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Trick or Treat???  Halloween with Vacheron Constantin = TREAT!!!

By now, we all know that Vacheron Constantin only organizes the best events, which marry delicious food with fine wine and add in some spectacular timepieces with the company of good friends.  While some may seek quantity, VC places all of the emphasis on quality.  Of course, everything about VC exudes excellence.

It had been quite some time since the brand had hosted a collector’s gathering and David Heng (Managing Director, Southeast Asia) felt that the time was right to bring together the community.  With the help of good friend, Tay Kok Choon, a gathering was planned for Halloween night.  Unfortunately, Kok Choon was unable to attend as he had to be overseas for another commitment.  Isn’t it a shame when work gets in the way of one enjoying his or her hobby?  Well, outside of Kok Choon’s absence, it seemed that all of the other important collectors were in attendance for a fun and enjoyable evening.  While most of the attendees were local, there were some who had traveled thousands of miles.  Such is the lure and appeal of a Vacheron Constantin event…

The venue for the evening’s festivities was the newly opened Bellini Grande at the lively entertainment hub, Clarke Quay.  Though this was a relatively new venue, VC had identified and secured a terrific location to host this get-together.  Upstairs at the club is a private lounge area with an attached dining room with an open kitchen.

Guests started arriving around 7 pm and were directed to the lounge area.  It was a nice opportunity for friends to catch up and enjoy a comfortable, relaxing environment.  After a short while, a few models joined us and everyone was given an opportunity to examine some stunning VC timepieces.


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Felicia Wang (Marketing Manager, SE Asia), Zach Toh and Chion May Yee (Assistant Communications Manager)


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Noted collectors and a very nice couple CH and Linda Liauw with David Heng (Managing Director, SE Asia)


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3 beautiful models with some eye-catching ladies' timepieces


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All 5 models from the evening


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Zach with Teng, who was visiting from Australia


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David fitting in quite nicely with the models Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)


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Zach (unlike many of us, he is not camera shy Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)) and Jenny Hui (former Marketing Manager, SE Asia)
Note: Zach is a really great guy with a great passion for both watches and photography.


After a congenial cocktail hour, the guests were ushered into the dining room.  Before  embarking on our gastronomical journey, David gave a brief welcome speech.  He outlined what the aims were for the evening and they included reconnecting with VC’s friends and fans in Singapore, along with also introducing some of the brand’s products to the eager audience.  Speaking of new products, David also announced that there will be a Quai de l’Ile workshop later this month and that promises to be of great interest to aficionados of the brand.  Unfortunately, there was only one Quai de l’Ile piece at the event and I do not think that everyone had the opportunity to see the highlight of the 2008 novelties from the manufacture.


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Vernon Lim


One final objective of the evening was to pay tribute to Jenny Hui (former Marketing Manager, Southeast Asia) as she joins VC in Shanghai and also to introduce to the community the new members of the team, Felicia Wang (Marketing Manager) and Chion May Yee (Assistant Communications Manager).  I had the honor of saying a few words about Jenny and we all wish her well as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.  The speeches ended with Jenny offering her thanks for the support that she enjoyed in Singapore and for the friends that she had made during her tenure at VC.


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The always glamourous Jenny, who was looking radiant despite fighting the flu Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)


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Jenny acknowledging her friends and the good times that she has had in Singapore.  We know that Jenny is now continuing her successful VC career in Shanghai and we are already looking forward to meeting her at the Twin Villas!


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Darren Cheong and Larry Wee


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Well-known and highly respected watch journalist Timmy Tan and Jeffrey Sim


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The always lovely Dana Cheong


The dinner was a specially prepared menu paired with a fine selection of wines.  I am no oenophile and in fact, I have abstained from alcohol for many years now but I was told that the wines were quite good and partnered well with the food.  I was just quite pleased that I was able to enjoy my favorite dessert of pear sorbet.  This was particularly special since I am highly allergic to the planned mango sorbet and the chef graciously accommodated my mango “issues”.  Of course, perhaps he thought that a dinner guest gasping for air would not be good publicity…


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Amuse Bouche
Braised Korubuta pork with sake and star anise


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The chefs preparing the appetizers


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Appetizer
Pea espresso, barbecue fresh water eel and tomato espuna


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Fish Entree
Roasted fillet of Turbot, pumpkin risotto and Caspian sea butter veloute


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intermezzo
Honey-lime granite


Choice of main courses...


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Roasted Angus beef tenderloin, asparagus risotto and porcini sauce


or...


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Oven roasted herb crusted Norwegian salmon fillet with pomme puree, ratatouille and truffle sauce


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Dessert
Chocolate coulant, marinated berries passion fruit-mango sorbet


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Bonus Dessert Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)
Creme brulee

Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to spend more time with the watches and just enjoy a relaxing evening of conversation and camaraderie.  It was a wonderful event and I believe that everyone enjoyed themselves.  Many thanks to David and his team (both old and new) for hosting us and providing us with an excellent way to spend Halloween.


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5 good friends enjoying the evening together


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Chiew Choon Seng examining the latest products from VC.  Choon Seng is one of the most astute collectors that I know and is great fun to talk with as he is not pretentious at all.


