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IWC Schaffhausen’s 150th birth­day blowout at SIHH 2018 was a night to re­mem­ber, says Ni­co­lette Wong

very year, es­teemed vis­i­tors to the an­nual Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie (SIHH) fair in Geneva ea­gerly await Swiss watch­maker IWC Schaffhausen’s big, star-stud­ded bash, which is typ­i­cally held on Tues­day —Su­per Tues­day, as the brand calls it. Its 150th-an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion this year saw rivers of bub­bly flow dur­ing the cock­tail ses­sion, tem­pered by the canapes that were passed around. An ac­ro­batic dance per­for­mance fea­tured en­er­getic dancers dash­ing through the crowds of merry guests, cul­mi­nat­ing in a high that had every­one gig­gling as they shuf­fled into the din­ing room. In­side, a de­scend­ing struc­ture in the cen­tre of the hall set the stage for the evening’s per­for­mances. The pro­gramme kicked off with a rous­ing ad­dress by IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-herr, who paid tribute to the ven­er­a­ble Kurt Klaus, who, be­sides be­ing a watch­mak­ing legend, is also now a movie star. He was the main pro­tag­o­nist in the short film about IWC’S 150 years in the business. Grainger-herr’s charisma made him a hard act to fol­low, but con­sum­mate Amer­i­can crooner Aloe Blacc did an ad­mirable job, belt­ing out tunes through­out the evening, and even per­form­ing a duet of Amy Wine­house’s Va­lerie with long‑time IWC friend Ro­nan Keat­ing. By the time Bri­tish singer Paloma Faith came on, every­one was on their feet and danc­ing to the beat. The party later con­tin­ued back in the cock­tail area, where DJ Rollo To­masi spun late into the night. We have to say, even at 150 years old, IWC knows how to throw a great party.

Bradley Cooper Eric Har­land

Christoph Grainger-herr and Kurt Klaus

Jes­sica Ka­hawaty

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