Well, I finally got around to doing this, after getting back home a day late owing to Air Canada cancelling their flight (Paris-Toronto) and having a sh-t load of work when I did get home.
But it was quite an adventure and here are some photos to prove it!
Above is La Boutique. I had a chance on the Sunday I arrived to stroll around Geneva and wouldn't you know it... I was drawn like a magnet (unfortunately not "magnate"; although there appeared to be plenty of those at the show!!) to Vacheron's boutique. I can't imagine why?
A closer look at the windows with some very exotic pieces, see next photo. In French the expression for "window-shopping" is lecher les vitrines or literally "window-licking" and it was never more appropriate than here.
OK, you can put your tongues back in your mouths! Pretty cool, eh? I had to put my sunglasses on for this one.
The next few shots are of the dinner at the Boutique, courtesy of those wonderful people at Vacheron. And here again I must thank the people at VC, especially, Dominique, Julien and Isabelle as well as Alex for this real "fete"
Here we see the back of Alex's head, and on his wrist is the US Overseas Chronograph.
Kazumi is at the farr end taken one of the photos that appeared in his essay. Julien Marchenoir is seated next to Lin's lovely wife (And now I feel like a real idiot because I can't remember if her name is Marie-France or Marie-Claire. Vraiment Desole!
you get to kick my butt in June for that!)
Radek is seated opposite.
Alex and Jerome in a thoughtful discussion, while perusing the VC displays.
Part of Whalid, Philippe, Isabelle who were seated on the opposite side of the table.
Jerome, Whalid and Philippe. Believe me, there was no shortage of conversation!
The new Quai de L'Ile
Here at the presentation is Mr. Torres, Julien on the right and another gentleman from VC whose name I never found out.
But get a load of those hands on Mr. Torres and Julien. They look aglow with creative energy.
Chrisitian Selmoni joins the discussion and Kazumi is zeroing in on those glowing hands. I think he's just about to leap!
Chrisitan Selmoni, Radek and JohnLy in an animated discussion regarding the new releases
Alex, Francois, Jerome, a yawning Kazumi, (after getting his new Contemporaine, everything else is booorring), Whalid and Julien with his glowing hands, passing around the new watches.
Alan, Kazumi, Francois, Lin listen with rapt attention at the presentation, while Jerome, having taken a cue from Kazumi nods off
Mr. Torres discusses the new watches. I had wanted to photoshop this picture and put a miniature Philippe and Thierry Stern in the middle of Mr. Torres' palm, then offer a prize for the best caption. But unfortunately, I didn't have the time.
I left Geneva and took the TGV to Paris, but couldn't resist taking a picture of this anti-AIDS poster at the railway station. I don't think we'll see anything like this in North America
The caption says: "Even when the evening turns out great, a condom is essential". Wow! for a land-locked country, those Swiss sure know about water-sports!!
The last photo was taken in the "Arts et Metiers" Museum in Paris and I show this Breguet watch from the mid-19th century to display the dial. Now doesn't that dial especially the bottom part just remind you of some other more recent dial??