Aged to perfection? .. ! - Sunday Reader

May 05, 2019,09:11 AM

"...The concept that collectors prize originality over restoration is one of the things that many people find most surprising about collecting vintage watches..."

Interesting article for understanding patina for dedicated vintage aficionados at christie's

Listen also to Wei Koh's statement about patina and ageing in beauty.

The recommendation for the aficionado:
Understanding vintage means understanding the beauty of aging with grace. That's certainly not an easy taste, not easy to appreciate, you have to learn it - that will need some time.
Maybe start with something easy, look at Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs.

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I agree..

 By: LS : May 6th, 2019-08:50
I think this is similar in some ways to the concept of wabi-sabi. Sometimes it takes decades for a watch (and a watch lover) to reach maturity. ...  

Some more to read ...

 By: timeset : May 6th, 2019-11:43
For me it is a fact you could easily observe, that aged subjects could gain additional beauty. But not any aged watch is desirable, this is misunderstood very often. To explain this attraction with the famous 'Cha Do' (way of the tea) master Rikyo's philo... 

More or less Wabi?

 By: timeset : May 6th, 2019-11:50

Wabi competition

 By: timeset : May 6th, 2019-21:16
Left side got lost some Wabi by exchanging crown (not original spare part), seconds hand (not original spare part), retaining it well with naturally oxided silvered guillauché dial, case and the rest unrestored. Right side got lost some Wabi at the dial b...  

I think both pieces are charming!

 By: LS : May 7th, 2019-17:47
excellent taste!

Wabi, Sabi, Wasabi

 By: timeset : May 8th, 2019-02:58
Well my Wabi interpretation is certainly as wrong as it could get. What I'm actually looking for is more like, aged with grace. And not to forget, there are Western approaches to this topic as well, I guess even more suitable ones. Aficinados may also thi... 

Wabi competition II

 By: timeset : May 9th, 2019-11:30
Vacheron & Constantin - ref 4659 'The Crab' in quite rare condition featuring a fantastic dial @ Phillips Watches (on the left side) The same reference with quite much Wabi on the right side. The heavy oxidation would make it less wearable for many af...  

For those don't made the winning bid in Geneva

 By: timeset : May 12th, 2019-20:29
Appealing and enlightening article about the work Vacheron Constantin Les Collectionneurs: "... Perhaps the thing that impresses the most, when inspecting all of these watches under a loupe, is the sheer quality of the pieces on offer. It’s easy to feel s...  

Thank you

 By: timeset : May 13th, 2019-03:15
Which concept do you exactly mean?