One day after the hugely successful Treviso Swap Market
, a large international
group of collectors took the train at 9.25am from Treviso to the
Swatch Club Xmas event in Venice. Wisely enough, Nicoḷ had
reserved a complete coach for all of us. Everyone was happily
waiting for the train:
Travelling with "light" luggage all the way from NYC via Moscow to
On board of the train, we had some
trouble to find the right coach (it should have been the last
waggon but it wasn't). This was no serious problem as the train
took less than an hour.
Venice was very foggy upon
arrival. The fog lead to some complicated circumstances for
a few participants of the Xmas event, more about this
We were greeted by a few familiar
faces. So a warm welcome at the train station already.
The preparations by Nicoḷ and his team consisted of even more
than just a train reservation: Several water taxis were
waiting for us, so we could get on the boat fast.
Looking forward to the Xmas event!
After about 10-15 minutes, we arrived
at our hotel for the next two days, the very nice **** Hilton Molino
, a historical, neo-gothic building on Guidecca Island
home to a grand flour mill in 1895.
Giusy and the team from Swatch club
were waiting for us at the welcome desk for the Xmas event in the
lobby of the hotel. About 156 club members participated at the
Xmas event, quite a large group with many new faces! Each
participant received his welcome package which included a pair of
wellies, branded with the event logo. Fortunately, the
wellies were not needed during the three days, as we had no rain,
only fog with a few glimpses of the sun.
Photo session after receiving the welcome package
At around noon on Friday, the event
started with a lunch in the great hall.
Carlo Giordanetti (Creative Director
of Swatch) gave a short welcome speech and also held a first lucky
draw (with three winners) where the new Alessandro Mendini
artist special, the New Gent Spot
was given away. As this watch is currently only available in
South Korea, this was a nice surprise. Even better:
Each winner also got a promotional card signed by Alessandro
Mendini! Thank you Carlo, for thinking of us collectors when
you meet the artists....
Click here to read part 2 ("A
guided visit to the Giardini della Biennale") of my Venice Xmas