a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...

thanks to alex's article that led to the search for the ref 49002 :
http://www.thehourlounge.com/thread/view/the-history-of-vacheron-constantin-wrist-chronographs-part-2-1970-2009_38306_38306.html

it's existence was unkown to me till the above article, the search was futile given the small issuance of 700 pcs in gold and 130pcs in platinum, until a gold one popped up in antiquorum. Determined to outbid, i went for the roadshow in hong kong for that said auction, but was disppointed with the colour of the gold, which was too me a tad goldish and not as i imagined with a vintage oxidised appeal. so i pass.

the watch was forgotten as i thought there is no way i could ever get hold of one in platinum as the production is so small.  then browsing the net in search of my grail, an ad shouted at me with the reference 49002 in platinum ! i know i am in trouble as i am running out of watch budget as i am still searching for my grail VC. Weak in the will as i confront with VC's temptation , i pulled the trigger to complete my les historiques chronograph collection ( a lame excuse to wife : we only live once !) :

a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...

both watches drawn inspiration from VC's achive of beautiful vintage chronographs. the ref 47101 from ref 4178 and ref 49002 from ref 6026 or 4072. however in their modern re-iteration, the 47101 is a hand wound model and the 49002 is an automatic winding watch.
one similarity they have is the selection of  regarded slim movements cal 1141 and cal 1136 respectively , which i really like, and are still used in their current production. 

a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...

a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...

interesting to note is although the 47101 is 37mm and 49002 is 35mm , they look of almost the same size when worn, this can be explained by the stepped bezel of the 47101, as the dial size measures the same at 31mm.  the 47101 also draws more reflections than the 49002 as the glass is more convex.

i like the ref 47101 for the simplicity of the dial without the date , but the 49002 for the enamel dial with applied markers and the chronograph counters are smaller and  also more off-centre, and thus looks more balanced.

both chronographs are calibrated for tachymeter, and the operations are VC standard, smooth .

a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...

both watches provide good heft , given both my watches are platinum . however a good merit of the 47101 is it also provides a crystal back to enjoy the beauty of VC's fine finishing . having seen the cal 1136 from the net, i would say the finishing is as fine, but not as beautiful as the hand winding watch and an undecorated rotor.

a closer look at the enamel dial explains why i bothered to keep the ref 49002 in my collection :

a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...

the impression on my wrist and never too many a Vacheron's chronograph angel, i feel :

a tale of 2 les historiques chronographs...










