Ref. 31039/2

It was limited edition of 300 ex., right?

What does this image on the dial mean?

 

Re: Ref. 31039/2
04/04/2015 - 03:55

Yes, 300 is correct. 32mm diam. 5mm thick, movement 1132

The symbol on the dial is called a Tughra. It is a seal or signature of an Ottoman sultan done in a calligraphic style.

From Wikipaedia:

A tughra (Ottoman Turkish: طغرا tuğrâ) is a calligraphic monogram, seal or signature of an Ottoman sultan that was affixed to all official documents and correspondence. It was also carved on his seal and stamped on the coins minted during his reign.

It could be the tughra of Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-66). It's hard to be sure because the details are not clear in the lower part.

Hope that helps.

JB

Thank you, Joseph!
04/05/2015 - 16:50

Does VC often make such kind of limited editions? I now ref. 48094, which had been made for return og Hongkong to Chinese rules...

 

VC has made a few "tribute" watches
04/05/2015 - 18:51

although not many. Alex would know better than I. That one is also a limited edition.

Joseph

A belated confirmation Joseph
04/09/2015 - 00:24

By chance I came across a listing for a similar piece from Antiquorum in 2008.  The description indicated it was one of 300 made with the signature of His Majesty, Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent.

Caliber 1132.2
04/06/2015 - 06:47

Caliber 1132.2

 

I've never had a piece with this F. Piguet-based manual-winding movement (cal. 8.10), and have wondered about its place in the VC collection.  It was featured in the Historiques 1912 tonneau watch and AP used it as the cal. 2080, so a good pedigree.  The specs show it to be a bit thicker than the 1003 at 2.0mm, and measures out at just 8 1/4 lignes wide.  FP calls it an ultra-flat movement.  Power reserve is decent at 48 hours and I recall Alex mentioning some time ago that it was vulnerable to being overwound.  If you win the auction, please return with a review and pictures smiley.

Re: Caliber 1132.2
04/07/2015 - 01:06

I'm always wondering if I can overwind my OS. It's an automatic but I'm probably not active enough to keep it wound so I wind it every few days. I've been told that it is impossible to overwind an OS but, since there is no way of knowing how much it has been wound by the automatic mechanism I am always a bit leary.

Dave

I don't believe modern VC automatic movements cannot be over-wound
04/08/2015 - 02:07

They are designed this way, so I don't think you need to worry about it.  BR, Dan

Re: I don't believe modern VC automatic movements cannot be over-wound
04/08/2015 - 06:41

Thank you for this confirmation, Dan.

Dave

Re: I don't believe modern VC automatic movements cannot be over-wound
02/28/2016 - 09:38

Hi Dan, I'm a new owner of a VC timepiece and in it is the 1132.2 manual wind caliber. What should be the recommend number of turns to wind it?