THE HOUR LOUNGE

The Vacheron Constantin Discussion Forum Rules

 
  1. By enrolling as a Member of the Hour Club and/or participating in Vacheron Constantin's discussion forum the "Hour Lounge", Members expressly acknowledge that they have had access to and agree to be bound by and warrant their full compliance with the following Rules (hereinafter referred to as the "Rules").
 
  1. Members also acknowledge that Vacheron Constantin has the right to enforce and modify these Rules at its sole discretion from time to time. The revised Rules will take effect for all Members as of the date of posting and Members must check for modifications to the Rules on a regular basis. Member's acceptance of the modified Rules will be confirmed by the continued use of the Hour Lounge.
 
  1. The Hour Lounge. Generally speaking, these Rules simply require respect, good manners and a little common sense. However, if Members do not accept the Rules, their further participation in the will not be authorised.
 
  1. The purpose of the Hour Lounge is to promote meaningful discussion and exchange information about Vacheron Constantin watches (and horology in general) in a collegial atmosphere. All Member postings shall be relevant and of an informational nature and for informational purposes only and may cover topics such as Vacheron Constantin's timepieces, their features and their history. Inappropriate or disruptive posts, as determined at Vacheron Constantin's sole discretion, may be blocked or removed with or without notice.
 
  1. The Hour Club. Vacheron Constantin's Hour club is the place for collectors! Information is provided about collector items which may be purchased directly from Vacheron Constantin Boutiques worldwide. In addition, Members will find news about Vacheron Constantin, events and launches of new products.
 
  1. The Hour Club will also provide information about sales that have taken place through well reputed auction houses and in particular the prices fetched at auction for these collectable pieces. Vacheron Constantin is not in a position to provide evaluations and will not provide evaluations to collectors. This feature will not be available at the time of launch but once integrated into the Hour club it may provide collectors with an idea of the current market value.
 
  1. The Hour Club also provides members with their own "portfolio management" tool where they can post photographs of their own collection of watches including date of purchase, date of sale and, if the Member so wishes, the related price. If this information is provided then Members will receive a notification email advising Member when their Vacheron Constantin watch is due for servicing . We also supply a "watch seek" tool whereby the Member can search for a Vacheron Constantin watch which is no longer in the catalogue; When Vacheron Constantin becomes aware that the specified watch is up for sale at an auction house (Christie's, Sotheby's, Antiquorum or any other internationally reputable auction house) then the Member will receive an email notification. Please note however, that Vacheron Constantin does not and will not warrant that the watch offered for sale by the auction house is genuine, in working condition or that the watch will sell within estimates provided by the auction house. The notification is for information purposes only and the Member should ensure that all precautionary measures and due diligence are taken prior to bidding.
 
  1. Members of the Hour Club will refrain from posting photographs of fake or spurious pieces on the Hour Club. Vacheron Constantin does not and will not, by implication or otherwise, authenticate watches posted in the portfolio management tool either in whole or part.
 
  1. The Hour Lounge is available in English and Mandarin and will be moderated. The Hour Lounge Moderators will provide articles to enrich the Hour Lounge, respond to certain posts and generally exercise editorial control. Consequently, the Hour Lounge Moderators may decide to delete or edit posts or cancel Member access profiles at any time with or without notice. Vacheron Constantin is under no obligation to publish or retain any post on the Hour Lounge submitted by a Member.
 
  1. Vacheron Constantin will archive Members' posts and the archive will be made available to all Members of the Hour Lounge for a period of five years or for such time as the Hour Lounge remains available.
 
  1. Any personally identifiable information provided by Members to VACHERON CONSTANTIN such as their name, address, preferences etc. (hereinafter referred to as "Personal Information") is done so voluntarily, with Member's knowledge and consent on registration to either the Hour Club or the Hour Lounge. The Registration forms contain both mandatory fields (indicated with an asterisk (*)) and non-mandatory fields; if you choose not to complete the mandatory fields then Vacheron Constantin may not be able to respond to requests for membership to the Hour Club or Hour Lounge or activate the option choices you may have selected.
 
  1. Vacheron Constantin collects data relating to Members' use of both the Hour Club and the Hour Lounge, such data being automatically provided when Members log-on.
 
  1. Personal Information provided by Hour Club and Hour Lounge Members on the registration form will be made accessible to duly authorised Vacheron Constantin personnel, its data management agency and occasionally to other persons or companies who carry out internal operations in relation to its business. Some of these business partners may be located in countries outside Switzerland and your Personal Information may be transferred abroad. However, all such persons/companies are subject to confidentiality agreements and to the strict respect of your privacy in accordance with applicable legislation.
 
  1. The Personal Information made available by Hour Club and Hour Lounge Members will also be used to provide any requested services and may be used both for marketing research purposes relating to Vacheron Constantin's business and to provide Hour Club and Hour Lounge Members with information relating to its products, services and events.
 
  1. Both Hour Club and Hour Lounge Members are strongly encouraged to read our General Terms and Conditions of Use including our full Privacy Statement. Upon request Vacheron Constantin will remove Members' Personal Information from its database thereby cancelling their registration and further access to the Hour Club or Hour Lounge.
 
