Something a little different...

... an old favourite of mine that I've had for several years now, and which I keep coming back to for the simplicity, yet a refined piece with little details that take some time to notice and appreciate.

Not a VC, but reminds me in some aspects of the Patrimony I had until it was chopped in for the QP.

Although I really have chronos as my first love, I have come to appreciate simple time and date watches with a centre seconds hand, and in fact am now beginning to favour time only such as the even simpler and elegant Patrimony Contemporaine models without the date window.

Anyway... perhaps I shall look into obtaining a 'simple' Contemporaine again...

Any trends developing for you guys re your taste and purchases, or changes to the path you have trod?

G

Something a little different...

wrist shot:-

Something a little different...


Something a little different...

Best

G
ps.. I shall be swapping this tomorrow for something a bit more 'showy' for "The Wedding"
I went from 36mm vinatage
04/28/2011 - 17:40
VC to bolder designs And today I'm drawn to more modern VCs and independent watchmakers
Re: I went from 36mm vinatage
04/28/2011 - 18:48
Alex, Were you able to start your car with that watch? Joseph
ahhhh. le frog!
04/28/2011 - 21:58
Saw a few in Marcus last week... v bold! Looks like you can bend space time with one of those...
G, to be honest, you can't explain why,
04/29/2011 - 02:33
and I can't explain why I love this old 'bastard' either , which is the opposite of your discreete elegant and smple watch, which I think is very elegant, especially the dial and size! My watch is in every detail against my basic principles. It's not a VC, even though I consider GP as my second love. It's to big 43 mm, in diameter and to thick, so I can't get it under the cuffs! But I still like it and had it since new for five years now, which I never believed after a couple of months! Cheers Doc
Hi Gary. This is quite a tantalizing question and one that does take
04/29/2011 - 04:17
a serious look back to see where one is today. I would say that simple and elegant are becoming more important, however I do seem to need a twist--something interesting, innovative. I still am a big fan of World Time and Chronograph watches with an alarm watch or two still getting my interest (mainly in the vintage alarm area, more interesting). It is still a matter of the heart and the brain coming together to make a decision these days, there seems to be less impulse in the buys now and more satisfaction once the purchase has been made, a small gift of time and experience I suppose. I can't post pictures today, trying to get home in time to catch the wedding--hope the tourists are minding their manners for you. Take good care, Tim
Very interesting question, thanks for asking it
04/29/2011 - 06:50
Hi G., It really does make one think about the journey taken.  And I do think it is the journey itself that most of us remember and cherish - that is perhaps the difference between collecting and hoarding? I started out without even thinking about collecting, receiving a wonderful anniversary present from my wife and thinking "Wow, a beautiful VC, what else could I ask for?"  Never thinking that this first watch would be my tragic downfall into WISdom. I've been lucky in that many of my changes in direction have occured mentally - i.e.  I haven't made acquisitions...just what I've been following and researching.  At first I thought that complications, especially the Grand Complications would be the end all, be all of watches.  What else could one want, all the bells and whistles that could possibly be put into a small volume case that sits on your wrist.  Luckily this track led me to learn and understand what is involved in making complications. It took awhile for me to realize things, primarily about myself and less about the watches themselves,  that changed my perspective: 1. I don't find many of the  watch complications to be useful  (I loved chronographs and how cool they look, but realized that I very rarely use it (most of the time I use it just for the sake of using it, because it's there) - its just like when I was a kid and loved the biggest, most complicated, Swiss Army knives, but realized years later that I would never use all of the attachments/tools).  With Perpetuals, I have a tough time reading most of them easily and clearly. 2. I am primarily fascinated by the history of chronometry and the accuracy of a mechanical machine as a complication in and of itself. 3. Although flashy will catch my eye, I almost always gravitate back to classic when it comes to most art forms.  Also, I love the difficulty of achieving simplicity, if you know what I mean. This has led me down the path of VC's history, vintage, chronometers and minute repeaters (a complication so difficult to achieve properly, but so elegantly and outwardly simple) Well, I just wrote a lot more than I thought I would...stream of consciousness can be dangerous.  After saying all of this, I can't say it will be set in stone, as I evolve - I'm sure my tastes can change as well. Best Regards, Dan
simple time only, without date, gets my vote as the perfect dress for
04/29/2011 - 08:55
formal occasion or for purity sake, without the inconvenience of adjusting for date. i am wearing this today, and too lazy to adjust the date.  for unknown reason , i am drawn very much to black cases for sport watches, which serves no purpose but invite scratches that hinder the beauty, so i am extra careful with such watches that i have. my only justification is it suits my lifestyle of dressing, and perhaps this watch record a milestone when pvd-ing watches black was ever a fad in watch making and this watch is one of the forefront, which started the whole material science evolved in different material used on cases to keep up with the demand of black watches, which gives a stealth and modern look. since then, watches of carbon, ceramic , cer-met are a common sight.  in my field of work with designers, style is a depiction of lifestyle. when there was gulf war, camouflage was in, and military inspired accessories were in.so, velco and snap buttons were used generously in garments. this is perhaps one of the by-products. so, every watch tells a story and history. and this is my example.
Re: simple time only, without date, gets my vote as the perfect dress for
05/03/2011 - 09:11
Audemars third in a three horse race. Own one. One of my least favorite watches. This is not a dress watch!!
While my collection is quite eclectic...
04/30/2011 - 01:06
the theme remains the same: simple, understated, with high quality movements.
Re: Something a little different...
05/03/2011 - 09:41
Hi Gary, Good topic.  Seems the trend these days is toward simplicity -- even with the Independents, we're seeing a wave of 3-hand watches, many with manual wind movements. I'm not much of a trend follower, so find myself in the midst of a chronograph acquisition phase!  I already own what I believe to be "the best" (or darned near close) 2- and 3-handed watches (the JLC Ultra-thin and the Voutilainen Observatoire) so now when I see something new in the "ultra simple" category I ask myself whether I really need another simple round dress watch.  Until a week ago I owned "the best" one-handed watch (the PSM Shimoda) but that has fallen to the need to raise funds for other acquisitions. If I go for another "simple" piece, it will be one with a twist, like the Aronde with its lovely form case, the new Ferrier 3-hand watch with the micro-rotor, or the UJ detent escapement watch with the KV-built movement.  Watch gods willing, I will also finally take delivery of my Vyskocil VA sometime in the foreseeable future -- another simple-looking watch that has several interesting design twists (and a fascinating back story). I'm in the process of paring down my collection (inspired in part by you and your great VC chrono) to include fewer, more notable watches overall -- if I stay on this trajectory it's more likely that I will end up with a VH Antiqua, a Lange Double Split, or FPJ Vagabondage (or the upcoming KV/MB&F collaboration, whatever that turns out to be!) than an addition to my set of "dressy" manual-wind 3-hand watches. Not quite sure where I'm heading with this discourse, but you made me think! Best, Gary
Where you're headed..
05/04/2011 - 23:03
is looking to me like fun!