Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

Dear all,

I was recently in Hong Kong for a few days and thanks to the kindness of a good friend, had the opportunity to attend the HKG launch of the QDI Collection.

Hosted by Mr Yann Bouillonnec on 8 Jan 2009, the cocktails and Gala Dinner were held at the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel.  

It was an amazing evening and I will let my rather poor photos tell the story....Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

The cocktail and display area :

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


I love the travel case!!! 

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


There were approximately 200 people for the Gala Dinner.  The tables left me mesmerised, I could have stared at the QDI glass tops for hours.......

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


....whilst munching on the tasty bread.....

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

....but they insisted on serving King Crab with Olive Oil, Light Tomato Jelly, Avocado Mousse and Baby Nasturtium Leaves

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


White Onion Veloute with Duck Confit Ragout and Perigord Truffle 

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


Pan Fried Fois Gras on Risotto with Baby Herbs

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


Grilled Australian Black Angus with Honey Roasted Parsnips, Sauteed Morel and Chanterelle Mushrooms in Red Wine Jus

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


Warm Orange Chocolate Fondant with Pecan Nut Ice Cream 

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


and for those who had any space left in their stomachs, coffee/ tea and petit fours

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


Omph. I was full LOL Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

Unfortunately due to the sheer number of people attending, it was not possible to play with the watches, which were instead displayed catwalk style between the tables -

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)


It was my first ever big watch event and it was just an amazing night. The "goodie bag" consisted of material about the QDI plus a leather wallet, which I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of before giving it to my father, who is happily using it. 

I would like to extend my congratulations to Vacheron Constantin on the QDI collection, to VC South East Asia for an astounding evening, and my personal thanks to the affable and charming David Heng, Managing Director of VC South East Asia, the kind and thoughtful May Yee Chion, Asst. Communications Manager of VC South East Asia, the inimitable Kok Choon, and my dear friend who made my presence there possible.

In closing, here are two random photos I took in the Central district in Hong Kong.

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

Event Report - QDI Launch Hong Kong (Modem Burner!!)

Great report A.P. Many thanks for sharing it with us.
01/21/2009 - 13:09
It looks like a wonderful evening and as always, VC delivers a spectacular event.  I am now feeling some regrets about not being able to attend.  And if I had attended, then you could have [layed with an actual Quai de l'Ile!  By the way, maybe you should change your login from A.P. to VC... Cheers, Duncan
thank YOU Duncan...
01/22/2009 - 05:38
....for giving me the opportunity to attend!!
Thanks for the report, at 12h44 Paris time, it is hard to not
01/21/2009 - 13:45
want to eat something
LOL
01/22/2009 - 05:39
So did you eat something? LOL.
haven't had lunch yet and those photos have made me
01/21/2009 - 17:05
ravenous :-) Glad you enjoyed the evening and thanks for sharing.
Re: haven't had lunch yet and those photos have made me
01/22/2009 - 05:40
Macarons are one of my favourite things but by the time they came, alas I could only fit in one pistachio one
Beautiful pics and it seems to have been a nice meeting!
01/21/2009 - 17:34
Wait until the pics comes from our Geneva visit, and our fantastic dinner at la Maison Vacheron Constantin I didn't bring my camera, but many others, so there will sure be pics! Thanks Doc
I look forward to the Geneva pics!
01/22/2009 - 05:43
As usual VC hits off with a bang and QdI line gains momentum...
01/21/2009 - 20:58
QdI is by far my favorite VC product line. And it is still so fresh... Christian Selmoni confessed to me at SIHH there were two new models being tested and prepared for a launch in the near future - "real nice ones and interesting complications" he said. Really can't wait to find out what VC is cooking for its fans  Anyway, I love the way VC puts focus on its new product line despite the economic downturn. The event you just reported on seems like it was great success for VC. I really love the QdI glass table tops. The food also looks like a real treat. The advertising of QdI in HK and the boutique looks very impressive... very nice. I only wish you could have had a chance to play with the watch but with this number of attendees it would have been difficult to keep an eye on every single piece in the room...
Re: As usual VC hits off with a bang and QdI line gains momentum...
01/22/2009 - 05:42
There was another similarly large sized billboard advertising the QDI opposite the one that I posted. It was just unbelievable. I took one look and my jaw dropped.  The photo of the QDI display was actually just at an AD, not even at the boutique! At any rate the QDI range was definitely being heavily promoted.  It was a bummer that I didn't get a chance to play with it but understandable in the circs.
Great Pics and write up! Thanks for taking us there. (nt)
01/22/2009 - 05:21
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