The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report

On October 5th we had our vers first West Coast The Hour Lounge dinner. I love these events as it enables us to actually have a face to face contact after having chatted during the year on line.

Also you have to give it to VC North America to organize a party, this one was no exception, it was "Legendary" (courtesy of Barney).

The event took place at the Penthouse of the Fairmont Hotel which could be accessed only via a private elevator.

The entrance hall:

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Living room
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the Library (with a hidden passage way, supposedly this is the passage Marilyn Monroe used to take to come see John Kennedy!)
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A magnificent hand painted sky chart on the ceiling of the library
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Gary preparing a plan for world domination
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the walls of one of the rooms had a hand painted wall of the world map: an idea for a future Les Metiers d'Art piece?
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A pool (as in billiard not swimming) room with a magnificent Arabian decor
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


last but not least the terrace with a breathtaking view
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


the watches were showcased in windows

Overseas
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Quai de l'Ile (with the new Annual Calendar on the top left)
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The Tour de l'Ile (one of the rare times it has left Geneva)
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Patrimony Contemporaine
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Patrimony Traditionnelle
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Les Historiques
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Guest started arriving, cool champagne and warm canapees were served

Christian Selmoni (Artistic Director), Vincent Kauffmann (Design Director), GaryG, Allen, Richard
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


Tim (Timerider), Hugues de Pins (President of Vacheron Constantin North America), Dorian Reily (West Coast Sales Manager)
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


Ed, Tim and Hugues
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Dorian and Ellen Sorensen (Marketing Director for North America)
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Mickael, Tim and Christian
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Mike Disher and Kim
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Jack
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Haussman, Marie and Hugues
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Gary wipped off the Worldtime I was wearing....
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An Hour Lounge event means some amazing watches


Skeleton tourbillon
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


Patrimony Traditionnelle Worldtime
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Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind
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Les Historiques 1955 his and hers!
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Kari Voutilainen minute repeater
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Overseas Chronograph in steel and titanium
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Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down
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2 rare beast both by Vianney Halter: Antiqua and the long awaited Opus 3
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Patrimony Traditionnelle Chronograph
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Lange Saxonia
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Glashutte Original
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One of the 1st ultra thin models launched in 1955 using the cal 1003
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Patrimony Contemporaine automatic
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Hugues de Pins made a welcome speech "Loungers are part of the Vacheron Constantin family" he said. We then made a presentation/open discussion with Selmoni and Kauffmann on the big changes of the watch industry in the the past 10 years and the way Vacheron Constantin adapted to these changes
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Everyone was getting hungry so we headed to the dining room
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


the food was superb: fish and sellfish for starters
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Beef with polenta and seasonal greens
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Chocolate opera with caramel sauce
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After dinner the group set out to pursue different activities


look at watches
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take photos
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The Hour Lounge San Fransisco Dinner Report


continue talking about watches
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play pool
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have a drink and a cigar (Ed managed to do all of the above at the same time wink )
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It was getting late and it was time to go. What a great great evening a big thank you to Hugues, Ellen and Dorian of Vacheron Constantin North America for the tasteful and flawless organisation and to all the Loungers who came and made it such a special eveningheart


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Looks like a wonderful time
10/11/2011 - 18:29
Gorgeous location, great food, fabulous company, and THE WATCHES!  Nice to see familiar faces too smiley.  Glad you had such a wonderful time.
I love the view of the SF skyline...
10/11/2011 - 19:36
This was yet another first class affair hosted by Vacheron Constantin. Bill
An event I will never forget, loaded with taste,
10/11/2011 - 20:50
friendship, charm and some of the most engaging watch conversations I have had in years. The watch presentations were clear, meaningful and met with interesting questions by the entire gathering. It was also a priveledge to be able to spend so much time with the V&C group, something that is really difficult at larger, commercial events. The food, fun and frolic that rounded out the evening left everyone with a smile on their face and for me, a warm V&C glow. Merci to you all, Tim
Excellent venue in an excellent city (used o live there) with lots of
10/12/2011 - 06:04
excellent watches to view accompanied by excellent foods & companions... WOW!!! You guys have an excellent life! yes Am I exaggerating? indecision I think not. Love the Antiqua (non VC) and Patrimony Traditionelle Chrono (VC)...AND, the Patrimony Contemporaine is looking good each time I see it (Chef Eric Ripert is wearing one too). Wonderful reports Alex. Merci! 
Looks like a lovely evening
10/12/2011 - 06:47
Wow, the watches in attendance were really impressive. I know how expert the VC folks are in creating a truly special event, and it seems a good time was had by all.  Thanks for sharing this with us. respo
How I met your mother! Love it Alex the way you make discreet
10/12/2011 - 11:25
refreneces to movies and music in your write ups yes
good eye :-)
10/13/2011 - 12:01
nt
This kind of report you shouldn't read before you have had lunch!
10/12/2011 - 17:07
Alex, thanks for a 'cosy', as well as impressive report. Funny, many people in the Old World doesn't know about these marvellous places, on the other side of the pond! What a scene, with an architecure that is just stunning! Could as well be London, Paris, Vienna or Stockholm! Incredible it shows to be the penthouse of the Fairmont Hotelblush Beautiful collection on display, but I'm a lot more impressed of what the guests were wearing on their wrists , a very fine and beautiful mixture of watches and some really impressive!smiley Guess if I'm hungry now, got to get something from the freezer through the micro, hard to do after viewing thisindecision Thanks again yes Doc
lucky you ! as usual, VC is a fine host ....
10/14/2011 - 15:34
doc is right on , the watches on the guests are impressive ! Wow! the kari's repeater, the HW opus 3, the VCs... what recession ? cheeky
Everything looks ...
10/14/2011 - 22:05
perfect, except the chairs in the diningroom ;-) It it always nice to see friends, even when they are (having fun) far away. Cheers, Oliver