VCs compared to your other watches.......

I'm just  curious about something.  

I've been into watches just a short time (2 years) and I have 7 what I would consider good watches (see below).  Now the last three watches I've purchased have been 2 VCs and the Lange.  The VCs are easily my favorites and it's not that the other watches aren't nice too (IMO) but it seems like they're the ones I always want to wearVCs compared to your other watches.......VCs compared to your other watches.......

What is it about these (or other VCs for that matter) VCs that make them so special.  I know on the Lounge we have people with gorgeous collections that include other brands besides you find yourself in my boat with the VCs being your favorites or do you like them all equally or something in between?

Just an early quiet Saturday morning and it's something I was thinking about.

Best regards,


VCs compared to your other watches.......
i can't really figure out what i really like about VC....
03/07/2009 - 15:40

possible reasons (not in order of importance): 1. a long name with many letters 2. heritage 3. art deco appeal 4. false sense of security , well finished even if hidden 5. luxurious 6. the maltese cross is iconic 7. name sounds good  8. quality assurance, satisfaction guaranteed as seen, i have a heavy weighting of them in my collection. however i don't wear them often. i am always seen with the watch in my avatar. but i admire them time to time and they bring a smile.

Very cool collection
03/08/2009 - 15:26
VC is the only "brand" I'm interested in. When I started
03/07/2009 - 16:17
getting interested in watches about 12-15 years ago I was immediately drawn to the VC Mercator which was just so different withits engraved dial and retrograde hands. I had to wait a few years an my first paychecks to buy one but while waiting for the Marcator I started researching magazines and the net and really became a watchaholic. I loved vintage VCs (didn't really like any modern watch by the brand - excpet the Mercator and the Jump Hours- until the whole designs started changing in 2005!) I bought everything which I really fancied from Audemars, Patek, Breguet, Roth, Zenith etc.... and sold it all! However as my tastes became more affirmed I got more or less tired of anythng with a "brand" on the dial. For the past 5-6 years I've been more and more interested in marques from independent artisans may they be of the more classical kind such as Dufour or Voutilainen or more design oriented such as Urwerk; MB&F or Vianney Halter. I still own a few pieces from Lange, Journe, IWC etc... but they just get no wrist time. I either wear my independents or my VCs, considering that my QDI has hardly left my wrist in the past few weeks. I have an emotional relationship to my watches and those who make them. I like the fact that Vacheron Constantin customers seem to belong to an exclusive club where members would greet each other with a nod of the head and a slight smile on the lips seeming to agree on the other’s impeccable taste. In fact VC seemed to me like the best kept secret of the watch world! I just love the fact that VC still dares to dream and is not locked in its past and while producing classical timepieces the brand still comes out with off beat original watches which are not only watches but also tiny little art works which give the time.  And finally the folks at VC are genuinely really nice people which adds to the pleasure. Some of my funkier watches: And by beloved QDI
The QDI is getting ncer & nicer Alex...
03/07/2009 - 17:12
Glad it's in your superb collection...
Oopss, I meant nicer & nicer...
03/07/2009 - 17:13
And I am closer to my 500th post
03/08/2009 - 15:24
some very cool watches the QDI! Best Regards, Tom
Re: VCs compared to your other watches.......
03/07/2009 - 19:36

Collections often evolve over time to reflect changes in the owners tastes and needs.  10 years ago I had little interest in owning what I considered a true dress watch.  I wanted things that were sporty, Rolex Daytonas, Submariners, Explorers, IWC Pilot Chronographs, Cartier Pasha Chronographs, AP Royal Oak Chrono etc.  I own or have owned several of the previously mentioned watches.   However,  after I got my first real job I felt that it would be nice to have a real dress watch to wear with a suit.  I also had to have an interesting case shape and be rose gold, I had plenty of round white metal watches.  My Wife also thought I should get something dressy and that it should not have subdials ...or as she calls them "toys." Pateks are nice but the ones I generally liked would have required me to sell some vital organs on the black marekt.  I like the Calatrava but it seems like a default choice and not all that interesting.  AP really did not make a dress watch that made me smile.  But VC, struck a nerve for several reasons.  No one in my family had owned one, they were sort of an understated choice compared to names like Patek and AP, they have a rather rich history in the world of watchmaking, and even their time only watches seemed to offer something more exciting and interesting in design than what was offered by the competition.   As for VC's place in my collection or the other watches in my collection, I generally like them almost equally.  Each generally represents a different point in my life and each also suits a different purpose.  For a plain, understand non gold watch that I wore for interviews I have a basic Rolex Explorer.  For an everyday watch and a wedding gift from my Wife which I wore our honeymoon I have a black dial Rolex Explorer 2 (so I can keep track of more than one timezone).  When I needed to keep track of billable hours I used to wear my Daytona or Cartier Pasha Chronograph.  For dress watches I found I really like shapes that are not round.  So for dress watches I have a square shaped watch, an asymetric watch, and a rectangular shaped watch (sorry that one is not a VC).  Its such a refreshing change from my usual round sporty watches and for me adds to the feeling that I'm not wearing one of my everyday watches.   Here are a few photos. Best regards, Dino

You have
03/08/2009 - 08:56
a nice collection there.
Beautiful Dino.......
03/08/2009 - 15:30
Love that VC and you know I'm a round watch kind of guy......but that one makes me think! Best regards, Tom
Thanks guys...and Tom
03/08/2009 - 16:35

I guess I'll have to work on converting you from a strictly round watch guy!  It would certainly add something different to your collection. Best regards, Dino

