My Saturday at SIHH

Saturday, April 12th, at 8:10 o'clock, I took dawn at Geneva.

My Saturday at SIHH

8:30, SIHH opened its door, I looked on the map of the fair .... and zouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu, directly went to VC stand!!My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

VC stand is one of the nicest stands of the SIHH in my opinion. But certainly, it is for me the most clear, best organized stand, we directly get to the heart of the subject (and not on a desk which makes the size cutting of an aircraft-carrier): watches ... and THE novelty, the QdI.

And especially, it's necessary to congratulate the human resources of VC, they chose the most sweet hostesses (just behind Panerai) My Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHH

The soft to create our customized QdI ... here with a touch-sensitive screen for demonstration, but it will be on Windows Tablet PC if I understood well for the retailers (less practical in my opinion with the magnetic pen/screen ... touch-sensitive is the best for meMy Saturday at SIHH)

My Saturday at SIHH

The wonderful box of the QdI: original, modern style, inspiring the quality:

My Saturday at SIHH

The travel box ( delivered inside the wood box) in which you could take the passport of your watch, a secondary bracelet, and the watch:

My Saturday at SIHH

The stationeries: a magnifying glass, a cloth, a screwdriver metal worker, ausb key (with all the info concerning the QdI):

Only one deployant buckleMy Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

Custominzation is only available on the QdI Day Date Power Reserve, three metals available: Palladium, Pik Gold and Titanium:

My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

The different parts of the QdI:

My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

The wacth's papers (a secured passport including all the information about the watch and it's owner).

The watchmaker told me that the passport is reproducing the Swiss Passport, but with Malteses crosses instead of the Swiss crosses ... inside, all is quasi similar:

Look at the anti-counterfering protection My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

The watches now (under shop windows unfortunatly, I wasn't allow to touhc oneMy Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHH).... no many pics because too much light :(

My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

The secured dial:

My Saturday at SIHH

After a fast visit of the fair, I leave SIHH, the death in the soul, not having been able to try my favorite "affordable" watch of the year (with JLC Polaris)...My Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHHMy Saturday at SIHH

At the edge of the despair, knowing that the Rhône was'nt far from PalExpo ... I decided to return me there ....

And MIRACLE, the life to smile to me again, that what is what I saw far off??? ....

My Saturday at SIHH

And finally, I managed to see, to touch (I needed to jump) and to shoot QdI correctly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My Saturday at SIHH

My Saturday at SIHH

It was the first time I visited VC outlet ... and I was magnificently welcomed (I asked to see the Bi Retro and the Patrimony Boutique Edition).

I had never seen the street sign! Glad you enjoyed the fair and you
04/13/2008 - 12:37

really are courageous because you were probably up at 6 in the morning to catch your flight!!

Thanks Alex...
04/13/2008 - 15:03

... in fact, I was up at 4' LoL

Took the first RER/train to CDG at 5:10 ... and boarding at 6:30

I hope that next year I could make the trip with you and the loungers!

Nice review Fred,
04/13/2008 - 12:54

and I recognized you behind the window!

I am sure it was frustrating not to touch any of these beauties, and especially QdI, but just be patient, I think. See you soon.

Cheers, Patrice

Thanks Patrice ;)
04/13/2008 - 15:08

...it's really frustrating not to touch the beauties presented at SIHH ... but in another ahnd, it's a chance to see the QdI in the flesh

I am impatient to be able o try this QdI ... and to know the final retail prices. Prices diverge according to the interlocutors

- On the HL : from 20k USD

- at SIHH : from 30k CHF

- at VC Geneva Boutique: from 30k EUR!!!! 

I must say I prefer the HL price level.
04/13/2008 - 17:19

I hope Alex can get this kind of prices for us. We have to wait now...

Glad you enjoyed yourself
04/13/2008 - 13:10

one day hope to make it to Geneva myself

Thanks Mario, it's a trip to make once in life!! (nt)
04/13/2008 - 15:09

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I am happy for you...
04/13/2008 - 13:18

you got the real feel of the novelties and the whole entourage of VC...

I believe VC is making history with the new QdI line and it's so great to see the watchmaking history in the making from up close!

Now being creative as you are, tell us what QdI combination would you go for? 

Thanks Radek...
04/13/2008 - 15:12

My favorite QdI combination should be this one:

.... but with palladium instead of titanium

Source: Alex's pics

Thanks fred925 (nt)
04/13/2008 - 13:51

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Thanks Lin! (nt)
04/13/2008 - 15:13

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Thanks Fred for the photos and report
04/13/2008 - 16:19

From what I've heard at SIHH, the pricing would go like this:

EUR20k starting price (in titanium) for Time and Date only model

EUR25k starting price (in titanium) for power reserve model

These prices are for the 6 "standard" models. If you get personalisation, it will be 20%+ on chosen base model, whatever the metal arrangment you chose.

I like all the security features, but for me they are more "fun" and good marketing, they do not really add to the intrinsic value of the watch...

Thanks for these details Veillotron ;) (nt)
04/13/2008 - 18:48

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François, unfortunately, the prices you mentionned are ....
04/13/2008 - 22:21

VAT excluded

For France, we have to add 19.6%.

That's right...
04/14/2008 - 12:40

...I always seem to forget about the taxes...

Thanks for a very nice report!
04/13/2008 - 17:56

You didn't manage to steal the PT 1 kilo bar?

All I have is 1 kg silver bar, with a touch of PT on it

Thanks for sharing Fred

Cheers

Doc

Thank you Doc ...
04/13/2008 - 18:47

... unfortunatly, there is not Platinium, only Palladium, Pink Gold and Titanium, these materials are not worth being stolen ... it's why, I decided to leave these bars in the shop window .... Furthermore, seen the number of catalogs and magazines I took, this bar would on lybe a bruden for me LooooL

Fred, Sorry we missed you this year, hopefully 2009
04/14/2008 - 05:01

Great presentation thanks.