Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

I will over the course of the next three days present three different catalogs from Vacheron Constantin. They represent the following years 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

When examining the books one will notice how few complicated watches there are in catalog no. I from 1989-90 compared to no. III from 1991-92 where Vacheron Constantin is showing an impressive list of watches with different functions. I don't think that there has been another period of so few years in the history of Vacheron Constantin with such an increase in watches representing different virtues of watchmaking. This seems like the years when the quarts crisis was called off and when VC started to believe that there was a new dawn for the craft of finer horology.

Concerning photographing the catalogs: This is hell. The pages are glossy and therefore difficult to capture in a satisfactory quality. One has to overcome the horrible feeling of forcing the book so open that it stands as straight as possible. Despite all efforts it will often seem as though the pages were captured by a drunk person in a high sea. I tried but the pictures are just a bleak shadow of the "real thing".

This is the compromises I chose:
Instead of showing the book with two or three rubber bands and two clothes pegs holding the pages, I went for the solution of "cutting" the outline of the book so that we only see what's important. This decision was made to make the photos more composed to look at on the screen. Before each photo I will therefore write what pages we are talking about since the original page numbers were cut off in the editing process.

In this book (I) I will also write the reference numbers since they are difficult to read due to the fact that they are printed in gold.

There is no indication in any of the books about what year they represent or what year they were printed. I would like to thank Alex for helping / confirming the years of these books.

I hope that some of you will find it interesting to see these books presented in a chronological order.
 
Kent

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 0-1.
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 2-3.
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 4-5.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 6-7.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 8-9.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 10-11. Ref: 59001.
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 12-13. Ref: 15084.     33084.     15084/453.     33084/453.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 14-15.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 16-17.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 18-19.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 20-21. Ref: 27533/120.     27533/122.     27031/101.     27531/105

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 22-23. Ref: 27534/134.     27534/133.     27531/102.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 24-25. Ref: 27532/110.     27535/141.     27536/104.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 26-27.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 28-29. Ref: 43031/236.     43031.     43532.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 30-31. Ref: 13014.     43038.     13012/206.     43502/206.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 32-33. Ref: 33014.     33014/456.     47009.     47008.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 34-35. Ref: 92238.     46014.     47001.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 36-37.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 38-39. Ref: 27093.     33093.     27593/454.     33593/454.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 40-41. Ref: 13094/457.     33094/457.     13094.     33094.

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 42-43. Ref: 48002.     44001.     39039.     74002.
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 44-45. Ref: 75002.     74002/458

Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 46-47. 
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 48-49. Ref: 61010/967.     48010/967.     61010/967.     48010/967.
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.

Page 50-51. Ref: 61511/968.     48511/968. 
Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.
Wonderful Job!
04/10/2014 - 01:24
Considering all the difficulties you faced, I thought your photos were quite good, and what a wonderful archive to have.  A snapshot of VC at the dawn of the modern mechanical renaissance .
“A snapshot of VC at the dawn of the modern mechanical renaissance”.
04/10/2014 - 13:15
I wish I had come up with that line. Very well phrased yes. Glad to hear that you see it as a part of the archive. That's my main idea about taking the time to post these old catalogs. To be a part of creating a joint memory of this amazing company. Best wishes Kent
Super Kent :-)
04/10/2014 - 01:27
Thanks for putting these up for us to enjoy yes.  Those skeleton pieces are fantastic, as are the other complicated watches!!  That Grande Complication pocket watch also appears in Alex's article Massive Attack: Vacheron Constantin's Most Compicated Timepieces:9 Complications - 1928 I believe only the 44001 had a cal. 1121 frown.  Also interesting to learn the story behind the Phidias name; Creator of Divine Images.
Indeed an incredible pocket watch.
04/10/2014 - 13:19
However not part of the VC line back in 1989-90 smiley. Thanks for sharing that photo. I two like the skeleton models especially 43038. I believe that you are right about the 1121 but the 1120 in different alterations is represented well in the catalog. Not a bad year at all for that caliber. VC certainly had high hopes for the Phidias collection but  it was not a great succes. They even made a CR, Worldtimer and a chronograph in that line. I'm fully aware of that it isn't any new news for you.   Best, Kent
Re: Vacheron Constantin Catalog 1989-90.
04/10/2014 - 04:37
Excellent work, Kent. I have one of those catalogues. It's marked "III" on the cover so it's probably the 1991-92. Mine is in French and Italian instead of English and German. Many of the same watches are in this catalogue as well but the layout is different. I have never photographed them since the binding is quite fragile and I do not want to open the pages fully. I also have a tiny catalogue which is burgundy in cololour with the illustrations in B&W with a few colour plates. I believe it is from the 60's, although there is no year imprinted anywhere on it. Thank you so much for sharing the photos, Kent. There are some really interesting pieces on those pages. All the best, Joseph
The books did survive but I was pretty nervous....
04/10/2014 - 13:20
about the state they could be in afterwards. Regarding your burgundy book. You might find this information at the bottom at the very last page "Printed in Switzerland 66" a wild guess but please check. Keep your eys on the next couple of post because a former friend of yours (skeleton model with a chronograph) is entering the stage.   Cheers, Kent
Re: The books did survive but I was pretty nervous....
04/10/2014 - 14:31
Thanks Kent. You are absolutely right! "Printed in 1966" Many thanks, Joseph
Hi Kent. This is a very cool and thoughtful addition.
04/10/2014 - 08:00
Many thanks a keep them coming! Best, Tim
There is more coming Tim.
04/10/2014 - 13:21
Glad you enjoyed the post.   Best wishes Kent.
Fascinating and beautifully executed.
04/10/2014 - 11:43
Thanks very much; a very enjoyable and informative post. Interesting that the catalogue is in German and English.
Thanks for the kind words.
04/10/2014 - 13:22
The catalogs came in different combinations of languages. I believe this edition would be for all the Nordic countries, Holland, Great Britain, Germany and Austria. Just my guess.   I wish you a pleasant day. Kent
Thank you Kent for providing, yet more, great reference material
04/10/2014 - 17:33
for all of us to share!  BR, Dan
It looks as though both of us have a passion....
04/11/2014 - 10:32
to explore the history of the venerable house of Vacheron Constantin.    I'm glad that you appreciate post such as this. Thanks for the kind words you wrote to me in the post concerning Fabrique pour........They meant a lot to me.   Best wishes Kent.
Kent walks a straight line in rough seas!...
04/11/2014 - 16:16
I have enjoyed looking at the catalogue, Kent. It's no easy task capturing photographs in such circumstancesyes... I will be taking a look at your other two submissions in the fulness of time. I've nodoubt I'm in for a treat! A job well done and much appreciated. Thank you so much. Best wishes Tony
Thanks Tony.
04/12/2014 - 11:21
Your appreciation means a lot. I hope you will find that I managed to "walk a bit more straight" on the sea due to a change in the weather in capturing last catalog.   Cheers Kent