Much thanks to Tonez for being the kind designated driver, even though we were not on alcohol!! LOL! Just amazing Italiano Cappuccino.
Definitely this was a great trip out to Padova and Venice to meet these great guys whose knowledge in vintage Rolex surpasses me by 500 miles.
Short session but the bonding was enough to get us all excited about checking one another's watches.
The shop visit at Elvio's (what an amazing individual, and extremely comical!!) was an experience of a lifetime. Having wristed 2 x 6538 big crown, and 2 Paul Newman 6241 and 6240, I am at this nano-second having both BC and PN fever.
Somebody just Rolex'ed me sideways, upside down. LOL, and that's you Cristian for yesterday's journey to vintage Rolex heaven.
I just explored the whole of Venice in a short 3 hours, it is an impeccable touristy city --- memories flashbacks after a 20 years hiatus since I was back. No swimming but I must say the currents are pretty strong with all the boats cruising in and out.
LMAO @ Fashion Victim statement. Well, being in the fashion capital of Firenze for 6 months where Gucci, Ferragamo brands were born, somehow you get influenced by the well-dressed Italians to a 1st degree. Not fashionable at all compared to your complimentary outfit, Tonez
ag was amazing as always, having met him for the second time, this is like what Hammer always say to the Paneristi's "So much more than a watch!" The watches come and go, but the friendship remains for a long time to come.
) Much thanks to him for helping me out with some parts I needed.
Typing this as I am packing my luggages back to Shanghai *sobbing internally*, can't bear to leave Italy at all. I can understand how the late Steve Jobs came to Firenze years ago, and rented a bike and explored the city. His Apple stores are very closely related to how he oversees the overall design - encompassing form + function. Italy is filled with a rich history and culture, and I hope to be back soon in Winter. My infatuation with Italy will not stop, not for a long time.
BTW, I am 34!! Well, you are right on the Chinese culture calendar where we usually add 1 year to the Gregorian ones....Tonez, you do know your Far Eastern culture well eh?
Vintage Rolexes is a lifelong pursuit for many of us, and I hope that we will be able to make it to Sir Philipp Stahl's upcoming Passion Meetings in which he has planned for the coming years.
Back to packing but I will be sure to post more pictures...very soon once I touch down in the Orient.
Arriverderci mio amicos!