New Member Intro and Question

This is my first post and thought I would introduce myself and post a rather simple question I am almost embarrassed to ask.  I am an avid watch enthusiast who has a variety of watches.  While I wear mostly sport watches on the weekends and warmer weather I have an affinity for dress watches and smaller size watches in general.  One of my favorites in my collection is my Patrimony Classique.  It is the 36mm in rose gold with the 1400 caliber manual wind and display back.  What I really like about this watch is the warm elegant look to it.  While I love my Lange whose fit and finish is on par with my Vacheron this offers a stark contrast in elegance.  I just never grow tired of looking at the dial. 

On to my question.  I want to replace the strap with the same strap that is on it.  A black OEM from Vacheron.  On a business trip I stopped at the boutique in NY and had them order me one.  The strap they received was a shiny almost patent leather look.  Not like the one that came on the watch that was more of a matte finish.  How can I go about replacing this with the same strap?     
Hello and welcome
04/12/2012 - 07:15
It looks like someone sent you the wrong strap. You can contact the Boutique and tell them exactly what you want. There may be a model number stamped on the strap. The Boutique should be able to straighten things out. You can call the concierge for help too. Alternatively, both Wempe and Cellini as well as Tourneau carry Vacheron and may have the strap in stock. You might try them. But I think contacting the concierge and explaining the situation will probably resolve the issue quickly. JB
Hi Bill, Welcome to THL!
04/12/2012 - 08:54
Do you remember who you spoke with at the NY Boutique, Andre, Amy, Dorit, or someone else? VC has straps with various colors and finishes, so I'm sure that if you contact them again and let them know you wanted a matte finished leather strap, they can arrange for an exchange. Best Regards, Dan
not much to add other than wish you a hearty welcome and hope to
04/12/2012 - 10:17
read you often :) please do post scans of your VC when you have the time
Re: New Member Intro and Question
04/12/2012 - 17:30
Please post pics of the Patrimony Classique. I have always loved this piece, and wanted one, but could not afford it. Then it went out of production, and when I was ready to join the VC club, I had to make do with the Patrimony Traditionelle.
Welcome to a great forum:-)
04/12/2012 - 21:35
Re: New Member Intro and Question
04/12/2012 - 23:41
Thanks guys for the replies.  I will retry the boutique.  Let me try to paste some photo's.  My photo skills are poor. Face of Watch
Looks good :-)
04/13/2012 - 10:17
A beauty!
04/13/2012 - 21:21
Looking forward to read your contributions here on the Lounge and an update on your strap-quest. Best, Walid