Greetings to the Loungers from Juan-Carlos Torres CEO of VC

Greetings to the Loungers from Juan-Carlos Torres CEO of VC

Dear Loungers, Vacheron Constantin aficionados and friends,

The Hour Lounge was launched only 18 months ago and has become in a short time a reference site for all things relating to Vacheron Constantin. I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for your contributions, passion, shared knowledge and spirit of camaraderie. We at Vacheron Constantin are proud and honored to count such a fine community as our ambassadors.

I would like to personally wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous year 2009. 

Warm regards,

Charly Torres
12/15/2008 - 13:32
12/16/2008 - 08:30
12/16/2008 - 14:53
12/19/2008 - 00:26
Thank you Charly and Alex...
12/15/2008 - 12:47
While we all know that it takes more than just one man to achieve the wonderful success enjoyed by Vacheron Constantin and The Hour Lounge, I do believe that leadership plays a vital role. Charly, your leadership of VC is integral to its success and also to my respect and appreciation of the brand.  Beyond being a successful businessman and CEO, you have repeatedly shown yourself to be a genuinely nice person and always a pleasure to spend time with.  I look forward to future such meetings and occasions in 2009. Alex, THL has grown and truly blossomed under your guidance and moderatorship.  You have earned my respect and admiration for your efforts in making the site a wonderful environment for all of us. I wish the entire VC team and the THL community a most enjoyable holiday season and all of the best for the new year.  2009 will probably prove to be a challenging year for all of us but I do know that I can count on VC and THL to help brighten each day of the year. Cheers, Duncan
Thanks to both of you.....
12/15/2008 - 13:32
I appreciate both the Brand and the Lounge. The Brand for making such fine, and as a friend of mine so aptly put it, romantic watches that harken back to an earlier time and maybe a better time where life was not so hectic and people took the time to appreciate each other and the nice things in life; so thank you Charly. And to Alex for making the Hour Lounge a place I look forward to visiting each and every day.  It takes my mind off whatever problems or concerns I have and gives me a chance to visit a place I enjoy and talk about a topic I love.....VC watches!  Alex, you're always very knowledgeable but for me that's secondary.  What's more important is you're always polite, sensitive and have a fine sense of humor.  I've never seen anybody mistreated here and I've seen it done on many other Forums.  It would only take once for me and my feelings about this place would be altered forever but it hasn't happened to anyone.  You always make this place about us and the watches---never ever about you which is why I love it so much! Finally, a wish for a Merry Christmas to all of my fellow loungers.  You're good nature, knowledge and generosity never ceases to amaze me.  I've learned so much (and I know there's so much more to learn) and I have all of you to thank for it. May 2009 be a better year than we expect and hold only the Best for all of us and our families. All the Best, Tom
+1, HNY 09 (nt)
12/15/2008 - 15:38
+2, I couldn't of said it better especially about Alex plus
12/16/2008 - 13:24
Charly being such a gracious host and taking time from his schedule at the SIHH to introduce himself, his team, and the new collection...Kudos and Happy Holidays to all the loungers and the Vacheron Team (I nclude Alex as an integral part of the team). John
Thank you Charly, I only miss one thing !
12/15/2008 - 17:08
Thanks for your very personal message, which I know through Alex, is genuinely meant I will especially thank you, for keeping the banner of Vacheron Constantin flying,  better than I ever seen ii in my time ! In these times when everything is selling slowly, it's nice remebering that in 1937 Vacheron&Constantin made only 439 watches, including movements! I'm happy having one of them, still as new. I see that you are wearing a 1755 but I miss one thing, a pair of Vacheron Constantin buttons I don't know if you followed our repeated discussions of a "Hour Lounge sign", a pin, a ring or a pair of buttons. The last caught many votes. The nearest I can come is these . inherited after my father. Made 1941, after his own design.  He, as I, was a MD and that explains the cross, but there is even a Malteser Cross, thought he never owned a Vacheron Constantin, as far as I know. Hope meeting you in January! I'll be wearing both the watch and the buttons All best Doc
And I only miss another Hour Lounge distinction, Doc
12/15/2008 - 22:05
An Hour Lounge limited edition piece... How about this for starters? A QdI chrono...
But of course, my dear Radek ! :-) (nt)
12/16/2008 - 11:31
Mr Torres and Alex
12/17/2008 - 16:55
Thank you for all of your words, all the work you do. Also do not forget all VC staff, who make us dream by this wonderful work done ! I wish for all who read these lines and for all family and friend of you all my best. Best Regards, Deniz.
