The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

As you all know by now we held an Hour Lounge dinner in Paris on Tuesday. Paris and VC have a great history together as the first collector diner organised for the web crowd took place in 2004 in Paris (at the time when I was VC moderator on The Purists) and the new Overseas were shown for the first time there before the official launch.

To keep the good habits this year the Parisian Loungers got to see first hand the new QDI Annual Calendar which only certain US retailers / press have seen in the flesh, the Chagall watch as well as something no one has ever seen and which shall be presented at SIHH.

The venue took place in the celebrated Tour d'Argent restaurant which is one of the rare institutions older than VC as it was created in 1525 and internationally known for its duck!! 

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris


The diner was to take place in lavish settings
The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

We had the pleasure of having Vincent Kauffmann Design Director as guest of honor
The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

Jean-Yves DiMartino (director of VC France) and Josephine Foy (Marketing France) who had organised this fantastic event
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The golden guests book
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Guests started arriving

Francesca, Vincent Kauffmann and JY DiMartino
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Amanico, Patrick H, Patrice and Berny
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Bernard, Guillaume and Francesca
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ThomasM (no not the one you're thinking of The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris)
The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

the gentelman with the full set of hair is Ed the Groccer
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LN, I don't think I have a single photo of him where he's not holding a wine glass The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris
The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris


A diner of scalops with citrus fruit, roasted duck breast and mille feuille was served, accompagnied by fantastic wine. Unfortunately by that time I had lost my camera so no photos of the dishes, just the menu
The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

But the important part was seeing the watch right? 

But wait who is this eeiry looking character? Count Dracul? Amanico? Ahhh its normal that he looks slightly warped: he's a lawyerThe Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris


Overseas
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Overseas chronograph: rose gold and steel/titanium
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Overseas steel/titanium
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Overseas dual time steel/titanium
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Metiers d'Art: Maki-e and Chagall
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The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris


Historiques
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American 1921
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Ultra Fine 1955
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the elusive Ultra Fine 1968
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Chronometre Royal 1907
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Toledo 1952
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Quai de l'Ile titanium
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Quai del'Ile tantalum/palladium
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Quai de l'Ile rose gold/titanium
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Patrimony Traditionnelle manual wind
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Patrimony Traditionnelle automatic
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Patrimony Traditionnelle cal 2755
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Tour de l'Ile
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Patrimony Traditionnelle cal 2253
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Patrimony Traditionnelle perpetual calendar chronograph
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Patrimony Contemporaine manual wind
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The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris


Patrimony Contemporaine automatic
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Patrimony Contemporaine Bi-Retrograde
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I thought I had more wrist shots but I think I was too taken by the conversations but here are a few

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The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris

It was a superb evening, the first guests arrived at 7PM the last ones left at 1.30AM. Thank you to the team at VC France for making it happen and an extra big thank you to the guests who made it so much fun.

See you next year The Silver Tower, duck, Vlad Dracul, watches and Paris
12/02/2010 - 16:47
:-)
12/03/2010 - 10:58
12/03/2010 - 10:59
moc
12/04/2010 - 18:15
What a great evening you had!
12/02/2010 - 15:44
Thanks for posting so many photos of the people and the watches.  Seeing all of those watches in one fell swoop reminded me (as if I needed a memory aid) why I have grown so fond of this brand.  I attended a VC dinner last year here in the States, hosted by the always charming Hugues de Pins, but there were not quite so many amazing pieces on display.  Well, the most important guest of honor was there, a certain Americaine, so it was a great night.  VC does these events so well.    Thank you, respo P.S. You have to watch out for Vlad Dracul.  He is a dangerous character. He has been a very bad influence on me. ;-) 
hope to see you at the next Hour Lounge event in the US :-)
12/02/2010 - 16:23
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Thanks
12/02/2010 - 16:47

Seem you had great time !!! Too bad that the presence of Patrice and Thomas spoils it a bit Francois

yeah pretty tough putting up with someone who supports the Marseilles
12/02/2010 - 16:59
football team
Re: yeah pretty tough putting up with someone who supports the Marseilles
12/02/2010 - 17:09
And they can talk about Memovox for hours Really awful.
Looked like a wonderful evening Alex...
12/02/2010 - 18:09
Beautiful restaurant, the best watches, and great company. It doesn't get much better than that! I am glad you all had a great time and thanks for the report! A quick question, out of all these amazing pieces, which was your favorite? Best, Mike
I have to admit that I LOOOVE the 2755
12/02/2010 - 18:32
So many great reports! Looks like a good time was had by all. [nt]
12/02/2010 - 18:31
nt
hope to hold some of these HL dinners next year in the US and to
12/02/2010 - 18:36
meet you :-)
Alex you nearly got me there on Thomas M... LOL ! nt
12/02/2010 - 20:58
VC
:-)
12/03/2010 - 10:58
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12/02/2010 - 21:04
Aaah familiar faces....!!!! looks like great time was had by all...... Fantastic Alex.... Ooohhh that 1921.......itchy itchy really.. I hope you are well . M0
For you Mo
12/03/2010 - 10:59
Re: For you Mo
12/04/2010 - 18:15
You are evil...... Sooner or later it will come home..... All the best Alex... Mo
Thank you so much for this wonderful evening !
12/03/2010 - 14:48
Thanks to the Vacheron Constantin team in Paris and Geneva for organizing such a nice event for us. Berny
thanks for coming :-) (nt)
12/06/2010 - 10:37
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12/03/2010 - 21:26
What wonderfull evening! Thank's for the exibition and the dinner! Best, Thomas(m) ;)
It was good to finally meet you Thomas :-) (nt)
12/06/2010 - 10:37
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Paris gets it all ...
12/04/2010 - 21:23
allways more girls, more watches, more .... I am jealous Just kidding Thanks for sharing! Oliver
I didn't see any sushi Oliver, so we are still safe! (nt)
12/05/2010 - 00:41
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Re: Paris gets it all ...
12/05/2010 - 15:08
Feel a bit the same... and some good friends were also there Alex you owe us a revenge for next year cheers Francois
@Francois ...
12/06/2010 - 14:27
Revenge - sounds perfect
hey Munich wasn't all that bad! :-)
12/06/2010 - 10:39
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