The Jubilé for me represents in a way all of VC's know how and stenghts: a beautiful modern design, a gorgeous case and lugs to die for, a stunning guiochage, a useful complication and above all VC's first inhouse automatic caliber with a finish to put many other high end brands to shame.
The Toledo 1952 is also iconic as it is a modern reinterpretation of the Cioccolatone triple date models from the 50s, I love the case size and shape.
If I had the choice right now I would get the Jubilé just because it is so hard to find and prices seem to be rising. The Toledo being a regular production model you can always save up for one later.
Just my 2c
The limited edition Jubilee marks a milestone in VC's history and is packed with details showing off VC's mastery of the different watchmaking arts. From the sculptured anniversary lugs and case, guillochage and in-house movement with geneva seal, the Jubilee is just a lovely showcase of VC's skills.
Of course the Toledo is just as attractive. as Alex mentioned, it is a stylish reincarnation of a classic VC design. The characteristic stepped, formed case is distinctively VC. Definitely not like any of the other watches around. My only peeve is that it does not have a quick date adjustment (no pusher for the pointer date). Of course, if you wear it everyday, then there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
As Alex mentioned, there are not too many Jubilees left out there so it might be smarter to go for it first. Like you, I also love both watches (obviously) but if I had to choose one, I would take the Jubilee (in RG). The Toledo is still a pretty lady though.
personnaly go for the Jubilee first if both were before me:
1) The Jubiliee is a limited edition long sold out and whose price on secondary markets is at list or above and I would prefer to get one right now before it gets too expensive
2) I love the cal 2475 and its impecable finish
3) the design is classical with a twist (as Paul Smith puts it )
I really like the Toledo as well, the case is gorgeous and in general I really like calendar watches but I would get the Jubilee first then save up fo the Toledo or try to get one second hand.
Both watches have their own way of linking with VC's history. The Toledo is a remake of a historical and iconic VC design, while the Jubilee IS history in the making as it is a 250th anniversary piece.
The Jubilee, at 40mm, is by no means small. However, I find it very comfortable and it has a nice heft which befits its stature. Now that you seem to be inclined to the Jubilee, finding one may require a bit of searching and some luck. I am sure there are still a few out there in some ADs (I happened to bump into one (RG) at an AD here in Osaka last weekend). I am not sure if AD's in your area will give a discount since pricing and selling practices may vary from one region to another.
Just to make things a little harder for you, the Toledo also has a haunting beauty (maybe I was haunted by the ghosts of Cioccolatones past ) and a distinct design that hardly goes unnoticed. Have you seen the video introducing VC and featuring the Toledo? I have the DVD which came with the book "Secrets of Vacheron Constantin", and got hooked on the Toledo after watching the video. My wife finally agreed to let me buy the Toledo because I was driving her nuts watching the video day in and day out! You can catch the video on "Time TV", along with other cool videos from VC!
Sorry for making the decision difficult but, after all, making that decision and going on the hunt is all part of the fun!
This watch is the piece of the splendid history VC. But if you plan the purchase of both timepieces, then you can first think over the purchase of the limited Jubille.
I would also choose the Toledo (having already done so..white gold). I did have a YG one but prefer the WG.
Rose gold is my favourite metal but I find that in the Toledo, at least from Alex's pic, a bit too "brassy and glaring" for my taste.
It might work, though with a black or dark grey dial.
The 1755 is a beautiful watch but not extraordinary. Peoples comments here seem to reflect its scarcity although the movement is terrific. I don't think if I had the choice (and i did) that I would choose it over the Toledo (and I didn't).
The Toledo design is much more unique and has a wonderful feel on the wrist because of its curves. The stepped bezel is also a wonderful retro touch (being of course a recreation of an earlier design).
I do love wearing it and just admiring it!
I'm sure you will make the right choice.
JB noticed you had YG then WG. Can you comment on the YG?
Is YG noticeably different from RG?
Any comparisons? I am trying to decide between YG and WG myself. Thank you.
as I saw it in Basel last year. Once you view a watch for the first time in a setting like Basel, it was quite simply love at first site. The red gold has a lusture that was made for its unique case. I had some discussions a few weeks ago about one alteration that would make the Toledo perfect for me and then of course my own special Toledo. They are both wonderful watches of course, just wanted you to know a non-rational reason for the Toledo. Best to all, Tim
The rose gold Toledo is a regular production model
I got mine about 6 months ago and really love it
It is shaped like no other watch, those curves!
My only reservation is with the date hand which i find too dominant and sometimes i get it confused with the hour hand
As mentioned earlier by Alex the Jubilee is a significant watch in VCs history and more difficult to find but for me It was the Toledo that grabed me
My post is clearly biased so you need to see which one is really for you
be the RG Toledo with a black dial
Scans of the RG Toledo courtesy of Alberto Schileo
I like realization of moon phases by VC .
Toledo, I guess your getting one will close the door for me :-(
what kind of hands are you contemplating?
my reply to Horolophile
today would be the RG, I used to have the WG which I truly loved but sold to fund another purchase knowing that I would get anotherone along the line. However meanwhile VC launched the RG which I prefer but that's just because I prefer RG in general( it also makes the guillochage of the dial stand out more)
Thanks for the extra shot. If it were a crime to post poor pics of our watches, we'd all be in Jail by now...LOL!
Thank god greenpeace does not speak out against such watch-abuse!
But seriously, the Toledo is really a nice watch in any metal. I would love to try out my dark brown strap on my WG Toledo but since we are approaching Summer and since I do not have the tools, I guess that will just have to wait a while longer.