so what is gracing your wrists or pockets today?

Finally went for the Malte in RG cheeky



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Something simple!
08/22/2014 - 14:49


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Lovely :-)
08/22/2014 - 15:24

Have you shared details of this piece with us before?  What ref and movement?

6441 from 1962
08/22/2014 - 18:04

calibre 1071 - Pink gold although you would not know it from the photograph!

Good choice Alex...
08/22/2014 - 15:13

QdI for me


you're back buddy good to have you here :-) so have you
08/22/2014 - 15:15

moved back home now?

08/22/2014 - 15:51

Yup, back home after 15 years in London...

I'm happy to be close to my family again heartand I love the fact that Montreal's real estate prices are circa less than 1/6 of London'ssmiley, but still, I already miss London.sad

Oh, and there is no VC boutique in Montreal, so I kinda feel naked / on my own now

A QdI review?
08/24/2014 - 17:10

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?

Re: A QdI review?
08/25/2014 - 20:36

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…




Thank-you Francois
08/26/2014 - 01:34

Much appreciated yes

Interesting comments on the Qdl, Francois
08/27/2014 - 21:41

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?crying

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.  wink

Best regards,


Thanks boyz. And Robert, yes, I do need an OS
08/28/2014 - 15:20

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...





Soooo sophisticated!
08/22/2014 - 15:19

Very nice Alexyes.  Must confess to favoring another brand today...


Suits you well Sir... (nt)
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looking good :-)
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The form of the watchcase of your Blancpain is much more....
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voluptuous  that I would would have expected from a sports watch yes. Is the watch actually a sports watch or is it a military watch? The dial and the hands reminds me more of the style of a Corps of Engineer  pocket watch than a sports watch. Is it an engraving on the side of the case and if yes, could you tell me what's written there? What is your overall opinion about the design of the watch case, the hands and the readability of the dial now that you have been studying the watch for a while? I presume you have been enjoying all the functions of your watch cheeky. You should not feel obliged to answer my questions if you dont want too. Cheers Kent
The similarities are there for sure...
08/23/2014 - 17:41



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!


Thanks Dean for taking the time to answer my questions.
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It's great to hear that you are satisfied with the watch and I love your photo of the trio yes Thanks but no thanks regarding the upload process. I want to do that part myself since I enjoy it a lot (read "use to enjoy it in the old version here at THL") It is essential that such a simple thing should work. I will be waiting for the issues to be fixed. Cheers Kent
Same great F5585 movement as mine
08/26/2014 - 02:49

It's one of my few non-VCs, and most definitely not a workhorse, though it does keep good time.


That bezel sure changes the character
08/26/2014 - 17:20

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?

It apperas to be 20mm
08/27/2014 - 15:05

I measured with a ruler as I do not have my micrometer here in the city.

OK thanks (nt)
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And the new version, too!
08/22/2014 - 15:29

Congratulations!  May we see the business side of the Malte, please?  :-)



business it is then :-)
08/22/2014 - 16:01


Nice Alex. I like the updated Malte with the transparent caseback.
08/22/2014 - 16:18

Wear it in the best of health.

You are a good watch model...all the photos of you wearing
08/22/2014 - 16:20

watches have a certain 'professional model' flair to them. :-) 

thank you :-)
08/22/2014 - 16:26


This is very true...
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Alex is a great wrist model.  He reminds of someone... just can't put my finger on who it might be.


Oh yeah!


LOL, its the shoes!
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Congratulations Alex, it looks good.
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Ref 49005 for me. 


don't see much of those around! Is it a new acquisition?
08/22/2014 - 16:34


Yes, it was acquired about 1 month ago.
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Ah ha, it's arrived
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looking forward to your review yes

Actually "picked up" since it was bought here in Copenhagen.
08/23/2014 - 07:21

smiley. 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.  

Re: so what is gracing youour wrists or pockets today?
08/22/2014 - 17:04

Congratulations Alex!

It looks fantastic! An excellent choice.

Wear it in excellent health.

I also ttok the plunge for a new VC...


Nice Lips Joseph ;-)
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Hot Lips! for those
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who remember M.A.S.H.




I remember
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Nice throwback, Alex!

Re: Hot Lips! for those
08/24/2014 - 14:42

Hot Lips Hoolihan!

But no picture of the actor who portrayed her in the movie??

I remember Hot Lips...MASH is incredible. Probably the greatest
08/24/2014 - 17:44

TV show in history...

What a nice choice, Joseph!
08/22/2014 - 21:09

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.



Re: What a nice choice, Joseph!
08/24/2014 - 14:37

Thanks Robert.

I did get a few other things this spring and summer but not Vacheron.

