In the middle of the road, a huge
stage was built and we just arrived in time for the drawing of
the starting numbers.
yes, it was really warm, also in the early evening!
Ms. Emch (president of Swatch) introducing the Swatch Skiers Cup
And to top it all: The Swatch
Dancers were also there....
drinks at the Swatch container
Ski station Médran
In the evening, we were invited to
the presentation of the upcoming Swatch Sports Collection at
the Hotel Nevaï (also
including a fantastic dinner).
The new Swatch Sports Collection consists of six New Gent watches designed by six different Swatch ProTeam members:
Wonder Zebra by Mat Rebeaud (freestyle motocross [FMX]; SUOZ703)
Coco Ho (surfing; SUOZ143)
Courtney Conlogue (surfing; SUOZ706)
High Wonder by Xavier De Le Rue (snowboard; SUOZ137)
Wonder Flora by Anne-Flore Marxer (snowboard; SUOZ704)
Wonder Inspiration by Kassia Meador (surfing longboarding; SUOZ141)
ProTeam member Kaj Zackrisson
Four ProTeam Swatch watch designers were present at the launch:
From left to right: Anne-Flore Marxer, Mat Rebeaud, Arlette-Elsa Emch, Xavier De Le Rue, Kassia Meador
Ms. Emch introduced each Swatch
designer individually, and everyone could say a few words
about the "inspiration" of their respective watch.
Swatch has put together a nice
video about the launch event and the preparations before...
On saturday morning, it was time
for the big contest of the Swatch
Freeride World Tour finals at the Bec de Rosses (3222
meters) in Verbier.
About 8500 spectators were present
at the Col des Gentianes
(2950 m), a great place to watch the spectacle (maybe a bit
too far away, although we received Swatch binoculars).
Mont Fort (3300 m)
start of the ladies competition
Well, I won't bore you with all the
details of the competition and who won what, you get a much
much better impression from the videos that were shot from the
Maria DeBari (1st Women Snowboard) during an interview
In the afternoon, we had some free
time for skiing. As the weather was perfect (maybe a bit
too warm), this was a lot of fun.
Back in Verbier, the "slackshow"
was taken to the next level...
Swatch had arranged an autograph
session with the ProTeam members for the collectors.
picture by Swatch
In the evening, we had dinner at Le Hameau in Verbier, everyone who was remotely or closely involved with the Swatch Freeride World Tour finals was invited, so at least 200 people were there.
Afterwards, it was party time at
"Le Garage". We arrived a bit too early (at 11pm) and as
the party began only at midnight, the lights were still
"on". So we decided to call it a day and we went to bed
The participants at the event
received a special Swatch Freeride
World Tour 2012 (SUOB704C) in the paper sleeve. This watch is
quite rare as it was not available for sale anywhere during the
event and these were the very last pieces that were distributed
anywhere (except for a few that will be at the G&P
The event participants also received
the new Xavier De Le Rue
(SUOZ137) special watch:
And finally, an overview picture of
all the stuff that the collectors received at the event:
Thanks to everyone from the club for
a great event, it was fantastic to be back in my favourite
Andreas Wiethoff, 27-MAR-2012.
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