Vacheron again outdid themselve with fabulous cuisine punctuated by a very nice swiss white and a very commendable French bordeaux. (see pics below).It was a small gathering of about a dozen people in a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. Watch talk was everywhere. I don"t think anything was missed; current market trends, new watches, designs, competitors,etc. etc. etc. And there was no shortage of opinions and ideas.
Dom, Isabelle and Patrice chat while awaiting dinner
Alex proposes a toast while Bill enjoys the comments
Others also seem appreciative and entertained by Monsieur Ghotbi’s wit! Ca s’arrose! I’ll drink to that!
The “entrée” or first course consisted of a wonderful shrimp dish with a seafood and vegetable sauce. This was after the initial “amuse-gueule” or palate delighters (rough translation).
I was enjoying the food so much (bouffer a la pelle) that I didn’t realize until the shrimp course that I should get my camera out!
The main course was a delicious sliced filet of beef and a vegetable pyramid.
Patrice, Doc and Alex concentrate intensely as Paul Boutros holds forth, (off camera).
A wonderful dessert of mango ice cream with a mango sauce and chocolate ribbon and brownie.
The plate was decorated with VC’s Maltese cross logo in chocolate.
After dinner, we were shown the current exhibition at the Boutique, watches that had been designed for the American market, culminating in the new American cushion case watch. Here are a few pics from the exhibition.
Here's one for Dean!
A beautiful cushion case monopoussoir chronograph
Here's a lovely cushion-cased pocket watch with Breguet numbers and incredible hands.
The old and new Americans side by side
Liqueurs, cigars and more conversation followed including a speech by Doc.By the time we left, everyone was in a wonderful mood and looking forward to the next day - a tour of the Manufacture and the display of the new watches at the Salon.
Doc and Julien discuss the return of the “ampersand” as in Vacheron & Constantin.
Les “delices”… chocolate delicacies to go with the cognac and cigars. How civilized!
Everyone had a great time! Isabelle, Alex, Julien, Radek, Paul, Berny and William!
What was everyone wearing? I mean watches!
Well Alex had the pleasure of taking pictures of all the wrists that evening, although I confess mine was bare since I was picking up a few things the next day. (I"ll save that for another time.)
One final footnote:
Since I was in Paris too, a few of us got together at one of many restaurants (Aoki) to continue talking about watches.
The photo below (from left to right) shows Jerome (Mercator), myself, Patrice, and Lin. Whalid was also present but had to leave early. Both Whalid and Jerome were at last year's Vacheron dinner.