I'm at a conference in Waikiki right now. I happened across Tourneau Honolulu today while walking around, so I decided to drop by and check it out. I tried on sport chronographs from VC, AP, and JLC, and while they're all quite nice, it was very obvious to both me and the salesperson which one was my favorite. As of Thursday, I've started thinking in earnest about acquiring another VC. I never was quite sure what I thought of the Overseas, but now that I've tried one on and compared it side by side with some of its obvious competitors, the Overseas definitely is a possibility.
12/19/2010 - 07:42
12/19/2010 - 10:11
12/20/2010 - 11:45
You've got it BAD...the highly contagious VC bug has a hold on you!
12/19/2010 - 07:42
Join the club Jason, we the afficted/addicted who live in this wonderful Lounge. Thanks to VC and Alex for putting us up in such wonderful accomodations. Have a great weekend in Hawaii - tough life! Best Regards, Dan
Such a tough life!
12/19/2010 - 15:29
Dan, it's hard work in Hawaii! Earlier in the day, I decided to get Tahitian pearl cufflinks to commemorate the unveiling of my textbook at the conference. (That and another event that hopefully will occur in 2011 is also the reason for another VC.) Went to a store specializing in Tahitian pearls, where even though they had already sorted all their loose pearls by size, grade, and color, it took over half an hour for me to find two that were not only suitable individually, but also a perfect match for each other. Even after it was narrowed down to three, it took several minutes to find the best point to drill all three and to figure out which two would go best together once mounted. Santa Claus is mad at me now since some girl who's been very good is now getting a slightly less perfectly matched set of 9 mm Tahitian pearl earrings! And now I got woken up by rain. Since I was awake, I decided to try to take pictures of the cufflinks. (Not on a shirt since I don't have any French cuff shirts with me in Hawaii.) In person, they're so gorgeous, almost like round pieces of jade. But picture taking didn't work out too well. Too far away, and you don't see much; too close, and the pearls show mostly reflections of the camera and cameraman. In the picture, you can even see where the Kodak label is on my cheap and old camera, though you can't read the label from the reflection. The heaviest of the rain has passed by, so I guess it's back to sleep. It's supposed to rain through the morning, so tomorrow will be a bit more shopping, and a bit less beach time. Jason
Re: Such a tough life!
12/19/2010 - 15:53
Congratulations on the textbook! It sounds very interesting. I hope Santa doesn't have a big mouth and blabber to the good girl (I hope, for your sake, that she doesn't read your posts on this forum, :-) My wife is a big fan of pearls and we are constantly looking for South Sea pearls that meet her requirements. I promised her a set of pearls, where half the fun is the search and collection process. They have to be a minimum of 14mm and while they can be various colors - requirements for quality of color, radiance, lack of surface imperfections is very high. Every year, we may be able to find 2-3 that meet her requirements. After 10 years, she should have enough (33) for her desired, muli-colored, necklace. Best Regards, Dan
12/19/2010 - 16:14
The project for your wife's pearl necklace sounds fantastic! I hope you'll share the final result with us when it's done!
which version? the all steel or steel/titanium? in any event
12/19/2010 - 10:11
There is no cure to the VC bug, you can't go back ;-)
Overseas chrono version
12/19/2010 - 16:01
Alex, the version I tried on had a titanium bezel, and it was tried on with the rubber strap. I hadn't walked into the store to see anything in particular, but the salesperson really wanted to show me that watch and the AP Royal Oak chrono, and I wasn't going to say no to a chance to compare them up close and personal! That doesn't necessarily mean that that's the one that I would get, though it sure was nice looking! But if/when I decide that my next VC will be an Overseas chrono, then I'll more carefully decide which version I want. Without my asking (it was pretty quiet at the store, and the salesperson seemed really happy to have someone to talk with), the salesperson told me that they sell an Overseas every two weeks or so. The other VCs turn over more slowly, and they almost never carry any relatively simple automatic dress watches (like my Patrimony Traditionelle date self-winding) since they're too expensive to sell well in their store. I didn't check to see what model their one dress chrono on display was, but all their other dress watches were manual winds. Jason
12/19/2010 - 19:48
Just woke up. You know you think too much about VC watches when you wake up realizing that despite what the salesperson told you, two of the dress watches in the collection at Tourneau had a date aperature at 6 o'clock, and thus were the automatic version of the Patrimony Contemporaine. Evidently, sleeping does not help the immune system fight the VC bug.
Re: Overseas chrono version
12/21/2010 - 06:05
Jason, as Alex wrote the review by Tony is a very good one to read. When you get back to California I would be happy to help you with your detailed study of the Overseas Chrono - my favorite watch. Since you know the AD we have met at, all your needs can be met for the watch and pearls that interest you. They have them all with the specs you are considering. Enjoy Hawaii and travel safely. Best regards, Matt
Yes, our AD is great
12/21/2010 - 09:11
I'm actually dropping by to visit Liz tomorrow since my sisters' Christmas presents (Akoya pearl pendants) arrived this afternoon.
TonyR had posted an interesting Overseas/Royal Oak review which
12/20/2010 - 11:45
can be found here
12/21/2010 - 09:19
Thanks Alex! I actually had read that before, but it certainly makes an interesting re-read now that I'm considering getting an Overseas.
Hawaii pictures and the cufflinks
12/24/2010 - 18:01
Now that I've sorted through all my Hawaii pictures, I thought I'd share a few of them, including the aforementioned cufflinks. Waikiki and Diamond Head as viewed from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Peter Gölitz (in charge of Wiley-VCH chemistry publications, left), me (center), and K.C. Nicolaou (my graduate and postdoctoral advisor, right) posing with the new textbook (Classics in Total Synthesis III): The pearl cufflinks to commemorate the release of the book. Eventually, I hope to have a VC to commemorate the occasion, too (to be named VCC):