Sorry about that guys. There is nothing more divine or distracting than a 1 1/2 year old daughter asking you to watch videos of Barney (the purple dinosaur) with her (I ended up posting in mid-stream instead of uploading a picture of Jerome's watch).
Anyway, here is Jerome's baby...Of course, a mercator. In my book, it can still give any novelty a run for its money!
THE VC DINNER
A welcome drink at the Maison...
Mr. and Mrs. LN (Lin). Lin gets my vote for best dressed gent of the evening (great suit and coat). He gives meaning to the saying "some guys have all the luck"...(Successful carreer, lovely wife, etc.). Mrs. LN was all class and charm too!...but her choice of escort shows that nobody is perfect (just kidding, Lin).
Right: While everyone is busy conversing, Felipe still has the presence of mind to flash me his pearly whites.
A toast to The Hour Lounge and VC!!
L-R: Radek, Mr. L (JohnLy), Francois (Veillotron), and Alex...
Part of the fun was finally being able to put faces on the handle names. For one, I thought JohnLy was an
Asian around my age. The pleasant surprise was he turned out to be a gentleman from the U.S. who out-smoothed
and out-mellowed the wines of the evening.
Adam G., Jerome (Mercator), Wallid, Felipe, and Isabelle from VC
It was good to see that our Veillotron (Francois) was none the worse for wear. Alex looks on, while JohnLy and
LN compare notes. You can imagine how frustrating it was for the catering staff to keep their rythm as everyone
kept on standing and checking out the watches!!
The menu included a lobster dish but I forgot about taking pics...until it was too late...(as you can see,
the steak almost suffered the same fate)!
We were also joined by Julien Marchenoir (VC Marketing Director) and Mr. Bernaz (Mr. Bespoke himself).
Both gentlemen (as well as Isabelle) never tired of answering everyones questions.
One more shot for the road...
L-R: JB, yours truly, Alex and Radek...all smiles!
I would've liked to have been able to talk more with everyone, but when you are around seasoned watch collectors
and people "in-the-know", just listening in on the conversation is like getting a free education.
Well, since we had the opening of SIHH the next day, we eventually had to call it a night. I really enjoyed the private
and relaxed mood in which we were able to savor each other's company, as well as the good food and the ambience
of the Maison.
Thank you to Julien, Isabelle and Mr. Bernaz for having us at the Maison (and sharing your precious weekend time!).
Thank you to Alex for all the arrangements and to the Loungers present at the dinner for your warm camaraderie.
Just meeting everyone at the dinner made my 24-hr, door to door trip to Geneva worth while.
(more to follow tomorrow)