This reception of Hour Lounge,

is more than Alex, who are the Boss, and driving force,

and I, Doc, as a sounding board, has ever dreamed ofALEX TOAST !!

And this exclusive Club, wasn't borned over night,

I can assure you !

Alex has dart about like mad man, between Geneva and Paris for at least a year !

You, my dear Club members, should also know that Alex is a lawyer,

with a high postion in a Mega Company.

I'm my own Doc, and has my own little company and practice,

and still thinks this takes much time!

So, I would like you all to take your glasses, with probably Champagne,

or whatever, and give Alex the toast he,

if anyone is worth ALEX TOAST !!

But the best of all, to me, who is a true aficionado,

if someone missed that,

is meeting you all new,

fantastic persons, and which repeatedly astonish me ,

the knowledge and hunger you have for,

anything concerning Vacheron Constantin !

Alex toast ALEX TOAST !!


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06/14/2007 - 21:09

Dear Doc,

I'm just getting in for the first time and I see you as a Master of Ceremony in Alex's honour!

That's heaven here.

See you soon back here and in other places my friend.



Dear Alex,

Congratulations on getting this household so nice. I'm a bit late but I'll do my best to see all that happened already here.

See you


you guys are going to make me blush :-) Doc andJerome thank you for
06/14/2007 - 23:30

your kind words.

Its been a lot of work...much more than I thought but its great fun. I'm having the time of my life

But more important I would like to thank our community members (The Loungers? :- )) for making this place such a good and fun place to be.

Its a pleasure and an honor to be among such a fine crowd.

bienvenue Jérôme. Good having you here :-) (nt)
06/14/2007 - 23:30


06/14/2007 - 23:43

I've been more a lurker than an activist those despite of myself!  but today, between two planes, when I saw Doc's post I tell myself it was an obligation for me to congrat Alex for his great job.

Again, congrats to Alex and to VC for bringing us such a pleasure!!

Really this year is being terrific!!!



Kiko, even though you are really busy just the fact that you popped in
06/15/2007 - 13:34

for a moment to say hi is appreciated.

Looking forward in seeing more of you

hear hear, this forum is not only the best VC forum but for me the
06/15/2007 - 00:07

best watch discussion forum...period!

Thanks VC and Alex for making the Hour Lounge what it is. Keep up the good work

Thank YOU Space Ace :-) (nt)
06/15/2007 - 13:35


Thanks indeed...
06/15/2007 - 00:07
Doc forgot to mention that Alex is also a father to two young boys, and I appreciate his giving so much of his time to making the forum such a welcoming and fun corner of the internet to hang around in while he still manages his other roles.
Re: Thanks to Alex, thanks to VC, thanks to Doc>>>
06/15/2007 - 00:39

our number one sounding board and catalyst and thanks to all the members, this is really a great place to go every day!

The best to you all,


Its the Loungers who make this forum so special. Thanks to all of you
06/15/2007 - 13:36


Bill its always such a pleasure for me to see you here. You know how
06/15/2007 - 13:36

much this means to me

Hear hear
06/15/2007 - 02:52

Congrats Alex and thanks for the great forum!

Thanks Felipe it good to have Mr Bespoke visit us :-) (nt)
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06/15/2007 - 03:29

ALEX TOAST.  Its 8am here and I thought VC was coming out with new breakfast fare in honor of our dear Alex.  

But seriously, I agree with doc and the rest of the gang that the Hour Lounge has turned out to be the coolest place for us VC lovers to hang out.  And of course, we have Alex and VC to thank for that.  I can only imagine the work that must have gone into establishing this excellent forum, and also the amount of time and effort that Alex (and VC) still puts in day in and day out to keep things interesting for us.  A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALEX and VC!

I also want to thank all the members of the forum, especially doc who has shown so much initiative (like this toast for Alex, and his Scanday, Scanday calls, etc.).  Your enthusiasm for VC is more infectious than AIDS and more addictive than crack (uhmm...not the best examples, but you get my drift, right?).  It is good to know that I am in excellent company here.

