Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

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.

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II
Dom, Isabelle and Patrice chat while awaiting dinner


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

Alex proposes a toast while Bill enjoys the comments




Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

Others also seem appreciative and entertained by Monsieur Ghotbi’s wit! Ca s’arrose!   I’ll drink to that!




Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

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!




Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

The main course was a delicious sliced filet of beef and a vegetable pyramid.

Incredibly edible!  Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II




Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

Patrice, Doc and Alex concentrate intensely as Paul Boutros holds forth, (off camera).




Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

A wonderful dessert of mango ice cream with a mango sauce and chocolate ribbon and brownie.




Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

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.


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II
Aviator watch


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II
Here's one for Dean!


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II
A beautiful cushion case monopoussoir chronograph


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II
Here's a lovely cushion-cased pocket watch with Breguet numbers and incredible hands.

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II
The old and new Americans side by side


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II



Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II


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.

Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

Doc and Julien discuss the return of the “ampersand” as in Vacheron & Constantin.



Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

Les “delices”… chocolate delicacies to go with the cognac and cigars. How civilized!



Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

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.)


Dinner at the Vacheron Boutique in Geneva, Part II

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.

To come....
01/27/2009 - 22:52
Visit to the Manufacture and the Salon. Regards, Joseph
More great stuff Joseph...
01/28/2009 - 00:44
As is typical of VC events, it looks like a wonderful combination of friends, delicious food and terrific timepieces. Many thanks for sharing your Geneva trip with us. Cheers, Duncan
+some pics of special(s) Timpepiece(s) (I hope)... (nt)
01/28/2009 - 00:45
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Re: +some pics of special(s) Timpepiece(s) (I hope)... (nt)
01/28/2009 - 01:20
Oui, bien sur! Et les miennes aussi! Joseph
Surtout les tiennes! (nt)
01/28/2009 - 09:54
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Fabulous event...
01/28/2009 - 05:02
Thanks for sharing this event with us, especially the food shots I really like the cushion case monopoussoir chronograph but seeing the "old vs new" Americans has confirmed one thing for me - my one quibble with the modern incarnation (which I do like a lot) was the placement of the subdial. I think that my ideal one would be the original subdial placement but with the modern dial design (numbers, hands). If I had that combination it would hit the spot 100% for me.
I'm sure that Dominique would be happy to help... ;-) (nt)
01/28/2009 - 06:24
VC
thank you for a wonderful report Joseph and good to see
01/28/2009 - 10:04
Jerome and Patrice on the last photo. Aoki is an amazing restaurant French cuisine by a Japanese chef. Had lunch there almost once a week!!!!
Re: thank you for a wonderful report Joseph and good to see
01/28/2009 - 17:13
Thanks Aex, I'm sorry I didn't get a pic of Whalid. He's really lost a lot of weight, about 7-8kg. Regards, Joseph
Thanks again Joseph!
01/28/2009 - 11:09

Very nice pictures that have caught the atmosphere of that evening!Wherever you turned, you saw smiling and laughing people. And the dinner, not to talk about, nearly as beautiful as a Vacheron&Constantin , but sure tasted better Hej Doc

Very good shots Joseph.
01/28/2009 - 14:36
I hope you appreciated this good restaurant among nice fellows. I was happy to meet you and spend some good time together during this SIHH. I wish to see you next time you are coming to France, with Lin, Jérôme ... All the best Patrice
Thanks for THE picture Joseph!
01/28/2009 - 15:53
Nice to have a little bit of Canada in the musueum.  And I hope we were successful in convincing management to return the & to it's rightful place between V and C .
the & did come back...
01/28/2009 - 16:33
Chronometre Royal 1907
Re: the & did come back...
01/28/2009 - 17:15
How about that! You know... I have a very similar photo but I didn't look at it very closely. It will be in my next post... Joseph
OMG, I never noticed before! So it begins....nt
01/29/2009 - 02:32
nt
Thanks Joseph; as always.........
01/28/2009 - 23:21
Great stuff from you........and we finally get to put a face to the name.................with a big smile to boot! Thanks again. Best, Tom
Thanks for the pics JB!! (nt)
01/29/2009 - 19:40
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Nice shots, JB...
01/30/2009 - 01:36
Thanks for the post! It was great to see you, and to meet several other passionate VC fans. Look forward to next time. Best, Paul