The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)

We all enjoy the hour lounge hosted by master Alex :-) What if this place really existed? The Vacheron & Constantin team in France, headed by Jean-Yves Di Martino, did just that yesterday for 2 hours in a hidden place on the left bank, aptly named the "Secret Gallery".

Check by yourself,

 

An entrance hidden in a secret yard on the left bank of Paris.

 

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)

 

A very cosy interior dedicated to the Patrimony

 

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)   

 

A coupola that would make a very nice watch design

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)

 

Then we could choose a print of our favorite model and selected words like: modernism, simplicity, hisory, balance...

 

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)   

 

Then one the artists present would realize a drawing over the watch print taking into account the worlds selected.

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)

 

I selected Aurelia Jourist, who does very nice litographies, to customize my Patrimony print

 

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)   

 

A finally there was an interesting animation around the Patrimony theme in a dark room with two projectors beaming on a set of translucid screens. Extreme beauty of which the stills below only show a fraction

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)

 

The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)   

And of course there were exquisite food and drinks.

 

Two thoughts:

- Alex should get some funding to create this real hour lounge on a permanent basis

- If Vacheron & Constatntin shop were designed that way, the shopping experience would be way better :-)

Best regards to you all.

 

Guillaume

 

looks even beter than the 1st time you posted! Do you have a photo of the final result of your
11/21/2014 - 14:34

print?

Re: The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)
11/21/2014 - 18:55

What a wonderful idea, Guillaume!

Now that is a mastre-stroke of marketing. The interactive aspect is very clever. Bravo to Jean-Yves and his team!

I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time.

Perhaps you could persuade Jean-Yves to reopen it on December 8th for a few days?? wink

Regards,

Joseph

It looks like two hours in Paradise to me! Thank you for such
11/21/2014 - 19:19

a thoughtful and fluid representation of the event. 

Merci.

Best to all,

 

Tim

Wonderful place. If it was set up for a 2-hour Event,
11/22/2014 - 04:09

in a beautiful, secret, location...then maybe this can be a moveable Lounge and we may never know when and where it will pop up again. 

It gives me hope that I'll be able to visit this magical Lounge one day.

BR, Dan

Patrimony back to 1957
11/22/2014 - 21:59

The invitation we received named it " l'experience Patrimony ". It was all about that and more.

The experience was more than nice, Vacheron team very welcome. I hope they will organize other event like this one.

And I have learned something : the Patrimony was created and on the market in 1957. Eventhough I like vintage watches this was the first time I have heard of it. I have always thought it was a contemporary watches.

Does someone has pictures of the old one?

Alex

Re: Patrimony back to 1957
11/24/2014 - 02:42

Qui sait, Vous avez peut-etre raison (You may be right!)

Here are two links to a Vacheron Ref. 6131 from 1958, with a captured photo. Both are from Antiquorum auctions, one of which is upcoming.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/vacheron-constantin-ref-6131-lot-...

http://en.bellesmontres.com/antiquorum/vacheron-constantin-1610438_1288.php

 

Vacheron 6131, ? early Patrimony.

The dial on the Antiquorum piece
11/24/2014 - 23:10

raises some concerns!  The Maltese Cross and SWISS MADE don't belong sad

Re: The dial on the Antiquorum piece
11/25/2014 - 03:21

You may have something there, Dean.

The watches in both auctions are in fact the same watch as indicated by the S/N and case number.

I checked the catalogue from Dec 2012 auction and it shows the same photo but only that it comes with a fitted box, (but no certificate).

I would conclude that the "certificate" in the photo does not really belong to that watch.

Very interesting.

Re: Re: The dial on the Antiquorum piece
11/25/2014 - 03:43

One further point Dean, to bolster you observations.

The Maltese Cross did in fact appear in watches of that era, albeit very rarely. But the only ones I"ve seen had the cross above the text, not below it. And it was a gold applied cross, not painted on. Secondly, you are absolutely correct about the "Swiss Made". It said only "SWISS" or nothing at all.

smiley

 

LOL Joseph, maybe we should suggest Antiquorum
11/26/2014 - 02:59

post their V&C consignments here for review before committing them to publication devil

Ref 6179 from the late 50s with sub seconds and central seconds
11/24/2014 - 09:22
Re: Ref 6179 from the late 50s with sub seconds and central seconds
11/24/2014 - 20:35

Thanks Alex ,

this was the model I was looking for. So I notice it was proposed with sub second and central second.

@JB , I don't the model auction by Antiquorum are Patrimony.

If i understand well the Patrimony has elongated index.

 

Re: Re: Ref 6179 from the late 50s with sub seconds and central seconds
11/25/2014 - 03:38

In retrospect, with Alex's photo, that is certainly clear. The indices are the same even if the case size and movement were different.

Unfortunately the only reference i could find to the 6131 were the two I showed. There are other links but they are to the same watch.

It seem that the Patrimony line was a renewal of the older design rather than a generic reference, similar to the Toedo, something i did not previously appreciate.

Many thanks to you and Alex.

Joseph

 

Re: The HourLounge does exist in the flesh in Paris (for 2 hours only...)
12/02/2014 - 00:57

A few B&W pictures from that great event in Paris...Jean-Yves di Martino, GM Vacheron Constantin France-Belgium. Picture by B. Newton

WOW berny, amazing shot
12/02/2014 - 17:01

.

Re: WOW berny, amazing shot
12/02/2014 - 20:37

Sorry, Alex, I forgot the others....

 

Thank you to the team of Vacheron Constantin France, it was a wonderful event !

 

 

Very nice, Berny!
12/02/2014 - 20:50

Great photos!

Joseph