Packaging a Work of Art

I could never improve on the professional photos that were previously posted here, but thought the group might like to see how this most recent arrival was packaged.

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Inside the compartment is a travel case containing the accessories, a magnifying glass, polishing cloth, passport, and a USB containing a unique set of information about this watch, it's movement and the creation of this particular dial by the artist.

Packaging a Work of Art

It also came with a one of a kind book that shows talks about the watch and its creation - with many beautiful glossy photos.

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art

Packaging a Work of Art
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4Js
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Dje
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Oh you are brilliant!!!!
04/07/2014 - 19:04
This is the best watch case post I have ever seen! You my dear sir are an excellent tease, how about some more photos of that little trinket that comes with the box cool
Some Photos
04/07/2014 - 20:22
These are the photos that were included in the package, of the watch and the creation of the dial.  Most have been posted before, but I could never hope to photograph it better from a studio perspective. At some point I may post on-the-wrist photos at an appropriate event.
Bravo Anita P.
04/08/2014 - 00:43
You are A Great Artist. Thanks to VC for this collection. Liger
Thank you Alex
04/08/2014 - 15:53
Thanks for all your support and I hope you will make a trip here to NY before too long.  There are lots of events coming up here, including Madison Avenue Watch Week May 5-10!
Truely a Work of Art...
04/07/2014 - 19:12
Oh that wonderful timepiece - WOW!
Thanks Miki! (nt)
04/08/2014 - 15:53
nt
Congratulations. You are indeed extremely lucky and
04/07/2014 - 19:13
fortunate to own such a rare piece. This is also the first time there is a face of ownership behind such a piece...
Re: Congratulations. You are indeed extremely lucky and
04/07/2014 - 22:50
Congratulation with this beauty of a timepiece. Wear it in good health!
Thanks. May fortune smile upon you, too. (nt)
04/08/2014 - 15:57
nt
I can't think of a better way to start the week! Thank you for
04/07/2014 - 19:13
lighting up my day
You are very welcome! (nt)
04/08/2014 - 15:58
nt
Box, what box?
04/07/2014 - 19:22
I only have eyes for you...

