As the year reaches an end a reflection on 2011 purchases

would love to read your stories on this year's purchases as well.

I bought 3 watches this year each really different representatives of a specific style

Vacheron Constantin Ref 4735

Literally the 1st watch of the year as I took possession on Jan 1st!! This was was sold by Christies a few years ago and another Lounger and I were both really interested but at the time to avoid driving the price up and the fact that I didn't have the funds I did not bid and my friend got the winning bid and after a few years of ownership decided he wanted to part with it. Interestingly this piece from the 50s supposedly inspired the Mercator case from the 90s. Another interesting feature is the 38mm case and the gorgeous guilloche dial.

As the year reaches an end a reflection on 2011 purchases

Vacheron Constantin

Romain Jerome Steampunk

Rarely have I had so many WIS make fun of me with this watch but what the hell. I really liked the punkisk look to it and its a fun watch to wear on weekends and Its one of those watches I got just for its look.

As the year reaches an end a reflection on 2011 purchases

DeBethune DB28

I have been a fan of DeBethune for quite some time but just couldn't warm up to their cases. With the new DB28 all design elements are perfect. What is usually the back of the movement has been placed on the front and features the following patented elements (amongst others): triple parechute shock protection, silicium escapement and 3D moonphase. De Bethune is a perfect example of what the horological industry is doing right: taking traditional workmanship and adapting it to modern technology.

