SIHH 2015: Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

Congratulations to VC and Jerome Meier for assembling a magnificent collection of vintage chronographs on display at the Maison to compliment this year's novelties.  The exhibition was grouped thematically, ie, simple chronographs, split-seconds, wrist chronographs, chronographs with complications.  However, for this presentation I've ordered them by year to assist future research.  Hope you enjoy smiley

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

 

1873, independent center-seconds two-train chronograph with quarter repeater

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1895, split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, minute repeater

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1901, chronograph, 5-minute repeater, perpetual calendar

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1903, minute-counter chronograph, certified chronometer, two-tone dial

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

1905, split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, minute repeater, perpetual calendar

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

1905, minute-counter chronograph, certified chronometer, tachymeter on five rings

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1911, minute-counter chronograph, sphygmometer (blood pressure)

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

1913, minute-counter chronograph, hunter case

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

1913, split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, pulsimeter, minute repeater

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1914, minute-counter chronograph, certified chronometer

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1916, minute-counter wrist chronograph, monopusher

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1918, US Army Corps of Engineers chronograph

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1920, chronograph

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1920, minute-counter chronograph, pulsimeter

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1922, minute-counter wrist chronograph, monopusher, tachymeter

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1927, chronograph, pulsimeter

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1928, monopusher minute-counter wrist chronograph, pulsimeter, inspiration for Harmony case design (photo taken at SIHH)

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1929, ref. 3306 monopusher minute-counter wrist chronograph, pulsimeter

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

1930, ref. 3306 monopusher minute-counter wrist chronograph

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1930, split-seconds minute-counter, minute repeater, perpetual calendar

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

1931, ref. 3450 split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, perpetual calendar, power reserve, tourbillon, certified chronometer

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1935, 1/500 sec. time-recording apparatus for high-speed sporting records (first time complete unit on display)

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1935, ref. 3466, monopusher, tachymeter, steel case

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1937, ref. 4075, tachymeter

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1938, ref. 4072, tachymeter, steel case

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1939, ref. 4083, tachymeter

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1939, ref. 4083, tachymeter

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1940, ref. 4178, tachymeter

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1943, split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, minute repeater, perpetual calendar

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1944, ref. 4072, pulsations

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1945, ref. 4367, tachymeter

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1946, ref. 4178, tachymeter

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1947, ref. 4178, tachymeter, telemeter

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1948, ref. 4178, pulsimeter

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1954, ref. 6087 “cornes de vache”, tachymeter

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1960, ref. 6087 “cornes de vache”

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Unfortunately, I missed the data on these two pieces:

Split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, platinum case

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

Split-seconds minute-counter chronograph

 Vintage Chronograph Exhibition

Wow - what an amazing collection!
01/26/2015 - 23:09

Thanks for documenting for the loungers who couldn't make it (like me).  At first I thought this was your collection, but I think there were one or two in there you don't have yet!  Thanks so much for the great pictures.  Some pretty obvious influences for the Harmony line in there and some just amazing mid-century wristwatches!

Part II: Vintage Clocks
01/26/2015 - 23:14

Most brands had some vintage timepieces on display as the trend continues to connect past and present in watchmaking.  To compliment it's new Arca table clock, VC assembled a stunning display of art clocks at the SIHH Salon, the result of their past association with Verger Freres.  Interestingly, the conversation at dinner speculated on what might be accomplished if VC today had a similar artistic collaboration, say with Van Cleef & Arpelsenlightened

 

1926, Japonese-style 8-day power reserve, purchased at auction in 2012 for CHF 122,500!

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1926 Art Deco 8-day power reserve, wandering hour-circle

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1926, Art Deco 8-day power reserve

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1926, Temple-style 8-day power reserve

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1927, Art Deco 8-day power reserve, zodiac symbols, retrograde hours

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1927, Art Deco 8-day power reserve

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1927, Japonese-style triptych, 8-day power reserve

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1928, Art Deco 8-day power reserve, retrograde hours

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1929, Art Deco 8-day power reserve

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1928, Art Deco 8-day power reserve

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1933, Art Deco 30-day power reserve, constant force escapement, inspiration for this year's Arca table clock although it's about 1/3 the size.  Bought in 2011 for an eyewatering CHF 242,500.  LOL, I recall asking Vincent Kauffmann back then, through Alex's "Ask the Design Director your questions" post, if this piece would inspire something new.  His reply was enigmatic; "There are some very exciting projects I'm working on but can't say more."  Now we have the answer yes.

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1935, Japonese-style triptych, 8-day power reserve

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I'll take one of each please :-)
01/27/2015 - 10:34

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Me too...
01/27/2015 - 12:04

.smiley

Thanks Dean
01/27/2015 - 17:27

haaa those vintage...

I can't get enough of the classic 4178, the pocket platinum split is also amazing in its own way.

cheers

François

Thanks Dean for the nice eye candy
01/27/2015 - 15:36

I would love to have the 6087 from 1954 and the 4178 from 1948 on my wrist (although I would prefer the latter on a leather strap)...

 

But my favorites out of the lot are 1) the split-seconds minute-counter chronograph, minute repeater from 1895 and 2) the 1913 minute-counter chronograph, hunter case. I've been wearing a lot more 3-piece suits recently and I've been thinking that getting a VC pocket watch could be a good way to enter the world of vintage.

 

Cheers,

 

Francois 

A pocket watch would look fantastic :-)
01/27/2015 - 17:21

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