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
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 turntable :-)
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 new clothing!
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
And then, the auction began. Tense
atmosphere, lots of bids from the room, on the telephone, and on the
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 the
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 at www.swatch.stawi.de
and Toty Booms (Shanghai,
20-MAR-2012: Spiegel Online (Germany) has a nice report
about the Swatch Art Peace Hotel and the artists currently living there.
Andreas Wiethoff, 15-DEC-2011.
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