Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November GTG

For the second year in a row, one of our group kindly opened up their house for a large GTG, so that we could bring in more watches than we'd normally do in a cafe or restaurant and, of course, have a dedicated watch viewing area.

The number of watches brought in by individuals varied between "what's on my wrist" and about two dozen.

Here is a photographic glance at our evening.

This foam box (as in the box itself) was quite exciting to some folks, who immediately wanted to know how they could obtain one.

What was in the box was pretty interesting too. Yes that's a gorgeous Jaeger LeCoultre Perpetual Calendar on the right.

One collector decided on a JLC and Rolex theme.

"I can't believe this is a Rolex"

"What did you say this was? A Swatch?"

Our resident vintage Rolex expert, TC, educating another "Tart"

Always love a nice vintage Speedmaster as wrist shot

JLC Master Hometime

A nice Casio Edifice that does everything worn by a guest of a fellow "tart"
- maybe after the GTG the WIS-bug will bite?

Late 1930s men's Rolex

Omega Speedmaster "Racing" Mk II - with matching orange NATO

Top : 1910s "red 12" and a PAM49 on a Metta strap.
Bottom : Vostock "red 12", Peter Speake-Marin


PAM311 with calibre P.2004  - on a Metta strap

Spot the odd one out - ah yes, a Stowa Flieger in amongst diving watches.
Top: (L to R) Hamilton 600 Compressor, Rolex 5513 Submariner, Stowa Fleiger
Bottom: (L to R) Sinn U1000S, Rolex 1680 "Red" Submariner, Longines Legend Diver Date

Yep, a stunning collection of vintage Rolex Divers,
flanked by IWC Big Pilot (left) and Panerai PAM111 (right)

Old and new : Panerai 3646 with PAM249

Collection of modern and new Rolex (with a 1930s interloper)

Don't forget dinner.

Beautiful butter chicken, cooked by our host. Matched to 2007 "Vue de Monde" Chardonnay 

Tarts elders discussing watch affairs

The cutest attendee of the night, Millie (the one on the right)

The aforementioned "watch viewing table"

The reluctant photographer, sporting a Rolex Sea Dweller 16600

Jaeger Le Coultre cal 916 Memovox

Omega Speedmaster, 1997 Schumacher edition

Rolex "Green" Milgauss 116400GV

Left to Right: PAM 111, PAM249, PAM311, PAM312

Watch folks cannot live on watches and food alone

Desserts were : Pear and almond tart, tarte au citron, fresh mangos, raspberry sorbet, chocolate mousse with macerated strawberries, and raspberry terrine.

Chocolate mousse and macerated strawberries

Tudor Heritage Chronograph

And last but not least...

We're not just about wristwatches

It was a great evening and a chance for many to bring out more watches than they normally would during our weekly GTGs. Many thanks go to our host, M, for welcoming us into his home.

[AP & initialjh]


Anonymous said...

what a gathering!!! an amazing amount of watches and the sheer variety is just unbelievable! when's the next one?


Anonymous said...

It was a memorable evening and many thanks to the generous and welcoming hosts.
The post is great and really captures the mood of the evening and the fabulous time we all had.
Thank you guys for writing it up so comprehensively and wittily.
I felt I was there again as I read the post!
I look forward to an event again when so many of us can gather and share our watches and our friendship.

initialjh said...

it was a great night. thank you to our host and thank you for the great company. :)

kewpie said...

nothing short of IMPRESSIVE! what a GTG and a collection of watches! love the diversity....