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? ) 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But anyway, before it becomes totally outdated and irrelevant, here is my SIHH post: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 .
Anyway, the only thing I wanted to add is that my favorites of the Show were (not in descending order):
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