Dear mr. Torres thank you for your kind words and congratulations on
12/15/2008 - 17:32
the choice of our moderator: the best
agree, one of VC's best invstments has been getting Alex on board :-)
12/15/2008 - 17:40
I totally agree (nt) ;-)))))))
12/15/2008 - 18:22
Thank you and all the best for the Holiday Season to you Mr. Torres...
12/15/2008 - 21:20
and your family of course... A very big thank you and to you personally and the VC management for starting this Hour Lounge project. It has gotten a worldwide recognition among the experts and turned out to be a great investment for VC  It is on of the greatest communication chanels for the brand's fans and prospective customers... It has gotten what it is and to where it is thanks to Alex and the rest of the team. It has gotten the biggest applause among us - the Lounge community. It is actually the only forum I am a member of and am extremely proud and happy to be able to further my knowledge on my favorite and only haute horlogerie manufacturer I collect in this friendliest of places    
Thank you Mr. Torres for such gracious words in this challenging
12/16/2008 - 02:10
time. I truly believe that the integrity of any great organization begins at the top and V&C is second to none. Happy Holidays to all at V&C and all the Loungers. May your Holiday dreams become the watches of years to come. Best to all, Tim
Re: Greetings to the Loungers from Juan-Carlos Torres CEO of VC
12/16/2008 - 05:15
Dear Mr Torres, thank you for your kind words and best wishes for the holidays. I am a newcomer to the Vacheron brand in the last 8 months and am very pleased with my watch and the personal and professional interaction here on the HL. I must say that the Hour Lounge is a superb addition by Vacheron, especially with our excellent and knowledgeable moderator Alex. As a very active TimeZone member, I can honestly say that the VC Hour Lounge has set a high standard above all. Your involvement and contact with us at the ground level as the company's CEO is a welcomed practice as I have done for many years as a long term CEO myself. Best of luck to you and happy holidays!! Warmest wishes, Matt
Re: Greetings to the Loungers from Juan-Carlos Torres CEO of VC
12/16/2008 - 05:17
Dear Mr Torres, Alex and the Hour Lounge, Thank you for your kind message!   Being part of the Hour Lounge is a great way to keep in touch with the world's Vacheronistas!  As an interactive experience full of lively discussion, regular competitions and activities, the Hour Lounge is a great asset to maintaining and promoting greater passion for Vacheron Constantin!  I would like to echo the comments of my fellow Loungers, and offer my sincere congratulations for such a great effort! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best regards JAMES
Thanks to VC, Charly and Alex
12/16/2008 - 08:30
I have learned and benefited from this wonderful site. Regards Ling
Happy holiday season to all of you
12/16/2008 - 11:01
wether at VC or anywhere else, may it be Sweden, Singapore, Canada, etc. Thank you to everyone and especially Alex for your warm welcome here in the lounge even if I am not a VC owner yet One of the amazing things about the internet is that some people who were apparently not meant to meet, finally get in touch and can interact and exchange views on a variety of subjects. Chances are I would never have "met" all of you in real life and it is a great pleasure to be part of this forum. So thanks Alex, thanks Loungers and thank you Mr Torres. I wish you all the best for this Christmas and the New Year to come. May it only bring great joys.
Dear Charly, Alex and Loungers I can only mirror what has
12/16/2008 - 13:24
been said before, Charly and the VC team for bringing us these amazing watches which have an emotional impact that no other brand has. The Loungers for being such a great and open community who accept newbies with open arms. Last but not least Alex for having created this virtual home for us, I have a feeling of warmth and comfort each time I log in and its thanks to you Mr Modertaror Happy Holidays and wish all a wonderful year 2009
Thank you mr Torres...
12/16/2008 - 14:53 well as Alex for making this possible. Happy holidays and best wishes to all of you. kind regards, Mark
thank u for your well wishes.....
12/16/2008 - 15:07
i also wish everyone here a great holidays and year ahead.
Thank you Charly and Alex for...
12/16/2008 - 16:09
...your great initiatives on the lounge side and for brilliant collections ! Berny
Merry XMs and Happy new year !!
12/16/2008 - 16:10
to you and your families !!
Re: Greetings to the Loungers from Juan-Carlos Torres CEO of VC
12/16/2008 - 16:32
Many thanks to Mr. Torres for his kind words and more importantantly for being a dynamic leader for Vacheron. Also to the team at Vacheron who have succeeded in producing very wonderful timepieces of the highest quality and continue to do so. And also to Alex for his fine, fine work as Moderator of the Lounge. There could not have been a better choice. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and properous New Year! Joseph
Happy Holidays to you also.......and nice Jubilee watch!
12/16/2008 - 16:58