 
2 fantastic chronographs, the 49002 looks bigger than
11/13/2011 - 12:15
at looking its actual size. wonderful collecton,
indeed because of the dial size is relatively large, cal. 1136 ......
11/14/2011 - 01:52
f. piguet based, has the flexibility to be cased in a 44mm case and not be awkward. my small wrist also helped ! in real, many will find the watch smallish and not to their taste by today's standard.
The 47101 is my pick of the 2
11/13/2011 - 15:45
For the elegance of the dial lay out (I normally like 3 sub dials, but the date detracts a little for me in this model), but the 47101 is Devine. Thanks for sharing them! G
Re: The 47101 is my pick of the 2
11/13/2011 - 15:47
... Oh, and the lugs on it are so beautiful as well... Congrats. G
the popular choice is 47101, without a doubt ....
11/14/2011 - 02:00
given it's size, the signature tear-drop lugs of VC as well as the simplicity of the dial without the date clutter. i do not beg to differ, the merits of 49002 are its enamel dial ( u have to see to be convinced) provides another aesthetics, which to me represent cleanliness, and the case and lugs are classic and fit a sports watch well, alongside with the slightly off-centre subdials. i believe, without the date clutter and a slightly bigger case, the ref 49002 will win hands down. 
Two very beautiful examples
11/13/2011 - 18:19
Congratulations Aaron!  Your newest piece is beautiful modern interpretation of the ref. 4072 and very stunning in platinum yes
thanks , dean. as much as i love vintage...
11/14/2011 - 02:07
this is the closest i can pay tribute to them because it'll be hard for me to pick out the frankens and their serviceability, so my choice are the les historiques collection.
49002 would be my pick, love the curves and the way the lugs
11/13/2011 - 19:07
fit into the case. you're a man of taste Aaron, enjoy in best of health
alex, u are clearly the culprit for my arguments with my wife...
11/14/2011 - 02:14
by sharing your knowledge on VC's collection and your insights. you are indeed the evil godfather , like your aptly placed avatar.
you now need a Malte and a Patrimony Traditionnelle chrono and
11/13/2011 - 20:04
your collection will be completecheeky I would be happy with any of these two!
they are in my considerations, however, i would prefer a varietal of .
11/14/2011 - 02:17
of movements to add to this collection.  for years, there has been a rumour of an in-house development of an integrated from VC, and with the implementation of the new geneva seal requirements, i believe that'll be a very clear choice. 
Congrats on both watches, Aaron! Fantastic write-up, too
11/13/2011 - 21:03
Excuse my lame question: is your 47101 platinum as well or rather WG? Cheers!
one interesting observation for watches in the 90s...
11/14/2011 - 02:23
is that the watch companies do not give you a choice of white metals, it is either gold or platinum. so yes, it is platinum.  nowadays, we have the choice of even steel as a white metal choice. 
Congrats from a YG sibling...
11/14/2011 - 05:43
My YG 49002 is at VC for general service as we speak. Was running fast due to low amplitude. How's yours running? Odd, was just told they had to order a new hand (no charge). Also, how do your chrono buttons feel? Mine felt stiff, non-progressive, "snappy."
mine has been running 18 hours synchronised with the phone ...
11/14/2011 - 06:06
and accurate. for all the other hands, they are even under loupe for such oxidised gold hands, my experience with pateks with such hand haven't been that good, they get oxidised and present patches even after change, could be the humid weather in Asia, whereas, my ref 47101, i had in possesion for several years hasn't presented the problems. about the chrono activation, mine has a springy feel, there seem to be a space before a tension is felt and the activation is a snap and instaneous. with all my f. piguet 1185 variant, the activation has been a snap, i wonder if it is with the vertical clutch construction, that the activation is held on brakes till activation.  the good thing about this movement is the absense of a backlash ( a stutter at activation), which the more commonly used valjoux 7750 presents. why don't you post a pic from your hard disk to share with us of your beauty ?
here are further pics to justify VC's effort on the enamel dial ....
11/14/2011 - 06:23
Maybe, if you could loan it to me for a few
11/14/2011 - 16:11
months, I would appreciate it fully?! G
that can be discussed as i'd also like to appreciate your perpetual ..
11/14/2011 - 19:15
chrono fully. devil
Stunning! Enjoy :-) nt
11/14/2011 - 16:45
nt
thanks, mate ! i didn't drink so the photos turn out nicely. nt.
11/14/2011 - 19:17
nt.
the dial is in fact porcelain and not enamel, not sure you can put
11/14/2011 - 17:41
applied markers on enamel dials. I'm putting this review in the Recommended Threads section
ahhhh.. i was waiting for a correction like this ...
11/14/2011 - 18:01
to learn. thanks .cheeky
Porcelaine or enamel, that dial looks amazing...
11/15/2011 - 17:32
Congratulations Sir on the new purchase, it is a rare and beautiful watch! If I had to choose between your 2 VCs, I would probably go for the 47101 only because of the date cutting through the subdial at 6 on the 49002. I am quite surprised that it is only 35mm, as you say it looks much bigger. I also love its 'sportier' look... Again, congrats, and thanks for sharing the pictures! Cheers, Francois
always a pleasure to share my experience here...
11/15/2011 - 17:59
the porcelain dial turn out better than i expected on white metal as i have only seen the gold model. the glow under light of the porcelain matches well with the platinum, and reminds me of the days i fiddle with vintage cushion porcelain dials in my younger days, it has been a great experience. this watch exceeded my expectation in real, i am truly contended.