End of Week Jaunt

Sep 17, 2023,10:29 AM

After a long wait my 1860SS was ready. I quickly packed my bags, off to the airport, the usual stupid aggro there (why are UK airports soo unfriendly, inefficient and nasty?), and arrived in Geneva with my friend.
This was last Thursday evening, Gods! How could we wait until Friday afternoon.
We diverted ourselves with a delicious meal or two and, finally, started the walk to the Chopard Boutique.
As ever we received an embracing warm welcome (how do they do it? Every Chopard Boutique is such a pleasure to visit)
We were  taken upstairs where the third of our group awaited us.
Coffes, teas, drinks etc were offered along with the delectable Chopard chocolates.....yeah, yeah, yeah,,,,,,all we wanted were the watches.
At last the teasing stopped, and we received our masterpieces.
In my opinion they are close to Purist perfection: perfect size, beautiful dial, top notch mechanism with Geneva seal and brilliant finishing, and with a stealthy beauty that we all understand.
That evening KFS invited us to dinner. Guess what? More perfection. Why am I not surprised? Everything they do exudes the drive to achieve it.
KFS was his usual urbane sophisticated and charming self and Christine was a perfect foil for him. What an evening!

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Wonderful watch...

 By: fmc000 : September 17th, 2023-10:36
...and wonderful experience. I suppose this is just the way a luxury purchase should be managed by the brands but it looks like Chopard is more an exception than a standard. Congrats.

I agree completely

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:09
They are a class act. Regards Antony


 By: amanico : September 17th, 2023-16:40

I am fortunate enough to have the one with

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:12
the 8Hz movement, and titanium case. It's a hard choice. Kind regards Antony

That's the way to go.

 By: amanico : September 17th, 2023-16:39

Very true!

 By: patrick_y : September 17th, 2023-21:16
It's a tiny bit small in the Alpine Eagle.

That's it.

 By: amanico : September 17th, 2023-21:17

More consistent, maybe.

 By: amanico : September 22nd, 2023-19:52

Errr, maybe

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:10
Horses for courses? ) Kind regards, Antony


 By: amanico : September 17th, 2023-16:43

They will be making

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:14
100-120 per year. So it might not be easy to get, but you will get one in a reasonable time. Rare, uncommon, but not unobtainable! Kind regards Antony

Yup, mine, all mine!

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:15
I agree about its virtues. Regards Antony


 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:15

Huge Congrats, excellent and beautiful watch 👌🏻😘

 By: Watchonthewrists : September 17th, 2023-11:47
Enjoy it to the max

Thank you

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:16
I promise that I will enjoy it to the max! Regards Antony

Huge congratulations!

 By: mahesh : September 17th, 2023-11:54
Great choice…stunning movement, the classic case is made well and a guilloché gold dial… Wear it in great health!!


 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:17
I hope that you will see it soon. Kind regards, Antony

Great watch and a great way to get it. The buyer experience is important.

 By: ChristianDK : September 17th, 2023-12:01
Thanks for sharing your story it sounds like a memorable couple of days and that watch looks like a keeper!

Keeper it is!

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:20
It was a great experience. Overwhelming would be a good description. One is so used to offhandedness or fake warmth that the real thing comes as a bit of a shock. But here it is, a family biz that really cares about its customers......and in our industry!... 

This I guess is my dream watch.

 By: Derreck : September 17th, 2023-12:32
The one I come back over and over on my daily perusing of watches and reading about them. Maybe next year I will join the ranks of happy owners. Anyway enough rambling, congrats on your new watch, I’m sure it is a delight to wear. I wish you many happy da... 

I think

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:25
that this is almost the perfect (only God does perfect!) enthusiasts watch.n Also, whilst a huge amount of dosh in civilian terms, is a relative bargain. Deepest thanks to KFS and his team. Kind regards Antony

perfect enthusiasts watch

 By: wellingtoncromwell : September 22nd, 2023-13:25
its because the design had alot of input and influence by an uber enthusiast; specifically, the only cool Asian person that isn't a member of BTS, the one and only Wei Koh. He was the one who pushed hard for stainless steel. When I was shown this watch th... 


 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:24

Thank you so much Michael,

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:25
It is a honey, I am one lucky man. Kindest regards, Antony

It was that

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:27
Chopard are a class act and, at their top level, make watches equal to, or in some cases, better than 'the usual suspects' Kind regards Antony


 By: SALMANQ8 : September 17th, 2023-21:28

I totally concur.

 By: amanico : September 17th, 2023-21:30


 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:30
But I'm sure that they read everything. Broad minded people, us Chopard fans! It was a great experience, being a top client/friend you know about that. I just tag along! Kindest regards Antony

Beautiful watch. Congratulations on your early arrival. You must

 By: hora12reborn : September 17th, 2023-15:15
be the first on this forum to receive yours👏

I believe

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:25
that I was honoured to be the actual first delivery,,,,,by about 5 seconds!

A beautiful piece!

 By: lm6 : September 17th, 2023-16:06

Congrats, Antony!!!🎊🎉🎈🍾 Other brands can certainly learn from Chopard!

 By: Mach : September 17th, 2023-16:25
Please posts some wrist shots and enjoy this 😍gorgeous😍 piece!🥂

They could,

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:43
but they probably won't because they are all puffed up with their own importance. The Chopard ethos comes from the top down. KFS is a top man, but straightforward, warm and open. All his staff transmit this warmth and sincerity. It is pretty easy to undes... 

They are all true!!

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:48

Could you PM me?

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-16:54


 By: amanico : September 17th, 2023-17:52

Congratulations 🥳

 By: Horology75 : September 17th, 2023-20:26
Sounds like a memorable trip filled with all the joys a HoroBoy would like to experience

I strongly recommend it

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-22:10
I am sure that your local boutique would be helpful. The London one is top notch. Kind regards, Antony

I have never been there

 By: ant : September 18th, 2023-18:15
The Bond Street one is my usual go to. Kind regards Antony

WOW! Huge congrats!

 By: patrick_y : September 17th, 2023-21:16
I haven't had dinner with KFS for about 14 years! What a treat!

Indeed it was

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-22:11
Maybe it is time to re-connect with them? Kind regards, Antony


 By: patrick_y : September 18th, 2023-00:56
I'd love to catch up with him!

A beautiful watch.

 By: Jay (Eire) : September 17th, 2023-21:18
Enjoy it. Nice to hear about the overall experience. I have zero familiarity with the brand, the owners but all the positives above are noted. Did I read your post correct in that both you and your friend picked up one of these? If so, that would have bee... 

Actually, three of us!

 By: ant : September 17th, 2023-22:08
A triple header, as it were! I think that it is a great brand with quality up with the best, and wildly under-rated. If you have the time and inclination you might pop into one of their boutiques and experience it for yourself. I would be interested in he... 

Funnily enough, I did drop into one earlier in the summer.

 By: Jay (Eire) : September 17th, 2023-23:38
Specifically wanted to see this watch but of course there was none to see. I was a little rushed but will revisit. Sounds like a great little trip.