The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

Shanghai Feb 26-March 2

I was really looking forward to visiting Shanghai as it is more or less considered the center of the universe currently and supposedly one of the funnest cities. We arrived late Saturday night so had time to visit on Sunday. 

It really is a city of gigantic proportions with a novel yet perfect mix of traditional and modern.

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai


The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The lobby of the gorgeous Art Deco Peace Hotel

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

Monday I had the opportunity to visit the VC Shanghai Mansion. It is not a shop but an experience! It in fact consists of two buildings (called the Twin Villas) of colonial style architecture in the heart of what used to be the French concession. One of the villas is a Dunhill boutique, the other the VC Mansion the top floor being the private Kee club.

The Mansion is elegantly decorated and gives a true atmosphere of old world charm, style and romance. Collections are presented on two floors, with a watchmaker also on the premises.

If The Hour Lounge could have a physical existence then it would have to look like this…hmmm that’s an idea The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

We held two dinners in Shanghai but the only Loungers were Dan and his lovely wife Daisy

Diners were held at the Kee Club

Wei Shan, Daisy and Dan
The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

VC club all the way:
The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai


March 2 time to head back home after 10 days in Asia. 

But VC was all over, at the airport Lounge amongst different movie trailers there was a short film on VC!
The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

Time to board...
The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai

That's all folks...goodbye and see ypu soon

The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai


It was a fantastic experience and hope to do it again very soon. Even though we are all used to virtual and digital communications nothing beats sharing a good moment face to face !
Alex, living vicariously through you is indeed a treat!
03/03/2011 - 19:37
And you take better pictures on no sleep than I could while perfectly rested.
What a great Trilogy. It is so great to see you and Christian spreadin
03/03/2011 - 20:17
the V&C good news all over Asia. A great taste of all the excitement and seeing some of the faces that we all lounge with was also a real treat. I particularly liked your tale of Singapore, you actually went to a few places I have never seen--amazing, got me planning my next trip this Autumn. Great articles, really enjoyed the read, pure Alex. Many thanks to all the team that made it possible, Best to all, Tim
I'm exhausted just reading about your adventures!
03/03/2011 - 20:22
Is that pollution haze over Shanghai?  The boutiques are exquitely detailed
3 fantastic journeys, great photos, thanks (nt)
03/04/2011 - 00:47

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Great seeing you in my neck of the woods!
03/04/2011 - 05:47
Alex, it was great seeing you and so much of the VC team in both HK and Shanghai.  Besides Alex, I got the great opportunity to  spend time with Cristian Selmoni, Julian Tornare and Wei Shan.  The special VC person that happened to be in Shanghai at the same time was Dominique Bernaz!  I have his autograph on a couple of Certificates of Authenticity (hey, he is a celebrity in my book! ).  Though he met us for just the first time, he recognized Daisy's wrist and her vintage VC watch from a post on the Lounge - even though she wasn't even wearing the watch that night!  Dominique truly has a great memory for watches, and wrists! After dinner, we were able to hang out with the VC team and just talk, it felt like a family affair with some nice wine after all the guests had gone.  It was fun teasing Alex in Chinese with the VC team - he can spend time learning Chinese while I try to learn French.  We had a really wonderful time. Some interesting things may be happening here...so stay tuned, BR, Dan
I will visit the VC mansion some day
03/04/2011 - 11:36
and perhaps pop into Dunhill at the same time. :-) - SJX
Re: The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai
03/04/2011 - 15:58
I was in Shanghai last year right before the Expo with a very pregnant wife, so I didn't get a chance to get around enough and see the VC mansion. Shanghai is one of my favourite cities and it's nice to see VC is doing well there.
Re: The Hour Lounge goes East. Part 3 Shanghai
03/05/2011 - 23:18
Hi Alex, Good to see you had an enjoyable time in Shanghai!  I see the air pollution has made an unwelcome return since the close of Expo last year...back then it was six months of blue skies (most days at least!)... Nevertheless, the Maison is a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of a dynamic and colourful city! Hope to join you at a future function! Best regards JAMES
Fantastic posting and pics! Keep up the good work....
03/05/2011 - 23:22
I really love these indepth pic essays! What a fantastic trip!  The sounds, the smells and visuals! Are you ever coming to Australia?  I would love to go to a VC dinner!
an HL event Down Under seems tempting :-)
03/06/2011 - 14:06
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