Congratulations with the Armed Forces Day!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen.

In Russia and Belarus (russian region that got independence formally, but without borders with Russia) today is a big holiday - the Armed Forces Day.

My congratulations to all men, who was in the army, and to all people who feel themselves warriors, defenders.

Usually people in Russia congratulates all men, beacuse in case of war all of them will be defenders.

Today is a very difficult international situation around my native country and these my congratulations may be confusing for Americans and Europeans who are involved into the Ukrainian war on the opposite side, but I want to congratulate Americans and Europeans too, because every clever man knows that war is just a business of some people who plays political games but all other people have no real reason to hate one another.

I deeply believe in the international brotherhood of all wise people and I think that there is no reason for people to feel themselves enemies!

Peace, dear warriors!

Congratulations to all.


Congratulations to all who Fought in the Great Patriotic War
02/24/2016 - 02:52

Military Sun,

While few are still alive, I send my warmest wishes to all who fought in the Great Patriotic War! Hope to visit you in St. Petersburg this summer, site of one of the most heroic struggles in that terrible war.


Re: Congratulations to all who Fought in the Great Patriotic War
02/24/2016 - 22:51

Thanks for you congratulations, Bill.

My grandfather, the colonel of anti-air defence, began his military career as a soldier in a Great Patriotic War and always told that the peace is the most valuable thing we have.


The Geneva Conference - and watches for peace
02/24/2016 - 10:38

Just to get this thread a bit watch oriented and to remember that history has systematically shown that conflict has never resolved any situation and to center the debate on Geneva,  in 1955 President Dwight D. Eisenhower of the United States, Prime Minister Anthony Eden of Britain, Premier Nikolai A. Bulganin of the Soviet Union, and Prime Minister Edgar Faure of France - known then as the Big Four met in Geneva  in order to find a way top reduce the general tensions and mistrust resulting from the cold war. 

At this occasion a certain number of Genevan citizens offered the fours participants a timepiece from Vacheron Constantin with their names and functions inscribed in the back.


The Geneva Conference  - and watches for peace

Alex for Secretary-General of the United Nations
02/24/2016 - 11:09

It would be a better planet, surely cooler cheeky

That said, I'm proud I did my duty, si vis pacem...

... My avatar stands there to say I don't forget.





Framers of peace more important than framers of war
02/24/2016 - 11:52

Thanks for those Alex,

Enlarged you can see all of the names on those watches. I was far more impressed to learn that Henry James owned a Vacheron Constantin than Napoleon's grandson. Now I've got to get back to the serious business of learning about the history of my own VC...soon to be plural...


I've only ever seen this photo....
02/24/2016 - 17:12

does anyone know where any of these watches are currently located? Might the Eisenhower Presidential library in Kansas possible have "his" watch? I'll be happy to initiate an inquiry should there be interest in follow up on this watch.



I would love to know where these watches are
02/25/2016 - 09:11


I wrote to the Eisenhower Presidential Libraray....
02/25/2016 - 15:58

and will report back on any response (they have over 30,000 artifacts from his years of service, so this might take a while).



I look forward to hearing what they say
02/26/2016 - 14:28

Bill, you're adding to the rich history of the Vacheron Constantin! I'm very interested in seeing what they say.

Another Bill