This should be fun for everyone, especially me!

Call me crazy, so what's new, but I need your advise.

I haven't bought a Vacheron in over 3 years and that's two years longer than it's been for the past 40.

I'll spell out my criterion and you tell me what Vacheron you would reccommend:

1) $10-$12,000.USD budget.

2) Total inhouse manual movement.

3) Easy to read face, black or blue on white or silver works best.

4) Simple hours, minutes and seconds, prefer dial to sweep.

5) Exotic leather strap with tang buckle, no bracelet.

6) Exhibition case, 36x40mm diameter and 6-10mm depth.

7) Prefer Yellow Gold unless Doc buys me Rose Gold buttons, no white.

8) I think I'll go get more bang for my buck with a NOS or Pre-owned.

Ok "Kids" what would you have me buy. Best to all, Miki

Hey Crazy!
09/25/2007 - 12:31

Sounds like you have your criteria narrowed down. Not much space to move around.

My pick for you would be Patrimony Contemporaine.

I have one in YG (my latest acquisition) and love it to death

Re: Hey Crazy!
09/25/2007 - 14:52

Thanx-but... could never read the dial, wrong color combination. Miki

Miki, it seems as it could have been a post from me!
09/25/2007 - 14:19

This would suit you perfect

24 x 38 mm without lugs or crown, and 9 mm thin.

1950.

Doc

Re: Miki, it seems as it could have been a post from me!
09/25/2007 - 14:58

You remembered that I "drolled" over this one before. You're right, it has me all over it.

Except this is another one I couldn't read. I didn't realise this one has an exhibition case.

Best-again, Miki

This?
09/25/2007 - 19:51

About the same size.

1946 sold 1947.

Look at the lugs

Then you have to go for a pair of buttons

Cheers

Doc

Re: This?
09/26/2007 - 01:47

Lugs are to watches as Legs are to women, and do I love them both!

We're getting closer Doc but still not there. Please keep trying.

Got to post my buttons but remember a guy from my town "don't got no quiet rings or buttons".

I remember one you showed that made me crazy and, what's new, I can't remember.

Best to all, Miki

Re: This should be fun for everyone, especially me!
09/25/2007 - 19:44

Hi Miki,

The Patrimony also has a few other models including the Classique and the Automatic with a date window at 6 o'clock. I believe these only have stick markers rather than numbers (except for the date window), so there should be no trouble reading them.

RG with a black dial is a lovely combination with good contrast.

If you don't want a VC, I think the nicest "simple" watch is the Chopard LUC 1860 with the guilloced dial. It looks like a Philippe Dufour Simplicity (same company did both dials). Check them all out. Hopefully, there will be something there you will like.

Regards,

Joseph

Re: Re: This should be fun for everyone, especially me!
09/26/2007 - 02:09

You would think that a black dial with gold sweeps and numbers would work-not-been there done that!

Additionally white with yellow or Rose gold is worse. It would have to be a rare exception.

That being said you failed to mention a YG Chopard LUCQ Quattro Cal.1.98. Oh Baby!!! Best Miki

Re: Re: Re: This should be fun for everyone, especially me!
09/26/2007 - 21:04

Hi Miki, I didn't really forget.

I was trying to stay within the limits of the budget you mentioned.

I've considered the Quattro for myself but felt that the date and Reserve indicators took up too much space on the dial.

The beautiful guilloche pattern is better appreciated on the the LUC 1.96. I also think the movement is superior to the 1.98 (IMHO). I would prefer the QUATTRO tourbillon but its a bit pricey.

Regards,

Joseph

2 choices 1 caliber: 1400
09/26/2007 - 01:14

The cal 1400 is inhouse and manual wind and comes in 2 very different models:

Malte Grand Classique: 36mm with sub seconds

scan courtesy of TX Nicolas

Patrimony Contemporaine, 40mm without subseconds, exists in all metals withh creal dial or in RG/black dial made for the VC boutiques

Re: 2 choices 1 caliber: 1400
09/27/2007 - 00:03

Hi Miki,

With one requirement being an inhouse movement, I would go with Alex's choice of the Patrimony Contemporaine, as its available in all metals.  I would personally go for the RG with black dial, but I know you have already gone the black/gold route on the Patek. 

Best regards and I look forward to hearing about which VC you choose.

Dino

Re: 2 choices 1 caliber: 1400
09/27/2007 - 02:11

Sooner or later the "Don" speaks!

Is the Patrimony Contemporaine, show above, the same RG w/black face that I have drooled over in the past?

If so tell me more, more like where. What the heck it won't be the first or the last that I'll exchange.

Best to all, Miki

that's the special boutique edition which is available only via
09/29/2007 - 23:27

Vacheron Constantin boutiques. It is available only for a year (up to about May 2008)