SIHH 2014, a quick report...

Hi guys!

A lot has been already said about this year's novelties and let me just tell you the pictures do not do justice to those marvelous timepieces. All the skeleton/openworked/open dial watches are just true artworks. The EP Tourbie just blows you away (oh, that dial's just to die for) and I finally got to listen to the incredible chiming sounds of 1731 MR. Even the ladies Metier d'Art openworked timepieces were gorgeous wonders.

The atmosphere at the show was simply amazing and Alex and Dan made wonderful hosts previewing the new pieces to us. Thank you guys, you did a fantastic job from day 1 till the end of my stay in Geneva. Also not to be forgotten, Veronique Briand - our coordinator - thank you bunches.


Below I would like to share a few pictures of my Geneva SIHH visit this year on a more personal level.


It all started here:
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

and followed by this itinerary it made for a promising long weekend trip filled with fun, friends, good food and watches
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

I arrived Saturday night and had a dinner appointment with a good friend Lounger - Robert Esposito and his friend Eric. What a fun time with you guys. I haven't seen Robert since my last trip to New York, which was about 3 yrs ago. I specifically requested that Robert bring his AP Jumbo for me to play with. So you can imagine part of the evening was spent discussing our watcheswink

The next day I hookep up with Joseph Blankier for a stroll around town and a cup of coffee. We caught up on our latest developments and had a great chat about World War II and hisory in general.

Afterwards it was time to go to dinner... a meet of friends marveling on delicious food and enjoying their company
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

The venue of the Vacheon Constantin maison only added to the atmosphere. It was great to see you all guys and spend a wonderful evening together. Catch up with friends: Paul B., Bob and Danielle, Dan, Patrick, Joseph as well as meet new faces Andrew/Andrzej, Stan and Joanna, Nina (Alex's better half - yeah right, like he has a worse partdevil), and many others. We partied till 1 am and basically there were some who didn't want to leave the party...

A special desert gift from Joseph, a 1972 shaped cake - thank you Joseph, so thoughtful of you...
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

SIHH 2014, a quick report...

On the watch front, Paul's 222 from 1977 and I have to tell you I am on a major hunt now. The watch is amazing and his example is solid steel model with black dial which is just as beautiful as it gets... Sorry no pix of his treasure. 

The following morning we all gathered for another dose of festivities. At the manufactory we were split into groups to take part in different workshops. Mine this year included engraving with Supachai and creative/design with Vincent Kauffman. I got to do my little engraving on a disk/plate and was rewarded with a certificate. Don't think they will be offering me a job anytime soon since Supachai is the one and only but I really like my little ornament.


SIHH 2014, a quick report...

There was one trouble maker in my group who got so worked up in his engraving job that he ended up breaking the precious engraving machine up and Supachai was broken hearted just as his 1950s engraving tool.
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

The handle fell off the wheel but Bob didn't seem to mind... We all got a good laugh. Look at that happy face
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

Next in store there was a creative artwork workshop where Vincent explained operations of his department and invited us to join his team to make a design of our own on an Overseas model. We all had a member of Vincent's bunch to help us out operate the Photoshop. I was accompanied at a work station by lovely Catinca.

How cool is it to be able to design your very own timpiece with the tools that VC design team works and handles on everyday basis?
SIHH 2014, a quick report...

 
And the final design, how dou you like my carbon-fibre dial, titanium bezel and pushers, orange accented Overseas on a rubbert strap? I love it :-)
SIHH 2014, a quick report...


Thanks for getting this far with me and 'watching'


 
Thanks Radek for a superb report from SIHH.
01/22/2014 - 16:11
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01/22/2014 - 17:31
Thank you for sharing such an amazing experience, from the invitations , dinner and all , it was beyond gorgeous! Good job and congrats :)
Thanks Radek, seems it is was fabulous
01/22/2014 - 17:44
as usual...
LOL, you got to have your cake...
01/22/2014 - 18:21
and eat it too! cheeky  That was a very tasty gesture by Joseph!  Radek, where do I place an order for that Overseas...from one OS nut to another, you hit it out of the ballpark yes.  Say, does this mean the price of guilloche pieces will rise due to "limited availablity" while they fix the darn machine devil.
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01/23/2014 - 19:35
Thanks Radek. This sums the events at VC very well up. It was a pleasure meeting you and all the other Hourloungers and spouses.
A grand opportunity to catch-up with each other...
01/23/2014 - 22:24
Thoroughly enjoyed your report, Radek. Great photographs coupled with good, interesting and amusing copyyes. I trust the engraving department have recovered from the turmoil although I've heard that production and output has been put back six months!! Best wishes, Tonywink
I miss you guys already and can't wait for SUHH 2015, thanks for
01/23/2014 - 22:26
bringing back the good memories buddy
Radek, I am jealous. Seems like you had a lot of fun.
01/24/2014 - 09:31
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Thanks for the report, Radek
01/24/2014 - 18:57
This was my first SIHH and first Hour Lounge Dinner -- all I can say is "Wow!"  I was so happy to catch up with Radek, Joseph, Dan and Paul and to finally meet Alex as well as make some new friends.  As always, the best part was not the watches but the people. The dinner -- superb! Dessert was made especially delicious with a slice of Joseph's 1972 cake (Radek posted the "uncut" version above).  At least I was wearing the appropriate watch to match the cake.  Wait a minute, where did that other one come from?  I am always too greedy when it comes to cake and watches. Some wise words from a gentleman we all know.  Joseph's wrists and pockets were literally overflowing with absolute gems. The "stairway to heaven..." My happy place... Time to peruse the new 2014 Vacheron Constantin catalogue.  I like what I see. Eric and I thank the entire VC team, especially Alex and Veronique, for creating such a memorable experience for us.  It could not have been better.  Kind regards, Robert PS -- My bespoke Overseas did not turn out nearly as well as Radek's.  I think I caught a glimpse of Vincent Kauffmann over my shoulder shaking his head in disbelief that I could do so much in so little time to ruin the Overseas. 
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01/26/2014 - 09:13
Thank you so very much for a "putting us there!" Speaking as someone who lamented not joining The Hour Club early enough last year to take part in this SIHH trip, you have gone far in taking out the sting of my disappointment. I echo the observations of KBS, DragosD, LN, and especially tony chance. What a wonderful, detailed journal of the visit! (As for respo, his contribution to your post was fittingly amusing as well as informative, his choice of wrist wear equally apropos for Joseph's pastry confection.)