Vacheron Constantin wins Public Prize in Geneva

People appreciated Historique Ultra-fine 1955. Besides, I think that VC should receive award for Patrimony Traditionnelle 2253. Anyway, congratulations for Vacheron Constantin. To me, YOU ARE THE BEST Vacheron Constantin wins Public Prize in Geneva.
The Historiques 1955 recieved vote from the public as best man's
11/19/2010 - 10:36
watch of 2010 As Charly Torres CEO of Vacheron Constanton said in his speech you don't need bells and whistles to have a complicated movement and that the challenge of making, assembling and regulating the cal 1003 with its 1.64mm thickness makes it a complication in its own right!
How gorgeous is that watch????
11/19/2010 - 16:46
Those photos really show off the sublime beauty of this VC.  I agree completely with the idea that the thinness of the movement being a complication in and of itself.   Congratulations to VC -- a well deserved recognition of this great watch. Best, respo
XL cases have allowed many inferior brands to become manufactures
11/19/2010 - 19:55
If they had to design a movement for a 38mm case, they wouldn't be able...
Re: How gorgeous is that watch????
11/19/2010 - 23:07
Too gorgeous for words  Miki
I dunno why but I am just happy when I found out VC
11/23/2010 - 04:02
won an award with the simples watch amongst other complicated ones. Well done!!!
Really looking forward to seeing this one in the metal! (nt)
11/19/2010 - 21:11
Re: The Historiques 1955 recieved vote from the public as best man's
11/20/2010 - 12:56
Congrats to VC, this watch deserves it. Ultra thin are abandonned by too many brands, they forget that an ultra thin is also a "tour de force". VC relaunched it, thank you. Thanks to VC dinner, I had the luck to try it in Munich. It is simple, very simple at first sight, when I put it on my wrist, no shock, a very discreet watch. No "coup de foudre". I was more catched by the square one automatic ultra thin. But with a deeper look, it is just perfect but you really need to take a long time to detail it. _I love the design, it is one of the rare watch where I find the actual version much better as the original one. At first it looks very basic and simple but with a closer look, you can see "straight curves" everywhere with fantastic proportions. Exactly the design I personnally love. The "bezel" looks flat, it is not, the lugs look straight, they arent. Nothing easy. Every shape is so pure and in fact so complex at the same time. _The dial is simple making it perfectly pure, but with nice reflects. Nice "sand" effects. I think a more complex dial would make it better. It would also break the absolute purity of that watch but imho that's the case of too many ultra thin. _The movement have been a hundred time, it is here perfectly finished. May an in house ultra thin manual-wind in 13 lines be interesting for VC? _Last point, I have a small wrist and this one fits me perfectly (and surprinsingly not the square). Such a comfortable watch ! Cheers Francois
Philippe Dufour once explained to me that you can't
11/20/2010 - 17:27
Have both ultra slim and large as it is a question of tolerances and reliability.
11/20/2010 - 19:09
How"couteau" pocket Watch works then? If you have photos of ref 4601 in the museum. Here is a Cartier, photo from Antiquorum. 4mm thick overall with 18 lines caliber (50mm for the case) I know Philippe Dufour knows what he is talking about, I am just surprised. If you have a thin and large bridge I get that it is more fragile and maybe sensitive to heat or other parameters. But till I am curious to get the technical explanation as the couteau watch seems to have worked in the past.
good point but what is the thickness of the
11/20/2010 - 19:40
Caliber of the pictured watch? The second question is also reliability, a writs watch will undergo greater shocks than a PW (the cal 1003 didn't have shock protection on balance when created to keep it thin)
Re: good point but what is the thickness of the
11/20/2010 - 21:04
Movement is 1mm thick on the Cartier Couteau. But you are absolutely right, it is not made to endure shocks like a wristwatch. It could be the main difference.
1mm?! impressive! VC had used a 0.91mm caliber but
11/20/2010 - 21:43
It never functioned correctly
11/20/2010 - 23:04
It is not possible to be 1mm, the "record" was by lecoultre and it was less than 1.4. (That is in the communication of JLC, I suppose it is ok even if Vacheron did this "protoypes") So my info is wrong , i suppose it is between 1 and 2. If someone knows.
Re: The Historiques 1955 recieved vote from the public as best man's
11/20/2010 - 17:33
Alex-Please, Are these wonderful timepieces actually for sale?  If so, where would you buy one and what is their MSRP? Miki
the 1955 model is starting to hit stores, price is
11/20/2010 - 18:41
Around $22k. You need to check with your retailer re availability
Thanx! [nt]
11/20/2010 - 19:51
indeed they have hit the stores, fortunate me had a wrist on 1955,.
11/21/2010 - 03:37
1968 and 1921 at a go in a hong kong retailer's VC exhibition. this is the first time i have seen all three in person, if i would to choose, i'd say " a tie between 1955 and 1921". the 1955 looks humble and subtle at first sight, almost camouflaged by all the other more complicated looking watches. however, if one takes a closer examination, the marvel of its slimness will emerged and the beauty within unveiled. it just looked good in proportion, heft, colour and everything else. it is a perfect re-edition, all original elements retained yet modernised. the 1921 is the opposite, it looks like an attraction as it is larger and has a vintage re-editon appeal, but one may hesitate at its chunkier and bigger size, again if u give it a try, you will be captured, it felt and looked good on my small wrist. that got me thinking ? how do they design these, what kind of and how many combinations have they tried on prototypes and importantly, who decides? i would love to learn something out of this selection and decision process.   it also got me revisiting this watch  :
OK, How about some details of "this watch", please. [nt]
11/21/2010 - 15:27
a pleasure to share. "great value for money!" in retrospect...........
11/21/2010 - 19:35
that i bought it in 2007, that it still looks good and slim as was the slimness that attractedme to this harmless small beast. defintely one of the signature movement that VC uses. this watch belongs to the les historique collection, ref 33060, 34mm, cal 1003/1, without geneva seal. this watch is also available in other metal as featured in Alex's article here: these are the pics i posted in 2007 when i first got it, u see that it hasn't aged a bit, but we have and we get to appreciate it better like wine that mellows, one of the many beauties of VC ownership:
Thanx for sharing. A real beauty!
11/22/2010 - 16:15

As always, wear in good health. Miki