reminiscing the past possessions...

I am sure many of you have bought and sold a lot of Vacheron watches.
It is always interesting to see how collections evolve and the taste in timepieces changes.
Please share your Vacheron watches you have let go along the way.

here are a few of mine long gone...

My very first VC acquisition (always a warm spot in my heart) - little Toledo in WG and an awesome blue guilloche dial - a rarity
reminiscing the past possessions...

Don't really know on whose wrist the little Toledo ended up - I just traded it up for a very unusual piece - Malte Regulateur Chronometer in WG. And most of you probably remember the unexpected encounter at my barber's - too funnyindecision

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This watch was peddled on to a new home in Paris (how is it doing, francois?)

Another long gone VC creation is this amazing Patrimony Contemporaine in YG. It was an impulse purchase as it was offered at a very low price. Hated it at first and then fell in love with the amazing cream dial. I loved the watch so much I decided to upgrade to an Excellence Platine version

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Another rare beast is a Royal Eagle German Limited Edition (mine was 50/50) - the color combo on this one was amazing RG/anthracite gilloche dial
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Overseas Chrono US LE found a new home with now a very dear friend (how does it wear and tear, Robert?). One of the coolest Overseas' ever made - void of unnecessary inscriptions, first OS with a rubber strap and just look at that grainy dial
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I like a little rotation to my collection and updating it with new designs and fascinations is very exciting. Letting go of older pieces that have kind of worn out over time enables me to meet new watch enthusiasts  who often become good friends over time and it is yet another great aspect to watch collecting.

How about your past belongings?


