Peak Vs. Vacheron Constantin Vs Patek Philippe

Playing the watch classics sometimes, so that every time you have a watch in your hand, it will inevitably feel like you have known each other. This is probably because the functions of clocks are limited, and watches with practicality as the most basic requirement have more room for designers and watchmakers to play. Looking back at the centuries of the development of watches and clocks, it seems that since the timepieces became commodities, the shadow of homogeneity has always been with us. Different brands of watches have the same functions, shapes and even materials, and it is not uncommon for their sizes to approach each other. Even if the altar is occasionally apostate, it often results in neither applauding nor applauding.

Psychologists have analyzed the human consumption behavior and concluded that the emotional factors such as ‘intuition’ and ‘mood’ drive people’s desire to buy. When we face a watch that feels similar in all aspects, how can we judge rationally which watch is more worth buying and which one is more collectible? Everyone seems to be speaking on their own terms, and there is no existing theory or unified quantifiable standard. But we can summarize the common parts from the experience of some senior watch collectors and players, and subdivide them into ‘the ten rules of watch comparison’. They are based on this: 1. overall design; 2. case technology level; 3. strap, chain, buckle process design; 4. movement design; 5. movement technology level; 6. movement performance; 7. Sense of control; 8. Dial recognition; 9. Price; 10. Appreciation potential. The maximum score for each criterion is 10 points, and the standard score system is adopted. The best standard that can be reached by the industry is the perfect score.
It happens that there are two very similar watches on hand: Vacheron Constantin 47120 and Patek Philippe 5070G. Both watches are white gold chronographs modified and polished based on Nouvelle Lémania’s hand-wound movement. They are similar and different in brand appeal, function, shape, material, dial design and case design. If you do n’t have to choose one, it’s hard to choose. In this case, let them have a PK.
PP5070G close to the lens, VC47120 on the back
Overall design
I do not deny my personal preference for platinum. The color of platinum is neither ‘gaudy’ like gold or rose gold, nor the indifference of steel, nor the melancholy of platinum. And the palladium metal on the platinum surface shows the low-key temperament I need. Since its introduction, PP5070 has produced gold, white and rose gold styles, and platinum last year. I chose two VC47120 and PP5070G which are also platinum. I think the results are more objective.
VC47120 has a diameter of 41.5 mm and a thickness of 10.9 mm. It is a twin brother with PP5070G with a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 11 mm. From the appearance point of view, the shape of the timing button of VC47120 is relatively orthodox cylindrical. The design of the lugs is one of the distinguishing characteristics of VC’s efforts in recent years to make it a high-end ‘Malta Cross’ series, which has reached a classic beauty and modern industry. Design the effect of fusion. Although the PP5070 uses a large square button design, the case shape is slightly conservative. From a personal aesthetic perspective, I would prefer VC47120.
Score: out of 10
Minjiang Shidanton VC47120: 10 points
Patek Philippe PP5070G: 10 points
PP5070G close to the lens, VC47120 on the back
Case craftsmanship
The case of the watch, from the cutting of the blank, to the welding and trimming, to the grinding of the corners, and the handling of the joints of the various parts, all test the skills of the watchmaker. The complexity of the case modeling, the bonding between different materials, the surface treatment process such as the transition between polishing and drawing, and the grinding process of the right-angle side also determine the value of a watch from the other side.
VC47120 case processing technology did not humiliate the reputation of VC. The right-angled step between the case and the fixed lens ring and the lugs smoothly transitions, the assembly of the crown and buttons is precise and reliable, and it has the style that a top watch should have. More importantly, the case circumference (bezel) is my personal favorite wide-edge design, rather than the double-layer bezel like PP5070G. Its sapphire transparent bottom cover is fixed by 6 K gold screws.
PP5070G case is similar in polishing process to VC47120. If you have to pick a bone from an egg, you can only say that the lugs of PP5070G lack the good intentions like VC47120. It is also a screw-fastened sapphire transparent bottom cover, which requires a special wrench for PP to open. Then, which collector needs to open the bottom cover by itself?
Score: out of 10
Minjiang Shidanton VC47120: 10 points
Patek Philippe PP5070G: 10 points
18K white gold folding buckle design of PP5070G (right) is commonly known as ‘Lantern Buckle’; VC47120 (left) uses 18K white gold pin buckle design of ‘Malta Cross’
Design of strap and buckle
As the saying goes: details determine success or failure. No matter how beautiful the flowers are, they will be overshadowed. A good watch, in the shape and design of the strap and buckle, must show a sense of beauty in one go.
VC47120 and PP5070G are made of high-quality black crocodile leather and light brown soft leather lining. It is reasonable to suspect that they are processed by the same factory. I noticed that the head of the VC47120 has a small notch on each of them, which is used to quickly remove the strap fixing pin (no tools required), but this time the VC47120 does not use this kind of pin. The materials and processing of the two watch straps have reached the level of first-class leather goods, with moderate hardness and softness, and comfortable wearing. The only difference is that the VC47120 uses a 18K white gold pin buckle design in the shape of a ‘Malta Cross’, while the PP5070G is an 18K white gold folding buckle design. This PP advanced buckle is commonly known as a ‘lantern buckle’ because the shape of the buckle is like a Chinese Traditional round lantern. Although for Asians who are generally not big enough, the folding buckle does not actually bring the best wearing experience. However, from the perspective of VC or PP brands, the design of the strap buckle determines the positioning of the watch itself, which is the so-called ‘attitude determines height’.
Score: out of 10
 Minjiang Shidanton VC47120: 8 points
Patek Philippe PP5070G: 10 points

Chinese Pantheon Luminor Marina ‘fu’ Watch

Panerai has created a new special edition-Luminor Marina watch (PAM00366) for watchmakers in mainland China. Its case diameter is 44 mm and it is polished and pressed from a single piece of steel. Black leather strap, equipped with Panerai’s specially developed OPII manual winding mechanical movement, certified by the Swiss official observatory (C.O.S.C.). The word “Fu” is located at 6 o’clock. In keeping with Panerai’s consistent design, it replaces the original digital display and is uniquely interesting. 2010 is the fifth year Panerai has entered China, and it is also an important year to accelerate the pace of new market development. In addition to paying close attention to the vigorous development of the Chinese market today, Panerai is increasingly attracted by the charm of traditional Chinese culture. By launching this new watch, Panerai interprets the importance and understanding of traditional Chinese culture and conveys its respect to customers in mainland China. Therefore, the watch is given a unique commemorative meaning and value. The word ‘blessing’ has a long history. Chinese ancient books analyze ‘blessing’ including five aspects, namely longevity, wealth, Corning, good virtue and good end. Dating back to the Southern Song Dynasty, folks have a tradition of posting blessings in front of the door. ‘Blessing’ conveys the best wishes to people. ‘Blessing’ expresses itself to the pursuit of happiness towards yourself. Numerous idioms composed of the word ‘福’ are endless, and they all reveal the people’s longing for a good environment in the words. With the passage of time, the meaning of blessing has been gradually extended and expanded, and the tradition of pasting the word blessing has continued to this day. After all, blessing and good luck are the constant meaning of the word blessing. Panerai incorporates the word “Fu” into the watch’s dial design. It aims to perfectly integrate traditional Chinese elements with Italian classic design in this form. It also hopes to bring this most precious gratefulness and blessing to every wrist. Wearer of the table.
   After launching in Panerai stores in Shanghai and Beijing in mid-August, this special edition will be available at the sales points of other selected distribution networks in mainland China. Other Panerai stores in Greater China will be available later.