Aaron Cadded March 6, 2019

Vacheron is owned by the Richemont Group, who does not supply parts to independent watchmakers. So,when this watch needed a part I had to buy a donor movement at auction to get it. My other alternative was to send the watch to Vacheron for repairs.
Unfortunately, the cost of going to Vacheron was almost the same as the value of the watch itself. Buying the donor movement and using my local watchmaker wasn't much cheaper.
So I decided to focus, at least when it comes to Vacheron, on higher value watches that can justify the occasional very expensive repair. It's unfortunate, since I did like this watch, but Richemont's policies make owning their less valuable watches unattractive to me.

EddieTheBeastApril 18, 2019

Far too high maintenance! Not having a second hand to see sweep around on an automatic would drive me mad anyway!!

Aaron CApril 19, 2019

@EddieTheBeast This one was a manual wind. I kind of like the simplicity of just two hands. To make sure your watch is running you hold it to your ear.

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@AaronCollection Completely agree with you. The second hand is a useless complication, at least for dress watches.