Which tourbillon for you?

Ok, VC and V&C experts, this is purely a hypothetical question, prefaced by the the qualification that I am not in the market to get a VC tourbillon anytime soon.

But I must admit I am curious to hear your opinions on what would be THE Vacheron tourbillon to collect from current or past production.  I must admit my personal preference is almost always for a thin watch (so the PT 14-day Tourbillon might drop our of the running for me, although it is thinner than the Malte Tourbillon which has a much shorter power reserve), and I tend to prefer the tourbillon "unadorned" by other complications.  I would also prefer a solid dial, even though that is not the general practice for VC with respect to their tourbillons.  I might be persuaded to go with a skeletonized movement with an open dial....
But who cares about my preferences? What do you prefer and which VC tourbillon do you own or would you own if you could, and why?
I am curious also if there are significant differences (in design, size or finish) in the tourbillon cages used among the 11 different tourbillon models currently offered by Vacheron.  
03/14/2013 - 18:14
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03/16/2013 - 01:52
I am a big tourbillon fan and what I particularly like about
03/14/2013 - 18:47
VC tourbillons are the size of the cage in the shape of a Maltese cross which rules out the prevuiosu tourbillon from the 90s ref 30050 which had a small tourbillon cage even though I find the skeletonized version stunning! In the previous Malte collection I find the case a bit too small for my taste but if I had to have one it would be the model made in 3 pieces for the Singapore boutique with a black nickel coated movement I find the model made in 2006 for the Geneva boutique anniversary also gorgeous in steel with the rose gold indexes and hands In the modern collection, and disregarding the multicomplications my choice between the Malte tourbillon and the Patrimony Traditionnelle 14 Day would be in the latter, I prefer the large size of the Malte tourbillon cage but prefer the overall layout of the 14day model The R&D department wanted to create a more modern looking tourbillon cage with the Cal 2260 so the case is smaller and the Maltese cross cage has only 2 screws whereas the Cal 2790 has 4. The cal 2260 tourbillon has one unique cage in form of a Maltese cross whereas the 2790 has two (back and front of the tourbillon). Also the 2260 cage is smaller 11mm vs 14mm in diameter
Thank you, Alex.
03/15/2013 - 15:49
I knew I could count on you to provide some great information and food for thought.  Those two Malte Boutique editions are pretty stunning and very special given the materials used.  Nice to see a wrist shot of the PT 14-day Tourbi -- what do you think of the overall proportions of the watch.  I have never tried either one on, but I think I lean heavily towards the PT 14-day over the new Malte Tourbi for a few reasons, some of which yiou have already mentioned.  The hole in teh dial is more disturbing on the Malte   to me for some reason. Perhaps the PR indicator on the 14-day helps to balance things out in addition to other desing details on the 14-day's dial.  Also, I expect the new Malte to be a slender watch given its case shape, but the tourbi ends up making it a bit thick.  But that may or may not be an issue on the wrist. In any case, I am not yet reading that there are any major finishing differences among the tourbillon cages -- I assume the finishing is extraordinary no matter which one you end up with. Thanks again. Best, Robert
Like Alex, I pretty much like them all......
03/14/2013 - 20:50
but for the Malte Regulator Tourbillon. That one just doesn't do anyting for me. If I could only have one tourbillon from VC it would come withe perpetual calendar and minute repeater: the Patrimony Traditionnelle Calibre 2755 is extraordinary.  :-) Bill
Well, Bill, give me the cla 2755 with the gray dial...
03/15/2013 - 21:00
...and I have covered a lot of bases.  What an extraordinary piece that is!
I'll take the Asprey Tourbillon PW
03/15/2013 - 02:10
Just let me know where to fly to and when...I'll be happy to pick it up myself!  devil
Well played, Dan, well played.
03/15/2013 - 02:56
I must learn more about this one. A tourbillon in a pocket watch, just where it belongs. Best, Robert
Hi Robert, here is a link to Alex's 2010 post about it, :-)
03/15/2013 - 10:12
Asprey Tourbillon Pocket Watch Have a great weekend. Best Regards, Dan
Thanks for the link, Dan
03/15/2013 - 15:35
I had not seen this post, at least I did not recall it.  Now I am drooling.  I think I am with you on this one.  Other than it not being a wristwatch, it kind of presses all the buttons for me. I love the dial and the guilloche on the caliber.  Perfection! Best always, Robert
guess who worked on the caliber? no other than Kari Voutilainen!
03/15/2013 - 15:45
Omg I remember when I saw it...
03/15/2013 - 20:09
Ho my ho my ho my... what a piece of art ! unbeatable choice ^^ cheers Francois
The original of course
03/15/2013 - 05:15
From 1929, as made by the hands of James-Cesar Pellaton himself...
Why is that not a surprise, Dean?
03/15/2013 - 15:34
laugh But I cannot argue with your choice at all! Makes all the sense in the world to me. Best regards, Robert
03/15/2013 - 20:04
When I look at a tourbillion from the top players, as well as some independents, my eye keeps on coming back to a VC, for exactly the reason Alex has mentioned.  The malteese cross design is mesmerizing.  And, isn't that what is supposed to happen when you look at a tourbillion? With money being no object, then the 2755 discussed by Bill is the killer.  And, that baby kills two birds with one stone.  The minute repeater and the tourby.  But, I really think that I want a simple minute repeater, no additional complications.  So, therefore, my stand alone tourbillion selection is the 30065. Of course, I have never seen one in person.  The scan below is courtesy Alex from previous posting.  But again, like my comment on the minute repeater, this is a simple execution of time and the tourby.  I find it more equisite and elegant versus the piece with the date and power reserve.  I like that all the markers are there, without compromise, and the guilloche center is a perfect complement. I agree, after trying on at the NYC boutique the skeleton version of this watch, that the case is a little small.  I would love to have tried on the Pat Trad piece as a comparison, but it was not available at the time.  The case size aside, I still like this one the best.  I also think it is a more affordable than the Pat Trad.  Thus, money gets saved for that minute repeater!! HAH! Joe
I like this choice a lot, Joe
03/15/2013 - 20:58
I am guessing that in addition to the case being smaller, perhpas the case is also thinner than the 14-day or the new Malte Tourbi?  In any case, the relative simplicity of this one with the dial details you mentioned really appeals to me, too. I like your strategy to get yoiurself to the minute repeater.  wink There, too, I am also in favor of a "simple" minute repeater-only without evena date to disturb the focus on teh star of the show. Best, Robert
Here's my own...
03/16/2013 - 01:52
Ahhh, that is beautiful (nt)
03/16/2013 - 02:48
Gorgeous, Joseph!
03/16/2013 - 04:39
Another gem from your amazing collection. Best, Robert
Clearly my favourite tourbillon! nt
03/17/2013 - 00:48
at one point in my VC pursuit I strayed from the key to
03/16/2013 - 10:46
my collecting. It was a very nice deviation though... Beautiful cage and finish of the highest standardyes
What a great photo!
03/16/2013 - 14:52
Thx for sharing! Joe
Excellent, Radek!
03/16/2013 - 20:54
A very creative photo. And a twin to mine laughyes
Remind me again...
03/17/2013 - 21:01
...as to what the key to your collecting is.  I could probably use some good advice from you again.  smiley Best always, buddy, Robert
white metal LEs... (nt)
03/18/2013 - 21:18
A very romantic photo!
03/18/2013 - 09:50
it ws really thanks to you, my watch brother, I got this piece
03/18/2013 - 21:22
Still remember that wonderful dinner evening at your house in Geneva when you passed the tourbie on to me... This was a great nightyes
Looking forward in having you over again :-)
03/18/2013 - 22:20