Paparazzi Launch Event in New York City
Pictures and report by Brian Pier
On Tuesday evening, 19-OCT-2004, some Swatch
Gold/Pioneer members met in New
to celebrate the launch of the Swatch Paparazzi watch. After
individual arrivals, we met in the evening
at The Time
Hotel (what a great hotel name for a Swatch gathering!). We first met
bar for a drink and introductions.
, Eduardo, and
Ricardo at the
Swatch employees greeted us with wine and told us
surprises on Wednesday. We were asked to keep the secrets until after
events on Wednesday. Frank Furlan, Swatch
Manager in the USA,
showed us our first glimpse of Paparazzi and provided information about
Swatch. Our celebrity host for the evening was then introduced:
Tracey and her friend with
Olympian Carl Lewis is very familiar to
many of us have met him at other Swatch events. He was very gracious
around the room for introductions and pictures.
We were then invited to the hotels penthouse for
The penthouse was a glass room on top of
walls and ceiling were all glass so we had a nice view of Manhattan at
dinner. The room was cozy and
contained three round tables that sat about 12 people each.
Nancy Wong and Jonn
ensured we were well taken care of throughout the event. (Sorry for the
Tracey Waldron shows us the Amuse Bouche
– a tasty treat before dinner. Tracey collects photos of her meals at
Appetizer was either a simple salad of
greens or this
Colombian Style Shrimp with popcorn.
Main course was either Crispy Skin Organic
For dessert, many chose this Valhrona
Chocolate Mousse cake. Very tasty!
Many photos were taken by the collectors. Some of the pioneer members had
not seen each
other for a
long time, so we had a lot of news and updates to share.
After dinner, we were given samples of the
to try along with instructions. We had a question & answer time
employees who gave us additional information about Paparazzi.
The next news was a surprise – Swatch announced
all go to the Swatch Store in Times Square
after dinner and be the first to purchase Paparazzi. They even gave us
special 50% discount (1 per person). Since Paparazzi sells for US$150
this was a very good discount!
Click here to read
part 2 of Brian's report about the Paparazzi Event.
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