What are you wearing this Friday?

I've been wearing this VC all week.  I know its strange, but I'm actually waiting for tonight to see the retrograde date snap back to the 1st of the month What are you wearing this Friday?

I just go back home this afternoon from some traveling, and started this post for Francois (Veillotron) - in order to provide "thumb shot" of the "ban zhi" I described in an earlier post.

What are you wearing this Friday?

Personally, I don't think these types of antique objects work well with watches, and never wear them together.  Here is a shot with the other collectible I mentioned, a better match in my opinion - but still seldomly worn together (and only so for the fun of it, as a conversation starter).

What are you wearing this Friday?

Have a great weekend everybody!

BR, Dan
04/30/2010 - 15:06
04/30/2010 - 18:10
04/30/2010 - 18:17
05/02/2010 - 15:01
05/04/2010 - 13:04
Love The VC!
04/30/2010 - 15:06
I see your bracelets and ring too. I always wear this around my neck. It's Tor's Hammer. Tor was the ancient Viking Warrior God. The most powerful of all the Gods. This an exact replica of a genuine Tors Hammer in 18K. On my wrist I wear the most powerful wrist watch maker of them all, Vacheron&Constantin This one is from 1948. As you can see at the right edge ther is some misscolouring of the enamel dial, but I prefer it genuine and not, as often destroyed by these repainted dials, which sorry to see, is overwhelming the market nowadays. Than it's not a real V&C in my and in all other serious aficionados opinion. As you see it has also the Mateser Cross buckle, but that's not right, it didn't exist as buckle at that time. OTH an original buckle from 1948 could vary in look and are almost impossible to get. The only original buckle I have had, belongs to a dear friend now, and was this from 1937, on an one of a kind watch in rosé gold 18K. Enjoy the weekend! In Sweden it's a Holiday evening called Valborg, when the arriving of the Spring is celebrated Doc
I've loved mythology from all around the world since I was a child...
04/30/2010 - 15:28
and Thor has been one of my favorite gods!  Very Cool Hammer Doc! Great Taste, but I'm not surprised when it comes to your treasures Mats.  Have a great holiday. May 1st - May 3rd is also a holiday in China. BR, Dan
Thor Comics
05/01/2010 - 04:08
Doc, I was an avid reader of Thor comics from Marvel... Wish I'd kept some of those old comics
Re: Thor Comics
05/01/2010 - 06:01
I still have a few left - Thor, FF, X-Men, Hulk, Avengers, etc. But my father threw away most of them as junk that was just "piling up in the basement" .  Need I say that he is not the collector type? (and I mean of anything, not just comics).  How much of a "heretic" is he (stated in the most loving way, Dad, )?  He has know idea why I love and collect VCs either . BR, Dan
Re: Thor Comics
05/01/2010 - 06:01
I still have a few left - Thor, FF, X-Men, Hulk, Avengers, etc. But my father threw away most of them as junk that was just "piling up in the basement" .  Need I say that he is not the collector type? (and I mean of anything, not just comics).  Same goes for baseball cards from the 70s. How much of a "heretic" is he (stated in the most loving way, Dad, )?  He has know idea why I love and collect VCs either . BR, Dan
one of my all time favorite chronos
04/30/2010 - 15:19
I can see why, it's beautiful! (nt)
04/30/2010 - 16:23
It IS beautiful. Clean. Sqare buttons, ahhh.... nt
04/30/2010 - 19:25
Wow, Alex! You managed to get one...
05/01/2010 - 06:21
Superb indeed...
It is indeed a stunner Alex... (nt)
05/04/2010 - 13:07


Yes, I will join you...........................
04/30/2010 - 17:23
As expected, I couldn't wait to wear my Overseas Chrono again after our 4 to 5 weeks of separation. The time is spot on today without running fast like before. Wishing all my Lounge friends a pleasant day and a fun weekend ahead. Warmest regards, Matt 
at this moment, this chrono which started my obsession with VC...
04/30/2010 - 17:42
Ah...the Chrono that launched 1,000 WIS obssessions...
05/01/2010 - 06:04
Great watch Aarron.  You wear it well! BR, Dan
Went simple today...
04/30/2010 - 18:10

Nice watches (rings, bracelets, and necklaces) guys! For me...no counters, no date, just two hands...and a lot of elegance. It seems that many of us are/will be enjoying holidays these days.  Over here, we are enjoying Golden Week which is a series of holidays running up to May 5. Wishing all the loungers a restful weekend! Kazumi

