I'm back from vacations!

Ahhhhh, 5 days away from the little one – 5 days of proper rest and sleep!I'm back from vacations!

Did a stop-over in New York, and stayed at the London hotel – really nice place, I do recommend itI'm back from vacations!
The Lounge in our Suite (it's cool that even their cheapest rooms are suites, you get more space for your money)… I like what they’ve done to it:
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We hate like kings in the Gordon Ramsay restaurantI'm back from vacations!. Maybe a bit too much...I'm back from vacations!.
Before going to bed, I had to take another shot of my 'bad boy' VCI'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!
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We had a little stroll in Central Park in the morning, before flying off to Cancun:
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London is much greener than NYC, but none of its parks compare to Central Park...

Cancun (or should I say the Hotel, since I didn’t leave the complex the whole time I was there) was very nice. And we were quite lucky weather-wise, only sunshine the whole time!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!
A few pics of the place…

The beach:
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The main hall:
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View from the main hall unto the complex:
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The infinity pool, with the water bar…
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The place was really nice, but to be honest the food was nothing spectacularI'm back from vacations! (I guess that’s to be expected in a “all-inclusive”…)

Then we had on Saturday the wedding – on the beach…
Wedding set-up (verryyyy nice...)I'm back from vacations! (it was a very small reception, with 20 guests... and 50 onlookersI'm back from vacations!)
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And now... The shot you’ve all been dying for (maybe The shot that I’ve been dying to take would be more appropriateI'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!)
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C'mon, Alex, you've got to admit that the strap goes well with my suit - it's a perfect match!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!
And another one…
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I told you guys the strap would look much better in its environment!I'm back from vacations!

Tommy, I wasn’t wearing any shoes, as the wedding was on the beach… and as requested, a shot of the whole outfit (unsigned shot, but PM me your address, and your wish will come trueI'm back from vacations!). While I do look a bit like a Miami Vice Clown, Mrs Veillotron always looks goodI'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!
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As you can see, Dean, and Joseph, I didn’t do a ‘full Sonny’, but almost… I just needed to ditch the formal shirt… and I did have my .45, but the people at the airport customs didn’t think it was appropriate object to bring onboard the planeI'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!. Good thing I put my sawn-off shotgun in my checked bag!I'm back from vacations!

Martin, Dan and Kazumi, Ray, Rei and Miki, thanks for your kind comments. I'm back from vacations!

Aaron, my watch does have the quick change straps Dan talked about, but I still went to a local AD and got them to do the change – it is a much safer option - I would seriously hurt myself if I ended up scratching my watch while putting on a white strap!!!I'm back from vacations!

The return trip was brutal, taking over 20 hours door to doorI'm back from vacations!… And spending so much time aboard a plane, it was inevitable for me to catch a coldI'm back from vacations!… But it was all worth it, as when I landed I had this smiling little face to cheer me up!!!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!I'm back from vacations!
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Tomorrow, the grey strap goes back on - bye bye white strap, until the next tropical holiday...I'm back from vacations!
I think I might have broken the record for smileys in a postI'm back from vacations!


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Welcome back....
11/18/2009 - 04:38
Thanks for the report. It looks like you had a lot of fun. Bill
Indeed Bill, it was a lot of fun!
11/19/2009 - 00:19
...so much that I didn't have time to post on the HL
Sonny has nothing on you Francois.
11/18/2009 - 04:40
I think you might even be cooler! Great pictures of you, Mrs. Veillotron and baby Veillotron.  Besides the time it took to get back home (and the related cold you got), it looks like a fabulous vacation - VERY NICE! The white strap was very appropriate for the occasion.  You are one styling dude! (I don't know why but ever since I've upgraded firefox and my antivirus/firewall setup, I'm having a tough time with Java scripts, i.e. posting pictures and inserting smileys - otherwise I'd use a lot for this post as well :-) ) BR, Dan
Thanks Dan!
11/19/2009 - 00:23
as you said, the white strap was appropriate for the occasion. I changed it to the grey strap at lunchtime today, and I have to admit that it felt COMPLETELY out of place with a business attire. I'm surprised to heay that you have problems with Firefox - I'm using the new version with zero problems - it might indeed be your new firewall setup? Cheers, Francois
Welcome back
11/18/2009 - 05:09
Thanks for the nice photos and fun report! Now I am green with envy, not only over your watch, but also over your vacation.  Very nice. You are right, the white strap does work well with the suit.  I supposed you will be wearing all-white more often now. Nice pics of the family too.  Looking good, dude. All the best, Kazumi
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11/19/2009 - 00:18
If you think you're green with envy: How do you think Tubs feels?  Regardless, great shots of a wonderful vacation. Best, Miki
says The Man With The SuperBowl Ring... ;-)
11/19/2009 - 00:30
just thinking about it also makes me green with envy. So we're all green Cheers, Francois
I do love white/ivory...
11/19/2009 - 00:28
...and I do wish I could wear it more often. But I guess I'd have to move to Miami... I did slightly feel guilty asking the AD to change my strap twice in a week, especially since I never bought anything from there (I did convince my dad to buy a watch from that shop, but my dad's not me...). And you should have seen the guy's face when I asked him to put on the white strap - I did make sure to tell him I was going to Cancun... I don't think I'll be doing the switch too often, but it will ALWAYS be special when I do so Cheers, Francois
Next time you visit your "Dad's AD"...
11/19/2009 - 19:38