I hope Debussy doesn't mind, but that watch is just swingin' man heartyescool

I can't take my eyes off you
04/07/2014 - 19:29
no disrespect Dean bbut talking about the watch...not you cheeky
Re: I can't take my eyes off you
04/07/2014 - 20:15
Spoken like a True Detective
04/08/2014 - 16:05
You truly are the "Dean" of THL, and your contributions to our collective watch knowledge are truly impressive.   I've got my eyes on you, too!  
its amazing to see the detail that has gone into the
04/07/2014 - 19:46
box and everything that goes with it but I need someone to help me put my tongue back into my mouth after seeing that gorgeous masterpiece
Thank you. (nt)
04/09/2014 - 01:05
nt
Huge Congratulations
04/07/2014 - 20:50
A wonderful piece of Art.  Refinment and Elegance. This "Art Piece of Haute Horlogerie" is in a good home. Wear it in good health. Many thanks for sharing and we all expect to discover it on your wrist during this 8th Hour Lounge Year. What a start. Cheers, Liger
Thanks for your good wishes Liger! (nt)
04/09/2014 - 00:47
nt
WOW!!
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Good for you, Mike!! I hope to see it on your wrist some day. Bill
Thanks Bill - See you soon I hope! (nt)
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nt
Re: Packaging a Work of Art
04/08/2014 - 00:06
Brown Box was decieving. Owner of excellence. Best regards
Thank you omega.
04/09/2014 - 00:49
Best regards to you , too!
Whoa!!!… Oh la la...
04/08/2014 - 01:43
What a way to start off the week!  Thank you for all the nice photos - unpacking and creation of the watch - a lot of eye candy! The watch is just FAN-TAS-TIC! It is so beautiful and charming. Whoa. I am delighted to know that such a wonderful piece will be worn by one of the Loungers. You must be a very happy man right now. Congratulations, may it only time happy moments! Cheers,  Francois
Hope to see you soon, Francois!
04/09/2014 - 00:53
I may be in London in a couple weeks,  but unfortunately I won't be wearing this watch . . . 
Congratulations, Michael!
04/08/2014 - 04:50
WOW! I knew you were expecting it and it finally arrived and definitely worth the wait. What a fabulous presentation...it's like a treaure chest! That's sooooo exciting. I wish you the best of health and wonderful times wearing that marvellous watch. Hopefully I'll get to see it soon. Warm regards, Joseph
Ahh JB, you must come to NYC soon!
04/09/2014 - 00:55
Madison Avenue Watch Week is in May!
My Congratulations!
04/08/2014 - 11:36
My Congratulations with a truly masterpiece! yes  I'm sure you'll have great times wearing it! Thank you very much for sharing those pictures with us smiley PS  Hmmm, looks as I just spotted "new-to-me" VC accessory in this leather travel box.. angel
Thanks iLarry! (nt)
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nt
Dear Michael.
04/08/2014 - 13:44
I'm deeply impressed by your Vacheron Constantin collection. It just get better and better. You have so many masterpieces and the last one is with out any doubt the most impressive and it is a marvel. However for me it is your collection as a whole that tells me about a person with impeccable taste and the means to realise the vision you have for your collection. Congratulations to you. Thanks for a wonderfull presentation.    Best Kent
Such kind words, Kent!
04/09/2014 - 00:58
I appreciate your refined taste, too.
At least it travelled well!...
04/08/2014 - 17:40
Michael - There's a great deal of fun unpacking parcels particularly when you know what's insidesmiley... The packaging and presentation is nothing less than remarkable - so beautifully captured on camera! I am confident that your new arrival with give you lot's of happiness - happiness that you'll gladly shareyes... So pleased for you. Kind regards Tony
It did travel well . . .
04/09/2014 - 01:01
but alas it will only travel on special occasions, now.  All the best to you!
Stunning
04/08/2014 - 19:41
This is a magnificent piece of work. Thanks for sharing and wear in good health
Thank you, Tang! (nt)
04/09/2014 - 01:03
nt
Mike, congrats!
04/08/2014 - 20:51
Oh, what a joy to have an Anita Porchet piece. May you wear it in the best of health So, have you put it on yet, or just staring at it? :) Joe
Thanks Joe - I hope to meet her someday! (nt)
04/09/2014 - 01:04
nt
Congratulations
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Congratulations, this watch is a piece of art, a piece of history someway too, and I guess a great piece of pleasure. Enjoy it. Dje
Thank you! (nt)
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nt
Truly wonderful!
04/09/2014 - 04:40
That is an unbelievable watch that you got!  yesheart I know many people don't like all the large boxes and excessive packaging that comes with a watch.  But for your special, one-of-a-kind MASTERPIECE...I think the packing, book, USB, et.al.  really makes a the package complete.  Especially for a discerning collector such as yourself! I hope to see that beauty on your wrist sometime as well! Best Regards, Dan
We'll have to get together again, soon, Dan (nt)
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nt
Extraordinary, Mike!
04/09/2014 - 05:15
I knew it was on the way, too, and I am still blown away. That is simply a unique piece of art for your wrist. I hope to see it soon. In the meanwhile, congratulations on adding such a magnificent piece to your collection. Best, Robert
You will no doubt see it soon
04/09/2014 - 18:35
I am sure you will want to come up to NYC for a visit in the near future, right?
Re: Packaging a Work of Art
04/09/2014 - 08:06
Wow, fantastic. Thanks for sharing. I never knew about the various items which came with this particular watch.   A few years ago, I was at a Vacheron Constantin function at 7 quai de l'Ile, with a charming lady from Vacheron Constantin UK.  Over the years, I have interviewed many famous people from sport, film etc, in my professional role as a watch journalist. However, I am seldom starstruck, except, when on occasion, I meet an artisan who I truly admire. My host from the UK, knowing I am passionate about métiers d'art, came towards me with a petite, dark haired lady and said, "Angus, I have someone here who I think you would like to meet. Let me introduce to you, Anita Porchet." I immediately, turned a deep shade of crimson, I am about 6ft 3 or 1.91m, and here I was absolutely starstruck, shy, a little embarrassed and truly overwhelmed meeting this demure and petite lady. Anita is so very modest. Her talent is unbelievable. In my opinion, and that of many others I work with, she is the best enameller in the world. I do not speak French and Anita does not speak English, but with the aid of a translator, I had a lovely half hour chatting to her. One area, I particularly had to ask about was the Métier d’Art – Chagall & l’Opéra de Paris  “Tribute to Famous Composers”. This particular piece, involving grand feu enamelling is stunning. I think Anita said it took 3 months to execute the dial. My fascination was the thoughts that permeated her mind as she repeatedly fired the dial at temperatures of 800° - 900°C. I wanted to know was she scared of the dial bubbling or worse still cracking. The notion of spending 3 months on a dial, only for it to crack in the closing hours of completion, seems incredible. Anita revealed a mindset where failure is something that she does not contemplate.  Last year, I had the privilege to interview Anita for a magazine in Switzerland, Deluxe Swiss Made magazine. Once again, she was fascinating to write about. Her modesty belies her profound talent. Whilst Anita has worked for several other brands, it is her work for Vacheron Constantin which particularly impresses me. I would love to one day own a piece of art by Anita Porchet and Vacheron Constantin. It is art worthy of a gallery wall. I am delighted to see Anita's work in the possession of a fellow Hour Lounge member who clearly appreciates the adroit skill of this exceptional artisan. Thank you for sharing. If you could share more images here on the Hour Lounge of this stunning watch, I would love to see more. Thank you. Regards  Angus
Great Stuff Angus!
04/09/2014 - 18:34
Thanks so much for the additional color commentary about Anita.