At the airport I realised that my passport had been lost or stolen! Certainly an act of sabotage from Patek’s secret police!
Needless to say that I spent a horrendous week end feeling sorry for myself, being certain that on Monday morning I would never have the time to have an emergency passport issued and make my noon flight.
Against all odds I end up obtaining a new passport about an hour and a half prior to my flight ….but the airport was Kafkaesque!
Lady at the check in counter: Your passport is not biometric, you can’t check in
Me: Are you kidding?
Lady at the check in counter: Do I look like a kidder?
Me: Call some one who knows
Someone who knows: Sorry your passport is not biometric, you can’t go to the US
Me: Call someone who knows more
Someone who knows more: oh yeah you can fly no problem
At this point I had about 30 minutes before departure but my adventures were not yet over. At the passport control desk the officer took his sweet time checking my passport:
Passport control officer: I have never seen an emergency passport…its cool
Me: I would love to discourse on this fascinating subject but boarding has started
And you think this is over?
Ticket and passport check at security desk before boarding: You can’t board you need a biometric passport
What the hell is this? Has the whole Swiss watch industry ganged up to make me loose the (little) mental sanity that I still had left?
Anyway I finally managed to board, the flight went delightfully well. At boarder control at JFK the guy spend quite some time staring at me and I was expecting some kind of comment about my non biometric passport before being shipped off via the next flight back to Europe but all I got was: "Nice watch you got there…welcome to the US”
New York here I come
We gathered on May 4th at the Core Club, a private club in uptown Manhattan. The pre diner drinks and presentations took place at the library, beautifully decorated and under with Jim Morrison’s watchful eyes.
Guest started arriving at 6.30 for drinks. It was great to put a face on the Loungers
Keith (left) with VC America's new President: Hugues des Pins
William Lind(WHL) looking good with a tie, Russel Kelly (sales East Coast) and Ellen Cohan (Head of Marketing and Communications for VC North America)
Ashley Schaffer from Marketing and Daniel Adams of the Concierge Service
Tom (Tommy V) who is obviously happy to be there
The glamorous Shao family (Dan - Dshao1 and Daisy)
the non less glamorous Jordaos (Felipe and Lorena)
someone looks rather happy with his new American 1921!!!
Ken (left) and Adam
the delightful Meri
someone just told Paul Boutros that VC bought Rolex!!
Welcome speach by Hugues des Pins
Ellen Cohan making sure all are paying attention
good...they are paying attention...other than Keith on the far right!
They were sitting on front row and had no other option than pay major attention
After a short presentation and open discussion on the challenges facing Vacheron Constantin in this era of "New Watchmaking" guests headed to the restaurant for a great meal.
Joseph (JB on the far right) Sorry Joseph but all the other photos I had of you were terrible due to my jet lagged state
And some wrist shots from the evening
Quai de l'Ile in titanium
Overseas in RG
a gorgeous vintage from the 40s, my flash doesn't enable you to see the superb guillochage
IWC Doppelchrono ceramic
31 day retrograde date
JB's bespoke piece totally invisible due to my lousy flash
the ultra rare skeleton chrono
Overseas chronograph in steel
another IWC Doppelchrono ceramic
Ikepod Hemipod chronograph
Chrono Malte Excellence Platine
Rolex Deep Sea
AP ROO Safari
1st generation Overseas Chronometre
All in all it was a great evening and more than seeing the new VC releases it was fantastic to see old friends and get to meet new ones!
Thank you all for making it such a memorable evening and a great thanks to the VC US team for making it happen.