IWC Schaffhausen hosted a gala dinner on Monday at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong with its brand ambassadors Cate Blanchett, Zhou Xun and KarolÃna KurkovÃ¡, and photographer Peter Lindbergh present. IWC CEO Georges Kern played host, with Goris Verburg, IWC marketing and communication director, and BenoÃ®t de Clerck, IWC managing director, AsiaâPacific.
Earlier they had opened the Timeless Portofino exhibition, which marked the launch of IWC Schaffhausenâs Portofino mid-size watch range. The three ambassadors played a role in the exhibition, shot by Lindbergh, as did Emily Blunt, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor, and Adriana Lima.
The event coincided with the first day of the Watches and Wonders exhibition in the Chinese city, which is currently beset by pro-democracy protests demanding that Beijing fulfil its promise of granting universal suffrage for the 2017 election of the chief executive.
Beijing, for its part, suggests that the US State Department is interfering in the city’s affairs.
There was little sign of the concerns at the event as the 250 celebrity and VIP guests were entertained at the dinner, including Francis Ng, Anita Yuen, Audrey Ai, Jamie Campbell, Alfred Cheung, Brandon Chau, Leigh Tung, Julien Lepeu, Jeffrey Yau, Cissy Wang, Deborah Hung, and Amanda S. The renowned Shandong-born violinist LÃ¼ Siqing performed at the gala dinner.
The Timeless Portofino exhibition has already appeared in ZÃ¼rich and will go on to London, Miami and Dubai.
The shoots, by Peter Lindbergh