Singapore QDI Launch Event (Warning: Massive Major Modem Destroyer!)

Last week, Singapore welcomed Christian Selmoni (VC’s Product Director) and Vincent Kauffmann (VC’s Design Director) for the launch of the Quai de l’Ile collection.  Several days ago, I posted about the QDI presentation that they gave to the eager audience and promised to provide an event report on the other happenings from the evening.  Well, as promised, here it is, complete with requisite food “porn” shots… 

Anyone who has attended previous VC events and especially in Southeast Asia, knows that the brand consistently hosts events that are interesting, entertaining and of the highest quality.  The Quai de l’Ile launch event would prove not to be an exception.

National Museum of Singapore

The recently renovated National Museum of Singapore is a true landmark in this country and is a frequent destination for both locals and tourists alike.  While it has maintained a beautiful historical exterior and appears quite traditional from the outside, it hosts many contemporary features in its interior.  Perhaps this makes it an ideal venue for the Quai de l’Ile launch, which is a timepiece that perfectly marries the tradional with the modern.

Cocktail Reception Area

The dinner setting

The Dining Room

Within the National Museum, there are a couple of dining outlets and a highly regarded one is Novus.  While it has previously been the location for other events, VC chose to utilize a different section that, at least for me, had been undiscovered.  There is a private dining room that is attached to a small café and this was suitable as there were requirements for 3 separate spaces.  First, there was space for a cocktail reception and then a second was needed for the presentation portion of the event.  Finally, a third room was needed for the actual sit-down dinner.

David Heng (Managing Director, VC Southeast Asia) and good friend, Larry Wee (Columnist and Editor of the highly coveted Watch Supplement in The Business Times)

Jim Seah, noted watch collector

Vincent Kauffmann, David Heng and Christian Selmoni

Mr. and Mrs. Massimiliano Landi

Cocktail Reception

Guests were welcomed to an atrium area for the cocktail reception.  Here, good friends both old and new, enjoyed a relaxed environment complete with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the sweet tunes from the trio playing in the background.

David and Jeremy Lim (Regional General Manager, Cortina Watch)

Kewei and the musicians who provided musical entertainment for us throughout the evening

Christian chatting with Wong Yew Wah and Eddie Sng during the cocktail reception

Some of the delicious hors d’oeuvres

Wong Chee Hoong and Vernon Lim

David with the lovely and talented Kewei

More of the hors d’oeuvres, which some guests could not stop enjoying.  You know who you are...

Stefano DiDomenico

Kewei and the musicians performing for our enjoyment

The beautiful and always helpful ladies of VC: Juay Pei Yu and Chion May Yee


After having the opportunity to unwind from yet another hectic day, the guests were ushered into the room for the presentation by Christian and Vincent.  While there has been great publicity surrounding the launch of the Quai de l’Ile collection this year, many of the attendees had not gotten the opportunity to learn about the fascinating details to be found in these timepieces.  Between Christian and Vincent, there is probably no aspect of the watches that they cannot discuss in complete detail and those in attendance were given this opportunity to hear from these experts.  For more information about the actual presentation, please look here.

David welcoming the guests

David introducing our esteemed speakers from Geneva, Vincent and Christian

Christian discussing some of the background of the Quai de l’Ile collection

Stefano and Ang Teck Meng listening intently during the presentation

Vincent explaining some of the design details incorporated in the Quai de l’Ile timepieces

Vernon and Zach Toh, literally on the edge of their seats…

Following the presentation by Christian and Vincent, yours truly was given an opportunity to briefly talk about The Hour Lounge.  Perhaps we might see some new visitors to this site and I look forward to their contributions.  I also am appreciative of David giving me the chance to talk about my favorite internet watch forum.


After being briefly held back from dinner by my comments, the guests eagerly moved into the private dining room for our meal.  With the room having been set with small tables to accommodate 6 people, everyone was able to sit with their good friends and enjoy a fine meal.

Darren and Dana Cheong

Dirk Janssen

Timmy Tan (Editor of the highly regarded TimeWerke magazine) and Christian

Zach Toh

Friends enjoying themselves

Good friend Tay Kok Choon

Of course, what would one of these event reports be without some food photos.  It has become de rigueur for there to be delicious gourmet food at VC events.  The VC team, being led by David who is a true gourmand, was refining the menu and conducting a menu tasting just a couple of days prior to the event.

