What VC watch has been getting most of your wrist-time lately?

What VC watch has been getting most of your wrist-time lately?

Please post pictures and share your insight on why a certain VC watch has been your favorite one (s) recently.

As for me, it has been a US Overseas. It has been my latest acquisition and long-awaited Overseas on a strap... It is a beautiful, ultimate sports watch. It is also very universal and I can wear it to almost every occasion and event. It has barely left my wrist since I got it, except for my short trip to Geneva ;-)

Overseas Also...
04/18/2008 - 01:43

The Overseas Chronograph, while large for my wrist, is a perfect fit and so comfortable that I wear it most often.  Now if only there was a conversion kit to a leather strap....

That little box my arm is resting on came by courier today.  Had a lovely scent of leather when opened!  Thank-you so much to everyone for a great story contest.  I tried taking a picture but a black wallet doesn't show up very well.  As I only have one credit card to my name, I'm on the hunt for old school ID and auto club cards to fill it's numerous slots

glad it arrived Dean and hope you can fill it up :-)
04/18/2008 - 12:39

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Lately, these 2 beauties
04/18/2008 - 05:58

Sorry for the poor scan.

And a wristshot specially for Doc
04/18/2008 - 06:00

Am I tempting you Doc?  Ref 14802ST, LE of 1000 from 1992. Uses the same mov't as 222 and Nautilus 3700.

Yes it's the real one,
04/18/2008 - 11:34

clean, original that's how a RO should be.

The latest versions are a bit too much of everything.

Like this

Cheers

Doc

The latest versions are just like super expensive fashion watch.
04/18/2008 - 11:43

Not pure like the original.

While I agree with you to some extend...
04/18/2008 - 15:05

on the ROO being a "super expensive fashion watch" and the orginal RO models being nicer (I'm 100% with you on the latter point), I don't think we should slag off too much the ROO, and at the same time praise so much the QdI.

This is of course only my humble opinion, and I there might be something I'm missing...

So, IMO, the QdI and the ROO differ in that at the base the ROO is a pure sports watch, whereas the QdI is not. However, couldn't one make the argument that both models have been based on the same concept of coolness?? I'm not a huge fan of the ROO, but looking at the premium paid each year for the new LEs, it would seem a lot of people think they are VERY cool...

VC took a different step with the QdI in that the concept of coolness (for lack of better word) has been applied to a more traditional watch - VC's move might have been seen as less revolutionary if the idea of the clear dial had been applied to the Overseas.  So I do agree that it is an "Industry First" in a way, but at the same time I don't think this is too far off from what AP has done with the RO...

So, a lot of words to defend a little bit the ROO

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, and seeing my theory being demolished

Veillotron

I just look at it the simple way...
04/18/2008 - 15:13

If you follow the journey of ROO which only began to be popular around 2002/3 (I did, AP was my #1 favorite brand), they came up with few LEs in the beginning which we could follow cause there were events associated with them. But they pushed the idea too far by churning out too many LE ROOs w/out any major difference (except for Polaris maybe) other than strictly different colours and slight design change and call them LE so that demand will be robust. I have a friend who used to be manager for AP Boutique, so my information is good.

true...
04/18/2008 - 15:22

so then the main difference is that VC allows you to customize the watch instead of releasing a bunch of different versions and calling them LEs... but in both cases the customer does have to pay a premium...

I'm all for LEs, but not when you feel the company is starting to take the mickey out of customers...

Every luxurious watch now is sold at premium.
04/18/2008 - 15:44

The only difference is the size of the premium... As for LE, VC has just started while AP has overdone it. I mean, how many times can you eat pizza with different toppings but still being a pizza?  

The Big Bang is responsible for this
04/18/2008 - 16:38

hi guys not to point too much of an angry finger but the ROO was launched as a testosterone filled sports version of the Royal Oak in 1992 however it was only 10-11 years later when the Hublot Big Bang (and I know many won't agree with me but you won't take away the impression I have that the BB is more than just a "tribute" to the ROO) started being the hottest watch on the market with its limited editions that the ROO started being presented in each and different variation possible and sold as a LE. So we had the BB copying the ROO copying the BB copying... and on and on...

Re: The Big Bang is responsible for this
04/18/2008 - 16:50

not sure I agree with you on the BB being a copy of the ROO (what is it that makes you think that? Is it just the bezel with some screws in it?). However I completely agree with you that Biver is pushing the LE envelope WAYYYYY too far...

I think over 50% of their new models is a LE... and some of them in big number: for example for the Euro 2008 model, is being made as a LE of 2008 pieces

That's what I meant.
04/18/2008 - 19:44

They overdo it... oh well, guess they still have plenty of buyers anyway...

Sorry to say,
04/18/2008 - 11:44

it's been 50/50 between those

 

Cheers

Doc

Me too same as you! I have to admit that I was never a huge fan of the
04/18/2008 - 12:37

Overseas, I found the guillochage a bit too dressy for a sports watch (even though it looks rather good on the time Dual Time model) but ever since I saw the prototype of the US Overseas on Christian Selmoni's wrist over a year ago I was struck: the grainy dial with orange numerals and strap won me over. I was lucky enough to be able to locate one in the US about a month ago and here it is:

I'll try to take better scans over the week end

Re: US Overseas here also.
04/19/2008 - 10:16

Did Loungers buy up the whole 100?

Very nice watches gentlemen