What is on your wrist today? It's a cloudy day in California, getting

ready for some rain. I am home with the Wildebeests on the work table--what are you Hour Loungers up to?
I am still enjoying my nice stealthy chrono... The funniest comment so far has been from a restaurant owner in LA who wanted to know when Rolex came out with such a great looking watch! I laughed for hours after that one.



What is on your wrist today? It's a cloudy day in California, getting

Enjoy.
Tim
10/22/2010 - 07:48
10/22/2010 - 09:01
JB
10/22/2010 - 20:26
Tim, how did you resist the urge to fork him?
10/22/2010 - 03:14
Although its NOT Friday yet...I can share what's "in the pocket" today Corps of Engineers chronograph now has a time-only little brother to play with.
It was so funny, and several of the other customers got to pounce
10/22/2010 - 03:50
on that one as they are big V&C fans, so I was well protected! I saw a very poor version of your watch about 6 months ago, passed on it--yours is a beauty and I would have jumped on it. You also have great presentation and your photographs are outstanding. Best, Tim
Thank-you Tim
10/22/2010 - 23:02
I appreciate knowing the pics are enjoyed.  Please keep sharing "real world" shots of your beauty as well .  White metals are my favorite!
Gorgeous watches! [nt]
10/22/2010 - 08:52
[nt]
Beautiful watch Tim!
10/22/2010 - 07:48
And a great laugh at the expense of the restaurant owner, I'm not a big chronograph lover, but your watch just oozes beauty! I'm wearing this today, 1st gen. and simplest of the Overseas series.  Selfishly, I love that it never gets noticed whatsoever, but I know what's on my wrist and inside the case. HAGWE! Best Regards, Dan
Not my intent into increase post count...
10/22/2010 - 08:06
but I frequently forget to add the scan,
Not a wrist shot
10/22/2010 - 09:01
Nice watch and picture, Tim! Since I only have one nice watch (VCI, my VC Patrimony), I'm wearing the same watch I've worn for the past 90 days. Rather than share another wrist shot, I decided to attach something a bit differnt. Here is VCI with the collection of paraphernalia that I've gathered to make her feel at home. She may be the only VC in my collection (for that matter, the only watch I've ever bought), but this collection represents my promise to VCI that there will be others joining her. From top left to bottom right, moving down each column: Secrets of VC The World of VC Geneve (plus letter from Herman Plotnik to Charlie Sheen) inner box The Quarter Millenium of VC auction catalog VCI on her polishing cloth VC travel case VC catalogue from when VCI was new (2008-2009) outer box WatchTime special issue on VC QdL catalogue
Nice collection
10/22/2010 - 09:39
I've been collecting VC paraphenalia as well and am glad to see that I'm not the only one!  Though I haven't any pictures. BR, Dan
Quite a collection there you seem to have all bases covered! What's
10/22/2010 - 11:12
the letter from Herman Plotnik to Charlie Sheen about?
letter
10/22/2010 - 18:33
I was fortunate that the previous owner of VCI generously gave me (without my asking) a small collection of his VC stuff to go with the watch. He didn't know that this was my entry into horology... he just figured that the next owner of his VC would appreciate some cool reading material and the VC travel case. As for the books and auction catalogue, I have you to thank for the suggestions. My copy of The World of VC Geneve supposedly is Charlie Sheen's personal copy. On the title page: To: Charlie Sheen Herman Plotnik (signature) 8/3/94 The letter reads: Dear Mr. Sheen, We are pleased to have you in the family of proud owners of Vacheron Constantin timepieces. The newest addition to your collection is the Phidias, a watch that we hope will give you many years of enjoyment and satisfaction. Please accept, as a token of our appreciation a book entitled "The World of Vacheron Constantin" Sincerely, Herman Plotnik 8/2/94
VC Ephemera
10/22/2010 - 23:08
Collecting ephemera, that is, printed materials, advertising props, watch boxes, etc., is a great way to increase your experience and knowledge of V&C.  You have a very nice group - I look forward to seeing what you find next!
Quai de l'Ile for me today and Tim that story is just hilarious, fine
10/22/2010 - 11:11
looking watch you have
Corporate spirit
10/22/2010 - 11:52
Re: Corporate spirit
10/23/2010 - 01:56
Is that with the tonneau-shaped caliber 1017 movement?  Veeeeeery nice!
Even for a Rolex!? That is a great Quai de l'Ile and the strap is
10/23/2010 - 04:07
perfect.
Sorry, No Vacheron today...
10/22/2010 - 20:26
WOW, stunning Joseph!!
10/23/2010 - 01:40
More please .  Does it have a display back?
Re: WOW, stunning Joseph!!
10/23/2010 - 05:47
Hi Dean, Yes it does have a display back. I do have more pics somewhere. I'll try to find them. This one was taked with my iPhone4 so its not the best but it did turn out better than expected. Regards, Joseph
joseph, we share the same taste in watches and phones....
10/23/2010 - 09:30

