Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

I love London. Its probably my favorite city. But I hate getting there.

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 Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP. 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:
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

The salon took place in what used to be a church! Trust the Brits to find completely decalé setting like this
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Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP



Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


everybody was getting prepared
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conferences were to be held during the salon with yours truly doing one on Collecting VCs
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


the presentations were to take place at the altar!
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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)
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Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


We had the pleasure of having Jeanne Ulrich master engraver at VC who was to demonstrate her skills.

Jeanne's skeletonizing machine Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


her work bench

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here real tools
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a selection of pieces she has worked on
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The windows were set up and ready to greet the visitors
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


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)
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

Malte Regulator Tourbillon
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Historiques 1955
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Masks set (many visitors were wondering why VC was torturing them by showing thease beautiful pieces if they were no longer for sale!)
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Quai de l'Ile
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Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

Patrimony Contemporaine pocket watch (Excellence Platine)
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The Maki-e set
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horological heaven: VC case of calibers
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Celine Larose the charming head of VC UK
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Jeanne Ulrichs's demonstration of the engraving techniques attracted many visitors...
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


...including Francois-Xavier (aka Foversta) the intrepid Purists moderator
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


Great to see Ian Skellern
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


And put a face on some Loungers (Edward aka Edu and Marc aka Saint Juste)
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Gary (aka ghewit) and Mrs H
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a man who has a good taste for cufflinks and even better for watchesMusings on London, Fate and Salon QP
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP


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 Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP

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
Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP
great read thank's for the behind scenes
11/18/2010 - 17:28
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Hope Ms. Ulrich's hands are insured!
11/18/2010 - 18:11
Wonderful workmanship by the artisans of VC.  I share your frustration with airports Alex .  Used to be that one would try to schedule connecting flights closely, but now you must allow about 3 hours to account for both delays and security.  Thanks for the great report, as always!
Seems you had a great time in London
11/18/2010 - 18:19

And when you wait for it it is even better  (reminds me a business trip in Brussels some weeks ago, had to stay the whole night there... ) Could the "mysterious" man of taste of "excellence" for his watch and cufflinks be a fellow lounger with a quite nice french surname  ? cheers Francois

a fellow Lounger but not the one you think :-) (nt)
11/18/2010 - 19:06
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I know now
11/19/2010 - 02:12
why I never bet.
Re: Musings on London, Fate and Salon QP
11/18/2010 - 20:15
Great write-up Alex, Thanks very much. Joseph
Great report of a great event - and great memories (nt)
11/18/2010 - 22:51
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Thanks Alex for the report !
11/21/2010 - 20:39
It was a great pleasure for me to see you there and to meet the UK Team of Vacheron. It was a nice event in an unusual place ! Fr.Xavier
Cool sneakers, G-boy! (nt)
11/21/2010 - 22:07
I wish I could have been there...
11/22/2010 - 18:16
my bosses seem to always find an excuse to keep me sitting at my desk it would have been nice to see Gary again...  Good thing though, I did make it up by sharing a nice meal with Alex, Celine, Jeanne and Mo, which was awesome! Cheers,  Francois
Roka was great fun :-)
11/22/2010 - 19:08
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