You know, I completely agree. I just don't 50 percent increase in price agree.
I really like the Patrimony Traditionelle. Its elegant without being stodgy. The dauphine hands are beautifully finished, one side polished, one not so they catch the light and are easy to read, the minute track, small seconds subdial, case and lugs all look ideal and perfectly finished. If one is seeking a round case dress watch, this is a piece that is difficult to beat. I find it far more attractive than its sibling the Comtemporaine, and Langes are beautifully finished, but the only ones that truly calls to me are the Lange 1 or Lange 1 Moonphase (the others are generally too austere for me). P.S. ...hahaha...good memory...yes my first dress watch was a time only small seconds VC in pink gold. This year it will be celebrating its 12th Bday. Below is a quick photo.
I really love their Dual Time....a very handsome and useful RO for travelers.
Hahahah Thanks pal !!!
I find the lugs look too small for the case size (or there is so much curvature that they look too small for the case), the hands are sort of blah, and the mix of arrow shaped markers and very thin sticks just look a bit mismatched to me (maybe if the sticks were a bit thicker). I know they are going for a retro design, but for me...this one just comes off as a design is too plain, and lacks some of the whimsical features often associated with VC (interesting lugs, unique cases, interesting detail on the dial, or bold hour markers and hands). Sure VC has made some plain watches over the years ...but I think this looks like something for a person considerably older than Nuke. YMMV, but I find the Traditionelle fresher, younger looking, and more in line with what I would associate with VC (particularly details like its minute track, angled hands, bigger lugs).
Thanks. I agree the Maltese Cross incorporated into their buckles and deployants is really a great feature.
Below is a photo of the deployant on my Carree Historique.
I like the VC Traditionelle just fine, but I have to agree with Dino that the Lange is just a bit...more. Also, there is another Lange that lives in a similar price bracket and style, that I would compare to this more readily: the Richard Lange. Again, the platinum is very expensive, but as I've waffled on before, it's just such a perfect example of understated design. I like it very much:
Sure, it's a $40k three hand no-date simple thing. But I just love how it hangs together. And that the second hand is blued. And that the minute numbers at 15,30,45 and 60 are red. Not so you'd notice unless you really look, but just an almost invisible bit of colour to stop the dial looking flat. I just love how uptight Lange are about details. Lange would make a terrible wife, and a worse mistress, but the best secretary ever.
The VC's still cheaper for the gold version, and definitely has some used bargains around. But for a new, platinum simple dress watch that nobody would notice unless they knew, I think it would have to be this. You know, once I graduate past the Sekonda...