11/09/2012 - 23:52
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11/12/2012 - 17:34
I have nothing to add here, Radek
11/09/2012 - 15:57
I have sold a number of watches by now even this early in pursuit of this passion, but I have not yet sold a single Vacheron.  They seem to be sticking to my wrist.  smiley  Who knows what the future may bring, but I seem only to want to add VCs to my collection with no desire to subtract.  You've had, and still have, some real beauties, my friend.  Our Overseas US Edition is doing well.  It is at the Boutique in NY now getting its gaskets refreshed to ensure its water resistance so it will be ready for its next adventures.  On the timing machine it performed superbly.  It even passed the water resistance test, but we thought it might be a good idea to be safer rather than sorry.  The Overseas has become my regular daily wear companion -- how fortunate I am to have such a "beater."  laugh I really love that "little Toledo" you had.  If VC only made that one today just a bit larger, it would be a great addition to their lineup. Best always, Robert
I am sure it'll come at some point when you realize some of the pieces
11/12/2012 - 13:36
in your collection don't get as much love as the others = don't get the wrist-time they truly deserve and you'll begin trimming the collection by making difficult decisions. The first one to let go is the hardest. You always have a bad conscience about it or sales remorse. In my case that still is the point with the small Toledo. And believe me once you find a good reason for outing a piece from your collection (it being a new acquisition or another project you need to fund) there'll be no more rationalizing it. I guess I have been through a phase of yours - building/shaping/theming a collection - and it is a great learning experience and the satisfaction you reach through the hunt and finally an acquisition is incredible. In a way, I envy you, Robert. I am past that stage and do not get excited as much anymore. Though I still feel the tingle in the stomachwink 
Re: reminiscing the past possessions...
11/09/2012 - 17:15
Wow Radek, that German Ed. Royal Eagle looks very cool, can you post a full frontal shot?  BTW, I share your concept that its OK to let go of loved timepieces (to good homes, as you have done) so that one can enjoy new thrills.
Just like Robert, nothing to add from my side...
11/09/2012 - 17:54
Bill (aka WHL) and I were discussing this offline a few nights ago... So far, I have never sold any of the watches that I purchased, and I do not intend on selling any of them. But of course over time people change, and so one can never be sure... I am still in 'building' mode for my collection - if ever I get to the stage that I have 6-7 VCs, it might make sense to have a few rotating pieces rather than continuing to grow the overall number... The one thing though that I am 300% sure about (Bill, I revised the figure upwards), is that I will never sell my 47212 - never.  Radek, I was wondering, how much wrist time is your Malte Chrono EP getting? Not sure if it is the right thing to say, but I wish you good luck in adding one more to that list... Hopefully to fund a new VC?wink Thanks for the interesting post, I look forward to the Loungers' responses... Best,  Francois
Radek, you're one of the kings of VC
11/09/2012 - 20:23
I have only had 2 VCs in my lifetime and I sold the Malte chrono last year to an enthusiast so I know it went into the right hand. Now I only got Patrimony boutique ed., and though I rarely wear it now I have no intention at all to sell it having had it for 5 years... I of course will get another VC in the future, but so far those I fancy are just...illusions for me. Who knows I will get lucky later in life :)
I totally share your view...
11/12/2012 - 13:47
although it seems to me like I have been outing more pieces out of my collection than adding recently I am still looking forward to novelties and looking for a piece that will really sing to me. Lately I have not been able to find one in VC line-up that would really make pull the trigger. hope this changes soon, SIHH probablywink As to the Malte Chrono EP, just my 2 cents only, I really don't think you need that piece- having a superior member of the family in your stable already. If I were you I would rather look for some simpler and more refined watch in the EP line-up. How about the latest Patrimony 42mm automatic, Francois?
If I was unclear...
11/12/2012 - 17:33
...I was not asking about your Malte EP Chrono out of personal interest, I was asking because in my view it is such an amazing watch, and I was wondering how much wrist time it was getting these days, having been part of your stable of watches for a while (the 2nd sentence was relating to one of your babies I had seen on another forum). In my case I do agree with you that it would not make sense to go after that model given the fact that it is too similar to the 47212, and that I have only 2 VCs so far...   I've never tried oin the wrist the 42mm Patrimony, but my guess is that I would prefer to go with the original 40mm version... The 3 VCs on my wish-list are currently the 1921, the OS Chrono and the Patrimony Contemporaine. On that last one, I am keeping faith that Alex will be able to convince VC to come up with an Hour Lounge/ Hour Club model  - wouldn't it be fantasctic in steel, with a slate grey dial and a chocolate strap? Something similar to the Machado edition: Not to mention the engraving of Alex's smiling face in the back... The only non-VC currently on my wish list is a Laurent Ferrier. AB-SO-LU-TE-LY amazing... But alas, I have no cash... Hopefully there will be something for you at SIHH...  Cheers,  Francois
Francois, what is the Machado edition?
11/12/2012 - 17:41