Have a great holiday! Elegant. "Kazumi, Suave" :-)
05/01/2010 - 06:14
Does anybody else even remember that song, by Geraldo in 1991?  (NO NO NO, Vacheronistas - While I may remember the song's only 2 words "Rico Suave", I had to look it up in Wikipedia to get the name of the singer and release date!) BR, Dan
Beautiful Kaz, but I prefer the wrist shot with your "pyjama shirt"
05/04/2010 - 13:10
Much more elegant and suave...
Watch as Jewelery
04/30/2010 - 18:17
Another appealing aspect of the pocket watch is being able to dress it up with a chain and fob.  Combines horology and joaillerie
Nice chain, and a pocket knife from Birks as well...
05/01/2010 - 06:17
nice way to accessorize that VC! .  Looks like Kazumi isn't the only "Suave" Lounger that we have!   BR, Dan
My great grandfather always said that a Man was not fully dressed
05/03/2010 - 04:13
unless he had his watch and a pocket knife. Looks like this takes care of both categories. Very cool! Tim
Make a video for YouTube Dan
05/01/2010 - 04:06
...of the hand jumping back at midnight
Re: Make a video for YouTube Dan
05/01/2010 - 05:55
Good idea Dean!   (Though it actually occurs around 12:50, ) Unfortunately, I wouldn't even be able to view it, or anything on YouTube, from where I am most of the time.  BR, Dan
Nice Friday collection!
05/02/2010 - 15:01
I always appreciate when the threads are a bit split into other subjects, than just watches on a wrist! That's for all kind of posts, actually! We learn about other sides of our friends and to see their different interests. BTW the only nice painting I found of Tor with his hammer, with which he could destroy everything Painting at The Swedish National Gallery by Winge from 1872.Thanks all Cheers Doc
Nice painting Doc, thanks for sharing! (nt)
05/02/2010 - 17:59
it doesn't look good for the guy that Tor's grabbing by the hair
05/04/2010 - 12:54

nice painting...

Thanks Dan!
05/04/2010 - 13:04

What a very nice post, thank you for the "thumb shot" of the "ban zhi"! It looks very nice  - very striking color - but it is much ticker than I thought it would be. Can you bend your thumb with the ban zhi on, and does it limit (maybe a strong word) what you can do with your hand? BTW, I actually prefer it with the VC

Re: Thanks Dan!
05/04/2010 - 15:10
Hi Francois, In the past, a ban zhi is said to of had 2 functional purposes: (the information I am providing is based on my current understanding, it is most definitely not authoritative). 1. When using a bow and arrow, to protect the thumb of the hand holding the bow - as it was held out as a rest for the arrow's shaft. 2. As a way to protect the thumb when carrying a bird cage (raising small birds in cages was a big status symbol in at least the 18th, 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries).  Traditional bird cages have hooks attached to the top of the cage, men would carry the bird cage by using the thumb to lift the bird cage up at the top of the hook's curve. Ban zhi were rare pieces of jewelry to begin with as only the very wealthy could afford one made of a precious material.  (Same thing with the bird raising hobby, essentially you had to be so well off that you didn't have to work in order to have that type of leisure time - and therefore part of the reason it was a status symbol). Depending on the size of a person's hand, there is little flexibility in being able to bend your thumb, but the point was you didn't have to do anything that required you to use your non-primary hand to begin with, you know - with all the servants doing your bidding for you.    A ban zhi has very little if any functional usage now. It is very difficult to find a high quality ban zhi today because nobody makes them out of high quality jade anymore.  The difficulty is finding a large enough piece of jade to make a ban zhi and then destroying the center of it to create the hole.  If a stone is large enough to create a ban zhi, the material can always be used more efficiently to make other items with minimal waste.  Women's bangle bracelets and pendants are the most common forms of jade jewelry.  The decision on how to cut and what to make out of a piece of jade is primarily determined by how to remove any impurities and use as much of the good material as possible, in an attractive form (figures of Buddha, animals, etc. - it really is an art form to see what is in that piece of rock and carve it out.  I believe many famous sculpturers feel the same when the look at a large piece of marble).  Bracelets are often made because there is a natural ring of jade with impurities both inside and outside - so cutting the larger hole in the middle is not as much of a concern - this is also how the size of the bracelet is determined, or pre-determined.  Usually the less artistic work needed in carving jade the better the original piece of jade was. More than you ever wanted to know, right?  Best Regards, Dan
Exactly the right level of info Dan... :-)
05/04/2010 - 20:34
Thanks, I really enjoyed reading your explanation - you're giving Dean a good run for the HL 2010 Most Informative Post Award!!! Cheers,  Francois
If only my information was related to watches and VC :-(
05/05/2010 - 09:10
Alex, Dean, Doc, WHL and everybody else have been unbelievable resources to rely on over the past few years for any and all things/information related to our WIS/VC addictions!  BR, Dan