Come with us on the journey to experience The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tour and the spirit of travel embodied in the Overseas collection. We take you with us to Kyoto and Tokyo, get a taste of Japan and attend the launch event of the Overseas Worldtime.
Day 1: Kyoto
We flew in directly from Singapore on SQ 318 into Kansai International Airport and was transported by private limo to our abode for the first two evenings. The beautiful Ritz Carlton.
The Ritz Carlton Kyoto
The Ritz Carlton is centrally located, and within walking distance to Gion and some interesting markets and temples. The hotel is set along the banks of the Kamo River, with rooms overlooking.
Cycling in Kyoto
The hotel offers a variety of programs, and the Singapore contingent comprising of VC management and journalists went for a leisurely bicycle ride along the Kamo River and visited the Shimogawa Shrine.
The Kamo River, by the side of the Ritz Carlton Kyoto, and the cycling path.
Dinner at Fortune Garden Kyoto
The evening’s dinner was a short walk from the hotel at Fortune Garden which served a French-Japanese fusion style cuisine. But of course the highlight of the evening for us were the watches.
Day 2: Kyoto Cultural Immersion
The next day, we were totally immersed in Japanese and VC tradition. We began with a visit to the largest Zen Buddhist Temple in Japan, the Taizo-In Temple and its sprawling grounds. The temple complex dates back some 600 years, and we had our Cultural Immersion Workshops within.
Workshops at Taizo-in Zen Buddhist
Ikebana is the Japanese art of floral arrangement. It is said to embody not only the visual spectacle of the floral arrangement and its harmonious beauty, but also tends to the spirit.
Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony
Overseas Design experience
During the Overseas Design session, we were given a glimpse of the process that resulted in the magnificent Overseas collection. VC’s Artistic Director, Christian Selmoni shared with us the fascinating process.
Geisha evening at Kiyomizu Temple
This was the highlight of the trip. These days, booking a Geisha is not as easy as it used to be. “One needs connections to connections” to secure an evening of culture with these famous ladies. The setting was the magnificent Kiyomizu Temple.
During dinner the Geisha and Maikos (trainee Geisha) mingled with us, serving sake and beer.
Geisha is a cultural experience, and she spends all her day training. In dance, in music, in song, and in the art conversation. Normally Geishas converse in Japanese, of course, but the four in attendance were also selected because they could speak English.
Day 3: Tokyo VC Overseas Worldtime Launch Gala Dinner
We were transferred by Japanese technology, on board the Nozomi Express, the fastest of the famous Shinkansen (Bullet Train). Took a total of 2 hours 30 minutes from Kyoto to Shinagawa Station in Tokyo. Interestingly, the train was Nozumi Express 222, a nice nod to the Vacheron Constantin 222 which started the Overseas Collection.
We were booked in at Andaz Toranomon Hills, a magnificent hotel nestled between Shibuya and Ginza.
Photo session with Steve McCurry at the Andaz Toranomon Hills
With us on the Overseas Trip was world famous photographer Steve McCurry. He asked us to submit one photograph each from our walkabout in Kyoto the day before, and he reviewed it on his way to Tokyo. We had a photo review session with him, where he gave tips and views on our photographs.
Gala Dinner for the launch of the VC Overseas Worldtime at Terrada
The trip ended all too soon, and peaked at the launch of the VC Overseas Worldtime. We had a lengthy hands-on session on the watch earlier, and published our review of the Overseas Worldtime here. With Steve McCurry in partnership with VC and travelling the world to share his unique viewpoint on interesting man-made structures around the world. A photo exhibition was held at the event site at Terrada.
And the watch was launched. The VC Overseas Worldtime, part of the new travel inspired Overseas collection.