Vacheron Constantin:It is perhaps to him (Jacques Barthelemy) - or a collaboration between him and his father (Abraham Vacheron) - that we owe the first known Vacheron watch with an alarm, made in 1805 and signed 'Vacheron a Geneve'... The accompanying photo on page 35 reveals an entirely different timepiece from that pictured in WatchTime, this one properly signed 'Vacheron a Geneve'. A simple case of the wrong photo being used, and perhaps some over-exhuberance of the writer to attribute the piece to the founding Vacheron when circumstances indicate it was more likely the work of his grandson.
12/07/2009 - 22:09
Excuse my obsessive-compulsive nature, but I feel the need to follow a mystery to it's conclusion . The item pictured in WatchTime as an 1805 Jean Marc Vacheron alarm watch has it's near twin featured as lot 51 in the Quarter Millennium catalog. This piece has the identical sytlized script for 'Vacheron & Constantin A Geneve' on the dial and other similar features and is dated 1825, which is the appropriate period for both pieces. By a surprising coincidence, lot 52 in the catalog features an extraordinary 1927 silver pocket watch with 24 hour dial. The WatchTime article, Back To The Future, also describes a similar Chronometer Royal version with 24 hour display. This CR would be a real treat to see! Lastly, the article Living History pictures a gold cushion-shaped 2-register single button chronograph wristwatch from 1929 for which the only evidence of its existence is a photograph in the archives. Thankfully, a close relative was present in the flesh for the 1994 Art of Vacheron Constantin auction as lot 118. Dating from 1935, the classic round-cased stainless steel chronograph also carried the most unusual 13 ligne, 21 jewel movement with a sqare single-button pusher above the crown. In conclusion I must say that this special Vacheron issue of WatchTime was a most enjoyable read. The fact that it contained so much meat and so little hyperbole was refreshing. The insights into personalities and their effect on the brand was a treasure as well . I actually feel at bit more in touch with the past, present and future of the company than before!
Thanks for the heads up Mr. Holmes :-) (nt)
12/08/2009 - 10:39
My new avitar
12/09/2009 - 06:05
Thanks for the idea
perfect :-) !
12/09/2009 - 10:08
Thanks Alex and VC
12/10/2009 - 18:49
Received it too !!! Best regards François