some live scans of the rare and elusive Ref 6026 Chronograph

Made for only one year starting 1954 the ref 6026 is as rare as it gets as only 25 pieces were made in all of which only 6 in pink gold.

This achingly gorgeous watch will be auctioned by Phillips Watches in the Geneva sale on Nov 7-8. The estimate is a conservative CHF 30,000-CHF 50,000 but I hope it doubles the high estimate. It would show thet VC is back on the vintage watch collectors hearts!

 

some live scans of the rare and elusive Ref 6026 Chronographsome live scans of the rare and elusive Ref 6026 Chronographsome live scans of the rare and elusive Ref 6026 Chronograph

Very unusual lugs for V&C chrono
10/16/2015 - 01:21

somewhat like the Diavolo devil.  You know Alex, it will be the strength of V&C's vintage pedigree that will carry the brand should an apocalypse strike the luxury watch market.

There is something about this design...
10/16/2015 - 01:46

that spans decades.

Whether it's the original Lemania 2320, this 6026, the GP 1966 Chrono or the VC Malte Chrono or the Traditionelle Chrono; the purity and the harmony of the design is present. It takes only a glance at any of these to see the beauty in the simplicity of the design and layout.

And with a little more digging the robust nature and stunning design of the Cal 321 and its variants comes out.

Someone, probably with deep pockets will come away with a treasure!

What a lovely piece
10/16/2015 - 14:10

I love the lugs as well.  What I really appreciate is the careful placement of the registers.  It is interesting that they managed to place them without having to truncate the indices for 2 and 4 or 8 and 10.  Lovely balance all around.  I agree with Dean and Joseph as well - it is the timelessness and the harmony of the overall lineage that makes VC special.  Even among "the greats", I think VC is standout.  Never chasing after unit sales by mass producing one line (*cough* royal oak *cough*), never getting too staid in the name of tradition (*ahem* mr. stern, your sister is on line 1 *ahem*).  I think what VC seems to have uniquely mastered, if I am not overstating the case here, is a willingness to boldly innovate within a strong tradition.  Certainly, no brand is perfect - I mean, I think we all made bad fashion choices in the 80s, am I right? - but really the strong tradition mated to a but of fearlessness when it comes to design really defines VC for me.

As an aside, Dan's interview in THC shows that really well if you look across his decade-themed collection.  There is a distinct lineage - a DNA - that is unmistakeable, but there is also progress, innovation, and ingenuity both inside and outside of those watches.

Yes, congratulations to Dan
10/16/2015 - 17:23

for assembling such wonderfully representative collection of V&C heart.  Some surprises too, like that medallion and the other deck watch with V&C's patented micro-regulator.  Dan, if your listening, love to hear the backstory on these items!!

As if you were not one of my many cohorts! :-)
10/17/2015 - 02:48

Thanks Dean for the sharing the passion!

I've been lazy and haven't done the research yet on that Deck Watch yet, the movment dates from the 1920s - but it wasn't fully assembled into a watch until 1942 for the British Admiralty (another HS2).

I know even less about the coin, found it on E-Bay and couldn't resist.  smiley

Just to get you started...
10/18/2015 - 01:17

Here is a snip from the trade papers for the 1914 Berne national exposition showing the Grand Prix for V&C.  I can send you a much clearer pdf of the entire paper if you'd like.

Just to get you started...

 

I'm interested in hearing what you find on that lovely RN deck watch.  Judging by the serial number I wonder if it might even be early 30s?

 

I feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz
10/17/2015 - 02:44

Where am I? I'm not a chrono guy, how did I end up in this thread? blushsmileywink

Thanks Jaime!