I also want to make an appeal to all our friends to help keep this wonderful forum a pleasant place to be.  Let us always remember the rules of propriety.  If we have to criticize, lets do it in a constructive, respectful, and polite manner.  That's one way we can help Alex keep the house clean.

Alex-san, subarashii forum, omedetou gozaimasu.  Kampai! (Congratulations, Alex, on this wonderful forum.  Cheers!)


Kazumi -san you are an asset to this forum and thanks for your
06/15/2007 - 13:38

good humored and fun participation here

yam.......seng...........3 X (cheers in cantonese hk way)
06/15/2007 - 04:15

cheers to this bubbly forum with loads of info and friendship, also to our forum leader who works extra hard. alex, u deserve this !!!

aaron its always a pleasure to read you and to have you on this forum
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Thanks for the fantastic job!

The world of VC would certainly be a much poorer place without you


Thanks and keep up the fun discussions :-) (nt)
06/15/2007 - 13:40


06/15/2007 - 07:38

Being a new postor here, I very much appreciate all the information provided and exchanged here. Thanks to all the driving forces provided by every member. Hope this will be perennial for the sake of both all the members/readers and VC!

Joe its good to have you on board and looking forward in
06/15/2007 - 13:41

your participation.

It always is very pleasant welcoming new "faces"

Three Cheers!
06/15/2007 - 08:31

Hi Alex,

I echo the words others have offered.  You are tireless in your efforts for The Hour Lounge and your support of others, like helping me, is much appreciated.  You da man!



Hey buddy its always good seeing you here and us independent fans
06/15/2007 - 13:43

need to stick together

For those who are not aware Curtis moderates an excellent forum dedicated to independent horology:

Cheers to you Alex!
06/15/2007 - 09:24

Thanks for making this place such a great site to visit!

Warmest Regards,


Vernon its always a pleasure seeing you here and thank you for your
06/15/2007 - 13:47

more than interesting participation

Bien à toi !
06/15/2007 - 10:31

Grand bravo for all this work

I'm in Paris on 27th. We could maybe meet us and have a drink


Deniz thank you for all your help and fantastic photos. Feel at home
06/15/2007 - 13:48

Re: Bien à toi !
06/16/2007 - 11:33

To be original, Alex toast!! :D

Thank you for all job you provide, knowledge and your passion you share with us! :)

I shall be in Paris on June 27th (there is an event at that time?), I would be also very happy to make your acquaintance if it is possible :D

Bonjour Fred et merci! No event on the 27th but drop me an email
06/16/2007 - 16:11

and maybe we can meet up for drinks.

Chai Yo! (Cheers in Thai language)..
06/15/2007 - 11:02

With my hearty appreciation.

Vilit thank you for your support and its always a pleasure to welcome
06/15/2007 - 13:49

you here

Thanks to Alex, Doc, VC and all the participants here I've become
06/15/2007 - 12:20

addicted to this forum. I can appreciate the immense work that goes in getting us information, finding subjects and all that is done to make the Hour Lounge into a fun and informative forum.


Its the whole community which makes The Hour Lounge so special (nt)
06/15/2007 - 13:50


My glass is raised Alex.
06/15/2007 - 14:13

Thanks for doing such a great job here on The Hour Glass and providing us all with so much quality information.


Comming from some one who I respect so much it goes straight to the
06/15/2007 - 14:16


Thanks Ian

Like Alex says,
06/15/2007 - 14:15

it's we, who are participating,

that's makes this,

the happening it is

Nobody else.

Everyone is as important as Alex !

Perhaps even more important !

But Alex is THE man who has it's on his shoulders !

That's why he always must be our hero,

now I know he is blushing

Thank you all fellows !


06/15/2007 - 23:12

I am entering the congratulations a bit late, but with great pleasure to confirm how happy I am to join this forum and that Alex drives it in a very interesting way. I won't repeat what Doc said in a very good manner, but just sharing friendship and being your friend is deeply important for me.

