Apart from the odd watch popping up on the net I didn't think that watches made for specific markets were so important in numbers. Until I started moderating The Hour Lounge I was cluless to the divers array of watches made on specif demand by Vacheron Constantin for their retailers/boutiques and available no where else.
What are your thoughts on these watches? Are they tests where the brand can try new designs, be more audacious, show their attantion to the tastes and wants of specific markets cultures? Or is it just all pure marketing creating limited editions and the ressources used in making these watches hould be used in finalising regular prouction models?
Here's an overview of the 2007 pieces (I left out the jeweled bling-bling models)
Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind and autmatic in rose gold and black dial, available only in VC boutiques (not limited editions but only a 1 year production)
Germany / Austria
Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind white gold black dial limited to 75 pieces
Metiers d'Art Alexander the Great rose gold, cloisonné enamel dial, engraving of Alexander the Great, limited to 20 pieces.
Malte Tonneau Tourbillon in platinum with specially engraved movement representing the Arabesques in Saint Sophie, limited to 20 pieces
Overseas Engine, titanium and steel, carbon fiber dial made in 50 pieces
Overseas Japan Commemoration 2007 - 50 pieces each
(scan courtesy of V Piguet)
Patrimony Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi, White gold, black dial made in 10 pieces
Patrimony Contemporaine Bi-retrograde in platinum with ruthenium dial made in 35 pieces specially for Cortina (VC retailer)
Malte Power reserve and moonphase. 42 pieces in white gold and 46 in rose gold
Malte Tonneau Chronograph
Limited to 100 pieces in steel and 30 in rose gold
Overseas Chronograph, limited to 100 pieces in steel
(scan courtesy of JohnLy
Malte Perpetual Calendar Retrograde made in 5 pieces