What are your thoughts on this VC watch?

What are your thoughts on this VC watch?

To learn more about this stunning timepiece, you will need to check out The Business Times in Singapore as today's issue includes the eagerly anticipated annual Watch Supplement.  This is a true labour of love by my good buddy Larry Wee and offers 72 pages of goodies for watch lovers of all ages and experience.

There is an electronic version available and BT subscribers can gain free access to it now at: http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/supplement/0,4570,130000-132800,00.html?

For non-subscribers, it is available free of charge at 10:00 GMT.  I will post a direct link to the article on this beautiful watch at that time.

Now, it is time for me to continue enjoying my copy of the Watch Supplement.  I hope that my fellow Loungers will also be able to share in this enjoyment.

08/29/2008 - 11:54
08/29/2008 - 14:26
would absolutely love to see VC come out with an inline perpetual but
08/29/2008 - 11:30
I find the dial a bit too much. Thank you for the link Duncan, I have often enjoyed reading the BT supplement can't wait for it to be available on line.
Personally, I think the inline perpetual really makes this special.
08/30/2008 - 00:46
I can see how the dial may not be to everyone's taste and with the atelier program, their are many options available.  For me, I love enamel dials but the blue might be a bit too light for my liking.  Cheers, Duncan
Thanks so much Duncan, the Business Times Watch Supplement is a
08/29/2008 - 11:50
definitive must read for all WIS, informed and well written it is obviously made by those who know about and are passionate about watches. Kudos to Larry Wee and his team and thank you for the link. Eagerly awaiting 10 PM GMT to print the articles and read over the week end.
Not so long Alex...
08/29/2008 - 11:54
as it should be available at 10:00 am GMT.  That's 12 hours earlier for you... Just over 2 hours to go... Duncan
Thanks for the link Duncan! (nt)
08/29/2008 - 12:57
i saw this as a trailer to the business times watch supplement........
08/29/2008 - 13:49
i love this type of alternative watch display, and secretly wish that they will make it a regular one without the tourbillion so it is more affordable.  this is what i consider an updated vacheron heritage. regret for my absence here as the arrival of my baby is more than a handful for my family. :) 
congratulations on the arrival of baby Aaron, the arrival of a grand
08/29/2008 - 14:07
complication is always a fantastic moment.   I wish health and hapiness to the family and good of you to come back even with the sleepless nights
thanks, alex. now, i am not quite sure she is a grand complication ..
08/30/2008 - 06:13
she does chime like a repeater , but we are more of her toys, submitting to her whims and fancies, than otherwise. :) however, we are happy with her company . watches remain my passion, so i will join my friends here as often as i can.
Congrats on your new arrival!!!!!
08/29/2008 - 14:25
Whooaaaa, this is big news!!!! I hope your sleeping has not been affected too much! Is it your first?
thanks and its my first. nt.
08/30/2008 - 06:14
Congratulations Aaron on the new baby!
08/29/2008 - 14:37
As for the watch, I am sure that Dominique would be happy to work with you on a creating a special perpetual calendar piece without the tourbillon.  That is part of the beauty of the VC atelier program, just about anything is possible! Duncan
thanks. and yes, i read about it in the business times article.nt.
08/30/2008 - 06:15
Duncan would you have scans of the 3 bespoke VCs that were
08/29/2008 - 14:08
commissioned for the articel? Had a rapid look at the articles and can't wait to settlke down to read them.
Not sure which 3 pieces you are referring to...
08/29/2008 - 14:31
perhaps you can clarify for me Alex. Thanks, Duncan
at the bottom of the article it states
08/29/2008 - 15:58
"Pictured here at right are three variations that VC drew up for us based on the requirements we set out for them. Go for it!"   So I was wandering what the 3 variations were.  Whoever chose the inline perpetual had a fantastic idea, if I ever had a bespoke VC made its a feature I would definately want
Okay Alex, I understand.
08/29/2008 - 16:25
The pics accompanied the printed version and I had just assumed that they were with the electronic version of the article.  Well, we all know what happens when you assume... I don't have them handy but I should be able to get them fairly quickly.  Please give me a few days and I'll post them as soon as possible. Cheers, Duncan
the 1st thing I was taught at law school was
08/29/2008 - 16:42
"never assume" Take your time Duncan, post whenever you're ready
LOL! Okay, I'll skip the lawyer jokes. :-) (nt)
08/29/2008 - 16:51
good, if not I would have had to sue you ;-) (nt)
08/31/2008 - 12:12
Definitely a very interesting piece
08/29/2008 - 14:21

But I would have to see it in the flesh to make my mind up if I really like it or not... I think the dial could look very nice in real life (it is hard to tell with these drawings...). I'm not sure about the Breguet hands and numerals at the top though... It is now past 10:00am GMT - is there supposed to be another link to the article for the non-subscribers? Can't wait to read it... Thanks a lot Duncan!! Cheers, Veillotron