All the best,


Lips to die for!
08/23/2014 - 07:06
Gorgeous watch kiss and congratulations with your new acquisition. Did you ever consider the ref 4984 or is the new model the one in terms of design that made your heart beat faster? Wear it in the best of health. 
Re: Lips to die for!
08/24/2014 - 14:50

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 LOVE that dial Joseph!
08/23/2014 - 12:02

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.  indecision

Alex, was this emoticon created just for the Aronde: kiss?

Congratulations Joseph on yet ANOTHER great addition to your collection.  I hope to see it soon? wink

BR, Dan

Dan you should go bespoke. The Toledo 1951 with the
08/24/2014 - 13:25

Aronde guillochage cheeky

Alex, your so so GOOD at being so BAD!!!
08/24/2014 - 14:12

Why? Because it is a very intersting idea!  BR, Dan 

Re: I LOVE that dial Joseph!
08/24/2014 - 14:52

Thanks Dan,

You'll get the "grand tour" cool


Re: Re: so what is gracing youour wrists or pockets today?
08/25/2014 - 21:03

The Man with the 1,000 VCs...yes

Congrats JB on your latest beauty!!

08/22/2014 - 17:58

You are always very classy Alex. Congratulation on the new Malte, I think it is the better choice of metal.


As for me, I am wearing my latest, though not VC.


is it the new 41 mm Royal Oak?
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Yes it is
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The opposite of elegant and understated
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Thisis my "Anti-VC" because it is so NOT elegant and understated.  But it is very well made and I love it.  It has a great clasp, my only diver's watch.

Now that is an instrument watch!!
08/23/2014 - 16:43

Very butch, Dan cool.  An Omega co-axial is a great addition to any WIS collection yes

Not a VC for me this weekend Alex :)
08/23/2014 - 09:11

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 !! 




Not a VC for me this weekend Alex :)
08/23/2014 - 09:15

TESSSTJust 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 !! 




Robin, one of the few wristshots I recall
08/23/2014 - 16:48

of you without the Montblanc Minerva!  The JLC must be the perfect travel watch.

thanks Dean! Being in steel
08/25/2014 - 02:11

It is much easier to travel with it without much fear of dings or scratches




Great watch Robin, what's the difference with the regular production
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Boutique special is in steel with a deployment buckle
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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 :)




Hi Alex, I didn't realize at first that you got this for your own collection!
08/23/2014 - 12:04

I know you were looking hard at the Toledo 1951.  The Malte looks great on you!

Had to take it
08/23/2014 - 13:23

back from the safe in the bank, simply couldn't live without.

Congrats on your Malte Alex, Congratulations to All, on your terrific pieces.

Great to see that grand watch!
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Well played, well played.  Much 222 love!



I take one too :-)
08/24/2014 - 13:29


Buenos Aires Boutique edition
08/23/2014 - 15:34

prototype, to be launched in 2023 cool

Re: Buenos Aires Boutique edition
08/23/2014 - 16:44

LOL, I thought that was the World Cup LE at first wink

Messi d'Or
08/23/2014 - 18:49

smileysmileyOnly if Argentina had won the final

Pimpin' :-)
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New VC fan
08/24/2014 - 21:14

our charming and glamourous host of Saturaday evening's pool party became a fan of VC kiss

It was not easy to get it back ...



This is taking the word WIS to a whole new level.... Matching strap and
08/24/2014 - 23:55


That is pretty cool
08/25/2014 - 20:40

I fully support this look!yes

Re: so what is gracing youour wrists or pockets today?
08/23/2014 - 23:53

TESSSTFinally found a Toledo!

Congrats on the Toledo!
08/24/2014 - 03:40

It looks fabulous on your wrist!  I'm very happy for you.  BR, Dan 

08/24/2014 - 08:23

Welcome to the TOLEDO family owners group smiley.

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 cool

Best regards,


Cool Toledo and amazing Heuer!
08/24/2014 - 13:34


Holy Toledo, Batman
08/24/2014 - 17:03


That watch is a knock-out!

Re: Holy Toledo, Batman
08/24/2014 - 19:48

Thanks all!

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)

Have you read Jack Heuer's autobiography?
08/25/2014 - 04:16

Fascinating and insightful yes.  As a fellow fan of the marque, I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Times of My Life.

Re: Have you read Jack Heuer's autobiography?
08/27/2014 - 08:38

I have not but I will seek it out. It sounds quite interesting. Thanks. 

Re: Re: so what is gracing youour wrists or pockets today?
08/25/2014 - 13:45

Hey! That looks like mine!! laugh

Congratulations and welcome to the Toledo owners group.

Wear it in good heaith.