That looks similar to the gray-dialed Pt. patrimony Contemporaine in the current production of VC. I do not know about this model. Can you share any additional information? I share your wish for the Lounge  special model. Best, Robert
it was a limited edition Patrimony Contemporaine in either
11/12/2012 - 17:58
WG or PG with grey dial made for a Portuguese retailer Machado
Ok, I am now on the floor hyperventilating.
11/12/2012 - 18:10
Call the paramedics.  Just gorgeous.  I want.crying
I feel your pain... ;-) (nt)
11/13/2012 - 12:37
Your taste in watches is
11/12/2012 - 22:17
almost a mirror of my own. Forget that we both chose the 47212, before we met. I also am highly likely to buy a 1921, and I prefer the Ti OS Chrono (you too?), I have the Patrimony Contemporaine and I think Laurent Ferrier's watches are drop dead gorgeous. If it were not for that Hublot (and no comment there), we'd have to call it a draw.... G
Great Minds Think Alike...
11/13/2012 - 12:45 a certain degree. Good to hear that we share the same taste on most watches, Gary. Leave my Big Bang alone - it is a great weekend beater!wink  And if I remember correctly, you are not too keen on my QdI as well... Having said that, I do looooooove your PP 5970P, your AP RO, your (new) Lange (congrats!), ... FYI, looks like the Watch Panel is pushed back to March  - let me know if you want to go for a beer... Cheers,  Francois
I'm coming round to the
11/13/2012 - 15:36
QdL.... In a very few examples. Yours is on the 'growing on me' lost! It would be great to arrange the beer... Let me pm you some dates and take it from there.... Gary
Your taste in watches is
11/12/2012 - 22:17
almost a mirror of my own. Forget that we both chose the 47212, before we met. I also am highly likely to buy a 1921, and I prefer the Ti OS Chrono (you too?), I have the Patrimony Contemporaine and I think Laurent Ferrier's watches are drop dead gorgeous. If it were not for that Hublot (and no comment there), we'd have to call it a draw.... G
Radek, Radek
11/09/2012 - 23:52 have discarded more pieces than I own! I did sell my Patrimony Contemporaine... And then bought the exact watch back again. Love! Gary
Same here
11/12/2012 - 13:48
let go of the Patrimony Contemporaine YG only to replace it with the EP siblingwink
Good man! (nt)
11/12/2012 - 17:34
I think I belong to the hoarding branch of the Collector's species
11/10/2012 - 18:42
I've only sold one watch in my that was because I picked up a more desirable version of the same model! blush Sold this: For this: As with many that have posted here, this was all done with the help of our dear friend from MA.  wink
That definitely was a great upgrade, Dan
11/12/2012 - 13:49
And our modest friend up in Boston is an awesome enableryes
Re: reminiscing the past possessions...
11/10/2012 - 19:10
Hi Radek, The Dual Time Regulator is still alive and made a happy VC fan. From my small collection (I own 7 watches, all of them from different brands), I have never sold any (except for a swatch I gave to my son blush). The VC being one of those I like best with my Glashutte panoreserve, I will certainly keep it for the coming 100 years. Regards to all F
Great to hear, Francois! All the best (nt)
11/12/2012 - 13:50
What Goes Around Comes Around
11/11/2012 - 15:52
The timing of your post was quite coincidental since I already had my eye on a Royal Eagle in Rose/Grey (7/50) that was on the block at Antiquorum today.   Happy to say that I was the successful bidder, so if we ever meet up you can visit the doppleganger of you departed watch.  This one had a lot of things I was looking for; tonneau shape, chronograph, great metal/color combination etc.  Will post on the wrist photos in a few weeks when I have the watch. 
11/11/2012 - 18:23
You are doing well with the auctions this year. You are right, that is an amazing combination of the case metal and dial color. I am looking forward to the wrist shots. Best, Robert
Super watch!
11/11/2012 - 18:58
Mmmmmmm, chocolate - what a nice piece heart.  Looking forward to your review.
A true beauty Michael. Looking forward in reading your comments
11/11/2012 - 21:07
Congrats, Michael. Great catch! (nt)
11/12/2012 - 13:50
Congrats - looking forward to the 'live' shots!!!
11/12/2012 - 17:37
I think that most will agree with you that the colour combo is one of the best available...
some of those would have made me really happy :-) I've sold more than
11/12/2012 - 10:27
I can remember but here are some which were bought or sold at important milestones 2 tone steel/gold tear drop lugs from the 40s. Sold it in 2002 to finace part of my weddingheart 3 Ref 4178 in yellow gold, steel and rose gold. The latter was bought at the Antiquorum 250th anniversary auction. All three were sold (the yellow gold dila was redone and the rose gold dial needed too much refreshing).  I bought back a YG and RG with original dials recently and will post photos soon Ref 6440 "Cioccolatone" I love this watch but die to its size I felt I was wearing a lingot of yellow gold. Would love to have a RG model but would be way out of my budgetcryingRef 6440 "Cioccolatone" Historiques 1912, my then to be brother in law loved this watch so it was my wedding present to him Medicus. Loved everything about the watch other than the movement which didn't have a column wheel and sold it for that reason Mercator, sold it to buy a Mercator with enamel dial but now regret as I find the yellow gold model with yellow dial closer to the whole ancien map look Don't know why the hell I sold this one! Overseas US limited edition, sold to fund my QDI
I would've bought that Ciocco off of you had I known it was up
11/12/2012 - 13:23
for grabs...frown Sales corner??????????
Re your Malte EP Chrono, I was thinking the exact same
11/12/2012 - 17:42
thing when I heard that you had decided to let it go...surprise and that Cioccolatone does look very yummy too...cheeky
Have you and Radek
11/12/2012 - 22:25
thought of setting up shop in Burlington Arcade?! G