As the year reaches an end a reflection on 2011 purchases
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Serious acquisitions there Alex.
12/14/2011 - 17:07
Love the DB, looks cool... tourbillon with moonphase?
moonphase yes, tourbillon no, its the anti shock system which looks
12/14/2011 - 17:20
like a tourbillon bridge
Ah I see...nevertheless, an awesome watch.
12/15/2011 - 06:42
Love the 3D Moon
12/14/2011 - 22:49
I am a sucker for a great moonphase complication and have been lusting after one of those DeBethune's for a while now.  Congrats on that acquisition.
Guys would love to read about your 2011 watch year!
12/14/2011 - 23:35
the only watch I bought in 2011 is the Toledo 1952 which
12/15/2011 - 10:13
I had been eying for years!Vacheron Constantin Toledo 1952
I had an active year as well
12/15/2011 - 13:42
My first of the year was in April, when I acquired this limited edition (99 Pieces in 2000) Blancpain Perpetual Calendar Chronograph from a private collector.  I have admired the Piguet Chrono movements for a while and this had the added attraction of being a perpetual calendar with a display back that allows me to see the column wheel mechanism. It's too bling and too complicated for a diving watch, but it's fun to wear anyway. Feeling a little guilty, but still wanting to expand the collection, I acquired the next piece for my wife at auction in June.  It's a manually wound Patek with one of their iconic movements (23-300) that was made for a man in 1966, but with its modest size (25x25) it looks great on her.  All I had to do was shorten the bracelet by an inch.  A month later we were at a watch sale when my wife spotted this and said I had to have it (see, what goes around comes around).  I fell in love instantly with the moon display and the fact that the dial is made from a slice of meteorite.  The beautiful rose gold case and display back that shows off the MB88 movement clinched the deal.  I wear this a lot when the moon is almost full! Finally, toward the end of the year, I was able to add a couple VCs to the collection.  This VC47052 was acquired at auction in Hong Kong at the end of November, and should be arriving here in NYC any day now.  I really wanted a white gold VC, and this one had several nice features; it is in great condition with all packaging and original papers, has a wonderful 1126 movement, a guilloche dial with moonphase, and it is the only semanier I have ever seen from VC.   Last, but not least was this VC4241 from 1945, with now positively identified Cal.455.  The movement is in overall good shape but needs to be overhauled and the case needs some TLC, so it may be a while before I get it on my wrist.  I think it will be worth the wait.  I can't see maintaining this pace unless I win the Lotto, but it was a fun year.  
you obviously like calendar and moonphases :-) the Patek is quite
12/15/2011 - 17:26
Yeah Baby!
12/15/2011 - 19:02
It's a prototypical "Swinging Sixties" piece.  Not quite as over the top in person as it looks in the photo, and well suited to a professional woman in this decade.  I could never get away with wearing (except maybe in Vegas), but she gets a lot of compliments. wink
Better photos of 47052 that just arrived
12/18/2011 - 15:42
thanks Michael, looking forward to your impressions (nt)
12/19/2011 - 10:49
vintage Omega for me
12/15/2011 - 17:35
my 1st Omega!
Nice! Love the Lugs! nt
12/15/2011 - 19:04
Re: As the year reaches an end a reflection on 2011 purchases
12/15/2011 - 18:37
Ok, I am loving that 4735, Alex.  That dial is amazing.  And 38mm!!!!  Surely you are ready to part with her by now.  You've had her almost a year.  wink Well, I consider 2011 a very good year.  Beyond getting a few wonderful watches, I definitely deepend my relationship with Vacheron and with a couple of fellow Loungers this year. I acquired the Special U.S. Edition Overseas Chronograph from a fellow Lounger and it was one of the best and friendliest ways to get a new watch.  Fond memories of a wonderful day in NYC.  Funny, I missed one superb opportunity to get this one due to poor timing for me.  A second chance presented itself, and I vowed not to let the opportunity slip by again. Radek, look at what I finally did to our Overseas.  Alex provided the inspiration; Bill both enabled and made sure I complied.  laugh I have to say I have only grown more and more attached to this watch over the months. I have been wearing the heck out of it. Close on the heels of getting the Overseas, I landed another awesome sports watch. Have to say I am loving this AP, too, for so many reasons.  It is, IMHO, a great descendent of the Royal Oak Jumbo that I love so much. Finally, one last addition: In spite of a small problem, I think this was a great way for JLC to celebrate the important anniversary of the Reverso.  It might be my last JLC, but I finally found 'my" Reverso. Happy Holidays! respo
WOW and WOW! the US Overseas looks great on bracelet. Is the Reverso
12/15/2011 - 19:25
the special US edition as well?
Correct, Alex
12/15/2011 - 19:37
The Reverso is the US Edition Grande Utra Thin Tribute to Reverso 1931 (quite a name!).  What is it about this fascination I have with special US editions??? Best, respo
Tasty Reverso
12/19/2011 - 19:30
Love how they colored the luminous markers and hands to represent appropriate age heart
3 for me
12/16/2011 - 02:13
I picked up this 1943/44 VC Deck Watch: I also decided to change my OS Chronometer to the seldom seen Blue, military style, dial.  I just picked it up from service at VC yesterday and am smiling a lot. I've developed an interest in American Railroad Pocket Watches, specifically those made by Illinois Watch Co. (which was purchased by Hamilton in 1928).  This is a 23-Jewel "Bunn Special" and relatively rare for a mass produced watch (250-350 pieces).  It was one of the first American watches with an Elinvar hairspring.  The case is original and has two colors, Green Gold Filled and White Gold Filled.  (pictures are of my watch, but taken by Heritage Auctions)
Love the blue dial, Dan
12/16/2011 - 15:32
Well, I love that OS Chronometer, to say all.  I really need to educate myself about pocketwatches.  As someone on this forum has often advised (funny, I can't recall who it waswink), I feel the need to get a VC pocketwatch, but I have much to learn, much to learn... Congratulations on an obviously good year. Best, respo
