An Evening With Vacheron Constantin

Recently Vacheron Constantin hosted RedBar Vancouver for an exclusive evening to view their new flagship boutique that has been open for just over a month now. This boutique marks a first for the brand in western Canada.

Situated on Alberni Street it fits seamlessly with neighbouring luxury boutiques. Rich tones of dark wood, leather, and chrome accents adorn the interior of the boutique making it feel luxurious, but still warm and welcoming.

Leslie Kobrin: President, Americas for Vacheron Constantin sharing her passion for the brand with fellow watch enthusiasts. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

A fellow RedBar Vancouver member admiring the craftsmanship of a Vacheron Constantin timepiece. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Passionate and attentive boutique sales professionals explaining the unique features and finer points that make Vacheron Constantin timepieces special. Photo Credit: Ryan Fowler

On the wrist: The Oversees Chronograph in stainless steel with a beautiful deep blue dial. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Oversees Chronograph in stainless steel with an intuitive “easy change” system that allows the wearer to swap out bracelets and straps at a moment’s notice with no tools required. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Oversees Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar in 18k pink gold. Photo Credit: Adrian Burke

The Oversees World Time: 37 time zones at a glance. The ultimate globe trotting timepiece. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Oversees Dual Time: A high-end stainless steel sports watch with an easy to read AM/PM indicator and secondary time zone. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Oversees Automatic on a stainless steel bracelet. Maltese cross motif seen throughout the design of the watch from the bezel, to the bracelet, as well as the clasp. Photo Credit: Jason Mak

The Historiques American 1921 in 18k pink gold. A dial created with a 45 degree tilt designed for drivers to read at a glance when behind the wheel. Offset running seconds, bold track markers, gorgeous moon shaped hands, and classic Breguet style numerals. Photo Credit: Shawn Prashant

The Tradionnelle Tourbillon: With hand finished Maltese cross shaped flying tourbillon carriage in 18k pink gold. Photo Credit: Shawn Prashant

A closeup of the hand finished flying tourbillon escapement. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Patrimony Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin Platinum: A beautiful platinum cased timepiece with minute repeater, even the stitching in the strap is weaved from solid 950 platinum! Photo Credit: Ryan Fowler

The beautiful open-worked caseback on the Patrimony minute repeater. A majority of Vacheron Constantin timepieces bear the Poinçon de Genève or the Geneva Hallmark stamp awarded by an independent Swiss organization that only stamps timepieces of the finest quality that meet the criteria of having provenance, craftsmanship, and reliability. Photo Credit: @lordnantucket (Instagram)

Among other things Vacheron Constantin is also known for gem setting and artistic craft. An example of meticulously hand set diamonds filling the dial, bezel, and lugs seen above. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

Historiques Ultra Fine 1955: One of the worlds thinnest mechanical hand-wound watches measuring only 4.13mm in thickness. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

The Historiques Triple Calendar 1942: A beautiful vintage inspired calendar watch in stainless steel. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

The Historique Cornes De Vache 1955. A classic mid-century inspired chronograph with distinct “bull horn” lugs. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

The Fiftysix Complete Calendar in stainless steel. Month, day of week, pointer date, moonphase indicator, and central running seconds all presented with a more modern look and feel. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Fiftysix automatic date in stainless steel. Introduced last year this is the most accessible timepiece in the Vacheron Constantin lineup with a more approachable price point targeting a younger demographic. The Fiftysix collection is a great introductory timepiece for those that want a timepiece from the brand, but perhaps they are not ready to invest in a more complicated piece. Definitely a great value proposition from a brand with a reputation for being one of the top 3 watch brands in the world. Photo Credit: Ryan Fowler

Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Thank you Vacheron Constantin and the Vancouver flagship boutique team for a wonderful evening.

For more information regarding Vacheron Constantin timepieces please visit: https//www.vacheron-constantin.com

Vacheron Constantin Boutique:

1055 Alberni Street

Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1A1
Phone: +1778-309-4816

Review: The Oris Limited RedBar Edition Diver Sixty-Five.

This limited RedBar edition Oris Diver Sixty-Five was produced with an oxblood red dial that takes on different shades depending on the lighting.

Back in June it was announced by the RedBar Group (@redbarcrew on Instagram). That they would be creating a limited edition RedBar watch in collaboration with Oris. The timepiece seen above is #20 of 100 examples made and features an oxblood red dial and numbered case-back with the RedBar logo. This collaboration piece is available only to registered RedBar chapter members. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase go back to the RedBar fund: An initiative by the RedBar Group to give back to charities in communities where RedBar Chapters are active.

The case back on the Limited RedBar Edition Oris Diver Sixty-Five. Featuring the RedBar logo and production number.

The Diver Sixty-Five was a smart choice as it was released at Baselworld 2018 and features a 40mm stainless steel case, and a bronze bezel that will take on a nice patina as it ages.

The dial is done in the perfect shade of red that really has to be seen in person to appreciate. The rose gold hands and indices pair well with the creamy faux aged lume hour markers. It was a smart choice to do without a date window as I feel it would have taken away from the symmetry and simplicity of the vintage inspired dial. The dial is devoid of script with the exception of the Oris name, water resistance indication at six o’clock, and “Swiss Made” discreetly placed at the bottom of the dial.

The case is complimented by a dark chocolate brown suede calf skin strap with red accent stitching.

Specs of the watch:

Movement: Oris Caliber 733 (Sellita SW 200-1).

Case: 40mm Stainless steel.