Wear this! Miki

Thanks Miki for this shot
11/21/2009 - 01:07
you've made my day!!!! I am green again... Cheers, Francois
Francois, your nicest bling....
11/18/2009 - 05:19
was wearing a green dress .
I agree 100% with you Dean!
11/19/2009 - 00:31
And you made Mrs Veillotron's day!
what a lovely couple and an adorable little one..
11/18/2009 - 06:20
the watch with white strap rise up to the occasion and suit thanks for sharing. and wise for changing the strap with the AD.
Thanks for the nice comments
11/19/2009 - 00:34
Luckily for Olivier, he takes more from his mom rather than his dad
where's the yellow Lamborghini?!!! Great look amigo and what a
11/18/2009 - 12:16
beautiful family Thanks for the fun pictures and yes the white strap DOES look good
Muchas Gracias Copino!
11/19/2009 - 00:37
I'm happy to hear you admit that white does work (even if you're only being polite)
Great fist-shots, Francois ;-)
11/18/2009 - 14:00

Hey, I feel you. I have been home down with a flu I must have gotten from my girls... You, on the other hand, had a great and fun trip. Your idea with changing stripes to white was a very bold and cool one. The white strap worked well on your 47212 as an addition to your all-white attire. But I would rather you didn't get into a pattern or a habit for that. I would rather have you look for an all-white Hublot for that matter, if you know what I mean

Anyway, Oliver is looking good! God, time flies and you realize it just by observing your kids, don't you? Wonder what he will have to say about the white strap one day when you hand him over the 47212 as part of his endowment

All the best,


I hear you on the Hublot point
11/19/2009 - 00:48
but they are sooo damn expensive these days... and to be honest, one is enough for me. Too many VCs to get first... you are right, time flies by so quickly, it seems that he was born only yesterday, and he's already almost walking. Talking about endowment, when are you adopting me Radek? Cheers, Francois
endowment ;-)
11/19/2009 - 10:41

From a legal point of view there is now way, right? Unless, you decie to ditch the beautiful Mrs. Veillotron and wait a few years for one of my girls. But none of that is going to happen, I guess!

did you forget the discussion about you legally adopting me?
11/21/2009 - 01:10
You said that you weren't ready to become a grand-father (legally Olivier would be your grand-child), but that you might consider it in a little while... Where's there a nice VC collection, there's a will, and where there's a will, there's a way! Looking forward to seeing you again in Geneva! Cheers, Francois
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11/18/2009 - 16:34
Belle femme, belle montre, beau mec et enfin beau fils! Nice photos Francois, You looks so and the watch is a very sexy accessory with that white strap! Great to hear you had such a nice time, now back to London weather Looking forward to seeing you again, mon ami. Best wishes, Joseph
Thanks JB for the kind words
11/19/2009 - 00:52
Not quite sure about 'beau mec'... but I try my best to look like ... I'm also looking forward to our next meeting at SIHH - and in the meantime I'm anxious to see your new vintage acquisition Cheers, Francois
Francois..........what can I say.............
11/18/2009 - 17:22
you pulled it off beautifully. All the Best, Tom
Thanks Tom! (nt)
11/19/2009 - 00:53
Welcome back :)
11/19/2009 - 12:50
Looks and sounds like a great time  I'm even starting to warm up to the white strap, it looked slick with your white clothes. It looks like your son already has his eyes fixed on your VC Maybe VC could make a childrensversion for him?! All the best Martin
Thanks Martin!
11/21/2009 - 01:11
For the moment, I think my little one will be happy with a Swatch! Cheers, Francois