Who threw the best party or hang?
Broer: Tudor, without a doubt. They had an amazing show, with the Tudor Pro Cycling Team doing sprints and little competitions in the hall where the party was. And live music, of course.
Owens: Hands down the best party was Revolution’s fondue party, there could be a coffee table book made of the photos from that night alone. The best hang was with Karl and Caroline Scheufele at their restaurant, Chez Bacchus, being serenaded with “Pretty Woman” and drinking incredible wine. Two nights that made the chaos of the show more than worth it.
McUtchen: You can bet on Hublot for the best hang, and they didn’t disappoint this year. In a small farm-like chalet in the hills above Geneva, they hosted what felt like a big afterparty. There was Grey Goose on the tables in the place of sparkling water, and a superb vocalist doing the most elevated form of karaoke with a DJ I have ever seen.
Wallner: The intimate Vacheron Constantin dinner at Auberge d’Onex. Beautifully curated, tight guestlist. And they let us order whatever we wanted off the menu. The conversation was so refreshing after a long week of watch talk. At one point I was laughing so hard that my stomach hurt.
Gong: All work and no play for Complecto. We were out there hustling! But the best cocktails of W&W were definitely at the Hublot lounge. Magnifique!
Hast: No doubt the Vacheron Constantin dinner at its manufacturing HQ outside Geneva, designed and built by Bernard Tschumi Architects (2001-2005). It was an international press event and we had the opportunity to eat in the entrance of the building under candle light. It is a distinctly modern building and possibly one of the most beautiful In the watchmaking world (the concept of a curved metal envelope acting as a common denominator for both manufacturing and management).
What was the best thing you ate at the Palexpo, where W&W is held?
McUtchen: Any hardened watch journalist with a few rodeos under their belt knows that the beef carpaccio at Watches & Wonders is often the highlight of the fair, watches included. This year, it was not served. We want answers.
Hast: The Poke bowl!! But after 1:30, you were guaranteed the damn thing would have run out!
Wallner: The really salty pretzels followed by a green apple at the A. Lange & Söhne “booth.” That’s all I ate, actually.
Broer: If you’re able to get a table for lunch (not easy this year), it was definitely the poké bowl they served. I didn’t gain much weight during this Watches & Wonders, probably due to the semi-healthy food I had at the Palexpo.
Gong: The catering was off the chain but my favorite dish was a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. I ate it three days in a row.
Owens: I didn’t eat at Palexpo, I preferred to live off Coke Zeros so I could indulge in the multiple course dinners that ensued in the evenings.