I really like the Patrimony
collection, and I think that VC had done an amazing job with the new Traditionelle and Contemporain cases – especially with the Traditionelle. One might make the case that it lacks somewhat the “VC flair”, but it is IMO a timeless and superbly execute case. It seems that most new models are coming out in RG, but that’s fine with me, I think that the color suits the 3-tone dial better. The Patrimony collection holds many amazing pieces, of which my favorite is the Traditionelle Chrono
(that watch is 3rd on my wish list). I also love the simple but elegant Patrimony Contemporaine and Patrimony Traditionelle (both without date, to be clear). However, I do find the new Perpetual Calendar Chrono to be too large (shame, the moonphase looks so nice in RG), and while I like the Retrograde and the Caliber 2755, I wouldn’t put them in my top 10. So, while I came very close to making the Patrimony my favorite collection, in the end it came a close 2nd.
collection is revolutionary and amazing, but with only 2 models (with 1,000 variations, yes, but still only 2 models), it doesn’t have enough diversity to be my favorite line. I am however looking forward to seeing new models being introduced in this collection, which could propel it to the no1 spot…Overseas
collection? Not in a million years. It is a beautiful sports watch, and I love it (in fact the new Ti/SS OS Chrono is no2 on my wish list), but IMO it is unfair to compare it to either the Patrimony or Malte collection. I am not a fan of the time only model (I don’t like the Arabic numerals), and apart from different materials, there is not much diversity (only chrono and dual time).Metiers d’Art
: Les Masques and Tribute to Great Explorers are nice, but there is too much bling in the rest of the collection. Also, while I was blown away when I saw Les Masques in person, I wouldn't see myself wearing one of them as my everyday watch.Ladies
? What do you think?
By the way, I didn't include the collection in the possible choices not out of respect, but only because the maximum possible answers is 6.
I’m sure some of you would have thought that I would choose the Malte
collection as my favorite, but I won’t. The key word in my question is current
… Otherwise for me the answer would have easily been the Malte collection. If the collection only consisted of 47212 and the Malte Chronograph, it would still be my favorite collection (apologies if I sound like a broken record, but I am still obsessed and madly in love with my 47212
). The round Malte case is my favorite VC case, I adore those art deco lugs.
Still, the Malte collection has some fabulous pieces currently in the collection, namely the Perpetual Calendar Retrograde, the Dual Time Regulator and the Malte Openworked Tourbillon (I just noticed, the older version of the Malte Tonneau Tourbillon seems to be out of the lineup). The Perpetual Calendar Retrograde is still one of my top 5 VCs (I give it two
) , and the Openworked Malte Tonneau Tourbillon is BY FAR
my favorite skeleton model – as opposed to all the other skeleton models, this watch looks very contemporary and modern. But all 3 mentioned models are being or will be phased out, and I am not sure yet about the new Malte Tonneau case. Since I first saw it, it has grown on me, but the first time I tried it on I did find it too large for my taste. The new Malte Moonphase & Power Reserve and the new Chronograph do look very nice in picture, so like Corn Flakes I’ll have to try it again, for the first time
… but until then, I cannot make the Malte collection my favorite.
So my favorite collection? To my own surprise, I choose les Historiques
What’s even weirder is that none of its models is on my top 3 wish list
(which is 1- QdI simple model in palladium, 2- OS Ti/SS Chrono, and 3- Patrimony Traditionelle Chrono) – the 1921 comes in at number 4.
When I started writing this post, I thought that it would be between Patrimony and Malte, but going through VC’s website, I found that what Les Historiques collection lacks in quantity, it more than makes up in terms of quality: 1921, CR and Toledo is one uber sweeeeet trio. I really hope that the 1921 wins the Design Watch award, it really deserves it. And by not being limited to one specific case, in a way it offers the greatest diversity, even if there are only 3 models.
So, if I had to rank VC’s collections, it would go as follow:
4) Quai de l’Ile
6) Metiers d’Art
It will be interesting to see what new models come out at SIHH 2010, it is very likely that by then my answer will be very different…