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.