  1. Vacheron Constantin accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on either the Hour Club or the Hour Lounge by Members. Vacheron Constantin disclaims all warranties with regard to information posted on the Hour Club and Hour Lounge. In no event shall Vacheron Constantin be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages, or damages of any kind whatsoever, resulting from loss of use, data or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on the Hour club or Hour Lounge.
 
  1. Personal Identification. Members of the Hour Lounge will include their screen name and other optional information requested to register in all messages posted to discussions, but will not include other personal information about themselves or anyone else, such as their address or telephone number. Although Members may use screen names, Members will not at any time represent themselves as other persons.
 
  1. Members will not make multiple postings on any subject in such a way as to be likely to discourage others from posting their own comments.
 
  1. Members shall only post contributions in English or Mandarin Chinese; however common greetings and expressions in other languages may be acceptable.
 
  1. Members will not post any defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal information or material, and will not use the Hour Lounge in any illegal manner. In particular, Members will refrain from posting anything that might be construed as vulgar, obscene, offensive or pornographic in nature, and will refrain from direct or indirect personal attacks, insults, harassment or threats, hate speech, discussion, incitement or instructions relating to illegal activity, infringement on others' legal rights (including trademark, copyright, or privacy rights), slander or defamation, false or inaccurate statements, or violent or abusive content. Attacks against other Members or persons or entities affiliated with VACHERON CONSTANTIN will not be tolerated.
 
  1. "Spamming," in any form or "Flaming" of other Members is strictly forbidden. Disputes and arguments will not be brought into the Hour Lounge and must be resolved privately. Personal issues relating to watch purchases and service transactions should also be resolved privately and must not be aired on the Hour Lounge for redress or publicity relating to such disputes.
 
  1. Members will also refrain from making disruptive or provocative posts (e.g. from "Trolls" and "Shills") designed to upset Hour Club or Hour Lounge Members or to provoke arguments or heated exchanges and Members will not respond to posts in a way that may upset or cause distress to others.
 
  1. Members will not post any information, articles, photographs or other material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner, nor will Members use any words, logos or other marks that would infringe upon the trademark, service mark, certification mark, or other intellectual property rights of the owners of such rights without the permission of such owners. Furthermore, Members will refrain from posting any confidential information or any information that would infringe upon the proprietary, privacy or personal rights of others.
 
  1. By posting photographs and other material, the posting Member warrants and represents that it owns the copyright with respect to such material, has received permission from the copyright owner, or that the material is in the public domain. The posting Member further warrants and represents that it has the full and unencumbered right to post such material and that such posting will not infringe any rights or interests of others. In addition, the posting Member grants Vacheron Constantin and other Members of the Hour Club and Hour Lounge a non-exclusive, irrevocable license to display, copy, communicate, publish, distribute, transmit, print, and more generally use such information or material on the Hour Club or Hour Lounge (depending on where posted) and generally in any manner, without payment to the posting Member.
 
  1. Neither the Hour Club nor the Hour Lounge will be used in any manner that violates antitrust or unfair competition or other legislation prohibiting anticompetitive practices. The antitrust/unfair competition laws generally prohibit any agreement or understanding inconsistent with the right and obligation of competitors to exercise independent business judgment in pricing their products or services, dealing with their customers and suppliers, and selecting the markets in which to compete. No express agreement or understanding is required; one can be inferred from statements or conduct. In particular, Members will not post any information regarding specific prices or fees charged or paid, and will not post any information concerning prices, pricing practices, discounts, or other terms or conditions of sale either obtained by or offered to another entity relating to Vacheron Constantin products.
 
  1. Commercial use of the Hour Club and/or Hour Lounge or any other use not expressly authorised by Vacheron Constantin is prohibited. Members may not use the Hour Lounge to solicit or conduct business, including the direct or indirect marketing of products, including watches or related items, businesses, dealers, websites, services or events, in any manner. The Hour Lounge may not be used to provide information, materials, products, or services in exchange for compensation of any kind.
 
  1. Vacheron Constantin will monitor the Hour Lounge for inappropriate postings. In the event that any inappropriate posting or unauthorized use of the Hour Lounge is brought to Vacheron Constantin's attention, including but not limited to prohibited postings and usage as outlined herein, Vacheron Constantin will take all appropriate action, in its sole discretion. Vacheron Constantin reserves the right to terminate, without prior notice, a Member's access to the Hour Lounge.
 
  1. Members agree to indemnify Vacheron Constantin against all damages, costs and expenses that may be incurred by Vacheron Constantin as a result of that Member's breach of these Rules.
 
  1. Members should also refer to the General Terms and Conditions of Use relating to the Vacheron Constantin Web Site.
 
  1. Any requests concerning Personal Information and/or Member registration cancellation whether in relation to the Hour Lounge or not, should be sent to alexandre.ghotbi@vacheron-constantin.com
 
VACHERON CONSTANTIN, Last updated: March 2011
 

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