Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!

Here is a relatively new addition... a very simple, elegant and lovely time-only model.
It's Reference 35204 and has the 1050 movement.
I received it while at SIHH and had the people in their Heritage Department remove the back and get the numbers for me. I since obtained an Extract from the Archives.

Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!

Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!

Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!

Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!
07/26/2013 - 20:03
JB
07/26/2013 - 20:11
07/26/2013 - 21:33
JB
07/27/2013 - 16:17
07/26/2013 - 22:39
JB
07/27/2013 - 16:19
07/27/2013 - 02:58
JB
07/27/2013 - 16:23
07/27/2013 - 10:12
JB
07/27/2013 - 16:26
KBS
07/27/2013 - 15:33
JB
07/27/2013 - 16:33
KL
07/27/2013 - 21:44
JB
07/29/2013 - 03:13
I like this one a lot, Joseph
07/26/2013 - 19:11
It is similar in some ways to the Prestige de la France, especially when I see the curvature of the case back in the profile shot.  This model is less avant garde than the Prestige, but a very handsome design, for sure.  This looks very clean -- did VC clean it up or conduct any service on it, if you don't mind my asking? The 1050 is a lovely caliber.  And I love the super thin baton hands (here and in any VC or V&C watch, for that matter).   Can you tell us the dimensions of this watch and what year it is from?  And is there a hyphen between the words "Vacheron" and "Constantin?" Congratulations on another fine addition to your collection.  Nobody does simple watches better than VC. Best, Robert 
Re: I like this one a lot, Joseph
07/26/2013 - 19:24
Thank you, Robert. I will get that info on Sunday or Monday. It's at home. I'm off to NYC later today to pick up a new "beauty" and am wearing the Saltarello. Stay tuned! wink Best, Joseph
Lovely Watch Joseph
07/26/2013 - 20:03
Stylistically very similar to the Prestige de la France, so am guessing it is from that era.
Thanks, Michael
07/26/2013 - 20:11
I think you are correct. My recollection is mid-late 70's but I'll have to check the Extract. Regards, Joseph
What an elegant watch
07/26/2013 - 21:33
Seventies are often forgotten but what a nice and pure design, thanks for sharing yes Francois
Re: What an elegant watch
07/27/2013 - 16:17
Thank you, Francois. I am very pleased you like it.
Beautiful!
07/26/2013 - 22:39
Inside and out yes.  Almost looks like a hyphen between Vacheron - Constantin...another variation?
Re: Beautiful!
07/27/2013 - 16:19
Thanks Dean, Yes there is a hyphen. Apparently there were a few variations with some showing nothing between "Vacheron " and "Constantin", others showing a hyphen and others still showing an ampersand. Joseph
Simple yet elegant and sophisticated!
07/26/2013 - 23:21
Ny
Re: Simple yet elegant and sophisticated!
07/27/2013 - 16:20
Many thanks Alex. It has a delicacy about it too. Joseph
Congrats JB!
07/27/2013 - 02:58
I especially love how the baton hands stand out from the brushed dial... And I can't wait to see the new addition!!! I have been looking and thinking about a vintage time-only model... However I can't seem to make my mind up / pull the trigger (by the time I decide it might be gone)... Cheers,  Francois
Re: Congrats JB!
07/27/2013 - 16:23
Thanks Francois. Vacheron made some incredible time only watches and still do! If the watch is occupying a lot of your thoughts, grab it. If not, something else will surely come along smiley Just my 2 cents, pence, centimes. Joseph
Agreed! This elegant piece reminds
07/27/2013 - 05:38
me of the 1972 with its elongated & curved case. Congrats! Melvin
Re: Agreed! This elegant piece reminds
07/27/2013 - 16:25
Thank you, Melvin. It is from the same period and probably from the same design team. It does look very good on the wrist! Joseph
Timeless elegance!
07/27/2013 - 10:12
Timeless pure class is my first impression of this beauty. Congrats and may it always time good moments for you Cheers Robin
Re: Timeless elegance!
07/27/2013 - 16:26
Many thanks for your kind words, Robin It still resonanates elegance after 40+ years! Joseph
Congratulations Joseph.
07/27/2013 - 15:33
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person here at THL that likes some of the Vacheron Constantin watches from the seventies. My wife and I have three VC watches from that decade, all of them very elegant in their expression. I was suprised to see that even in the seventies Vacheron Constantin would constantly change the look of a watch (ref. number). The dials came in different colors, with different hands, with and without the Maltese cross. The Maltese cross with a diamond added. The crown with and without the Maltese cross. The dial with gold or diamond markers / or with or without  numbers. What can one say but that's why one loves Vacheron Constantin. A watch company for individuals. I have a  Vacheron Constantin catalog from the begining of the seventies. In that catalog I found your watch and that  confirmed the above conclusions I have made on the constant change in the design from VC back in those days. Here is the picture I took of your Ref number (the dial is black and the corns that appear in the photo are the texture of the paper it's printed on.) I would also like to mention that Ref 35024 does not appear in a catalog  I have from 1977. Thanks for your lovely report from Paris.   Best wishes Kent  
Re: Congratulations Joseph.
07/27/2013 - 16:33
Thank you Kent, for your filling in some of the details on this reference. You are absolutely correct in your exposition. There were quite a few variations although I believe the yellow brushed gold was the most common. I feel that the black dial is a little more formal in its appeal, but both would look good with either a regular or formal attire. Joseph
Re: Congratulations Joseph.
07/27/2013 - 21:44
Thank you Kent for the informative post!
A beatiful addition to the collection, Joseph!
07/27/2013 - 20:03
I'd echo Robert's thoughts about it having all the charm of the Presitge without the asymmetry. Have a great weekend. Bill
Re: A beatiful addition to the collection, Joseph!
07/27/2013 - 23:20
Thanks Bill, My new addition has also arrived. :-) Joseph
I hope you'll share that one too! :-) nt
07/27/2013 - 23:48
n
Re: Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!
07/27/2013 - 21:45
Simply beautiful!!
Re: Re: Sometimes simplicity trumps complication!
07/27/2013 - 23:21
Thank you so much. Simply beautiful and beautifully simple! :-) Joseph
It usually does, Joseph. Great catch, buddy! Why don't you share some
07/28/2013 - 00:39
actual scans of the watch on your wrist? Really curious how the size plays on the wrist ;-) Wear it in the best of health!
Re: It usually does, Joseph. Great catch, buddy! Why don't you share some
07/28/2013 - 03:09
Thanks Radek, I will post some in a few day. I'm in New Yorkright now but will be back home tomorrow. Hope all is well. Joseph
Everything about it screams
07/28/2013 - 13:49
Quality and design... It is the kind of simple object that allows it's owner to learn and see new aspects on an ongoing basis and appreciate more and more that less can be more. I'm going for a lie down now. As you all say.... 'Wear it in the best ... Bars... Clubs and dens of iniquity... And health ...spas...'
Re: Everything about it screams
07/29/2013 - 03:13
Gary, Thank you so much for your heart-felt comments. Much appreciated. A wrist shot will follow soon. Joseph
A rather neat introduction...
07/28/2013 - 18:41
Joseph - this new member of your family has stolen our heartsheart... I can't wait to see what you'll have up your sleeve when you arrive home shortly. Regards Tony
Re: A rather neat introduction...
07/29/2013 - 03:16
Thanks Tony, I took a few pics in NYC this weekend and will edit them tomorrow and post them. More photos will follow in the weeks to come. I have to devote more time to work these days than to my other interests :-( Joseph