An Evening With Vacheron Constantin

Recently Vacheron Constantin hosted RedBar Vancouver for an exclusive evening to view their new flagship boutique that has been open for just over a month now. This boutique marks a first for the brand in western Canada.

Situated on Alberni Street it fits seamlessly with neighbouring luxury boutiques. Rich tones of dark wood, leather, and chrome accents adorn the interior of the boutique making it feel luxurious, but still warm and welcoming.

Leslie Kobrin: President, Americas for Vacheron Constantin sharing her passion for the brand with fellow watch enthusiasts. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

A fellow RedBar Vancouver member admiring the craftsmanship of a Vacheron Constantin timepiece. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Passionate and attentive boutique sales professionals explaining the unique features and finer points that make Vacheron Constantin timepieces special. Photo Credit: Ryan Fowler

On the wrist: The Oversees Chronograph in stainless steel with a beautiful deep blue dial. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Oversees Chronograph in stainless steel with an intuitive “easy change” system that allows the wearer to swap out bracelets and straps at a moment’s notice with no tools required. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Oversees Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar in 18k pink gold. Photo Credit: Adrian Burke

The Oversees World Time: 37 time zones at a glance. The ultimate globe trotting timepiece. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Oversees Dual Time: A high-end stainless steel sports watch with an easy to read AM/PM indicator and secondary time zone. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Oversees Automatic on a stainless steel bracelet. Maltese cross motif seen throughout the design of the watch from the bezel, to the bracelet, as well as the clasp. Photo Credit: Jason Mak

The Historiques American 1921 in 18k pink gold. A dial created with a 45 degree tilt designed for drivers to read at a glance when behind the wheel. Offset running seconds, bold track markers, gorgeous moon shaped hands, and classic Breguet style numerals. Photo Credit: Shawn Prashant

The Tradionnelle Tourbillon: With hand finished Maltese cross shaped flying tourbillon carriage in 18k pink gold. Photo Credit: Shawn Prashant

A closeup of the hand finished flying tourbillon escapement. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Patrimony Minute Repeater Ultra-Thin Platinum: A beautiful platinum cased timepiece with minute repeater, even the stitching in the strap is weaved from solid 950 platinum! Photo Credit: Ryan Fowler

The beautiful open-worked caseback on the Patrimony minute repeater. A majority of Vacheron Constantin timepieces bear the Poinçon de Genève or the Geneva Hallmark stamp awarded by an independent Swiss organization that only stamps timepieces of the finest quality that meet the criteria of having provenance, craftsmanship, and reliability. Photo Credit: @lordnantucket (Instagram)

Among other things Vacheron Constantin is also known for gem setting and artistic craft. An example of meticulously hand set diamonds filling the dial, bezel, and lugs seen above. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

Historiques Ultra Fine 1955: One of the worlds thinnest mechanical hand-wound watches measuring only 4.13mm in thickness. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

The Historiques Triple Calendar 1942: A beautiful vintage inspired calendar watch in stainless steel. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

The Historique Cornes De Vache 1955. A classic mid-century inspired chronograph with distinct “bull horn” lugs. Photo Credit: Jonaton Montpetit

The Fiftysix Complete Calendar in stainless steel. Month, day of week, pointer date, moonphase indicator, and central running seconds all presented with a more modern look and feel. Photo Credit: Julian Fok

The Fiftysix automatic date in stainless steel. Introduced last year this is the most accessible timepiece in the Vacheron Constantin lineup with a more approachable price point targeting a younger demographic. The Fiftysix collection is a great introductory timepiece for those that want a timepiece from the brand, but perhaps they are not ready to invest in a more complicated piece. Definitely a great value proposition from a brand with a reputation for being one of the top 3 watch brands in the world. Photo Credit: Ryan Fowler

Photo Credit: Julian Fok

Thank you Vacheron Constantin and the Vancouver flagship boutique team for a wonderful evening.

For more information regarding Vacheron Constantin timepieces please visit: https//www.vacheron-constantin.com

Vacheron Constantin Boutique:

1055 Alberni Street

Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1A1
Phone: +1778-309-4816

Panerai Boutique Vancouver Grand Opening

Panerai is the latest luxury watch brand to make its way to Alberni Street and is the first stand alone boutique in Vancouver and second in Canada after the recently opened Toronto location in Yorkdale shopping centre.

