Patiently, Reto Stöckli took
his time to explain some details about the watches, answering
questions, telling stories from the "good old days", ...
I managed to spot a (minor) error in the exhibition, maybe you
can find it as well in the gallery.
Many collectors registered for the
auction, and later in the evening, it became clear that this
was a good idea :-) We all received an auction catalogue
(super heavy, super nice) and the registered bidders received
a bidding paddle.
Around noon, it was time again for lunch. Swatch had reserved a room in one of Hong Kong's nicest traditional chinese restaurants: City Hall Maxim's Palace. It showcases the best of Cantonese cuisine and dim sum, and is an exciting restaurant with an amazing view of the Victoria Harbour. Finally, some real chinese food!
And we had some fun with the
Then, we had a few hours off.
Time for a walk through the city...
Finally, the great moment had come
and we left with the buses for the auction at the Four Seasons
hotel. Everybody had dressed up nicely, some with brand
Lots of champaign was served (in order to enable a "spending" mood? :-)
The auction stage in the greatball
room was decorated in style, and the about 350 invited guests
slowly filled the room.
And then, the auction began.
Tense atmosphere, lots of bids from the room, on the
telephone, and on the internet.
of the lots (including results!) can be found at the
Phillips de Pury & Company website.
Here are some video snippets from
the auction preview and the auction itself. You will get
an idea how quickly the auction passed by...
So the auction was a huge success:
for Linda Blum (she had patiently, and very friendly, signed
autographs for collectors in the morning preview), for the
Swatch collectors, and for Swatch of course as well.
is another video from the preview and the actual auction.
A few hours later, the ballroom
looked a bit different. Time to collect a few
thrown-away catalogues :-)
This essentially marked the end of
We had one extra day in Hong Kong,
so we took the ferry to Kowloon...
We took the usual touristic trail
(Nathan Road, Electronics Market, Sports Market, ...). A
completely different shopping experience to the our well known
western shopping streets. We did not buy much there,
though. The afternoon coffee (yes, it should have been
tea) at the Peninsula Hotel was
our ferry back to HK central
apple store HK, always welcome due to free Wifi :-)
Well, that was it. A fantastic
trip for six days in total. Thanks to everyone from Swatch
/ Swatch The Club (Sabina, Rahel, Enid, Reto Stöckli, ...
[sorry if I forgot someone]) for making this possible. A
truly "once in a lifetime" experience, absolutely perfectly
organized from the first to the last minute. And some of
us will have their own Swatch watch (with their own ref.no. :-)
as a unique souvenir :-) Priceless...
Here is an overview picture of all
the stuff that event participants received:
More event pictures and impressions
and Toty Booms (Shanghai,
20-MAR-2012: Spiegel Online (Germany) has a nice
about the Swatch Art Peace Hotel and the artists currently
Andreas Wiethoff, 15-DEC-2011.
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