I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)

The HL is definitely THE place to go for advice.
 
Following my post a few days ago regarding the addition of this tiny bundle to our little family:
I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)


I decided to follow the - very wise (??) – advice of my fellow Loungers to celebrate the event by getting a 2ndVC... Well, truth be told, I had been wanting to add to my one-VC collection for a while, the QdI time-date only model in palladium being at the top of my list.
 
So I decided that I would buy this palladium QdI as a Christmas present to myself later this year.
 
But things never go according to plans, do they? A few weeks ago I came across an offer that was simply too good to refuse. A QdI time-date only model that had been bought a month ago was offered to me at a significant discount. Only problem was, it wasn’t the palladium version, but rather the tantalum limited edition. I had loved it when looking at it on the pictures, but this still felt that the palladium model remained my ideal QdI (especially the first version, with the light hands) – Alex’s picture is worth a 1,000 wordsheart:

I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)

The offer was so good, I felt that I didn’t have much time to make a decision – if I didn’t act quickly, somebody else would. I was faced with a dilemma: I didn’t want to buy the QdI that was not the ‘perfect’ one for me, but at the same time value gap was so big between this one and a new palladium version, was it really worth spending all that extra money to get the palladium version (not to mention that prices are expected to increase further in the US on 1 October...)?surprise
 
So I frantically went surfing on the internet to find as many pictures of the QdI tantalum as I could, so that I could make a decision. I had seen the tantalum version ‘in the metal’ once in Vegas, but that was almost 2 years ago and I didn’t really remember what it looked like.
 
Browsing the HL and the other usual watch forums, I seemed to find 2 different types of pictures – in some of them, the tantalum had a soft sheen to it, and looked slightly bluish.  In some others, it looked almost black, matte and contrasted a lot with the palladium.
 
Tantalum as bluish seen:
I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)


Tantalum as dark and matte:
I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)
 
Well, I loved the tantalum looking bluish, and not as much when it looked darker.
 
I went to bed that night, and I couldn’t fall asleep, twisting and turning, obsessed by my dilemma. I got up an hour after, and decided to place the order!
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I have to say thanks to Bill for helping me and making sure that the watch got safely into my hands, which it did 2 days ago...yes And the good thing in all of this is that I finally got to meet face to face with Bill. Although I was a bit tired from the London-Boston flight, I had a really good time with him. And I left a very happy camper...
 
I have to say that I’m very happy to have gone ahead with the deal – the tantalum looks a lot better in real life than in most pictures, it is a lot lighter, and it does have this bluish sheen feel to it. And after two days of wearing it and looking at it, I am now convinced that I prefer the tantalum model to the palladium one, and that I did end up with my ‘perfect’ QdI!!!smiley
 
So here are a few quick n’ dirty pictures of the watch. The watch is hard to photograph, it looks a lot darker in pictures than what it is in real life... Will try to take some more photos...
I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)

I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)


I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)


Good news is that my wife, who wasn’t very happy when she learned I was getting a new watch, now seems pretty happy about the purchase and says that it is my nicest watch (she did find the moonphase on my 47212 ‘cute’, but thought that overall the watch looked to conservative and boring. I tried to explain to her that in fact it has a post-industrial look and all the good stuff, but it goes in one ear and out the other...). She preferred my Hublot to my 47212, but the QdI better the Big Bang!cool
 
Cheers,
 
Francois









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09/27/2011 - 15:29
Hey you did it!!¨Congratulatiosn for su^ch an awsome watch and
09/23/2011 - 16:28
glad that Mrs V likes it better than your Hublot cheeky
That makes two of us ;-) (nt)
09/26/2011 - 12:43

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Re: I am happy and proud to announce a new addition... (Part Deux)
09/23/2011 - 17:34
Felicitations, Francois! No you have one beautiful VC for each child laugh Wear it in the best of health! Hope to see you soon. Joseph
Thank you Joseph!
09/26/2011 - 12:49