All the best, Alex, and Cheers


Merci Patrice and its always a pleasure spending time with you on or
06/15/2007 - 23:24

off line.

Thanks for all of your hard work Alex...
06/15/2007 - 23:51

I'm not sure how you manage your time as a lawyer, a parent, and a VC moderator, but thanks for all of your hard work in making this such a great place to visit.  Maybe time management is the reason you have all of those beautiful VCs?

Best regards,


Thanks Dino ist good to have you back! (nt)
06/16/2007 - 00:08


Its good to be back Alex...
06/18/2007 - 19:11

I was away on a trip for a while.  I did get to stop in at a nearby VC dealer in Chicago.  The only watch they had in stock which I had yet to see in person was the Malte Skeleton watch.  Really beautiful in person, although a bit smaller than I thought it would be based on what I thought its dimensions were.  Very handsome piece, but if I were getting a skeleton watch, I'd probably look for a nice vintage one since skeleton watches seem to be a good vaule on the use market. 

Best regards and keep up the good work Alex


06/16/2007 - 02:10

I also would like to thank Alex for his work here and also for ansering my emails.

I'm glad to have found a Vacheron forum where the post are made daily, unlike some others.



Hi Milton, I'm glad to help and thanks for your participation (nt)
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This forum is incredibly friendly.  Thank you for making it so!

Thank you and welcome. Hope you're not loosing too much sleep on the
06/16/2007 - 14:29

dateless Patromony

Im a bit late...
06/16/2007 - 16:44

...and I think I will have some water in my glas for that toast after last night out * head*

Great job Alex for making this place so exciting! VC must be very proud of you and your work.



never too late llloyd :-) Thank you for you kind words and
06/16/2007 - 16:47

your support.

Now don't forget the Alka Seltzer

LOL! thank you for the reminder (nt)
06/16/2007 - 17:00


"Atta, Boy!"
06/16/2007 - 20:25

In Texas we would give you a big slap on the shoulder and loudly proclaim, "Atta, Boy!" for a job well done.  Since I love VCs, this site is absolutely terrific & it shows the time & attention that you have put into it.  Congratulations!


thanks Nicholas maybe if I make it to Texas you can slap me on the
06/16/2007 - 20:37

back and invite me to a nice cool beer

Good to see you back online!

Been so busy I've only had time to lurk @ The Hour Lounge! nt
06/18/2007 - 19:22


06/17/2007 - 05:56

Excellent Alex,

My apologies for my lateness in responding.

I just got back from Geneva and the TimeZone tour which included Vacheron.

I thought of you many times, Alex!

VC was terrific (comme toi, mon ami)!!

I'm sure you had fun, lucky you :-) Thank you for your kind words
06/17/2007 - 11:09

and fun participation

would love to see your photos at VC

Par Excellence!
06/17/2007 - 18:09


Sorry for being late but it is better to be late than never.

You have always done a great job in your undertakings - here and before. You're always a gentleman and may I extend my heartfelt appreciation for your generosity and the assistance you have unreservedly rendered. Definitely a toast well deserved!



Dear Dmas, its always a pleasure to see you here. Thank you for the
06/17/2007 - 18:19

kind words

06/18/2007 - 11:49

Bonjour Alex, non seulement tu es un expert en VC, non seulement c'est un vrai plaisir de te lire, mais en plus  c'est un plaisir de te connaitre; je peux en témoigner. Amicalement. Patrice.

cher Patrice le plaisir est partagé :-) (nt)
06/18/2007 - 23:35


06/19/2007 - 06:27

Indeed, indeed!!  Hear, hear.

A toast to Alex.  Well done, great lounge to hang out in (though I've been away).  Go away for a week and next thing you know Doc is posting pictures of firearms!!  What happened?


Doc is a dangerous ZZ Top fan!! :-) Thanks for the kind words Hatari (
06/19/2007 - 17:37