Re: joseph, we share the same taste in watches and phones....
10/24/2010 - 05:29
Great-looking watch! Yes indeed we do share the same tastes. BTW I never got back to you on that iPhone because Apple released an unlocked version here in Canada. All the best, Joseph
I have the closest to steel that I can find,
10/23/2010 - 01:33
white gold. A true 'sleeper'. M onopusher. Movement by F.P.Journe. It's atribute to a Lady, not Lady N, but Lady Ingrid Bergman The dial is in the colour 'Ingrid Grey', same as her one-off Ferrari was wearing, and you still can order on your next Ferarri Cheers Doc
And here is the inspiration...
10/23/2010 - 01:43
Ferrari 375 Mille Miglia Pinin Farina Spyderultimatecarpage
In a way, but not really!
10/23/2010 - 11:38
What you are showing is the F1 car with the 3.750 liter engine that ran the Mille Miglia formula one race. Ingrid Bergmabn's husband Mr Rosselini ordered a special built car to his wife, wkith that engine! Only one was made. 1954. First car ever with 'hidden beams' and special paint as mentioned above. Picture of Ingrid Bergman and Mr Rosselini inspecting the car, Picture from Francois Chaille's book Girard-Perregaux. Picture of the only car built and a replica from USA below. The watch was designed by Dr Macaluso himself admirer of Ferrari and friend of the Ferrari, nowadays Fiat boss, and also admirer of Ingrid bergman. Macaluso, he is an examined architect, desided that it should be a monopusher and that's why Journe entry the story. 375 watches were made. 250 in yellow gold and 125 in white gold. This is number 113.  All were sold at one night at a luxury hotel in USA an evening in 2003! I bought mine new from.....USA. The name 375mm, of course is the motor voulme and m(Mille) m(Miglia) after the race. I'm wearing it now , but better take it off, since I'm going to work at the the yacht, preparing it to leave the water for land. Winter is coming Cheers Doc
Great Story!
10/23/2010 - 19:10
Fantastic info Doc.  That is the most beautiful car and certainly a good accessory for the watch .
Thank you Dean,
10/23/2010 - 22:19
glad you appreciated it. That is the most fascinating thing about whatever you collect - the provenance! For me it's not having things, it's about the knowledge about the things you have. It has nothing with economy to do at all. Many, sometimes I really get scared, when I meet people who collects things, for the thing of just collecting Even though it may be harsh to say, I believe that the absolute majority of "collectors", don't have any clue about the provenance behind the things for which they gladly pay large sums. I seen highly educated and very rich men, on the top of the social ladder, that have stunned me in their ignorance!  One thing I can tell you after 35 years as doc and as company leader/builder. People are much more stupid, than you ever can believe. Many times because they are just lazy! Amazingly among the most educated with many fine examina, people like me , tends to have the highest % of just stupid species among them concerning common sense. In this I also incorporate their lack of humanity and how to behave to other persons, not to social ranking...  What still amaze me, is that in the homes of so many educated people around me, I seen so very few read books. It's as a ex friend of me and collegaue, who told me he never read any medical news, after he was through with his medical specialist examina!!  Terrible!  Keep on reading Dean, as I know you do! For me it's the only real drug I use, it's heavier than V&C and sailing! Wow, that was perhaps to much on this place! Send me a mail Dean and I'll tell you about some news! M
Beautiful words Doc
10/24/2010 - 01:16
Message sent...
how daring of you and so very true of life, Mats. One couldn't more
10/25/2010 - 23:53
to the point... You have got some balls, Doc!
how daring of you and so very true of life, Mats. One couldn't more
10/25/2010 - 23:53
to the point... You have got some balls, Doc!
Very profound and well spoken Doc!
10/27/2010 - 05:31
I believe that when talking about provenance, one cannot get away from history.  I think that collectors who appreciate and can learn from history are the ones that value their collections (which by the way, can be a collection of only one item) well beyond what the market says. Remember and cherish the past, but live for today.  Carpe Diem! Best Regards, Dan