I have been wanting a Rolex Daytona (Stainless with ceramic) for some time and had the funds set aside. I really was wanting an all around with a bracelet as I feel like this is a pretty big gap in my relatively modest collection. Nobody can browse watches online without the hysteria around the Nautilus and Royal Oak. I purchased a bathyscape a few years ago when I was cross shopping Subs so I felt like that itch was scratched and I like to have as diverse a collection as possible. In my shopping I also considered a GP Laureato and a basic Zenith Defy(which I might still get to have a blue dial watch). Both the Zenith and GP are, in my opinion very underrated with the GP being high horology and the the zenith being a solid mid tier performer that certainly punches out of it cost/weight class. After pretty extensive shopping and deliberating I went with a VCO in brown.
I went with the brown dial. It is stunning. It is more of a copper, shale, rootbeer and changes personalities in the light and refracting colors. It's fine with a brown or black belt & Shoes combo and blends well with anything. Originally I was shopping blue but the brown is much rarer and in this watch I felt it was the best color to have. None of my purchases are with the intent to flip but I do speculate this one will be worth a premium in the future of all the colors. Especially after the blue craze mellows out. The white gold inlays are perfect and the lime is fantastic. It is simple but very intricate. The multi contouring adds a lot of dept. The date is white ut blends and keeps it clean with the apposing 9 being in white also. I love how it doesn't advertise "automatic" and has a lot of depth without needing texture. I like the sophistication of the hands and the seconds hand is mesmerizing.
Perfect. The use of polish and satin finishes adds a LOT. One change that is often misrepresented is that the round pillow isn't the only change. the Maltese cross when from 8 blades to 6. This is unique to the 3rd Gen. The case is not what I consider thin but it is extremely comfortable and easily fits under a cuff with the bracelet or included straps. In my opinion the case also looks better than the other 2/3 of the trinity. I know its a nicer watch than a Rolex but lay people don't so even though I've paid less money for cars in the past - this watch falls under the radar and if someone does recognize it then its the type of person I would likely enjoy engaging with. The casebook is gorgeous and not only is it the only one of the trinity to have a Geneve seal, I think the movement fills out the back the best. It's no Lange or Journe but it's the best of this kind IMO.
Gorgeous. >60 hour power reserve and again; the sole member of the trinity to carry a Geneve seal. I'm a hobbyist and not a watch engineer but in my opinion this also has the best movement of the trinity. I believe this to be objective and not subjective given the finish, hand engraving, power reserve that was unmatched until recently and seal. No hacking seconds - although I've never use this or cared on any watch.
This is a huge differentiator. This also adds the versatility to possibly be a one watch collection. The quick release system is solid and easy to use.
Bracelet: This thing is awesome. The combination of polish and satin is perfect and it makes it looks more like jewelry. The labor to polish and bevel the Maltese crosses is substantial and much more labor intensive to do than the other 2/3. One aspect of the bracelet that has been overlooked on every review of the watch I have seen; including Ferederic and Tim Mosso, is the micro extensions on the links by the clasp. There are 2, 5mm micro extensions that can be used independantly and are brilliantly integrated. This is a feature that puts this bracelet on a whole other level and a sole feature vs the rest of the trinity. It's a big deal. The bracelet is more comfortable than my Daytona(That's a 2 tone version) Oyster bracelet and I like the clasp a lot. It is secure, and the clasp is subtle but the Maltese cross theme is not.
Straps: An alligator and rubber strap are included. This versatility is often not talked about but really makes for a very strong value play. One con is aftermarket options but it's not like the others have a ton of options in this area either. The brown straps pretty much go with anything and the dial is flexible enough that you could go with black or blue also if that is your wish. The included deployment clasp is excellent and has a consistent Maltese cross theme. These are the nicest straps I have seen. They blow away what came on my JLC, Blancpain and others.
I think that it's speculators driving up the cost of a lot of commodities at the moment and not collectors so a lot of people are going to be hurt. That being said... anyone that can buy a Nautilus or RO in todays market probably has the bank role to cover it. Given the Geneve seals, superior movement, better bracelet and the addition of 2 straps... I think even if this were the same price as a Nautilus it would still be the best value. I also think that this being the only trinity sports watch that isn'y a Genta design also makes it more special. including the consideration and hysteria of the used prices of the Nautilus.... I think this watch is a no brainer and will become harder and harder to get as more people become disenfranchised with the market pricing games of other watches; including Rolex. I think the Vacheron is also very special given the uniqueness and sophistication of only watch people "knowing." EVERYONE knows Nautilus and Royal Oak and even the most ignorant recognize a Rolex.
Just my thoughts and opinion. I'll have this watch forever and I am confident that this is the watch all my kids and grandkids will associate me with a long time from now.