Have you shared details of this piece with us before? What ref and movement?
calibre 1071 - Pink gold although you would not know it from the photograph!
moved back home now?
Yup, back home after 15 years in London...
I'm happy to be close to my family again and I love the fact that Montreal's real estate prices are circa less than 1/6 of London's, but still, I already miss London.
Oh, and there is no VC boutique in Montreal, so I kinda feel naked / on my own now
I don't recall if the QdI was ever given an owner's review in the Lounge, but would love to hear your longterm perspective on this very daring design, especially the transparent dial versions such as yours. Do you treat it as a sports watch or for dress occaisons, or both?
I was sure that I had written a review about it, but having scrolled through my previous posts I can't seem to find it...From memory, by the time I received my QdI so much had already been written about the watch (Alex and Duncan had penned very good posts), that I had decided to limit my contribution to initial impressions of the watch.
Anyway, to answer your question Dean I am still madly in love with the watch and its clear dial. I am not a big fan of the solid dials for the QdIs (even if it does increase legibility on the day/date model). What I like about the most about the clear dial is that it allows me to enjoy VC’s premium finish every time I look at my watch, without having to take the watch off to look at the back. The dial is very simple and easy to read, yet offer so many intricate details – a real modern work of art.
I do not see the QdI as a dress watch, nor as a sport watch; instead I would qualify the QdI as a contemporary / casual watch. It goes as well with a suit as with jeans. I wear suits at work, and the QdI has become my daily wearer. I find the watch very wearable - it sits well on the wrist, the deployant clasp is very comfortable and it fits perfectly under a shirt cuff; the watch has also been very accurate. Not as delicate / precious as my 47212, it can ‘take a licking and keep on ticking’ (we are talking here about ‘office abuse’, of course), so I feel a lot more at ease when I am wearing my QdI than my QP.
It is however not an OS or Rolex, and I will not wear it when playing with kids during the weekend or when doing any type of physical activity. Also, every time I get on a plane I was I had an OS in my collection…
You seem to have found the right place for the Qdl in your watch rotation. Whenever, I think about the Qdl, I consider when and how I might wear the watch, and I imagine it to be exactly as you have described. The Qdl has definitely grown on me over the years since its l;aunch. Of course leave it to me to wait until the transparant dial versions have been discontinued to think about potentially getting one. Why am I such a slow learner?
And reacting tom something else you wrote, every time I get on a plane, I am very glad I have an Overseas on my wrist.
I think that I should wait for the new model to come out before making a move
Although I wouldn't be against getting the Pisa or US LE on my wrist a bit sooner...
I'm enjoying this BP as my secret WIS-watch, with the ironic attributes of sports watch (ss case and bracelet, screw-down crown/pushers, WR to 100m), instrument watch (black dial, military-style Arabic luminous numbers and sword hands that REALLY glow) and haute horlogerie complications (perpetual calendar with leap years and moon phases, chronograph with retour-en-vol/flyback) in a size (38mm) that I feel most comfortable wearing. Of course we know the base Frederic Piguet (Manufacture Blancpain since 2010) movement well, being featured in the VC Overseas version, albeit with a different perpetual calendar module.
To answer your questions, the engraving on the side is BLANCPAIN. Readability is surprisingly good, even with all that going on. I'll credit their clever dial design which includes different textures, 3 levels of inset subdials, and the red date hands which allow the eye to quickly acquire needed info. The moon phase dial is a lovely blue which also contrasts well with the black.
If you'd care to send me any articles you've written, I could upload them with proper formatting. You have many treasures that we'd love to hear about!
of the watch! I'd love to add a rubber strap, wonder if it can be done? Mike, what is the lug width on your Air Command?
I measured with a ruler as I do not have my micrometer here in the city.
Congratulations! May we see the business side of the Malte, please? :-)
Wear it in the best of health.
watches have a certain 'professional model' flair to them. :-)
looking forward to your review
. It is the first Vacheron Constantin watch I have bought here in Denmark. The reason it took so long was that the seller changed his mind a couple of times. I think that it is understandable since I wouldn't have departed with this watch that I consider a "masterpiece" if I were him.
You will of course see an article about the watch but as you already know I have several watches I haven't reviewed and as long as I can't separate the lines in my text when I have added a photo here at the new THL site then isn't any point in making a review.
Nice throwback, Alex!
Hot Lips Hoolihan!
But no picture of the actor who portrayed her in the movie??
TV show in history...
The Lips continue to haunt me. I can't tell from the photo if that is the rose gold or the white gold. It makes a difference in exactly how envious I will be. ;-) Either way, that is a stunning and underappreciated Vacheron reference. It is always and truly a pleasure for me to see your latest additions.
I hpe to see it on your wrist in person very soon.
I did get a few other things this spring and summer but not Vacheron.
All the best,
Thank you Kent.
I did indeed look for a 4984 as well as the other unusual case design watches like the Pagoda, the Butterfly and the 1972. I never found one that i liked or was in decent condition. I did end up with a Pagoda design from Patek and another one from Longines.
I get really torn between your Aronde 1954 and the Toledo 1951.
I love the case of the Toledo more than the Aronde...BUT I love the guilloche dial on the Aronde more than the Toledo.
Alex, was this emoticon created just for the Aronde: ?
Congratulations Joseph on yet ANOTHER great addition to your collection. I hope to see it soon?
Why? Because it is a very intersting idea! BR, Dan
You'll get the "grand tour"
The Man with the 1,000 VCs...
Congrats JB on your latest beauty!!
Very butch, Dan . An Omega co-axial is a great addition to any WIS collection
Just landed this morning in Singapore from a biz trip and this had been my travel companion for the last 3 days in India. JLC master ultra thin perpetual boutique special edition :)
The Malte in RG looks great on you Alex !!
of you without the Montblanc Minerva! The JLC must be the perfect travel watch.
It is much easier to travel with it without much fear of dings or scratches
Whereas the regular production ones are only available in rose or white gold and with tang buckles
thanks Alex! I think you will see me with this watch soon :)
I know you were looking hard at the Toledo 1951. The Malte looks great on you!
Well played, well played. Much 222 love!
LOL, I thought that was the World Cup LE at first
Only if Argentina had won the final
I fully support this look!
It looks fabulous on your wrist! I'm very happy for you. BR, Dan
Welcome to the TOLEDO family owners group .
This 'ciocolatone" case is really incredible and sensual on every angles.
I am sure you will enjoy a lot to wear it most of the time.
Like your wristshot
The Toledo is such a sensual design. I really love the Historique line and the heritage and tradition behind it. VC is my favorite brand!
Regarding the Heuer, I am collecting vintage Heuers and currently looking for a Monaco 1133b.
Sorry for the horrible photo uploads (was off my iphone)
Fascinating and insightful . As a fellow fan of the marque, I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Times of My Life.
I have not but I will seek it out. It sounds quite interesting. Thanks.
Hey! That looks like mine!!
Congratulations and welcome to the Toledo owners group.
Wear it in good heaith.