Duo of Foie Gras: Crème Brûlée and Terrine with Apricot Chutney and Apple Ragout

Cappuccino of Chestnuts with Trumpet Mushrooms and Black Truffle Oil

Crisp Skinned Snow Cod on Saffron Risotto, Green Asparagus and White Tomato Foam

Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Potato Puree, Braised Capsicum, Baby Spinach and Brown Jus

Mosaic of Valrhona with Vanilla ice Cream and Raspberries.  For an example of the attention to detail demonstrated by VC, check out the chocolate Maltese Cross on the plate. 

Once everyone had their fill of the delicious food, it was time for them to get their fill of the watches.  For the event, VC brought in a complete set of the six basic models, both the Self-Winding with Date and the Day-Date with Power Reserve in all three metals (Titanium, Rose Gold and Palladium).  As an added treat, there were also a number of different pieces that combined the metals so that the attendees could see what various combinations would look like in the metal.  If that was not enough to enthrall the guests, one of the Quai de l’Ile tablet configurators was brought out for the event.  It was a great opportunity for everyone to “build” their dream watch and it certainly seemed like plenty of folks were having fun doing so.

Examing some of the security features with an ultraviolet light.  Very cool…

David demonstrating how customers can design their customized Quai de l’Ile on the Configurator

Voila!  Your customized Quai de l’Ile is now ready for ordering...

May Yee showing other guests the Configurator

Of course, the evening would not be complete without the guests having a souvenir to bring home.  While we all hoped for a QDI watch, I think that would have been too much to ask for but VC was generous and presented everyone with a gift bag, including an elegant necktie .

As some of you may recall, I had originally mentioned that VC would be hosting a similar event in Bangkok.  Everyone was looking forward to it, especially Christian who had mentioned that he had a long-standing interest in visiting the City of Angels in the Land of Smiles.  VC had also been gracious enough to extend an invitation to both Kok Choon and myself to join in the Thailand event.  It was going to be a great trip but due to the difficulties there, we were forced to cancel the event and the trip.  However, we are already looking towards 2009 for our great Thai adventure.

Thank you for taking the time to scroll and read through this report and I hope that it was as enjoyable for all of you as the actual event was for all of us in Singapore.

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why do I get ravenous each time I read your posts? Fantastic job and
12/05/2008 - 11:56
thank you for sharing this fine evening. I really REALLY want a QDI now
and BTW thank you for talking about the Lounge at the event :-) (nt)
12/05/2008 - 12:12
Always my pleasure Alex...
12/06/2008 - 00:28
Gourmet food and fine timepieces have proven to be a perfect combination.  Of course, it helps that David, like many of those at VC, enjoys and appreciates good food.  Now, it is time for you to get your QDI and then we would have another reason to celebrate over a great meal. Cheers, Duncan
You are the man, Duncan
12/05/2008 - 11:59
Your reports are topnotch, great job I loved at the second picture of David showing the crowd how the configurator works. Everyone seemed to enjoy the final result
It is a genuine pleasure to do these reports...
12/06/2008 - 00:32
as they combine fine food, amazing watches and great friends.  Nonetheless, thank you for your kind words. As for the Configurator, it is great fun to use and try out different combinations as you seek your dream QDI.  If you haven't had a chance yet, then give it a try when the opportunity presents itself. Cheers, Duncan
Re: Singapore QDI Launch Event (Warning: Massive Major Modem Destroyer!)
12/05/2008 - 12:19
Dear Duncan, Another amazing post!  Thank you very much for sharing!  Wonderful photos by KC as always...fantastic work!  I look forward to joining you one day in lovely Singapore! Best regards JAMES
Well James, just hop a flight to Singapore...
12/06/2008 - 00:38
and a wealth of goodies await. Thank you for your nice comments but I should point out that these photos were not taken by Kok Choon.  Instead, these were taken by a professional photographer at the event.  His style is a little different from KC's but the photos are nevertheless, quite well done. Cheers, Duncan
oh wow
12/05/2008 - 13:24
Oh Duncan, I don't know where to start LOL. Wow. On so many levels....
Wow, thanks A.P.... LOL!!! ;-) (nt)
12/06/2008 - 00:40
top notch event, thank you for sharing Duncan NT
12/05/2008 - 16:30
You're most welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Cheers! (nt)
12/06/2008 - 00:42
Amazing Duncan, each time I am reading one of your report,
12/05/2008 - 18:00
I want to eat...
And I get hungry again when I write these reports... :-) (nt)
12/06/2008 - 00:44
Thanks Duncan for sharing...
12/05/2008 - 18:14
...with us that great evening! I hope , with all the picture taking, you had a chance to eat!! Let's have a self-portrait wearing the new Vacheron tie! Regards, Joseph
Thanks Joseph, but as I mentioned in a previous post...
12/06/2008 - 00:51
the photographs were taken by someone else.  I know my limitations and my photos would be blurry, out of focus and horribly composed...   Even worse would be the fact that I wouldn't have as much time to enjoy myself!!!  Those, who know me well, can tell you that I am not a fan of wearing ties and in fact, I probably wear one only once every year or two.  I am just too casual a guy for a tie...  Cheers, Duncan
Duncan, it is always enjoyable to read your report
12/06/2008 - 02:52

