GTG in HK.

May 29, 2012,20:58 PM

Lucky me! The Rolex Passion Meeting organized by Mr. Philipp Stahl came to HK for the very first time on the 29th. May 2012. The date coincided with the 59th. anniversary of the Everest climb by Sir Edmaund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay. Their sons Peter & Jamling were also present and gave a speech highlighting their fathers' accomplishments. Collectors and fans of vintage Rolex and Tudor from all corners of the world descended on to the venue to partake in what can only be described as a vintage Rolex 'orgy.' 

My thanks to Philipp for his kind invitation and hospitality - I will never look at vintage in quite the same way again!

On to the fuzzy pics. On hindsight, I should have taken shots of some of the phenomenal pieces I saw that were on people's wrist but with so much going on, I was too busy, like a little boy in a candy store. smile


On my way to the venue
On my way to the venue

Peter Hillary & Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Peter Hillary & Jamling Tenzing Norgay

Something is going on here
Something is going on here

Table shot!
Table shot!

Some watches on display
Some watches on display

Thanks for looking.



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Thanks for the report, my friend, and happy to see that you will make the plunge soon.

 By: amanico : May 29th, 2012-21:19
It is noticeable, you don't write in the same way anymore... There is a fever, an intensity in your words, something which means a lot. Best, Nicolas

Yes Nicolas..

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:18
the temptation is almost too much to bear! I will take my time though. I'm afraid what I really like now can only be found in a collection such as yours. Do you want me to adopt one of your big crowns? Cheers fernando

Thank you for taking us with you

 By: Bill : May 29th, 2012-22:47
Dear Fernando, You have given us a chance to participate (though only virtually) for that we thank you. Bravo to Philipp Stahl and thank you to all the collectors around the world that make and drive this passion among us. Best regards Bill

I'm glad you felt...

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:25
some of the vibes online Bill but I'm sure you would have been in your element in one of these meets. Chatting with other enthusiasts and hearing and seeing the pieces and the stories that goes with them, made for a very interesting evening. Best fernando

Looks like a great event!....

 By: DivingT : May 29th, 2012-22:59
..and thats a nice looking Milgauss in the display. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the event with us. Cheers Tony

My pleasure Tony ;) [nt]

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:25
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wow, very nice!

 By: MattS : May 30th, 2012-00:06
superb event! top watches...that vintage Panerai in the window, some rare Milgauss, and the rest!...thanks for the report, Matt

Thank you for making us feel apart.........

 By: Topcat30093 : May 30th, 2012-00:37
Of what was obviously a great evening. Regards Tony

It was fun...

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:29
to meet people from all over the world, with each sharing the same passion. My pleasure Tony for sharing some of it here. cheers fernando

You're very welcome Matt. [nt]

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:26
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open mouthed [nt]

 By: gensiulia : May 30th, 2012-00:51
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I can understand. :) [nt]

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:31
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Thanks Fernando ...

 By: AndrewD : May 30th, 2012-03:42
What a great opportunity to enjoy the watches as well as the people participating. Really appreciate you taking us along. Andrew

Philipp did an excellent job...

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-04:33
and the friends were very supportive. Glad you enjoyed it Andrew. Best fernando

Awesome post Fernando, I wish I was there. Thanks. [nt]

 By: Jocke - Bad Santa : May 30th, 2012-11:00
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I don't know if I would...

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-19:47
travel half way around the world to attend..but it being held in my hometown, it would be a sin not to show up. cheers fernando

Thanks for sharing this Rolex fest :) [nt]

 By: Miranda : May 30th, 2012-12:56
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I wish I didn't have to leave early...

 By: fernando : May 30th, 2012-19:50
it seems time really flies when you are having fun. cheers imran fernando

Hello Fernando! Thank you for this wonderful report...

 By: Subexplorer : May 31st, 2012-05:50
... and sharing your great experience with us! I wish I´ll be able to assist to one of these gatherings someday! I can understand you, that after assisting to a meeting like these ones, your own view about vintage and horology in general can change so muc... 

You bet Abel ;)

 By: fernando : May 31st, 2012-07:25
I'm glad I had the opportunity to see and feel first hand what this passion is all about. Of course reading all the fantastic posts here has prepared me somewhat but nothing beats the hands on experience. People were so kind and generous with their watche... 

Great pics and thanks

 By: rnaden : May 31st, 2012-20:04
Thanks for sharing this. Makes me believe now that my recent interest in Rolex is not a wrong thing and has made me appreciate (and wish) that the "crowns" I have will someday be photographed as history making pieces Great event and thanks for sharing the... 

My pleasure Richard

 By: fernando : May 31st, 2012-21:06
glad you enjoyed it.

Great report....

 By: Mike Wood : June 1st, 2012-11:46
your photographs filled in some of the parts of the event I didn't see! Philipp worked very hard and invested a lot in creating a memorable Passion meeting for us, and it is good that we can share it beyond the attendees! Great watches, very coold surroun... 

You said it well Mike...

 By: fernando : June 1st, 2012-19:50
the atmosphere, the passionate enthusiasm and of course stunning watches made for a hard to forget GTG! Philipp and Diane were the perfect hosts and I'm sure it wasn't an easy job putting it all together. I'm glad I filled in parts of it which you missed....