One of my favorites from the SIHH 2011 trip

I've delayed this post as long as I could because I'm having difficulty posting pictures.  Since coming back from SIHH, I haven't been able to upload pictures anymore to THL's server (Alex, is this an ingenious way to enforce Non-Disclosure Agreements? One of my favorites from the SIHH 2011 trip)  I've been using both Firefox and Internet Explorer through U.S., China, and VPN access to the Internet but with no luck in uploading.  I haven't tried using a photo hosting site yet because the ones that I can access don't have privacy terms that I'm comfortable with.  I'm still searching.

But anyway, before it becomes totally outdated and irrelevant, here is my SIHH post:

All of the other Loungers that went to SIHH this year have done phenomenal jobs in reporting what was done, what was seen and have posted amazing pictures to document the event.  VC has really outdone itself in terms of the service and offerings they provided us.

I was probabably a little awe-struck as I kept looking at watches, talking to people, eating, and destroying a VC movement! (well just the pivot to an escape wheel), that I forgot to take pictures.  I have to admit that I'm not a big picture taker to begin with, heck my wife had to lend me her purple Sony digital camera for my trip One of my favorites from the SIHH 2011 trip.

Anyway, the only thing I wanted to add is that my favorites of the Show were (not in descending order):

1. World Timer - I really fell in love with it after I was taught how to read it!  The dial even became less cluttered and more orderly to me.  This is a watch that needs to spend time on a person's wrist before it becomes easy to read.
2. 1954 Aronde - a great form factor.  I miss a form movement in this beauty as many others do.  But I also understand that unless VC makes several other form watches, the cost of developing a brand new form movement would make the Aronde much more expensive.  I also heard that form movements are not very popular in the market place, making the justification to invent a new form movement that much more difficult.  It looks like my love of vintage may spur me one to find an original "Lips"
3. Titanium. date-only, QDI.  I wasn't thrilled with the other solid dial QDIs, but this one was done really well in my opinion.  The only information that popped out was the information that you want to know - i.e. the time and today's date, while the other date numbers were neither legible nor cluttering up the dial.  The solid dial made it look clear and sporty.

4. Retrograde Perpetual Calendar - this watch is only available at the Boutique in Geneva and not an official SIHH novelty, but this watch is the favorite I'm referring to in the title of this post.  It has got to be one of the easiest to read, and therefore practical, QPs that I've ever seen.  The retrograde date also drives me crazy, those that know me know how much that feature just thrills me.  The black dot actually changes into 4 different colors to represent the 4 year/leap year cycle.   The small arrow indicator isn't the best, but something I could definitely live with.  (Thanks GaryG for the great wristshots in his post below, I was trying to post a scan of the same watch).

Best Regards, Dan

Re: One of my favorites from the SIHH 2011 trip
02/01/2011 - 05:48
Dan, thanks for your report. Wish I could have been there in person to see your personal favorites as they sound wonderful. As far as photos that I post on the Hour Lounge I take them from the photo site - Photobucket - and find that the easiest method for me. When I tried transfer from Picassa or others things were too complexed for me:)). Will look forward to seeing your photos. Thanks for your post! Best regards, Matt  Kurs  (p.s we're linked in now:))
Hi Matt, thanks for the info about Photobucket!
02/01/2011 - 10:36
And thanks for the Invite - I noticed your update on AAdvantage multi-million mile club.  You really do get around, don't you? BR, Dan
Thanks for posting your impressions, Dan!
02/01/2011 - 09:48
Great to read your post -- sorry that you have been experiencing problems with the uploader.  It actually took me a wihle to find the mountain/sun button on the toolbar, and it sometimes takes a while for photos to upload, but particularly if I save my photos in smaller sizes (1 Meg seems to work fine for clarity and uploading) I do OK. Agree with your observations!  I know that some QdI purists won't like the solid dial day/date, but I liked it quite a bit as an attractive alternative to the Overseas Ti.  And that Geneva QP really spoke to me -- too bad about the small volume production. Great meeting you in Geneva -- I'll hope to see you again sometime soon! All the best, GaryG
I liked your comment on the WT...
02/01/2011 - 10:19
...I cant imagine how else they would have done the dial. Perhaps, in a sense, the dial is a reflection of the complexities of global map? I assume this watch will have a huge global appeal; finally people who live in countries that do not fall in the standard 24 hour time zone willhave a WT they can relate to.
here's a video on how the World Time works
02/01/2011 - 11:00
Re: here's a video on how the World Time works
02/01/2011 - 12:19
Very Nice. Does the WT come in a special box?
regular VC box (nt)
02/01/2011 - 12:43
Test of photo hosting - hope this works
02/01/2011 - 18:22
Re: Test of photo hosting - hope this works
02/01/2011 - 18:49
Success...finally!   I'm really getting into the online era now, though I have to admit I like being able to upload pictures directly more than using a photo hosting site.
Great Synopsis Dan
02/01/2011 - 18:54
My only contradiction is with the World Time.  As a movement junkie, I really do appreciate VC's new patents on this classic concept and, for that reason alone, I'm sure the model will sell well as it is attractively priced.  But since seeing it "in the metal" something has been nagging at me...the dial is too flat! What I'm trying to say is the dial, and its integration into the case, lacks enough depth of design to seperate the various elements. I'm just left with the impression of a very flat and fussy dial that still takes up a lot of room on the wrist.  Keep in mind that the original pocket watch WT models were only 2.5mm wider yet eminently more readable IMHO.  Perhaps the use of alternating finishes, raised indexes, smaller hands and champleve lettering created the difference?   While a cloisonne enamel globe projection is the iconic image that comes to mind when one thinks "world timer", I consciously seperate it from consideration of this timepiece as it would clearly bump the price to the stratosphere.
Hey, Dan! Thanks for letting me keep the red toque! I love it (nt)
02/01/2011 - 20:09
Use it well during ski season mi amigo! (nt)
02/03/2011 - 05:29
If I may tag a favorite vintage piece onto your thread...
02/02/2011 - 01:24
Namely, that beautiful ref. 4735 that Alex wore at our host dinner.  The lugs were revived for the Mercator: Here is a similar dial with sub-seconds on the ref. 6594:Internet Photo With a pathological urge for nicknames, I call these "wedding cake" dials, for their resemblence to the fine lace doilies that people often place cakes and treats upon.
love that nickname :-)
02/02/2011 - 09:11