A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

Thank you so much to Alex and everyone at VC for such a fantastic time in Geneva!  It was a treat to meet the Loungers, and to be able to share experiences and our passion for watches and things VC.  A few photos that capture parts of what for me was a wonderful time:

View from my room at the Kempinski -- thanks, VC!  Unreal views of the Alps on day 1 -- the clearest air I've seen in these parts in many years:

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron


At dinner, a chance to see the unique Paris Opera piece -- the next day at the manufacture, we got a better understanding of just how special the engraved faces of the composers really are

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

Christian gives Alberto a talking to before the meal:

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

And Radek exudes the charm he's become known for

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

Upstairs, Alex engages us in a lively discussion.  I had the good fortune to be seated next to Christian, and received an education in one hour that was the equal of months of self-teaching, I'm quite sure!  It was a treat to have the honor of coversing in detail with Christian -- and I was heartened to hear him say that VC will be returning at some point to its tradition in openworking

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Perhaps Bart isn't so convinced by all of Alex' points, though!

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

As the Lounge Legends converse...

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...and Tim holds court...

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...Juliette is seemingly revived from her earlier nap :-) by Alberto's snappy repartee

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

A watch almost as lovely as the lady wearing it:

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

Morning already!  The candidate watchmakers assemble:

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Ah, the movement...

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

...well, taking it apart was pretty easy!  The rest was, well, tougher...

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Off to see some real artists at work.  I particularly enjoyed the demonstration of enameling

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

In the complications department, we saw the new minute repeater regulator

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

A Maltese Cross I would love to have:

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

Later in the day, at the show, all of the VC novelties, including my favorite, the "lips" watch -- yum!

A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron

Again, thanks to Vacheron for the wonderful hospitality and to our host, Alex.  Thanks to all of the Loungers in attendance for being the swell folks you are -- I will hope to see all of you next year if not sooner!

All the best,

Gary
I am loving these reports!
01/28/2011 - 20:43

Beautiful photos as always, Gary.  The Lips is really growing on me.  It's so kissable. Best, respo

Thanks, respo
01/29/2011 - 14:28

Lots of fun having the opportunity to attend and use my camera! Best, Gary

What a memory boost, excellent report and really great
01/28/2011 - 22:54
photograghs, enjoyed the entire report! The compostition and execution of your camera work is really something special, seriously. Great events, great group. Thanks again. Best, Tim
You're too kind, Tim
01/29/2011 - 14:29

Thanks for the kind words on my camera work.  It was great getting to know you better on this trip, both at the VC events during our other times together.  Looking forward to many more happy meetings! Best, Gary

Do you give photography lessons?
01/28/2011 - 23:37
I'll sign up!  Maybe you can teach me how to use all those little buttons .  Sweet panorama of Geneva...it will be my screensaver for awhile .
I'm honored, Dean
01/29/2011 - 14:34

Mostly what I find is that when I use some of those buttons, I leave them in the wrong positions -- leading to wacky coloration, bizarre out of focus objects, or worse Nonetheless, even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while!  I'm very pleased that you liked my photos -- by the way, I've been delinquent in viewing the other posts (like yours) -- now that I have, I'm a big admirer of your photography work (in particular those last lakeside shots with the Jet d'Eau). From the first moment I met you in the car going to dinner, I found you to be as great in person as online!  Hope to see you many times again in the future. Best, Gary

the great thing about these SIHH reviews is that you have as many
01/29/2011 - 01:02

views as you have authors

However, it's unanimous
01/29/2011 - 14:36
...you and the VC team went above and beyond to show us a great time!  Thanks again. All the best, Gary
Re: A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron
01/29/2011 - 03:45
Thanks Gary, wonderful pics! It was a pleasure meeting you. And thanks for the reminder of the Paris Opera watch. that was truly spectacular. What a remarkable piece! Its always great to see someone elses perspective. Altogether it shows the total to be greater than the sum of the parts. Best wishes, Joseph
My pleasure entirely, Joseph
01/29/2011 - 14:42
Please forgive me for not entering glowing comments on your great posts -- I've been grinding hard ever since I returned from Geneva and then wanted to get my report up before 2012! It was a treat to get to know you a bit in Geneva -- I hope that we will have many more chances to get together and that I'll have more time with you. Best, Gary
Beautiful photos Gary...
01/29/2011 - 21:28
I love the wrist shot of the 1954. I really wish I could have been there. Here's hoping that SIHH 2012 is my year to attend. Bill
Would have been great to meet you
01/30/2011 - 01:30

Maybe next year (or in late May?) That 1954 really appeals to me.  Of all of the watches I saw at the show it was my co-favorite (along with the black face JLC Duometre).  It wears smaller on the wrist than my photo would suggest -- the Leica P&S I was using that day has a default wide angle setting, so it visually foreshortens things that are closer to the lens, making the watch look bigger than it is. The only downside with that watch is that it does not have a form movement to match the shape of the case.  A "very famous independent watchmaker" was bemoaning this later in in the week when we visited with him, and I have to agree -- that said, I can't fault the design and execution of this watch in any other way. Best, Gary

Thanks for the report Gary, hope that we will have the chance to renew
01/30/2011 - 20:57
this VC Event
Will hope to renew the event as well!
01/31/2011 - 13:40
I hope that I'll have the chance to spend more time with you the next time we meet, as it would be great to get to know you better. Best, Gary
Great story, wonderful pictures, Gary! And the same 'Lips' fondness
01/30/2011 - 22:37
it was great meeting you in person, Gary!
A treat for me to meet you, Radek!
01/31/2011 - 13:42
I felt that I knew you through your posts, and found you to be at least as engaging in person.  I will hope to see you again in future years, and will continue to follow your posts here! Will also think of you in your G-Wagen whenever I'm driving my SL65...more horsepower and torque is always a good thing! Best, Gary
Geez.... Gary, you're a power and torque freak!
02/02/2011 - 11:52
Guess what my next power and torque purchase is going to have to be... I still need that extra pair of doors 
Thank you for the report
01/31/2011 - 11:23
As many have already mentioned, your crisp photography really adds life to your already vivid report.  Thanks for sharing! Like you, I also found the Lips in RG to be very appealing.  I had a chance to view a WG version of the Lips when it was sold in limited numbers here in Japan but that version left me cold.  Maybe the satin finish on the upper surface left the WG version a bit too drab for my liking...I don't know.  Of course, having a bias for RG is also a big factor.  At any rate, I hope you do not mind if I keep a copy of your wrist shot in my photo library. I do hope I will again be able to make it to one of the future VC SIHH events and meet up with you and the other Loungers attending. Best regards, Kazumi
Thanks for the kind words, Kazumi...
01/31/2011 - 13:46
Would have been great to meet you in Geneva -- will hope to do so at a future event. I find it hard to visualize the lips watch in WG -- I too have a general preference for RG, and for me the form factor of this watch lends itself to rose.  That said, I'm sure that there are just as many who will prefer it the other way... I am flattered that you would keep one of my photos in your file!  Best, Gary
Thank you Gary, great report and photos! (nt)
01/31/2011 - 17:42
vc
Re: A real treat: SIHH 2011 with Vacheron
02/01/2011 - 05:56
Thank you Gary for a truly wonderful report and awesome photos to share with us. I can see that all had a great time together and real comradery. Wish I could have been there with you all. Warmest regards, Matt