I’ve lately had the pleasure, along with some other good friends and collectors, to visit the VC manufacture.
Do I look happy?
I will bypass the pictures you’ve probably seen ad nauseam, like those illustrating the building etc. although I must say the factory is quite something itself and a great place to work. Pictures will be focused on 2015 novelties, which represent the most interesting part for you, to my thinking.
Vishal, THL member and I.
We were a group of 5 and Alain Lambercy, watchmaker at VC, showed us the several Departments where the magic happens; no pictures allowed, sorry, it would have been fun to look at, although some luckier loungers already did post several in the past, available in the archive.
Finally - deus ex machina - Alex arrived, he proved us to be a magnificent host, we had lunch together and we had some fun too.
Alex and Vishal.
After a while, conversation easily converged towards next year’s novelties; Alex kept it all secret but also told us something will change in the sport watch line-up with more than a novelty, in short: new overseas, with some further surprises. Apropos of that and due to a particular feature one of this new model will have, which Alex shared with us, I’m confident it’s going to be very welcomed by the collectors’ community and laymen also.
2015 is the year of Vacheron Constantin, nobody would dare to deny it. My impression is, 2016 is going to be yet another very successful year for the Maltese Cross.
Alex managed to show us the latest models, introduced at SIHH, I still haven’t read his book about the new chrono calibres but I’m sure it’s going to be a very interesting reading.
The new watches are simply amazing, pictures don’t do justice, you must touch and feel them.
Dual Time is so much better live than seen through a picture.
Sizes are a little big to my personal taste but wear terrific anyhow.
Sweet chrono Clearly VC took inspiration from the former Lemania calibre but added a lot more in it.
The Masterpiece on my wrist.
Quai de l'Ile
We then moved towards Quai de l’Ile, where an exhibition of chronographs is currently taking place. The visit was worth, a vintage lover like I am, wouldn’t ever want to leave a place like that, it was like listening to Mozart’s concert n° 21 in C major, K 467 (better if directed by RM).
A place probably familiar to many here.
Following, just few examples of the pieces shown in the exibition.
Sometimes words aren’t able to describe the feelings. It was the perfect day for a watch-fan.
I must say thanks to Vacheron Constantin, to the People working at VC we met and helped us having such a terrific experience and finally, to Alex for being such a lovely host.
Last note: Alex, you are the perfect moderator and gentleman too but I’m not going to give you my 222!
The inscription Alex wrote on my copy of his book, I found it funny
Thank you for reading,