WEEKEND WRISTSHOTS - Chronometre Royal

For a littie fun and enjoy an iconic symbol of VC history.....
WEEKEND WRISTSHOTS - Chronometre Royal

WEEKEND WRISTSHOTS - Chronometre Royal

WEEKEND WRISTSHOTS - Chronometre Royal

This is just in and I have not even put it away yet.
Maybe I go to a strap specialist and get myself something to strap to my wirst!!!  condition is surprisingly good.  A few scratches here and there but this watch is more than 100 years old.  It is working great though i have not measured the accuracy or power reserve yet.

Happy Watching
justindependent
Chronometre Royal on Parade
10/13/2012 - 06:00
LOL Justin, its hard to call that a wrist shot  wink.  Us pocket watch collectors will have to think of something else.  Beautiful piece BTW, looks pristine.  Case size? In addition to your beautiful gold-cased watch, the CR line was amazingly varied and included this bronze table clock: and this silver-cased deck watch: I'm sure others can share pics of their CR's, wrist and pocket versions alike yes.
Re: Chronometre Royal on Parade
10/13/2012 - 11:00
Thanks Dean, I think a Chrono Royal is a must have!  Its so ingrained as part of VC history i feel my collection must have it...... in a similar way i feel about Patek's Chronometer Gondolo. The size here is around 57mm, which is pretty standard. I wanted to ask if there has ever been a highly decorated version of this movement in the past on these pocket watches and deck watches? Happy Watching justindependent
Re: Re: Chronometre Royal on Parade
10/13/2012 - 20:59
If you haven't found this wonderful article by Alex, you must read it: Chronometre Royal 1907: 100 Years of Flamboyance.  To paraphrase; the original CR wasn't intended as a flamboyant showpiece but rather a working watch - robust, reliable and accurate.  That makes the ladies CR with enamel and chased case decoration shown in Alex's article so rare!  Movement embellishment was restricted to whatever was required to make the timepiece function best, and the deck watch CR movement with rhodium-plating, Geneva waves, black polish, and perlage is probably the high point of this ethic IMHO.  The wristwatches of 1950s-60s continued this marriage of fashion and utility (I'm especially fond of the calibre 1072 with its guilloche rotor) but it was the calibre 2460 SCC movement featured in the Chronometre Royal 1907 that was the first to be proudly displayed through a sapphire case back.
Great addition Justin, The condition is just amazing!
10/13/2012 - 20:55
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Congratulations Justin, and Hello from an older brother
10/14/2012 - 01:19
Great pickup,  I adore my CR pocket watch and will carry/use it in my watch rotation.  It is one of my most accurate watches, thanks to VC's full service/maintenance of it a few years ago. Carry it well!  Best Regards, Dan
Re: WEEKEND WRISTSHOTS - Chronometre Royal
10/14/2012 - 05:00
Hi folks - first time post smiley    I have a very long and boring post ready to go for you all to introduce myself and explain how I stumbled onto Vacheron Constantin , but waiting for my watch to arrive first so I can share some pics. On this topic though-  I saw a listing on Chrono24 entitled Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater 44mm , which it turns out is a pocket watch converted to a wrist watch.  My newbie question is..............does anyone take this sort of thing seriously or is it viewed as blasphemy by the purists . Cheers, Brent
Hi and welcome Brent. Eagerly awaiting your post:-) regarding recased
10/14/2012 - 18:22
pocket watches it is mostly a personal matter. i would not want to wear a recased pocket watch movement just because more often than not I find that the cases are terribe and never fit the look of the dial, also you can find genuine vintage watches non altered for slightly more than a recased watch. A repeater could be a different story considering the price of a modern one
Re: Hi and welcome Brent. Eagerly awaiting your post:-) regarding recased
10/14/2012 - 18:31
Thanks for the kind welcome Alex.  Re price - that's sort of what I was getting at.   $3-4k for a recased minute repeater VC pocket watch vs six figures for anything decent in a wrist watch.  I see IWC have one around $50-60k but still......... Anyway - I know nothing about watches and only discovered minute repeaters in recent days and this cheap "strap on a pocket watch" got me wondering. I'll properly introduce myself when my watch arrives in about a week or so. Cheers Brent
Hi Brent, welcome to THL
10/14/2012 - 22:47
In regards to recased pocket watches, I would also avoid them. IMHO, this is especially true for repeaters. For a good sound to be created, the movement and case need to work together and they are oftentimes fine-tuned in order to achieve the desired sound. I recently looked at a VC movement that had Repeater and Chronograph complications, but decided not to go that way because the cost of getting a good case for it would not be worth it. (Even though I did want to save the movement). Best Regards, Dan
Welcome Brent
10/14/2012 - 20:41
"I have a very long and boring post ready to go for you all to introduce myself..." Brent just do what I do and make some interesting sh*t up winkangelcool Seriously, re-cased pocket watches should be avoided IMHO, at least from a collecting POV.  As a novelty perhaps, but they will not appreciate and you will likely not even recover your initial investment.  The marriage itself creates problems with movement function if tolerances aren't perfect.  Most importantly, you are depriving yourself of possessing the real thing!  May I suggest you build your vintage portfolio up slowly, enjoy the research and savor the hunt, then when an original and authentic timepiece presents itself, pull the trigger yes. I'm sure others will share their opinions...
Re: Welcome Brent
10/15/2012 - 02:13
Haha - thanks again for the welcome all. I had no intention of buying one - just curious as to how they are viewed and you've clarified that.  Cheers.