This discussion has been very informative. It has stimulated a question about this quote from V&C's official history (my clarification in parenthesis):
Et Vacheron (Jaques-Barthélemy Vacheron, son and successor of the founder Abraham Vacheron) prépare différents genres de pièces...
Jon, would you be breaking an oath to reveal the "secret" features for that AP?
Verger Freres cased small men's watches with V&C movements, not that early and not exclusively for the American market, but also size 12/40mm.
Thank-you Philip, very concise and immensely informative. I really appreciate the last two photos of the movement blanc and finished calibre. It reinforces for me the tremendous contribution of hand labour and craftsmanship that resides with the finisher to transform one into the other.
The Christie's article is a bit superficial. The "clubs" were subscription sales schemes and were hugely popular in Brazil at the turn of the 20th century, offering everything from watches to pianos, typewriters, even automobiles. Many merchants offered this type of instalment purchase plan to...
Kent posted a superb article in 2009 which I copied due to Paillard's working relationship with Crausaz. I can't find it to link so here is the entire post. Look down a few paragraphs for the beginnings of the Non-Magnetic Watch Company of America.
NAWCC online article by Kent, 8/19/2009
It is so important that respected people like yourself, Philip, continue to advance truth and transparency. It is disappointing that there always seems to be push-back from current interests, corporate and collectors, to revealing facts from the past which contradict the established orthodoxy...
Some development history of the watch as posted on VC's old forum The Hour Lounge.
1) Tour de l’Ile – 16 complications - 2005
Power reserve indicator
Leap year indicator
2nd time zone
Sonnerie level indication
I'm on a Mac and typing away in the dialogue box to reply to a thread and my cursor keeps jumping over to the Find Member tool at the right margin. It wants to autofill my name so perhaps the issue is related to the Mac's password tool which autofills the sign-in box. FWIW, this is the only...