Scenes from “Inside-Basel-Geneva” Chicago

IBG_Chicago_150Last night WatchTime and Jeff Kingston hosted the first of this year’s “Inside Basel-Geneva” watch collector events at the Union League Club in Chicago. It was the first IBG event held at the historic venue, and judging by the response of the sponsoring watch brands and the nearly 200 guests who attended (many of whom braved the snarled traffic caused by Chi-Town’s current teachers’ strike), it was a smashing success.

In between mingling with guests and watch brand representatives, I managed to snap a few photos of the cocktail hour and presentation dinner, a few of which are below. Check out later this week for a full report on the Chicago IBG, including photos from our event photographer and quotes and reactions from both sponsors and attendees.






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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.


  1. Dennis Clemente on Facebook says:

    It was an amazing event. Had a blast. Kudos to all the staff in making the event spectacular.

  2. Jonathan Ocab on Facebook says:

    I registered for the LA event on Oct 4. I figure it should be an entertaining evening.

    • WatchTime says:

      Thanks, Jonathan. Our Chicago show has been an amazing start for this year\'s IBG season and we expect or show in L.A. to sell out in the next couple of days. So that is going to an exciting show as well. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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