All expenses paid by Tag Heuer? Lol
My interest is definitely serious. Perhaps you could start a separate thread on it and people who want to join get the details in a pm group?
What will be a dealbreaker for me is if it get's too expensive. It is really something I would prioritize in my budget though!
Some sort of down payment before the trip makes sense to secure commitment from people joining.
Can I throw my name in the hat too? Looks like I might be in Switzerland right after Thanksgiving on a business trip!
These are the TAG enthusiasts you are looking for
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Don't think I'd be able to go twice... pity, hope you guys all have a good time though.
Aaah maaaan, thought I would finally get my Tag Heuer canvas signed by the world influencer himself
Now Jim, I know it's a disappointment, but that's no reason not to attend. I'm sure you'll have a great time anyway...
Actually I had a nightmare last night. I was at the TAG Heuer facility and Mr Biver appeared and whisked me into a special room full of TAGs with brown straps... it was awful!
Well, with massive thanks to David, this time next week I will be in Switzerland and I will have been to the Giger Museum and the TAG Museum. I am super excited about both, but especially the TAG Museum (obviously). They asked if there was anything I particularly wanted to see, and the three I suggested are all there... this is going to be a holiday I'm never going to forget.
Next question - I'm not a flyer, is it okay to wear an automatic if you have to go through a scanner?
Wow sounds awesome, really glad for your sake!
I always take off my watch when passing the scanner but not really sure if you really need to.
Obviously you need to take down your watch to go through scanner along with your hand carry etc.
Now, i am bit OCD, i believe the scanner contribute to the magnetization of my watch. So i do little more extreme than just taking it down and putting it through. I normally putting it inside a pouch which i put inside my bag. (Not sure it's helps anything. Just my rituals)
Or i'll just wear Swatch when travelling.
I always take my watches off and put them through the x-ray machine.
Thanks for all your responses.. I read online that the x-ray machine is worse, because the belt uses magnets... and also that I should keep my hand away from the walk through scanner - the suggestion was to scratch my nose as I go through. It's making me nervous about taking my Heuer01 to be honest. Maybe I'll wear a quartz piece instead...
From the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth wearing their 1960s Heuers:
Late 1976 and we are going to announce and demonstrate to the press version 1.0 of our full 3D CAD system in a fancy hotel in London. At the time software was 99.8% transported on 1/2" tape (networks did exist but were mainly incompatible with each other), and the borrowed large filing cabinet-sized computer had no tape-drive. It did have a removable disc-drive though -- holding a magnificent 3Mb. I, as installer and demonstrator, had to take the disc and the tape to the computer manufacturer's UK base 20 miles away and transfer tape to disc.
The cost of transport was going to come out of what I actually had in my wallet on that day and I certainly did not have enough to take a taxi, so the London Underground it would have to be (think T in Boston, Metro in Paris, Subway in NYC, etc). Snag with that was that the scuttlebutt opinion was was the magnetic fields from the motors on the trains would corrupt any tapes or discs exposed to them. Nevertheless I took the magnetic media, did the transfer, took them back, and found they were uncorrupted, so the announcement and demonstration went OK. (I have skipped a number of other problems, if you want to know more I'll tell you over a beer, although might take three....)
At no time did I think that what could affect disc and tape could also magnetise my Carrera that I had been wearing for nearly seven years by then. Indeed as that was the start of my 12 years of intensive international travel still wearing the Carrera through airport scanners it still did not occur to me it might be a problem.
The Carrera? It's fine -- next week's watch in fact. Never been demagnetised. 42hours power reserve -- not bad for a Valjoux 7730!
Excellent, so why am I still nervous? I might wear my Grand Carrera GMT instead, it seems a bit silly not to as I rarely go abroad and I'll actually be able to use the complication for once!
That sounds like a fantastic trip!
Just one more thing: in airports, mainline railway stations and mass-transit any recognisably-expensive watch I'm carrying is in a zipped pocket and there is a beater on my wrist.
A reliable beater of course.
That's a really good idea in general, unfortunately! That was also one of the reasons to why I chose the Autavia as my first expensive watch, it flies under the radar on most of the bad guys. Or at least that's what I and my experiences tell myself. TH is a rather well-known brand but it's a bit easier to hide than yellow gold Day-Date or 45mm Hublot...
It's hard to know just what the tea-leaves know, especially about vintage watches, but in my travelling days always wearing the Carrera the Customs officials frequently wanted to look at it. Could have been its Rolex bracelet of course, but they knew I'd got something unusual. That Speedy was commented on by a Big Issue seller (magazine sold in the UK by the homeless for some income) -- I've talked to him over several years at his normal pitch and he's OK -- but it means you cannot tell what people know from their current circumstances. In Real Life I assume any self-respecting tea-leaf can spot a Speedy at 5 miles, even a Reduced, so that is a zipper candidate.
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