Merry Christmas to Alex & all the Loungers!!!  Nicholas

Happy Holidays to Juan-Carlos Torres, everyone at VC, and of course
12/16/2008 - 22:10
to all my friends here at The Hour Lounge.  Best regards, Dino
Happy Holidays to you too and may HL grow even bigger
12/17/2008 - 03:18
in the time to come. Thank you!
Re: Greetings to the Loungers from Juan-Carlos Torres CEO of VC
12/17/2008 - 04:00

Thank you for the kind words Mr. Torres and thank you for placing Alex as moderator of this wonderful forum.  He is a great ambassador to your Brand. Alex has been a great help to me on a personal level, so much so that I named my son Alex. (Actually I did that years ago, long before I ever knew Mr. Ghotbi, but the sentiment should not be lost over technicalities)

  I appreciate many different watch manufactures, but Vacheron Constantin holds a very special place in my heart and soul. I would like to wish Mr. Torres and the people of Vacheron Constantin, their families, Mr. Ghotbi and his family, and all my fellow Loungers and their families the very best of the Christmas season, and the very best of New Years.



Greetings and Happy Holidays Mr. Torres and Mr. Ghotbi
12/17/2008 - 07:27
Thank you for leading VC in it's finest traditions of excellence, boldness, and quality! It has been a pleasure and honor being in the company of all the Loungers and great credit must be given to Alex and you for creating and maintaining THL.  I have learned a tremendous amount through my participation and truly appreciate your holiday wishes. Best Regards, Dan
Thank you for your kind words.
12/17/2008 - 14:31
I also wish you a merry Christmas and all the best for this New Year, and to keep on creating beauties for VC lovers. Thank you Alex for keeping the spirit in this forum HL, and a good success for 2009. And finally, all the best to all Loungers for a healthy and prosperous coming year.
Thank you and best wishes too!!
12/18/2008 - 15:31
Thank you very much to Mr. Torres, Alex, and the VC staff behind The Hour Lounge. Thanks to you and all the members, The Hour Lounge has been a great watering hole to relax and mingle with VC afficionados and also a fountain of information regarding all things VC, and more. I would write much more but unfortunately I am much pressed for time these days but I echo the positeve sentiments of everyone. May all of you have a peaceful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year in 2009!! God Bless!! Kazumi P.S. I see nice guys like us prefer the Jubilee 1755!
Best Holiday Wishes to all.....(nt)
12/18/2008 - 18:01
Thank you!
12/19/2008 - 00:26
Thank you to Mr. Torres, Alex and all the Loungers who make this Lounge so valuable for VC fans.