Thanks Respo!
12/17/2011 - 13:18
This deck watch is the size of a large pocket watch (59-60mm dia.).  I love it for the combination of things I really appreciate in time pieces: 1. It's focus on accuracy, with it being certified at an Observatory before going into service with the British Admiralty.  2. It has a center seconds hand, when most Deck Watches and Chronometerw had sub-seconds, 3. The BEAUTIFUL, gold plated, movement that is finished to VC's high standards The OS Chronometer was found through our mutual, good friend, up in Boston, wink.  He knew I was looking for one, just like his, and luckily he came across somebody that was looking to sell one. BR, Dan
Here, Here
12/19/2011 - 19:32
Super watch for all those reasons!!
Love the Overseas Chronometer, Dan!
12/17/2011 - 04:54
I look forward to acquiring one if I could find one.
Re: As the year reaches an end a reflection on 2011 purchases
12/16/2011 - 04:44
here's mine Sorry for the poor picks
That vintage IWC looks similar to a watch in Paris! Is it
12/16/2011 - 08:00
also an 89 movement? It was a good year, non? Best to all the great memories. Tim
Re: That vintage IWC looks similar to a watch in Paris! Is it
12/16/2011 - 19:12
Hi Tim, Yes, its the same one, Calibre 89 I wasn't quite sure until I got home and checked. Those lugs are exquisite! Great memories indeed! Joseph
Simplicity = Beauty
12/19/2011 - 19:37
Your IWC is stunning for its simple beauty and the caliber 89 is fantastic yes  The similar V&C Ref 4716 would be nice to find also!
All I can say is...
12/17/2011 - 17:26
WOW laughcoolyesheart!!  All really great pieces from everyone at The Lounge, and nice to see a variety of brands as well.  There are so many interesting watches to look at I will have to return to this thread a few times.
Clearly a man of varied and good taste
12/18/2011 - 11:45
The Steampunk is cool and the movement isn't too bad either. - SJX
Thanx SJX, you're the only WIS who ever said something nice about
12/18/2011 - 11:59
That watch:-)
A big year for me
12/19/2011 - 02:21
Great topic, Alex!  Neat to see everyone's 2011 acquisitions. I had a big year this year -- and with any luck 2012 will be a good one, too!  Five new pieces for me, with three themes: Richemont, independents, and chronographs.  Here we go, starting of course with VC: 1. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph SS/Ti xxx I did a lot of due diligence before buying this one -- looked at a lot of different watches and brands in my search for a daily wear piece that could serve in both business and casual settings, and kept coming back to this beauty.  Great looking on both the standard grey leather and black rubber straps, and killer on the SS bracelet: 2.  Lange Datograph RG Yeah, I know that the PT version of this watch is the "iconic" Lange, but I happen to like the RG version -- so sue me... A second chronograph acquisition, and a watch that I have been wearing a lot.  I recently added the RG deployant -- seems a bit silly that the watch does not come with a deployant in the first place, but that's Lange I guess. 3.  Lange Double Split PT Well, in for a penny, in for a pound, I suppose.  As long as I was thinking about ALS chronos, why not the Mighty Double Split?  This one in PT, for sure.  Just back from a 3-month trip to Glashutte from which it returned in as-new condition, including some miraculous refinishing of the case.  Purchased by me in May at auction from a firm who was, in my opinion, not entirely forthcoming about the flaws of the watch (I won't mention who it was, but it rhymes with "Bristie's.").  In any case, all's well that ends well -- and this piece is a real winner in my book. And now the really good bits: 4.  Speake-Marin Thalassa WG I've been a fan of Peter's for a long while now, and the Thalassa was my third watch from him.  The SM2 movement is beautifully designed and executed, and the new slimmer case sits really well on the wrist.  For better or worse, I found that the vivid blue dial was not for me (at least for the long run) and as part of raising the funds for other watches I've already sent this one on to another happy owner.  5.  Vianney Halter Antiqua RG Last but certainly not least, the "missing link" between tradtional and contemporary horology, The VH Antiqua QP.  Not to everyone's taste, I know, but to my way of thinking a watch that will be remembered as the one that introduced modern design to the watch world.  Great fun to wear, beautiful on the wrist.  If you don't believe me, ask The Godfather...  That's it for me for this year!   I thought that I might score one other piece (the JLC Reverso GMT SS on bracelet) from a friend, but he decided to keep the watch for himself -- but I can't complain, as life (and watch collecting) could be a lot worse!  Best, Gary
you arrivals are a wonderful collection in their own right.I agree
12/19/2011 - 10:15
that the Dato looks better in RG and the Antiquaheartheartheartheart
12/20/2011 - 00:25
I do love that watch -- you are of course welcome to come by any time and take it for a test drive, Alex... Best, Gary
I'm going to take you up on that one :-)
12/20/2011 - 10:17
Wow, that's as good as it gets. Thanks for sharing (nt)
12/19/2011 - 15:54
Thanks, Kazumi
12/20/2011 - 00:26
I feel very fortunate indeed!  May we all have the opportunity to collect the watches of our dreams as the years unfold. Best, Gary
Love the Lange
12/19/2011 - 19:39
Double Split, that is...could just stare at that movement for hours.  Say, can you wear it upside-down? laugh
Upside down -- additional photos
12/20/2011 - 00:43
Well, I haven't actually worn it upside down but I have strapped it onto a display stand for photography purposes with the movement side outward.  Here are a few more shots of that movement, if you're interested: Hope you liked these! Best, Gary
You're my best source of screensavers Gary
12/20/2011 - 01:39
Thanks again!
A modest contribution
12/19/2011 - 17:35
While a handful came and went this year, I'm most intrigued/pleased with an elusive Kriegsmarine deck watch and it's past life as an observatory chronometer.
modest contribution but a masterpiece of engineering!
12/21/2011 - 16:09
Love that wedding cake Alex!
12/19/2011 - 19:27
You know which one I mean wink.  They are all fascinating and very eclectic!