Don’t worry, nothing permanent, just our Christmas breakup to cap off a great year of get-togethers. We were honoured to welcome two interstate visitors who flew in especially for the occasion. And while ‘wine flights’ are all the rage these days to accompany meals, we had ‘horology flights’ of Rolex, Patek, and independents. There are many pieces that I failed to photograph (hopefully my friends can add to this post) but I will let the watches that I did capture speak for themselves.
Until February 2012 ...
A Panerai heavyweight ...
At every GTG we are treated to the evolution of Tom’s project ...
... and now he is teaching himself hand engraving!
We enjoyed a private upstairs room at Scopri, an Italian restaurant focusing on regional Italian cuisine which sources both fresh local produce and imported ingredients that are unique to Italy. The food is honest and the attention to culinary detail was obvious in the well cooked and seasoned dishes. A variety of flavours, colours and textures were enjoyed by all. Even better was the fact that the Scopri allows BYO (bring-your-own) wine. This was a popular way to dine out and enjoy your cellar decades ago, but BYO restaurants are a dying breed here. But for Scopri we were able to raid the cellar and enjoy some aged Aussie classics.
Amaro Montenegro, a distilled bitters from Bologna, was our newfound friend for the late evening …
i have huge respect for someone who can make their own watch. i've loved every piece that Don Corson has made and yours look like they could be as interesting so feel free to pm me details.
new faces and see some amazing pieces.
Food was good and wine was exceptional
Thanks to all
Not to the break-up hehe (Andrew you're good at picking titles, I clicked into this immediately after a mild heart flutter when reading the title!)!! But to what you guys have achieved in 2012!! All these wonderful gatherings shared with us through Andrew on this forum, I can feel the excitement, ambience, fun and the good food you guys had in Melbourne!
That look like an awesome GTG, and I think I know who are the visiting brothers and sisters What a spectacular gathering of Indies! It's great to see how Tom's work is progressing, it looks fantastic! Well done, Tom!
Looking forward to another year of wonderful gatherings from brothers and sisters down south!
Whenever I get a chance to head down south, you'll be the first to know!!
Three hours sleep and my espresso machine is off being upgraded and temperature mapped. No morning coffee! The stuff of nightmares.