Auctions this past weekend... and some help!

Hi all - first off, I must say this is a fantastic forum, and it's been a wealth of info on Vacheron Constantin and its wide variety of models, both modern and vintage. Second, I'm happy to say I'm now a proud owner of a VC from this weekends auctions! I couldn't be happier, as I've been wanting a vintage VC for the better part of two years, but I was finally able to pull the trigger on one (narrowly missed on a second one - I'm still kicking myself!). Which leads me to my issue...

How do I collect the watch?! I know that the auction houses will deliver the watch, but being here in London, I'll have to pay import duty, which I have no interest in doing. I could pick the watch up in person, but the auction house isn't open on the weekend (and I'm busy with work on the week days). Is there any other solution that you guys may have? Do you think the VC boutique would be able to pick up the watch during the week day and I could collect it from them on the weekend? I'm planning on dropping the watch off to get a certificate of authenticity at VC anyway.... ideally, I'd like to pick up the watch this weekend. 

I could pick it up on the bank holiday at the end of May - if no solution presents itself.... any thoughts on this chaps?

Many thanks! S

Re: Auctions this past weekend... and some help!
05/13/2013 - 23:56
Most of the time, for security reasons no one can pick-up the watch at the auction house but you. I would suggest you give them a call. Good luck ! Berny
Re: Re: Auctions this past weekend... and some help!
05/14/2013 - 01:22
Yep, giving them a call tomm, hopefully there's a resonable solution. thx
Re: Re: Auctions this past weekend... and some help!
05/14/2013 - 08:13
Many auction houses will allow 3rd party pick-up as long as they have your written authorization and the item is paid for. Good luck, JB
congratulations and welcome to the Lounge :-)
05/14/2013 - 11:12
Thanks Alex
05/14/2013 - 23:52
What watch did you get?
05/14/2013 - 23:59
And welcome to the lounge
Re: What watch did you get?
05/15/2013 - 01:01
Well... going to wait to have the VC in my hands before I tell (hopefully sooner rather than later), but rest assured, I'll post pics!