Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I

This year's dinner was held once again at the Vacheron Constantin Boutique in Geneva.
However, before I entered, I couldn't resist a few photos of the Quai de L'Ile, so prominently displayed in the Boutique windows.

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I

Then those great doors opened as if by magic and I was in again,just like last year...only better.

The hosts were there of course, Alex and Domique Bernaz (Chef de la Maison) and as we stood around drinking champagne and talking about watches, more people appeared; most I knew and some I did not. But all were familiar.
This year I felt the dinner was more relaxed, almost an extension of The Hour Lounge. This feeling was due not just because I had been there last year but also in a large way thanks to Alex and his work on the Lounge.
Everyone felt comfortable in "familiar" surroundings with people they had never met but with whom they had already exchanged information, wit and humour. So no one was a stranger.
Lin and Radek were back. Doc was there as were Berny and Patrice. Lee Wei Ping from NYC and Bill Rohr (Messina) now COO of Antiquorum in Geneva were also present. And Paul Boutros, a well known moderator from another forum also attended.
From Vacheron, Dominique, Julien Marchenoir (head of world-wide marketing), Isabelle, from VC's internet division and of course Alex, our dear moderator.
A pleasant half hour was spent talking, discussing watches, old and new and of course drinking champagne.

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
Alex and Berny chat...

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
Dominique and Lee Wei Ping share some thoughts...

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
Julien Marchenoir and Alex confer...

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
Doc Radek and Patrice discuss vintage Vacheron timepieces...

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
Patrice and Lin admire Berny's lovely vintage Vacheron with an amazing Guilloché pattern...

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
And now we gather for dinner...
looked like a fine evening. NT
01/26/2009 - 10:30
Hello Joseph!
01/26/2009 - 11:07
It feels like yesterday when you knocked at mu hotel room door and we sat and talked for nearly 2 hours! Wonderful to see all the familiar faces again, and I'm glad mine is descreetly blurred  Thanks for these wonderful pics, I'm already waiting for more. and I know how much time it takes to make a post! Hej! Doc
Thanks for putting faces to familiar names!
01/26/2009 - 17:42
But where is your self-portrait .  Looked like a wonderful event - I hope to join you some year.
can't wait for the rest (nt)
01/26/2009 - 18:17
Thanks Joseph. Looks like a wonderful gathering and...
01/27/2009 - 00:40
it is great to be able to put some faces to names and logins. Cheers, Duncan
Wish I could've been there. Thanks for sharing!
01/27/2009 - 05:15

Nice pics, JB.  Really makes me regret not being able to weasel my way out of work to join everyone...especially since such luminaries as Doc, Berny, and Patrice (and Paul B.) were around.  Of course, it would have been nice to meet you, Alex, Radek and the VC staff again to catch up from where we left off.  Well hopefully next year.... Now where's that part 2 already! Cheers, Kazumi

Thanks Joseph.....
01/27/2009 - 17:06
What wonderful pictures!  It makes me feel like I was there.  Thanks for taking the time to share your personal thoughts as well. It's nice to see the people we chat with all of the time.....the only thing is where are your pictures...you need to be in some too....there must be at least one so please put it up in Part 2.  Thanks. All the Best, Tom
Re: Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part I
01/27/2009 - 21:32
Many thanks for all the kind words. I tried uploadinding the second part last night but after 2 hours of work I pressed "submit" and all my work disappeared into a worm hole! So i'll try again today. I also have pics from the visit to the Manufacture, which i think are quite interesting. Stay tuned... Joseph
Alex, perhaps the timeout parameter can be changed?
01/28/2009 - 00:49
It seems Joseph got caught by it, just as I and others have as well when composing long posts.  It is incredibly frustrating to lose a couple of hours worth of work. Thanks, Duncan
it has happenedto me too, what the tech people tell me is that it
01/28/2009 - 10:00
happens using Explorer but not if you use Firefox as browser.
Far be it for me to cause trouble...
01/28/2009 - 10:43
but I use Firefox and have had the problem. Anyway, I avoid the issue now by doing my long posts in MS Word and then cutting and pasting.  You quickly learn your lesson when you lose a couple of hours of work... Cheers, Duncan
Re: Far be it for me to cause trouble...
01/28/2009 - 13:54
I agree Duncan, I used Firefox the first time time too when I lost everything. And I used it the 2nd time too. But I was better organized and the ISP link was faster (different computer and location) Maybe the first time I was using Vista Joseph