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These collectors must have been completely capivated by the watches as they are ignoring Pei Yu's wonderful smile.  It takes some pretty special timepieces for that to happen Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)


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Teng having a close look at the Chronometre Royal.  This piece was a crowd favorite with its lovely finishing and beautiful enamel dial. 


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Diamonds or a tourbillon?  Why not both???  Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)


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Jenny and David.  They formed a terrific partnership over the last 4+ years at VC and as a result, the brand, their authorized retailers and the collectors all benefited.  We wish Jenny all of the best and look forward to many more good things to come from David and his new team.


I hope that you enjoyed this report of how some of us spent our Halloween.  Now, let's see what is in store for Thanksgiving...  Singapore Collectors' Gathering (Major Modem Burner!!!)

Cheers,
Duncan
I'm really hungry now :-) Did I see a 222 in steel on a lady's
11/07/2008 - 11:29
wrist? Thanks for sharing Duncan, looks like VC did it again.
To be honest, I was too engrossed in my conversations...
11/07/2008 - 11:50
with a few friends that I didn't pay that much attention and here is possibly the ultimate heresy, I typically do not try to spy on what others are wearing on their wrists. I guess that I just want to respect others' privacy, just as I hope that they will respect mine.  Just a personal preference of mine... Anyway, sorry that my event reports always seem to inspire hunger pains for you.  You know the solution is to just come over and join us! Cheers, Duncan
Each time I read one of your night' report, it gives me
11/07/2008 - 12:19
"un je ne sais quoi" highly positive: for friendship for food for VC spirit  for Singaporean fellows ... thank you so much
Thanks Lin. It was a perfect combination of...
11/08/2008 - 01:37
good friends, fine watches and delicious food.  That is the recipe for a great event. Cheers, Duncan
"treat" is an understatement!
11/07/2008 - 11:44

Wow Duncan, thank you so much for sharing what was clearly a fabulous evening. The food photos are so divine that for a moment I forgot that this was meant to be about the watches!!!

I am quite lucky that...
11/07/2008 - 12:00
there is substantial overlap between my food and watch friends. VC events are known to pay special attention to the wine and food, so we typically eat well.  I must say, having attended many, many watch related events, I usually have low expectations when it comes to the food but VC continues to be the exception by providing vastly superior food and drink. Cheers, Duncan
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11/07/2008 - 17:33
Looks like it was a gret evening, Duncan. I see your camera has  magnets attached to it... the one that attracts it to beautiful women and the smaller ones that attract it to fine food and watches! Thanks for sharing with us. Regards, Joseph
Thanks Joseph. Truth be told, I deserve neither credit nor blame...
11/08/2008 - 01:33
as the photographs were taken by a professional, which I surely am not.  I will admit to havintg a hand in selecting which photographs were published in this report and I do not recall ever objecting to one which included beautiful ladies, fine timepieces or sumptuous food. It was a wonderful evening but that is the absolute norm when VC hosts an event in Singapore. Cheers, Duncan
Thanks for the report :-)
11/07/2008 - 18:51
Now I see what VC has to do in Geneva, at least , in January Cheers Doc
Glad you enjoyed the report Doc.
11/08/2008 - 01:43
One of the things that I like about VC is that it is always raising the bar and not resting on its laurels.  We see this in their watches and their events.  Striving for constant improvement is a hallmark of a top quality organization in any industry. Alas, I will probably need to experience VC's efforts at SIHH in Janaury through the eyes and ears of others. Cheers, Duncan
It's a pity Duncan that you can't come !
11/08/2008 - 22:10
On the other hand I wasn't there last year, you can't just do everything and BTW, your show seems good enough. It's as a matter of fact the aficionados that are more exciting to see, than the watches, many times Many hugs and nice meetings, makes the life worth living Doc
Definitely agree with you Doc
11/10/2008 - 02:27
For me, it is as much about the people as the watches.  This past April, there were some special motivations to attend SIHH but there are not so many this coming January. The watches can always be seen sooner or later but the times spent with good friends are much more fleeting. I'll look forward to hearing your observations from Geneva in January. Cheers, Duncan
Dude
11/08/2008 - 03:51
Once again you are killing me with all that great food; it really makes me want to jump on the next plane for my old stomping grounds. KCC
Just fly SIA's nonstop flights and you'll be here...
11/10/2008 - 02:29
to enjoy all of the goodies. Cheers, Duncan
Bravo VC for another wonderful gathering!
11/08/2008 - 04:15
I see some familiar faces, and excellent photos on the food! Yummy...thanks Duncan!
VC knows how to do it right...
11/10/2008 - 02:31
and we, the collectors, are the lucky beneficiaries. Cheers, Duncan
Wow, Duncan I'm impressed...
11/11/2008 - 22:46
Looks like THE place to be for the Halloween trick-or-treating... Amazing everything... it seems that every time you post a report on one of those events VC outdoes it itself
Thank you Duncan for another amazing report!!!
11/12/2008 - 04:09
I quite enjoyed reaind your post, it looks like it was a great even Great people, watches, and the food... the food really looked oh so delicious... I wonder if Alex as organised for some nice models to show off the watches for the HL dinner in London - and by models, Alex, I do not mean you coming in with a half-buttoned shirt. I must say that Jenny has a beautiful and radiant smile, and she is as lovely as the professional models. By the way, if I am made redundant in the next year, I will try to become a watch model CHeers, Francois