A little more on the Hour Lounge SF dinner

Greetings to all!  Sorry for the delay in posting these photos and notes on the Hour Lounge event in San Francisco, but I've been running around the globe and among other things left the first edited versions of these photos on my home computer, with no hope of retrieving them until mid-November.  I'll also apologize in advance for the quality of some of the indoor shots, all of which were taken in existing (and somewhat dim) light.

Enough excuses!  The Fairmont penthouse was phenomenal -- if you ever get a chance to go to an event there (or, even better, stay there!) do not pass it up.  The light on the terrace was a gorgeous, clear pink -- I wish that I had brought my entire collection, just to photograph each watch in this light.

Here's my VC mount for the evening, the OS  Chrono in SS/Ti.  Really a lovely piece, as useful in this sort of semi-formal atmosphere as on the weekend:

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Alex was kind enough to lend me the Patrimony Traditionelle World Time.  What a knockout!  Luckily, I had the right shirt and jacket... 

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A good friend's squelette tourbillon.  Really gorgeous in any light, but on this evening, killer: 

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Moving indoors, a view of the reverse of the same watch:

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Alex showed us the secret door to an adjoining room, as he described in his post.  Great fun! 

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Very nice watch, sir :-)

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The library dome, as seen from the balcony.  Just like my house...not:

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Time for the panel discussion!  The Man Himself, looking on approvingly:

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Christian Selmoni, making one of his many insightful observations.  I had the privilege of sitting between Alex and Christian at dinner (Thanks!) and once again found Christian to be wonderfully engaging and armed with an encyclopedic knowledge.

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The Marketing and Sales team, Ellen and Dorian:

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During the talk, I had a chance to inspect the reverse of the watch that Alex had provided.  Do you see what I see?

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At the dinner table: just a little something I picked up...

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But they made me put it back down, unfortunately...

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Last but not least, one of the great watches worn by the other guests -- never thought I'd have this one on my wrist!

A little more on the Hour Lounge SF dinner

Many thanks to Alex, Hugues, Ellen, Dorian, and everyone else at VC for a wonderful evening.  I'm already getting charged up for January in Geneva!

All the best,

Gary
Delicious
10/23/2011 - 19:05
Your photo of the sequelette tourbillon is so wonderful, may I use it for my desktop?  Now, that stainless steel World Timer is a bit of a concern...blush Does VC travel with props or prototypes ? wink
I don't believe anyone caught that earlier...
10/24/2011 - 03:08
When Alex posted It's a small world: The story behind Vacheron Constantin's World Timers
Re: Delicious
10/24/2011 - 03:28
Please feel free to use the photo, Dean -- I would be honored! On the SS World Time, Alex told me that it was a prototype. It was completely functional, however -- kind of fun to wear the watch in stealth SS version... Hope that all is well with you. Best, Gary
the rarest of all World Timers :-)
10/24/2011 - 11:16
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Perpetual Antiqua! Yummy...
10/25/2011 - 10:58
What's with the "stainless steel" on the caseback of a gold watch? smiley Thanks for the reports!
I saw
10/29/2011 - 03:20
A drunk looking Mr. Mole in the centre of the movement... I think it is fair to say I need to work on my attention to detail...