VC - AP Openworking comparison

Hi all --

I promised a while ago that I would initiate an additional topic on relative openworking styles once I had a certain piece back in my possession.  Well, that piece has now returned -- an AP openworked pocket watch, vintage 1990s.  

A major reason that I was drawn to this watch was the existence of the not-dissimilar Vacheron 57100, which appears to be based on the same (or at minimum a very similar) underlying movement.  I'm still pining for the VC, but was able to acquire the AP at auction for a very reasonable price.  The only bad news is that my wife sees it as a pendant for herself rather than as an occasional fancy dress piece for me!  

Enough background -- to me the interesting thing is the "house styles" of the two manufactures as reflected in their work.  The AP style seems to me very linear (the blingy case treatment aside), the VC style more floral.  Both, I think, have their merits (although my heart is with VC on this one).  Would welcome your thoughts!

First, a stock picture of the VC in gold:

VC - AP Openworking comparison

Now a few of my own shots of the AP:

VC - AP Openworking comparison


VC - AP Openworking comparison



VC - AP Openworking comparison

VC - AP Openworking comparison

Best,

GaryG
workmanship in both is extraordinary and they really kept the
03/23/2009 - 11:03
bare essentials!
Beautiful PW Gary
03/23/2009 - 16:55
AP pocket watches were known for their gracefully curved bridges and cocks.  You can certainly see that trait "between the lines" .
Re: VC - AP Openworking comparison
03/23/2009 - 22:19
Very nice shots, gary Vacheron tends to use the acanthus leaf motif (a bit simplified here) more than others, which I like. It was a design much admired and used by woodworkers in decorating furniture in the 18-19 centuries in England and in the US. Some of the work is quite impressive. th AP design is a bit stark for my taste. Regards, Joseph
those days brands stick more closely to their "house styles", even ..
03/24/2009 - 02:45
the hands tell : stick vs leaf. imho, i think VC is a more serious time-teller and AP flamboyant and regimental/military brooch-like in the above examples. i kinda like the AP for decorations on my garment, and very likely my wife will keep it for her own if she sees this. very interesting AP.
In this case, I prefer the face of the AP
03/24/2009 - 12:55
I'm not a big fan of the precious stones on the case, but the work on the movement from AP is really nice, and I prefer it to VC's (who is a little bit "too much" for me). Thanks Gary for sharing!