VC ref. 43039 "Les Historiques Poincon de Geneve"

Hallo everyone,
yesterday I have had the privilege to admire this fantastic caliber 1120/2 fitted on the ref. 43039, also known as "Les Historiques Poincon de Geneve"(BTW it was the WG); during an internet research, I've found, on a VC forum, that this particular reference was produced in very small numbers, 220 units in YG and 90 in WG, may I have a confirmation about that?

VC ref. 43039 "Les Historiques Poincon de Geneve"

VC ref. 43039 "Les Historiques Poincon de Geneve"

I need to check these production numbers but one thing is for sure
07/03/2008 - 19:10

the skeletonised rotor is amazing and ewtremely rare on non skeleton watches!

Re: I need to check these production numbers but one thing is for sure
07/03/2008 - 21:05

Thank you, Alex

Re:Movement
07/03/2008 - 22:09

Hi Alex,

Looks like the same movement as in the Salterello. Not sure though.

Joseph

you are correct the 1120 was also used in the Saltarello (nt)
07/04/2008 - 12:20

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No Gyromax....
07/04/2008 - 18:09

I believe this version also introduced a bit of a backslide in 1120 movement construction with the deletion of the Gyromax balance for a cheaper non-adjustable balance or fine regulator.  It seems to me to have been entirely illogical to place a fine and expensive skeleton rotor onto a piece with downgraded mechanicals? 

Thank heavens that VC has rediscovered their destiny as ne plus ultra of horology.

Re: No Gyromax....
07/04/2008 - 18:35

You are right, not a good way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1120 

maybe Patek who is the owner of the Gyromax did not licence it to VC?
07/05/2008 - 01:13

VC did use the Gyromax under PP licence in certain older models but maybe in the 90s the competition between the two was too fierce for PP to grant the licence or VC to ask for it.

I think patents expire in 30 years ...
07/05/2008 - 01:47

... and gyromax patent has been obtained in 1951.

Here a couple of better pictures of the one I've seen: 

 

Re: I need to check these production numbers but one thing is for sure
07/04/2008 - 02:53

OK God Father: Where do we find one and how dearly will we pay? Thanx, Luca

Luca you must have had quite some good contracts :-) PM sent (nt)
07/04/2008 - 12:21

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Re: Luca you must have had quite some good contracts :-) PM sent (nt)
07/04/2008 - 18:16

Many thanx for the PM. It appears as though Luca needs a contract in the Far East.

Just to add...
07/04/2008 - 02:43

Hi guys,

I checked the retailer from which the scans must have come from (I think many are familiar with this Japanese retailer), their site says that 200 in YG were produced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cal. 1120.  Aside from the beautiful skeletonized rotor, it is supposed to have the Geneva Seal.

Cheers!

Kazumi

The ref 43039 was part of the Essentielles collection made
07/04/2008 - 12:31

between 1996 and 1998 in WG and YG in 550 pieces.

I don't have the breakdown between yellow and white gold (I would think the WG is rarer).  I don't have further indication that it was a limited edition piece made to celebrate the cal 1120 but it is possible that at the time it was marketed as such. 

The dial is fantastic. It's not often you see
07/04/2008 - 14:34

an applied roman hour markers on VC is it? Does anyone know the case diameter? I agree with Alex on the movement...stunning. Very elegant looking watch thanks for the pictures.

John

35mm (nt)
07/04/2008 - 15:50

e

size too small for me, but I agree with Mr. L, the dial is stunning!
07/06/2008 - 20:01

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