The superb Platinum QP (LE)

Thanks to the team of the Geneva's shop (thanks a lot to them for their warm welcome), I had the chance to handle this superb Platinum QP which is a LE of 20 pieces.

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

It was released only  for the shops from Gevena, Moscow and Shanghai.

What a superb case:

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

The dial is perfectly balanced:

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

I really love the shape of the case:

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

Of course, the main originaly is the position of the crown, right at the top left angle:

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

The caliber is the 1120QP (JLC 920 base with specific QP development from VC).

Wearing this watch was a big pleasure:

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

Again, VC managed to do it! It's a subtil mix between original and classic styles. It may be surprising at first glance but quickly, we are attracted by the feeling of perfect harmony of this watch.

My wish is to see other projects from VC using this very nice case. That would be a nice surprise!

The superb Platinum QP (LE)

Fr.Xavier

Design originates from 1921....
10/24/2008 - 02:18
as the so-called "American".  Similar to this beautiful platinum QP, it had a cushion-shaped case with the movement set diagonally so the winding stem was at the top left.  Also had the same small scroll lugs.  Key difference was the dial, which was also canted left.  Apparently named because the concept was requested for the North American market....perhaps to read while driving?
Thanks for your input.
10/24/2008 - 02:36
I didn't know this story. Fr.Xavier
Re: Design originates from 1921....
10/24/2008 - 05:50
Greetings, Cushion-shaped watches became popular in the early 1920's although the earliest VC one I found was from 1919. VC had quite a number of the design variants in both wrist watches and pocket watches. However, in the late 20's and early 30's rectangular and tonneau shapes started to emerge and although the cushion shape never completely disappeared, they certainly decreased significantly. Only a few designs using this shape were used up to the present time. Cushion shaped pocket watches may have only been a novelty and I couldn't find any after 1930. I never did find one with the accentric crown though. All the cushion shaped watches I found had the standard crown location. Perhaps you have a reference for this "American" model. It is quite a unique feature and clearly a deliberate location of the crown, unlike some of the early wristwatches with a 12 o'clock crown position derived from pocket watches. Regards, Joseph
lot 176 at the Quarter Millennium Antiquorum auction of
10/24/2008 - 10:50
2005. Sold for CHF 70,150!!!
Re: lot 176 at the Quarter Millennium Antiquorum auction of
10/24/2008 - 15:37
Thanks Alex, That's the only reference I hadn't yet checked Joseph
Perfect in every detail!
10/24/2008 - 12:00
The cushion shape, the clean dial, the "layout" it's just marvellous Congrats Doc
Hope to see this marvel at SIHH or the boutique in January!
10/24/2008 - 12:30

It looks like a beautiful and large () watch. Absolutely agree on the dial - clean and well-balanced. Great cushion-shaped case! The design is not completely my line of preference since I'd rather have more contemporary one... But I can appreciate the masterpiece

The 'American' Dean mentioned and Alex showed in the pictures is quite nice as well. 

Quite likely my fave QP for this year.
10/24/2008 - 12:57
I am not a huge fan of cushion shaped watches but I loved this piece since I first saw it in Geneva.  This might be my justification for a visit to Shanghai.  Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. Cheers, Duncan
Thanks François-Xavier, very nice pictures (nt)
10/24/2008 - 13:52
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thanks fx for the great pictures!
10/25/2008 - 03:19
I find this watch and its dial really interesting, but not one I would buy. not a big fan of crown location...