VC Toubillon Squelette!

Greetings to all!  Apologies for low post levels here from yours truly of late -- many business commitments and general busy-ness have reduced me largely to lurker status.

Hoping to make up for it with these photos of a wonderful watch -- this one is the property of a good friend and fellow Lounger who has been kind enough to lend me a number of pieces on which to practice my photography skills.  Enough with the words -- herewith the pictures:

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

VC Toubillon Squelette!

Hope you enjoyed these -- I certainly enjoyed the honor of photographing this piece, and once again thank the generous owner!

Best,

GaryG



Re: VC Toubillon Squelette!
07/01/2013 - 10:57
Always loved watches were you can see how it ticks, and this one is a jewel! :), thanks for sharing
Re: Re: VC Toubillon Squelette!
07/01/2013 - 21:47
My pleasure, Dragos -- it was great to have this piece on loan for a few days! Best, Gary
Wonderful pictures Gary.
07/01/2013 - 11:10
I have always loved this Skeleton tourbillon model from Vacheron Constantin. For me the movement looks like a  tree with the Tourbillion cage and the balance wheel being the tree trunk and the double barrels and the gearwork the crown of the tree. It is so gorgeous the compostion of the movement and if I had the money then this model would be the jewel in my collection. Thanks Gary for taking the time to take these breathtaking photos. They will be thoroughly examined and enjoyed.   Best wishes Kent 
Glad you enjoyed them, Kent
07/01/2013 - 21:48
I can definitely see what you are saying about the "tree" on the back of the movement!   Best, Gary
Gary your photos make up 1000 times your absence, your skills are
07/01/2013 - 12:11
extraordinaryyes the watch ain't to shabby either cheeky
As always, you are too kind, sir!
07/01/2013 - 21:51
Thanks, Alex!  "Not too shabby" is a mild description of this one!  Took my breath away when I first saw it at the VC dinner in SF, and it's no less striking now. Greatly appreciate your comments on my ongoing journey to build watch photography skills.  Interested to see that the THL uploader tends to flatten the contrast and reduce brightness a bit -- in future iterations I will pump up both a bit and see how it works out... All the best, as always, Gary
Great photos
07/01/2013 - 15:03
Thanks for sharing....
Happy to share, Hamish
07/01/2013 - 21:52
...and of course all thanks should go to our fellow Lounger who shared with me first! Best, Gary
Did you get to strap it on?
07/01/2013 - 18:05
O...M...G!!  If it actually encircled your wrist, you are guaranteed a place in heaven angel.  That watch is on my short-short list of "modern" VC to lust for.  Thanks for making my week Gary yes.
Re: Did you get to strap it on?
07/01/2013 - 21:54
Well, Dean, I don't want to discourage others who might consider allowing me to borrow their watches for photographic purposes, but in this case I had the permission of the owner to wear the piece a bit, so of course did not resist! Sorry to say that I don't have a wrist shot, but hope that the other images will suffice smiley Best, Gary
Re: VC Toubillon Squelette!
07/01/2013 - 18:54
Wow, I doubt I have ever seen such a stunning squeleton timepiece as this one.  The photos are stunning.  Is this a new model?
no this watch was actually discontinued in the late 90s
07/01/2013 - 18:58
nt
Re: Re: VC Toubillon Squelette!
07/01/2013 - 21:55
Glad you liked the photos!  This piece really is striking -- I love the relative simplicity of the watch and the rounded case, as well as the fireworks of the classic VC openworking. Best, Gary
Re: VC Toubillon Squelette!
07/01/2013 - 22:42
I love it. If anything I think I prefer the back to the front. The symmetry of the thing is beautiful... The twin barrels, and bridges look really cool close up. As I was staring at it, it somehow started to remind me of something like a cross between steam punk and MB&F, the workings became more structural and masculine than a VC skeleton typically is... And yet clearly wonderful and exquisite at the same time. Up there for me with AP skeleton's which are my personal benchmark... According only to my personal aesthetic preferences. Thanks Gary, an amazing piece. Gary
Agree with you, Gary
07/01/2013 - 22:51
The reverse of this watch really does take on a masculine characteristic when viewed in detail -- part of its great interest to me!  You of course know the owner of this piece -- a lovely and generous guy! Best, Gary
Outstanding photography, Gary - you have gotten us used to your superb
07/02/2013 - 00:47
pictures. But that watch boosts your skills to yet another level. A level at which I stop being bothered by a power reserve indicator and start admiring the craftsmanship of the watchmaker and this of the photographer... just not a big fan of PR dials (who needs that complication anyway??), other than that the watch is a perfection
Good insight, Radek
07/02/2013 - 07:55
At a certain point when I am photographing a watch, it does become less important to me what the specific complications are, and more important how the watch designer has chosen to display things to us visually! Many thanks for the kind words on my photos -- I've been getting some excellent instruction from a pro watch photographer and trying to apply it. Hope to see you soon! Best, Gary
Re: VC Toubillon Squelette!
07/04/2013 - 18:27
there is nothing more beautiful that a skeleton tourbillion frm VC and there is nobody better to capture its stunning workmanship than Gary!!!
In this case, as in all, the beauty...
07/05/2013 - 03:11
...is 99.99 percent VC and the remainder good luck on my part :-) Best, Gary