03/09/2009 - 03:13
I give you better odds with that than on the "engagement tradition" Best regards, Tom
Very lovely collection Tom...
03/08/2009 - 15:14
I share your fondness for the Chronomaster. Great movement! The 2 VC's really stand out. The Lange is pretty sweet too! Regards, Joseph
Joseph, kind of you...........
03/08/2009 - 15:33
to say that.  Do you or have you owned any?  I do love those chronomasters (I don't tell the VCs)! Best regards, Tom
Re: Joseph, kind of you...........
03/09/2009 - 00:12
Hi Tom I do have a Chronomaster. Its a great watch with the superb El Primero movement. I had one exactly like yours but then i had an opportunity to trade it (with a little extra cash) for one eith a gold bracelet. Its in RG and not too overwhelming. I used to own a Lange Cabaret and a Lange 1 Moonphase but sold them. But I still have my 3 favourites: Perpetual PT, 1815 Moonphase in RG and a Datograph in RG with silver dial. Regards, Joseph
Wow Joseph...........
03/09/2009 - 03:10
those are some awesome Langes....I love all 3 of those...I bet the PT Perpetual is breathtaking!  Best regards, Tom
No contest for me...
03/09/2009 - 17:00
I only have 2 watches: my VC Excellence Platine QP Chrono, and my Hublot Big Bang All Black - do I really need to tell you which is on top?  VC will always hold a place dear in my heart, and while I have no intention of spending money on watches in the near future, I would say that on my list of Watches to Buy, the majority of from VC:  1) De Bethune's Dream 1: I looooooove (that's love with ) that watch. So beautiful and so original. I'm not sure exactly what's the price tag but I'm guessing I would have to save up for a few years before being able to purchase that one  2) VC QdI: the simple time & date model, in palladium (same as Alex). The nicest "affordable" watch on the market at the moment  3) Breguet Marine Chrono in WG: my favorite chrono out there at the moment (in close second comes the VC Patrimony chrono - I actually prefer the VC Malte Chrono to the new Patrimony chrono, but since I already have the Malte QP Chrono, the Patrimony chrono would fit better in my small collection). 4) VC American 1921: the more I look at this watch, and the more I am in love with it - this watch IMHO is the essence of VC : flawless execution and finishing, beautiful movement (I fell in love with the caliber 4400), and the perfect balance of elegance, classism and flair. It's not PP who would have come up with such a design. When I saw this watch in the metal I was blown away. The fact that it is very "dandy" means that there are a few watches ahead of it in the queue, but it is a watch I would very much enjoy to wear. 5) VC Overseas RG: Tom that purchase was the soooo the right move, and I am to be honest a little bit envious. I'd get the OS with RG bracelet, but also get the leather one and rubber ones if I want to dress it down... As a beater, I also quite like the IWC Ingenieur 3227 - not as spectacular as the OS and to a certain extend the "poor man's version of the OS", but I really love the dial and look and feel of the watch. So I guess I'd get both sports models. Not included in the list, but if I win the lottery, I'm definitely getting a set of Les Masques Cheers, Francois
Francois; great to have you back........
03/09/2009 - 21:28
and thank you so much for the kind words; I appreciate it! Best regards, Tom
agree, great to have you back Francois :-) (nt)
03/10/2009 - 10:21
Cheers Boyz (nt)
03/10/2009 - 12:42
03/09/2009 - 21:09
I guess the quality of V&C that appeals most is their quirkiness!  That is, with vintage pieces at any rate, they are wonderfully whimsical and unpredictable.  There are so many unusual references and variations within the same reference, and so few pieces that each can be considered it's own work of art.   Actually the word "art" is most appropriate, with a full canvas that includes the art of design, of mechanical engineering, of craftsmanship in construction, and not least, the old-world charm of company employees. To express it in an emotional context, when I think of Vacheron the image that comes to mind is a watchsmith hunched over the bench pouring years of skill into my watch.  Other brands like Patek bring to mind glossy storefronts or Lange and cold white laboratories.   Perhaps this is why I find some VC marketing strategies so puzzling when they stray from what I consider to be these core values.  Why don't they see what I see?
What I like about Vacheron & Constantin watches'
03/09/2009 - 22:40
Hi everyone, Here are the criterias I like when I pick up a watch: -vintage: patina, rarity, Art deco, beautiful movement and finishing, chronometers -no Rolex (except Princes and bubblebacks from the 30ies) -no Patek Philippe -no Cartier In that way I like the following brands: 1° Vacheron & Constantin, 2° Jaeger Lecoulte, 3° Zenith, 4° Movado, In the same way I like modern watches from the first 2 brands as well as Urwerk and De Béthune, if I could. I am a real fan of the Patrimony Traditionnelle both Automatic and the new hand-wind cal 4400. Enjoy the day, Berny
it's a nice collection you got there Tom...
03/09/2009 - 23:37
what can I contribute to this post, being a monogamic VC collector & fan?  I just wonder if there comes a time at one point in my life when I decide to go for other "brands". I do like creations other than VC but I do not like them enough to spend money on... Anyway, to me VC carries all values I care for in high-end horology. Heritage and history blended with finest craftsmanship and design. It has been VC's priorities for well over a quarter of a millenium - no other manufacture can boast that nor beat that...  VC simply speaks to me, straight to my heart and (I will say that again) it has embraced me even more so ever since the QdI launch... it is everything and more I have expected of the manufacture I guess when I am about to seriously consider a watch other than my beloved VC there always is another new Vacheron launched or another model my heart starts beating faster to. I guess it might go on forever and to tell the truth I do not mind it at all. I am just a weirdo, aren't I?     
Thanks Radek.....
03/10/2009 - 02:07
No one could criticize an exclusive VC sounds like a great direction to go.....if you're married to Charlize Theron (one of my favs) why try someone else! Best regards, Tom
And she's a dog person too!
03/10/2009 - 16:27