Alas, you can only see it in the metal by actually...
08/29/2008 - 14:34
commissioning the watch and committing to the project.  Of course, you will have input on the watch and could request for modifications as desired during the creation of your own personal masterpiece. Cheers, Duncan
great, then I'd be able to change the Breguet hands and numerals
08/29/2008 - 14:39
and replace them with some good old Malte stuff I'm having trouble getting through to the article - I'm only getting the summary page... Am I looking at the wrong place?
As they say,
08/29/2008 - 16:31
pretty much whatever your heart desires... Please try clicking on the following link: Creating a tailor-made timepiece hope that this works for you. Cheers, Duncan
As promised...
08/29/2008 - 14:26
here is the direct link to the article on VC's atelier program and this timepiece: VC article in The Business Times' Watch Supplement I hope that everyone will have the oportunity to read the many interesting and engaging articles in the Watch Supplement.  Once again, here is the link to the index of articles: The Business of Time Have a nice weekend everyone and happy reading! Cheers, Duncan
thanks Duncan
08/29/2008 - 14:52
and sorry for my earlier post - I hadn't seen this one! Cheers, Francois
No worries Francois. :-) (nt)
08/29/2008 - 16:53
Actually, it's still not working :-(
08/29/2008 - 18:01
I'm hoping because of some security/firewall issue with my computer at work... Hopefully will be fine when I look at it at home tonight!
Francois, sorry to hear that you are encountering these difficulties.
08/30/2008 - 00:39
Hopefully, you will have more luck when you are using a different computer.  Please let me know if it is still a no-go and then we'll see what else can be tried. Duncan
I had some trouble as well but found a way around it.
08/30/2008 - 00:49
I created a tinyurl for it, http://tinyurl.com/5da9oh I hope it works better!
Thanks 1907 for the workaround.
08/30/2008 - 02:36
Ironically, your solution did not work for me but I have not had any problems accessing the BT Watch Supplement directly.  Must just be certain combinations that seemingly allow or prevent access.  Isn't technology a wonderful thing, when it works? Duncan
Thanks for that, very helpful! (nt)
09/01/2008 - 01:03
Re: What are your thoughts on this VC watch?
08/29/2008 - 16:58
Thanks for the link Duncan, I look forward to spending time over the weekend reading the articles! With ref to this watch, I like it. I like the blue, I like the layout of the dial, I like the "waves", I like the red date! The only things I'd change would be the placement of the Maltese Cross, though I haven't quite figured out where to put it quite yet.....!
Regarding the Maltese Cross,
08/30/2008 - 00:50
the final proposed version would have a blued cross and would probably really standout on the tourbillon.  As a fan of blued hands, I think the cross would look really spectacular and be quite an eye-catcher. Duncan
Re: What are your thoughts on this VC watch?
08/29/2008 - 20:21
I had to look at this baby three times before I made up my mind. The (can I say ugly?) blue dial or is it more properly called face?  Maybe Rose Gold similar to a JD. Something, anything-Please. Miki
As we all know, every watch will garner many different opinions.
08/30/2008 - 00:55
Some will love it and some will hate it.  For Larry, I believe it was a fun project and an interesting challenge for the atelier program to see what they would come up with.  Perhaps Miki, you will have an opportunity to work with Dominque and his team to design your dream watch.  Cheers, Duncan
Re: As we all know, every watch will garner many different opinions.
08/30/2008 - 02:51
Thanx for your courteous response. Different strokes for different folks! I was taught in a box of crayons there are 8 basic yet different colors. However what is correct: Is it the face or the dial that I'm referring to? BTW, my dream watch has already been produced by V&C. Best, Miki
Beauty of watches is the infinite variety of choice...
08/30/2008 - 04:10
One person's beauty is someone else's nightmare. I think that one can refer to it as either dial or face, but that is just my layman's opinion.  i would probably refer to "it" as the guilloched enamel dial.  Maybe Alex can provide some clarification between the semantics of face versus dial. So, if I may be so nosy, what is your dream watch? Thanks, Duncan
08/30/2008 - 10:42
please, please, please!
Ahhh, a truly magnificent choice and timepiece...
08/30/2008 - 10:51
Good luck and thanks for sharing Miki. Duncan
I'm with you on that one! ;-) (nt)
09/01/2008 - 01:02
Even though it can be and is sometimes called a face I believe
08/30/2008 - 14:51
that the watchmaking term is dial.
Re: Even though it can be and is sometimes called a face I believe
08/30/2008 - 15:39
Thanks Alex for your input. In thinking about it, I suppose some might think that the "dial" refers specifically to the area upon which the time is told with traditionally hour and minute markers.  The "face" could include the dial and/or any other surface area beyond the specific dial.  In the case of this proposed atelier piece, that would mean the blue enamel area.  This is just a theoretical, non-technical interpretation of the difference between "dial" and "face". As I previously said, I think I would prefer to just use the dial terminology to refer to everything. Much simpler... Cheers, Duncan
every watch will garner many different opinion
08/30/2008 - 05:38
Yes indeed, A very interesting and original creation. But I'm with Miki on this one. The dial has many features which are outstanding alone, but when put together seem to overdo it (IMHO, anyway). But given that each piece is literally unique and designed to the specifications, desires, taste etc of the client, it is really their view which counts for the most. And to them, enjoy it in good health and with great pride! Regards, Joseph
Well said Joseph
08/30/2008 - 08:30
The freedom of choice and the right to gain immeasurable pleasure and enjoyment from your timepiece are integral to the atelier program. Cheers, Duncan