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:
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
Christian gives Alberto a talking to before the meal:
And Radek exudes the charm he's become known for
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
Perhaps Bart isn't so convinced by all of Alex' points, though!
As the Lounge Legends converse...
...and Tim holds court...
...Juliette is seemingly revived from her earlier nap :-) by Alberto's snappy repartee
A watch almost as lovely as the lady wearing it:
Morning already! The candidate watchmakers assemble:
Ah, the movement...
...well, taking it apart was pretty easy! The rest was, well, tougher...
Off to see some real artists at work. I particularly enjoyed the demonstration of enameling
In the complications department, we saw the new minute repeater regulator
A Maltese Cross I would love to have:
Later in the day, at the show, all of the VC novelties, including my favorite, the "lips" watch -- yum!
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,