Sept 13th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

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Sept 13th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

Post by AlbertaTime » September 13th 2023, 9:03am

Hi all:

You folks are the first to hear these 2 things, and that's because you (and I) are the Lords:

1) there's going to be an article about this but, as I noted before, I've been kinda busy. Today, no exception. I was taken by a long-time friend to the Tianjin Modern Vocational and Technical College which has, according to their website "10 sub-schools and 3 teaching departments, covering 16 specialty categories such as Equipment Manufacturing, Electronic Information, Finance and Commerce" and the country's #1 most comprehensive horological training/engineering faculty, which operates, among other connections, in cooperation with Tianjin Sea-Gull.

The site states "There are more than 16,000 college and undergraduate students in campus" across it's programs, with 'about 100" horology students I was told.

The first thing you're hearing first, beyond that, is that I was asked, if I return next year, to give a speech to the horology students. I accepted, so I guess one place on next year's tour (I hope) is decided. No one else but you folks and family hears that til the article is written.

2) I met with Mr. Liu of Jintuofei yesterday.

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He had arranged to replace a missing lug screw on my beautiful blue Jintuofei tourbillon, which can be seen in more detail at the link, here (some of you might remember the case-back Image)

My China watch purchases, June 2014

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I re-met him a few hours ago, today. He had entirely re-cased the watch, provided two extra screws, plus gave me my old case back--and gave me a new watch, this very thin and very classy Jintuofei "bauhaus-style" sub-dial mechanical model.

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The generosity I'm shown here in China is pretty humbling.

It was quite a day, and I'm floored.
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Re: Sept 13th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

Post by AlbertaTime » September 13th 2023, 9:41am

conjurer wrote:
September 13th 2023, 9:31am
Sounds like a swell day, Ron. Kudos on the honor!
Thanks, John.

There are times I don't believe my life :-)
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Re: Sept 13th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

Post by AlbertaTime » September 13th 2023, 11:18pm

codguy wrote:
September 13th 2023, 12:46pm
So, so jealous over here.
I do understand.

i know I'm fortunate, and I take *nothing* about this for granted. I know things could change instantly at my age, but I don't know many folks my age who can say with any confidence at all that the best times in their life are in front of them, and I at least have some confidence that's the case.

This watch collecting thing has turned out to be quite an unexpected ride for me. I'm hugely grateful for everyone connected to it, and that absolutely includes all the 'Lords and ex-Lords. (Even Slowpo has his place in that :lol: )
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Re: Sept 13th update: AMCHPR China Tour 2023

Post by AlbertaTime » September 16th 2023, 7:18am

bbattle wrote:
September 14th 2023, 3:49am
Looks and sounds like you are are having a wonderful time!
I am.

Just arrived in Beijing, and spent the evening with Liu Shuli who had his start I gather more than 20 years ago as a seller and repairer at the Panjiayuan antiques market, and has owned his shop on Dongsi Bei Da Jie for as long as I've known him. I've mentioned him here a few times. Mr. Liu is now kind of a star Douyin, which is China's version of TikTok, talking about watches and clocks.


In the photo, Liu Shuli is in the gray shirt, and his graphic artist friend (who has a collection of American and Swiss pocket watches) is Mr. Bai Jing.
3Flushes wrote:
September 15th 2023, 5:01pm

The watches are fantastic, professor. <<<Quite the well deserved honor (and title) indeed.

Best trip ever.
Hah!! Professor is a stretch and I've met the real experts, so I know I'm not one of them, but I'll accept guest speaker :lol:

I know I'm going to enjoy compiling a few longer pieces on the trip, with lots more photos. Not all will be on watches, of course, but I hope folks get something out of them. I've seen some not-watch-related stuff that was just spectacular, too.
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