GQ (Australia) - - WATCH -

Of late, new col­lec­tion show­cases have too often meant evening af­fairs that in­volve board­ing boats. So many boats. But in liv­ing up to its new tagline #born­to­dare, Rolex’s lit­tle brother, Tu­dor, re­cently upped the ante with a cel­e­bra­tion of its 2017 pieces fea­tur­ing a night of fun and artsy cu­rios­ity in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with famed Tas­ma­nian fes­ti­val Dark Mofo – put on by the ge­nius types re­spon­si­ble for MONA. Forget hours of watch talk and in­stead en­vis­age a lav­ish pri­vate din­ner at the sleek Ho­bart restau­rant Franklin – un­der the won­der­ful stew­ard­ship of David Moyle – and an op­por­tu­nity to get up close with the new pieces. Noth­ing here was forced – though we did con­tinue to ap­pre­ci­ate the in­cred­i­ble value Tu­dor de­liv­ers, a brand that truly punches well above its pric­ing. While new Tu­dor am­bas­sador David Beckham wasn’t present, lo­cal brand cham­pi­ons, such as ac­claimed artist and for­mer GQ Men of the Year win­ner Vin­cent Fan­tauzzo, helped heighten the evening. Fan­tauzzo was joined by MONA cu­ra­tor Jar­rod Rawl­ins, who then led those gath­ered on an un­for­get­table night, show­cas­ing the fes­ti­val’s ‘Wel­come Stranger’ event, a stag­gered, pro­gres­sive evening that brought to­gether a wealth of var­ied and unique ex­pe­ri­ences. Of those, we learnt a lot about Royal Ten­nis, nat­tered about trees to the man be­hind MONA, David Walsh, ex­pe­ri­enced the work of Mel­bourne artist Spike Fuck be­fore nod­ding ap­proval to the glam punk of sparkly, rock god­desses Bitch Diesel (seriously, check these ladies out). It was all rather un­watch like – driv­ing home that Tu­dor’s cer­tainly will­ing to dare. And that’s a damn good thing.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Artist Vin­cent Fan­tauzzo and Rolex-tu­dor Gen­eral Man­ager, Aus­tralia Pa­trick Boutel­lier; guests en­joy­ing din­ner at Franklin; se­lec­tion of 2017 pieces; MONA cu­ra­tor Jar­rod Rawl­ins with Pa­trick Boutel­lier; GQ’S Richard Clune with...

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