great topic Radek
I read your question about an hour ago and all of a sudden I realized how difficult it is to name what you consider as must haves in a VC collection because VC has made so many desirable watches in the past that the choice is huge but here's my choice (I purposfullly avoid tourbillons and repeaters due price considerations):
- Chronometre Royal: as iconic as you can get
Vintage chronograph 4712: among the most beautiful of their time
- anything with the caliber 1003
- Patrimony Contemporaine (time only): agree with you Radek this watch is becomming a modern icon of VC (the Bi-retrograde is a runner up)
- Mercator: Seems that the Mercator does not thrill the aficionados and WIS alike but for me a VC collection is not complete without one!
Malte Chronograph: Also agree with you Radek, its one of those watches which sucks in scans but is amazing in the flesh (especially the platinum model). It also houses the amazing caliber 1141
Jubilée 1755: I guess a Tour de l'Ile or Saint gervais are more desirable but any piece from the 250th anniversary celebrations (other than the 4 Seasons ) is a must have as these celebrations were a milestone in VC history and owning one is like having participated in a way.
I think the Quai de l4ile will enter the must have category in a not too distant future!
anyway the Toledo 1952 (in rose gold) and the Malte Chrono would be absolutes.
which are Mercator and Chrono historique. They embody VC and that's why i chose them.
I would think like Jérôme: I've got also both, and it's very representative of VC for modern watches.
I think I would also add the one from our friend Kazumi: Contemporaine Boutique; the black dial is so outstanding!
For vintage, I take without any doubt the 4178 (and not 4172 Alex!, but it could be 4072 with straight lugs), iconic with tear drop lugs, like this one as 3 hand watch:
What else: the new trend with QDI which is upcoming.
Unfortunately, I am now feeling rather inadaquate and maybe I don't belong here as my collection is lacking some of the watches mentioned in this thread...
I suppose the only one happy to hear this news could be my retailer...
I also feel VC Patrimony is the one to own and a chronograph would be "mandatory"...I picked Malte chrono as well.
But I think Les Historique chrono is the most popular among Purists.
I also think Malte tourbillon is an iconic watch as well for the well-heeled collectors. I also agree with Alex's Chronometer Royal. Great Q, Radek!
once I started thinking about it, its not that easy. Vacheron has so many to choose from it makes it very difficult. If I had an unlimited source of money I would love to have a set of the masks, but thats not going to happen. I do lie the srt of the enamel dials. When I look at the top watch houses (Vacheron, Patek, Audemars, Lange) that produce not just a me to watch, I see Vacheron standing out when it comes to very creative artisan enamel dialed watches such as the "Masks, Explorers, Mercators and the Royal"
I also appreciate Vacherons past with their chronographs, triple date calendars (very under appreciated IMO), and Toledos (especially admire the platinum one you have Radek).
My favorite watch of any I own right now and that gets the most wrist time is the one on the far left. The dial is constantly changing depending on how the light hits it, The case is in my opinion the best one on the market...period.
There are so many I would like to own but there is one still missing and I hope to get some day...Alex, I hope "Charlie" is a fan of the Hour Lounge and is reading this!!!!!
make it happen.
To me, any one of the Explorer series.
That is, what we today call a pocket watch? It was these intruments of horology that established Vacheron & Constantin as premiere watchmakers. My own prejudice would be for a Chronometre Royal in white gold.