Not your average watch packaging

VC just delivered a new watch to me from Geneva smiley  ...but more about that in a future post.

I want to talk about packaging.  Now I've never had VC deliver a new watch to me...it arrived packaged VERY differently from watches coming back from servicing.

An agency was hired to help get the watch through US Customs.  They provided advanced notice and to make sure someone will sign for the package when it is delivered.  Even so, the first thing they do is make sure it is weather proofed:

Not your average watch packaging



They also want to make sure it doesn't suffer any shock, by using this wooden box...which measures 20"x16"x16" (50cmx40cmx40cm)

Not your average watch packaging

After cutting off the straps, I turned the box around and around...just trying to figure out how to open it up!  After a little trial and error, I realized I had to remove 18 heavy duty staples.  By this time, I had already put in about 45 minutes of time just toying around with the box!!!

Not your average watch packaging

I was surprised to find 2 boxes inside

Not your average watch packaging

The other box looked familiar (like the standard watch box that VC currently uses).  So when I opened this box, I wasn't sure what to expect - it was very light.

Not your average watch packaging

Lo and Behold:  I open this box up and I see a happy face (with a double chin)  :-).  As if receiving a new VC doesn't put the smile on a person's face...they put the actual watch inside this protective packaging, as well as the buckle and spring pins (i.e., the metal components).

Not your average watch packaging

Not your average watch packaging

Not your average watch packaging

I'll post about the watch itself in the near future.  But you can see how afflicted I am with the VC bug heartif I can spend so much time playing and writing about just the external box and packaging!  blush

BR, Dan
06/14/2012 - 16:53
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06/15/2012 - 15:32
06/15/2012 - 08:18
that's probably the biggest watch box I've ever seen! And congrats on
06/14/2012 - 10:59
your new watch yes
Thank You Alex for your help!
06/14/2012 - 15:40
Alex helped me tremendously by working with the Boutiques to order the watch and have it sent out to me!
even the box has a smile :-) pretty impressive
06/14/2012 - 11:42
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:-) Agreed! Thank You. (nt)
06/15/2012 - 15:31
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06/14/2012 - 13:12
Nice watch Dan... And attention to detail to the end from VC. That's one of the 'delighters' of VC... Aren't they a great bunch of people! G
Most Definitely A Great Bunch of People!
06/14/2012 - 15:42
Its the people at VC that make me proud to be a Vacheronista!
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06/14/2012 - 13:25
Dan Very nice indeed.  Can you explain why you appear to have to assemble the watch yourself?  Do you have a workbench at home?! :) Happy Wathcing justindependent
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06/14/2012 - 15:37
I ordered the watch while I was at SIHH,  but by the time it was ready...my best option was to have it shipped to me in the U.S.  Due to the complications of importing alligator straps around the world (not just a US issue), it was easier to send it without a strap.  VC Geneva coordinated with VC New York to get me the blue strap that I wanted. That's why I got it in "kit" form, :-)
Come clean Dan! How did the watch get damaged??
06/14/2012 - 15:26
cheekyOnly joking, Dan!   Did the consignment come on a low-loader?sad The end result looks a stunner! Tonyyes
:-) I wasn't home when the watch arrived
06/14/2012 - 16:04
But I wouldn't be surprised if it came on a small truck, smiley Thanks Tony
must look amazing with the blue strap. did you keep the package?
06/14/2012 - 16:51
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I got rid of the external box
06/14/2012 - 22:12
it is unfinished wood, but more importantly...I damaged it while figuring out how to open the crate!!! I did keep the happy face box though.  smiley
C'mon, we all get excited about the packaging, don't we?
06/14/2012 - 16:52
Well, I do.  This is over the top even for Vacheron, but that's one of the things we love about them, isn't it? And what a beautiful watch!  At the start of your thread I was thinking "Oh no, Dan's going to make us wait to a future post to even see what watch he got!"  But you surprised me in the end. yes Enjoy the new VC.  The great feeling is still fresh in my mind.laugh Best, Robert
Re: C'mon, we all get excited about the packaging, don't we?
06/14/2012 - 22:26
No,  I'm not that much of a tease angel But wrist shots and feel will have to wait until I get the strap on (I tried to change the strap, by myself, on my very first VC the 2nd day that i got it.  I broke the tip of the gold spring pin AND scrached in inside of the lug.  Needless to say, I don't change them myself any more). Thanks, Dan
I understand
06/14/2012 - 22:57
Ouch!  I am now ok with changing the strap/bracelet on the Overseas, but I am not chaning straps on the others myself.  Can't wait to see your new beauty on the blue strap you ordered. Best, Robert 
Sweet!
06/14/2012 - 16:53
Looking forward to your on-the-wrist review Dan yes
Stay Tuned...I'll get one out...eventually
06/14/2012 - 22:23
Work has been unbelievably crazy busy this year.  But the good news is that it generates growth of the watch fund as well, :-) BR, Dan
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06/14/2012 - 17:56
An excellent article. Very thoughtful.  The current VC box is amazing. I have attached a picture of your Traditionelle's cousins - Wanted to say hi. smiley
Thanks and HELLO ROSE GOLD COUSIN! :-) (nt)
06/14/2012 - 22:14
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Deeply disappointed in you Dan.....
06/14/2012 - 19:11
That package obvisouly can hold three more watches. That was very wastful of you to not fill it up completely. There should be an Overseas, a Patrimony World Time, and an American 1921 in there as well.  Do better if possible indeed..... ;-) Bill
Considering the Ultra-Thin 1955 and 1968, I figured 4-5 could fit
06/14/2012 - 22:19
But those unreasonable people at VC just doesn't accept wire transfers or checks from the Bank of Dan And our friendly moderator, well he just wasn't willing to walk out of the manufacture with a few baubles...no matter how many Sea Cucumbers I offered for his next meal in China! Following in your paraphrased sentiments...I will do better, next time!  ;-) Thanks, Dan
Bravo, Dan. I love the off-center small seconds subdial
06/15/2012 - 00:01
in this watch. Congrats on your new acquistion! Oh, and I really dig your last picture with the minute hand totally covering the hour hand at 2:11yes
Thanks pal! (nt)
06/15/2012 - 15:29
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Impressive, congrats !
06/15/2012 - 00:38
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Thank you! (nt)
06/15/2012 - 15:32
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06/15/2012 - 02:04
Unbelievable, Dan, But you know they felt it was woth it so they wanted you to really explore deep to find it...you know like looking for diamonds. Congrats, its a beautiful piece. Wear it in the best of health. Joseph
I agree, I'd rather be conservative...
06/15/2012 - 15:30
but I also like to travel light, :-) Thanks, Dan
Great looking watch.....
06/15/2012 - 08:18
One of the best sub-second watches I have ever seen.....And of course it does not have the "black rectangle" around the date window that so many other makers love to have....It looks so much better without the date rectangle. The minute markers are just perfect....A truly classy design overall.
Thanks, and Welcome to the Lounge! (nt)
06/15/2012 - 15:33
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