Crystal: Double domed sapphire crystal.

Water Resistance: 10 Bar/ 100 meters.

Bezel: Bronze with aluminum insert.

Crown: Screw down.

Hands: Rose-gold plated hands and indices filled with Superluminova.

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds.

Power Reserve: Approximately 38 hours.

Winding: Automatic.

Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph).

Price: $2,100.00 USD.

Availability: Limited to only 100 pieces and with proof of registered membership with a recognized RedBar chapter.

It should be noted that after wearing the watch for nearly two weeks it has only gained +20 seconds keeping well within chronometer (COSC) specs even though it isn’t certified as such. This is a testament to the craftsmanship and quality of regulation of the watch movement by Oris’s watchmaking team.

A big thank you to Adam Craniotes, Kathleen McGivney, James Lamdin, and everyone else at RedBar who were instrumental in creating this awesome timepiece.

For more information regarding Oris timepieces please visit: https://www.oris.ch

An Evening With Omega At The Vancouver Boutique.

Photo Credit: @braindrain232 (Instagram)

Last night Omega invited RedBar Vancouver to view the 2018 novelties and Baselworld collection. Here are some photos from the event:

The Omega Speedmaster CK 2998 Limited Edition with “panda” dial brought back to life from the archives from 1959. This one is awesome. Limited to 2998 pieces world-wide.

Reminiscent of early 1990’s “wave dial” Seamaster Diver 300M series watches this one brings back nostalgia from the Pierce Brosnan era James Bond movies. This time it’s back with a modern Calibre 8800 Master Chronometer certified movement and a beautiful new glossy ceramic bezel. Photo Credit: @Braindrain232 (Instagram)

The limited edition Seamaster 1948: commemorating 70 years of the Seamaster family of watches and the military roots of this classic mid- century inspired timepiece.

The Omega Seamaster Railmaster “Denim-Inspired” timepiece symbolizing the industrial and innovative 1950’s this piece draws inspiration from mid-century designs with a casual blue jean textured NATO strap and brushed blue dial. Photo Credit: @braindrain232 (Instagram)

The Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch: Part of a new “Olympic Official Timekeeper Collection.” With design cues taken right from a high precision stop watch. Being the official timekeeper since 1932 this collection is a natural progression of Omega’s proud Olympic roots. Photo Credit: @braindrain232 (Instagram)

The Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8.” Featuring a black ceramic case and hand skeletonize dial. Commemorating The Apollo 8 mission to the dark side of the moon.

DeVille Trésor: An effortlessly elegant ladies timepiece. A collection inspired by classic styling of the past but with a more sleek modern design. Embossed Roman numerals add a vibrance and depth to the dials.

A special thank you to Chris Hollinrake President of Hollinrake Communications @rakepr (Instagram) And the team at the Vancouver Omega Boutique for a wonderful evening.

For more information regarding the timepieces above and a complete overview of the collections please visit https://www.omegawatches.com

RedBar Vancouver: The Evolution Of Watch Enthusiasts And Collectors In Canada.

RedBar Vancouver meets once a month on a given date and at a venue predetermined based on the number of individuals attending. In addition to the monthly meetups on a fairly regular basis brands as well as retail friends will reach out and host private events to showcase SIHH, Baselworld, and new watch novelties as they come available.

A full house again at one of our meetups. There is something magical about watches that brings people together. Photo credit: @p_larry
The #sexpile a term first used by RedBar New York COO Kathleen McGivney and frequently hashtagged on Instagram by watch enthusiasts. It is a quirky term used to describe a pile of watches thrown together in an organized chaos by watch enthusiasts and then photographed. Watch collecting tends to be a very niche hobby. Many of the collectors in our group tend to focus on collecting vintage watches which adds to the charm and nostalgia of this hobby. Photo credit: @agedpatina
Another common ritual among watch enthusiasts and RedBar members is the “wristshot” as a symbol of our unity and shared love of horology. Photo credit: @lordnantucket
An event hosted by Palladio Jewellers earlier this year had RedBar Vancouver in attendance to view H. Moser & Cie timepieces. Watch industry veteran Mike Margolis was present showing the collection and some special limited edition pieces from the brand as well. Photo credit: @Montrelalonde @watchcollector85
A recent event with Roldorf+Co. (A local authorized retailer for several unique independent watch brands and also providing watch repair services by certified watchmakers). RedBar Vancouver was in attendance to celebrate the launch of the first Bremont watches authorized retailer in Vancouver and Western Canada. Photo credit: @Mikepearson6 (Mike Pearson, Sales Director of Bremont in North America).
RedBar Vancouver members at the annual Omega watchmaking course taking turns disassembling and reassembling an Omega watch movement. Photo credit: @rakepr (Chris Hollinrake, President Hollinrake Communications).

RedBar Vancouver is on Instagram and Twitter @redbaryvr contact details for events and inquires can be sent to the official communication email: redbaryvr@gmail.com

Paul Newman’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona To Be Auctioned On October 26th, 2017 By Phillips Watches In New York.  

Earlier this year Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference #6239 was found by Phillips Watches Auction House and will be up for auction next month on October 26th in New York with an estimated minimum bid exceeding $1 million USD (before buyers premium). Given the provenance of this watch and the cult following of early Daytona models I am certain that this piece will shatter all previous records paid for a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with my own guess being a final hammer price of around $10 million USD.  For vintage Rolex collectors this is the grail of all Rolexes of the Daytona variety.

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