Skeleton shots

I keep trying to capture the beauty of the Malte Squelette -- I hope that these photos are an improvement on my prior efforts and that others will post additional views of their VC openwork watches, as I agree that VC is properly famous for these beautiful works!

Skeleton shots
Skeleton shots


Re: Skeleton shots
02/22/2009 - 16:19
Hi Gary, Beautiful shots. They really bring out the sculptured  nature of the engravings. I agree that VC is at the top in this form.and they continue to have the excellent artists to create these intricate designs. However, in the past, Audemars had some beauties as well. Regards, Joseph
02/23/2009 - 09:19
I'm planning on doing a comparison posting of VC and AP skeleton styles as soon as I get my AP back from the jeweler!  Both are great in my view, and each has its distinctive style. Best, Gary
VC's skeleton pieces are truly amazing. What is the size of
02/22/2009 - 17:31
your watch? The 1st scan is gorgeous
Thanks -- size is...
02/23/2009 - 09:18
...36mm or thereabouts.  I just measured it and it looks to be 36 -- I have a faint recollection that the official size may be 35.5.  One major reason why VC came out with the new "railroad track" version this year, I'm sure -- to get the case size up to 38 mm. Happily, I have a relatively small wrist, and to me the size of the watch corresponds very well to how thin it is! Best, Gary
I love the VC skeleton watches...
02/22/2009 - 17:45
I saw the Malte Squelette in person when I was in Chicago about 2 years ago.  It is an absolutely breath taking watch!  I love how they have worked the Maltese Cross into the design and the engraving is really top notch.  I do not own an open work VC but according to a friend that has/had a skeleton perpetual calendar VC from the 1990s and who has seen more modern pieces, VC has made tremendous improvements in their engraving in recent years.    I find skeleton watches often seem to be underappreciated, at least among my watch friends.  Many think they are too fancy, too flashy, or too hard to read.  They would rather have a chronograph or perpetual calendar from VC or some other brand rather than a skeleton watch.  It seems pre-owned skeleton watches are often a very good value as interest in them is often rather low...which hopefully will work to my advantage in the future. Thanks for posting some great photos.  It brought back good memories of trying the Malte Squelette on Chicago and what a great trip that was. Best regards, Dino P.S.  if you have time please post some photos of the back showing the rotor.
Photos of back with rotor
02/23/2009 - 09:34
Dino -- thanks for the thoughts!  I loved the watch the moment I saw it -- but took about 6 months to pull the trigger.  Resale value is truly awful, but if you're in the market for a pre-owned watch, it can be pretty good! Here are some shots of the back, taken today: Hope you enjoy! Best, GaryG
How gorgeous Gary.............
02/22/2009 - 19:06
You must be thrilled every time you strap that one on your wrist.  It must look awesome when you wear it...a true stunner. All the best, Tom
Thanks, Tom
02/23/2009 - 09:35
It is a pleasure to wear -- just like that "other" VC that I'm wearing right now! Best, Gary
love the contrast of the rhodium, yellow and blue colors! (nt)
02/23/2009 - 11:27
Absolute marvellous!!
02/23/2009 - 13:41
That will be hard to beat, for anyone The other photo's below are just as amazing as the first. What patience in creating this piece of art Congrats and wear, and enjoy it in health! Cheers Doc
Thanks, Doc
02/23/2009 - 18:23
I'm finally starting to figure out watch photography a bit -- I think that my next post will be the VC-AP comparison, as I agreed with your recent post that we could use some posts that provoke some dialogue! All the best, Gary
I knew that I could count on you Gary,
02/24/2009 - 15:10
it's good for our small brains to get some more work to do. It's amazing what the human brain can create, with just a little different approach Looking forward to your next post, as I of course do, to all posts on this Lounge, which I think most of fellow Loungers have understood by now Hej! Doc
Absolutely fantastic pix, Gary but I'll be a party pooper...
02/23/2009 - 15:28
I am not a big fan of skeleton watches in general so I am not going to endorse the watch. On the other hand, I can fully appreciate all the workmanship and craftsmanship that goes into a watch like that! Great scans, though! Congrats! Radek
Completely understand
02/23/2009 - 18:20
Radek and Ace -- I completely understand that squelettes are not for everyone!  Seems a pretty specialized taste, and I'm one of the folks who has the bug.  Gives me a good chance to practice my photography, though! Best, Gary
Not a huge fan of skeleton watches for myself but I can only admire
02/23/2009 - 17:12
the painstaking work which has gone in making your watch. VC crafstmanship at its best.
Gorgeous!! Congrats! nt
02/23/2009 - 18:33