To me, it is a good idea to allow the customer to participate in "assembling" the watch.  That is the satisfaction that you will only know after you have tried. Regards Ling

Thanks ling. The QDI is satisfying in many ways... :-) (nt)
12/06/2008 - 05:50
Excellent report as always Duncan and VC has done it again.
12/06/2008 - 04:56
It has been 2+ years since they last had an event in Jakarta...
Thanks Rei and all I can say is, look out for 2009... ;-) (nt)
12/06/2008 - 05:48
Thanks for sharing this interesting event with us, Duncan!
12/07/2008 - 22:39
A great piece of read as usual. It seems like you can't get enough of these amazing VC get-togethers - lucky you!
Thanks Radek. We are very fortunate that...
12/07/2008 - 23:58
we have a great, strong team at VC in Singapore and they host such wonderful events.  Also, the team is more than just brand representatives as they are also good friends.  So, the combination of good friends, one of my favorite brands, fine watches and delicious food means that I always keep my schedule clear for these events. Yes, I am a very lucky man indeed... Cheers, Duncan
BTW, when are you planning on the Bangkok event?
12/08/2008 - 14:24
I'll be around Dec. 26th - Jan. 8th... If it was around that time I would gladly join in the fun!
Hi Radek, AFAIK the plans for Bangkok have not been
12/08/2008 - 23:58
rescheduled yet.  The original plan had been to capitalize on the presence of Christian and Vincent in Asia.  Unfortunately, their trip to Asia has concluded and therefore it probably won't be until sometime in 2009 before the next Bangkok event is held. Sorry that there won't be a VC gathering to add to your Bangkok experience.  Are you only going to be in Bangkok or will you be elsewhere in the region? Cheers, Duncan
just a two week family vacation for New Year's in Thailand...
12/11/2008 - 20:55
Someday I might hop on a plane and join you for one of those wonderful Sinapore-based VC events
Re: Singapore QDI Launch Event (Warning: Massive Major Modem Destroyer!)
12/09/2008 - 14:19
Thank you Duncan, for sharing with us a very complete report of the event!
Thanks and I am glad you enjoyed it. (nt)
12/09/2008 - 15:55
Re: Singapore QDI Launch Event (Warning: Massive Major Modem Destroyer!)
12/09/2008 - 15:51
Thanks for the pictures, Duncan!  It looks like a really fun evening... Long time no talk, BTW.  All is well? Ciao
Hey Alberto!!! Great to see you here my friend.
12/09/2008 - 16:00
You know us, we always have a good time.  Saw pictures of you and Mrs. from another VC event.  Maybe you can join us sometime in Singapore and/or Asia.  Any travel plans for this side of the planet? Always good to hear from you. Cheers, Duncan
Hope indeed to come that way soon...
12/09/2008 - 17:32
...but no actual plans as of yet!  Perhaps next year? Where is the Tempus excuse when you need it?!?!?! Ciao, Alberto
Well, we look forward to welcoming you back to our shores...
12/10/2008 - 00:50
but as you know, I am the absolutely worst person to ask about Tempus given my relationship with the organizing retailer.   At least I am fortunate that VC doesn't work with them and therefore not doing business with them has not impact on my VC shopping.  Actually, come to think of it, my refusal to shop with them has no impact on any of my watch shopping... Anyway, I digress, hope to see you soon but unfortunately, it will not be at SIHH.  Cheers, Duncan