Watch in the dark

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - By S.S. YOGA star2@thes­tar.com.my

Gc launches its time­piece at an un­usual din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Iread about an event in Bangkok where din­ers got to dine in the dark. and there are restau­rants in Paris and Lon­don that do this on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. Some of the wait­ers at these es­tab­lish­ments are vis­ually im­paired.

It’s an in­ter­est­ing con­cept, cer­tainly.tainly. But it made me won­der why one would want to feast on some­thingth­ing and not be sure of what you’re eat­ing? af­ter all, isn’t din­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence of taste but sight too?

and it must be a messy, and pos­si­bly bloody af­fair, with forks and knives di­rected any­where but one’s mouth!

So it was with much cu­rios­ity, and slight trep­i­da­tion, that I at­tended the launch of Gc’s new Sport Class XXL Black­out watch.

The clever folks at re­tailer FJ Ben­jamin took the term “black­out” lit­er­ally and or­gan­ised a three-course din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the dark at the aptly-named Black Box the­atre in So­laris du­ta­mas, Kuala Lumpur.

Pre-din­ner en­ter­tain­ment con­sisted of puns and jokes from the me­dia mem­bers about be­ing served all sorts of un­men­tion­ables and none be­ing the wiser for it.

It helped that they were gen­er­ous with the cham­pagne be­fore din­ner started. Guests were then led in pairs to their ta­ble. It was quite dark but there was a dim glow that helped us find our way to the ta­ble.

Of course, the dimmed light­ing

was to en­sure that the food “landed” on the ta­ble and not the diner. Ini­tially, we cheated and sur­veyed the dishes with the use of light from our mo­bile phones.

We were chas­tised gen­tly by the em­cee of the night, singer/host Hunny Madu and told to switch off the phones. did we? Of course not! Other than chat­ting in be­tween serv­ings, we needed to do what Malaysians do best, be busy­bod­ies on Face­book.

Hunny’s task con­sisted of read­ing out the menu as each dish was served and also en­ter­tain­ing us with some ban­ter. and the menu was suit­ably “black­ened” for the oc­ca­sion.

The ap­pe­tiser was Black Mus­sel “Is­abella” served with black olive tomato sauce. It was ini­tially a bit un­com­fort­able to get to the mus­sel with cut­lery. I dis­pensed with good ta­ble man­ners and just dumped it in my mouth and let my tongue do all the work. af­ter all, no one could see me!

Next up were the Black Bean Mine­strone with earl Grey Prawn Tom Yum on the side and Char­coal Toast Bal­sam­ico and Tofu ro­jak. Then the mains came com­pris­ing Squid Ink Tonnarelli aglio Fungi, Chicken Hi­tam Ma­nis and Tapenade Crusted Sea Bass. While I was lit­er­ally stab­bing at the chicken (try do­ing that in the dark), it was quite a de­li­cious combo. Too bad the pasta was un­der­cooked.

The dessert, which was mainly Black raisin Tof­fee Cake with choco­choco­late­late gar­nish­ing was a good end to the meal.

In be­tween cour­ses, we were en­ter­tained by jazz song­bird atilia Haron with two songs. Two bad she didn’t do re­quests or I would have asked for Black Vel­vet or Hi­tam Ma­nis. Just keep­ing with the theme, folks.

But hold on, I do in­jus­tice to the rea­son for the evening – the Black­out watch. It was ac­tu­ally served to us on a plate prior to dessert ... but no, we didn’t get to take it home.

The watch, with its 45mm case is the new ad­di­tion to the Gc high-tech range for men. It uses a so­phis­ti­cated, matt fin­ish for both the case and the bracelet.

The all-black time­piece’s dial has bold hand-ap­plied in­dices and ara­bic nu­mer­als, pointed at by ta­pered hands, all in rose gold with a cen­tral lu­mi­nes­cent coat­ing in grey tint.

It has a uni-di­rec­tional turn­ing bezel, scratch-re­sis­tant sap­phire crys­tal and a water re­sis­tance of 100m.

The watch is priced at rm3,080 and avail­able at all Guess Bou­tiques, Guess ac­ces­sories Stores and City Chain out­lets.

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