Friendly and knowledgeable boutique staff showing timepieces to guests at the grand opening.
The iconic Panerai Luminor Marina dial clock makes for a great backdrop in the boutique.
From sporty to dressed up versions Panerai has something for everyone with an extensive selection of dials, and nearly limitless strap possibilities to customize your Panerai and make it your own.
Panerai North America President Giovanni Carestia touching on the history of Panerai and the unique Vancouver location.
Many pieces from the 2017 Panerai collection as well as special limited editions are available at the boutique. 

The Vancouver Panerai Boutique is located at 1008 Alberni Street, Vancouver BC. Hours of operation are 7 days a week 10am-6pm. For more information regarding Panerai timepieces please visit http://www.panerai.com/ 

First Hublot Boutique In Vancouver Celebrates With A Grand Opening

Hublot just celebrated the official grand opening of their first flagship boutique in Vancouver, and fifteenth location in North America. Hublot is one of the latest luxury watch brands to make its way to the Alberni Street corridor also referred to as the “Vancouver Rodeo Drive”. 

To mark this occasion Hublot brand ambassador Lang Lang the famed chinese pianist was in attendance and did a sit-down press event on the second floor of the boutique.

Lang Lang the talented classical pianist. Photo credit: @braindrain232 
Guests attending the grand opening for the Vancouver Hublot boutique. Photo credit: @Lordnantucket
Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver was also in attendance to support their ongoing partnership with Hublot. The La Ferrari limited production high performance hybrid sports car seen parked out front of the Hublot boutique for their grand opening. Photo credit: @braindrain232

Mechanical watches and high performance sports cars have alot in common: Both require alot of fine tuning and hand assembly including this very limited production Hublot La Ferrari timepiece: 

The Hublot MP-05: A tribute to the La Ferrari this piece was conceived by Hublot engineers to mimic the look and feel of having an engine on your wrist. This mechanical marvel is limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, has 637 components and a 50 day power reserve. Retail price: $300k+ USD Photo credit: @braindrain232
Hublot Ferrari edition timepieces. Photo credit: @braindrain232
A selection of Hublot Big Bang collection watches. Mixing high tech materials like ceramic and gold, the Big Bang line epitomizes avant garde watchmaking design. Photo credit: @lordnantucket 


The flagship boutique has the largest selection of Hublot watches in Vancouver, as well as boutique exclusive pieces. They are located at 1080 Alberni Street, Vancouver. V6E 1A3.


Breaking News: George Daniels Coveted “Space Travellers Pocket Watch” Sells for $4,325,936 USD At Sotheby’s In London.

The late Dr.George Daniels (August 19th, 1926 – October 21st, 2011). One of the few watchmakers in modern times that could create a timepiece almost entirely by hand without the use of modern machining technology. (Photo credit: BBC). 

October will mark six years since the passing of one of the greatest watchmakers of the 20th century. For anyone who has the slightest interest in watchmaking Dr. George Daniels literally wrote the book for aspiring horologists. As a legacy to his contributions to the world of watchmaking and specifically handmade or bespoke watchmaking this is the quintessential guide book for future generations who wish to follow in his footsteps.

A roadmap for watchmakers and watch enthusiasts alike. A wealth of information including diagrams, pictures, and a step-by-step tutorial for crafting handmade timepieces. (Photo credit: Amazon.com and Published by Sotheby’s London Circa 1981 with revised editions in 2009).

Over the course of his lifetime he created a total of 27 handmade timepieces. It should be noted that on average it could take in excess of 2500 hours to create a single timepiece. This included hand making screws, wheels, pinions, the dial, watch hands, watch case, and a number of other complex micro mechanical pieces for the watch. An example of an exceptional pocket watch known as “The Space Traveller” completely conceived and crafted by hand without the use of automation or modern machinery:

18k gold chronograph pocket watch with patented Daniels double wheel escapement, mean, solar, and sidereal time, age and phases of moon, equation of time indication. Circa 1982 (Photo credit: danielslondon.com/). This piece sold for $4,325,936.00 USD by Sotheby’s auction house in London at the time of publishing this article.

Paul Newman’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona To Be Auctioned On October 26th, 2017 By Phillips Watches In New York.  

Earlier this year Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference #6239 was found by Phillips Watches Auction House and will be up for auction next month on October 26th in New York with an estimated minimum bid exceeding $1 million USD (before buyers premium). Given the provenance of this watch and the cult following of early Daytona models I am certain that this piece will shatter all previous records paid for a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with my own guess being a final hammer price of around $10 million USD.  For vintage Rolex collectors this is the grail of all Rolexes of the Daytona variety.

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