SIHH Part Deux

Well, the next morning came and so did the limos, a lovely Mercedes to take Radek Lin and I to the Vacheron Manufacture. Others got the same treatment from their hotels.

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Here we are gathering at the reception awaiting everyone's arrival, having a continental breakfast, waiting for Alex to get off the phone :-)

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Lin is all smiles, and Radek is doing up his fly as we prepare to do battle with a rather large watch movement.

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Here it is! Taking it apart was no problem. Putting it back together was rather more difficult. This activity was terrific and really gave on an appreciation for the design and manufacture of a timepiece but also the skill involved in its assembly.
We were divided in 2 groups. One toured the facility while the other played amateur watchmaker.
The tour of the engraving, enameling, guilloché-ing rose engine were really remarkable and the people extremely talented but very gracious and happy to discuss their work.
One part I'll remember was the demonsration by Christian LeFrancois of the new sonnerie with its silent centrifugal winding mechanism for the sonnerie itself. Astounding!


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Then onto the show itself. Here are some pics of the new pieces (not all of them), with my favourite below.

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The new World Time based on the vintage pocket watch...a beautiful creation containing half-hour time zones as well. There is a moving shadow on the map which separates day and night.

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Hey! That's not Geneva!
No, indeed. After the display of the new pieces it was off to Paris for a few days.
I haven't included all my pics since it would be a bit redundant given all the wonderful photos already posted.
But this, for me was the best SIHH ever. It was really great seeing everyone again as well as some new faces and the Vacheron staff made everyone feel right at home.
Alex as usual was a grand host despite his flu. He deseves a medal for his unflagging efforts!
And now I'm back at work slogging away to earn enough for my next Vacheron!
seems every one enjoyed the workshops, gives me an idea for next year!
01/28/2011 - 10:20
r
The workshops was really a big experience (nt)
01/28/2011 - 10:38
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What...
01/28/2011 - 15:17
you need something or somewhere dismantled, broken  or pulled apart with no hope of rectification? We are for hire!
Wish I had been able to join..
01/28/2011 - 14:24
Thanks for the report JB. It seems that VC (and Alex) have beefed up the trip itinerary since we first started in 2008.  Although I had been able to visit the manufacture already (thanks to Alex), I wouldn't mind visiting again to add to the mayhem.  At the time, I toured the manufacture with some Japanese buyers or something and you could tell it was just a side-trip for them.  I am sure I would have enjoyed the tour 200% if it had been with other Loungers (more incentive to try and join next year...). Although, a few of the attendees and Alex have or will come up with similar reports, I would still enjoy seeing the pictures that you have taken (you can never have enough of a good thing) so I hope you will post them too when you find the time. This watch you included was quite interesting.  Is it a prototype?  Does it use the movement from the discontinued Malte retrograde perpetual calendar (with the retrograde date hand tucked neatly under the dial, and the day and date displayed via guichet instead of subdials)? HAGWE! Kazumi
special boutique piece and you are righ eagle eye Kazumi the movement
01/28/2011 - 15:28
is the same as the one used in the Malte perpetual calendar
Thanks Joseph, really nice pictures and then you end up in Paris!
01/28/2011 - 23:03
You really know how to top off an SIHH. Thanks for the reminder of a great time. Best to all, Tim
More great pictures
01/28/2011 - 23:44
Alex was sick!  Now I know where I got it from
I wanted to give you a souvenir to take home ;-)
01/29/2011 - 01:00
d
Wonderful pics of memory,my first visit 6 yers ago!
01/29/2011 - 11:59
The poster himself from 2009 Thanks for wonderful pics, my friend Mats
Thanks for the report
01/29/2011 - 21:23
I love reading about events like this that I cannot attend. What opera did you see in Paris? I used to be an opera buff but then had children.... Bill
Re: Thanks for the report
01/30/2011 - 20:01
Hi Bill, I just went to see the outside of the Opera Garnier. I didn't see an opera this time. Instead I wen to the Theatre Champs-Elysée for a Beethoven concert (creatures of Prometheus and Piano Concerto #5). Here a 2 picks of this gorgeous art-deco theatre.
Beautiful concert hall
01/31/2011 - 21:06
And I will have the pleasure of hearing the Boston Symphony and Radu Lupu perform Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto this weekend. I can't wait! Bill
Re: SIHH Part Deux
02/01/2011 - 06:02
Joseph, thanks for a great review of your visit and the activities of our Loungers. Your photos really show how special your visit was - congratulations!  Best regards, Matt