I just hope that the size of my VC collection is not linked to the size of my family - not that I don't want to have many more kids (au contraire...), but at the moment I my wife is thinking that having 2 is more than enough worksmiley I'm sure when the time is right you guys will help me find another prefect excuse...cool Cheers, Francois

you may have a collection of 2 VCs but 2 dream watches :-)
09/23/2011 - 19:38
nt
Thank you Chronometer - I agree with your comment ;-) (nt)
09/26/2011 - 12:51

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Lovely babies !
09/23/2011 - 20:02
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Thanks Berny!!! (nt)
09/26/2011 - 13:10
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Promise to return some pics of my son son,
09/24/2011 - 01:47
who arrived some hours ago. Nearly 2 months and 10 kg now. Today at dinner in waistcoat laugh Cheers Doc
I wonder which VC of yours was in the waitcoat... (nt)
09/26/2011 - 13:12
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In his, none, still no pockets, in mine
09/27/2011 - 00:49
Cheers Doc
the most desirable of all QDIs. Lucky you, wear it in best of health
09/24/2011 - 15:00
nt
Thanks Tourbillon. You know what's the funny thing?
09/26/2011 - 13:20
From what I've been reading I think that the QdI has had limited traction in the market (at least less than VC was initially hoping for). There are so many different options available (with the solid faces, that 6 'base' models, excluding all the combos one can create by custom-ordering the watch) It is therefore very likely that, at this time, the QdI tantalum might be one of the most sold QdI models, despite the fact that it is a limited edition... But LE or not, unique or common, as long as it looks good on my wrist...cheeky Cheers, Francois
Congrats, Francois!
09/24/2011 - 22:33
It was a pleasure to finally meet you in person and be there when you finally took possession of your QDI. While I think I would be happy with any QDI on my wrist, I want this model more than any other. Wear it in the best of health! Bill PS-I think it is nicer than your Hublot as well! :-)
Thanks Bill
09/26/2011 - 13:22
Again, it was nice to see you, I hope you had fun at the NYC VC event... I know you are into your white metals at the moment, but a RG QdI with dark dial and brown strap would also look pretty good... Cheers, Francois
Wonderfully done Sir!
09/25/2011 - 03:49
The watch looks great on your wrist - after all that agonzing, it sounds like it was very much worth it!  yes A dynamite VC duo!  I'm glad you were in NYC the past few days, just sorry that I missed the festivities by a couple of days (just got back to the East Coast on Thursday night). BR, Dan
It was a risk worht taking ;-)
09/26/2011 - 13:25
Unfortunately, I was in Boston, not New York, and didn't get the chance to attend the VC US event. From what I have heard, VC went all out for this event, and now I'm REALLY REALLY hoping that they open a boutique in London with the same marketing budgetcheeky I am very much looking forward to Bill's report, on whichever forum it gets posted... CHeers, Francois
Francois is 'head over heels' and you can't wonder why?.....
09/25/2011 - 23:18
Francois, The warmth of your feelings extends further than you might imagine - you've two beautiful treasures that are gifts that will 'never stop giving'. Warmest regards, Tony
Thank you Sir for the kind words :-) (nt)
09/26/2011 - 13:34
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Congratulations !
09/26/2011 - 22:57
Your chrono QP is one of the most fantastic of its kind and this QDI in this version is a wonder. I have a crush since the beginning on this QDI. yes Please don't tell me you are looking for a pink gold Saltarello . cheers ! Francois (happy for you... but jealous...but happy... but jealous... smiley)
Merci Francois!
09/27/2011 - 12:39
So we share the same taste in watches as in names... Don't worry, the pink gold Saltarello is not part of my wish listwink Cheers, Francois
The QdL line
09/27/2011 - 15:29
Is not my favourite.... But you picked my favourite QdL, or rather perhaps it picked you? Congrats... Will enjoy seeing it in the flesh. G
as they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder ;-)
09/28/2011 - 13:07
...as you said, I think that this one picked me... Check your emails my friend... Cheers, Francois