Salon QP, London's first major watch show was opening its doors for the 2nd year from Nov 11-13. The venue starting in the late afternoon I had booked an early flight hoping to have some time to stroll the streets at a leisurly pace, drop into some watch shops on New Bond street, have a look at the vintage offerings in Burlington Arcade and even drop into Fortnum & Mason for some Christmas food shopping.
But Fate had decided the contratry...or rather Heathrow.
Once the plane boarded the captain announced that we would have a 15 minute delay, then 30 min, then 1h to finally announce a 2.30 hour delay...and we couldn't even leave the damn plane. Once over London our landing slot was not available so we circled the city for about 45 minutes. Once landed the gate we were to disembark was closed so we waited for a new gate to be indicated. Finally arrived but the icing on the cake was that the doors of the plane would not open . I was cursed!
My half a day stroll in London ended up as a train ride to Paddington station and from there a cab ride to the hotel to get prepared for the VIP evening.
I love London cabs, so much space for the legs:
The salon took place in what used to be a church! Trust the Brits to find completely decalé setting like this
everybody was getting prepared
conferences were to be held during the salon with yours truly doing one on Collecting VCs
the presentations were to take place at the altar!
And off to the VC presentation area where the ladies were busy working (from left to right: Nikki Thomas Marketing for the UK, Sarah Carlson our PR and Jeanne Ulrich our master engraver)
We had the pleasure of having Jeanne Ulrich master engraver at VC who was to demonstrate her skills.
Jeanne's skeletonizing machine
her work bench
here real tools
a selection of pieces she has worked on
The windows were set up and ready to greet the visitors
Some of the watches exhibited (sorry for the poor quality but the light and my camera...including my photographic skills were not optimal)
Patrimony Traditionnelle Caliber 2253 (Excellence Platine)
Malte Regulator Tourbillon
Masks set (many visitors were wondering why VC was torturing them by showing thease beautiful pieces if they were no longer for sale!)
Quai de l'Ile
Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind
Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch (Excellence Platine)
The Maki-e set
horological heaven: VC case of calibers
Celine Larose the charming head of VC UK
Jeanne Ulrichs's demonstration of the engraving techniques attracted many visitors...
...including Francois-Xavier (aka Foversta) the intrepid Purists moderator
Great to see Ian Skellern
And put a face on some Loungers (Edward aka Edu and Marc aka Saint Juste)
Gary (aka ghewit) and Mrs H
a man who has a good taste for cufflinks and even better for watches
Champagne was drunk, canapés eaten and most of all it was 3 days talking about watches...watches and even more watches: the perfect discussion IMHO
But it was time to wrap up and see what surprises Heathrow had for me...
Meanwhile good bye Jeanne and Celine...see you next year