WatchTime and noted watch collector Jeff Kingston are teaming up once again in 2012 to present the seventh annual series of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” events, which this year will all take place in five-star hotels and private clubs and will feature more watch brands than ever before. Held in five cities throughout the U.S., several of the events are already close to being sold out.
As in previous years, this year’s IBG events will feature a cocktail reception and watch exhibition, with wine, Champagne, and hors d’oeuvres, in which guests can see and try on watches from the exhibiting brands and meet brand representatives. This year, this portion of the evening will feature live musical accompaniment and will include as many as 17 luxury watch brands, from established industry giants to independent boutique watchmakers. (The roster of confirmed exhibitors is below.)
After the two-hour cocktail reception, guests will file into an elegant dining room for a multimedia presentation by Kingston, who will reveal and discuss the horological highlights from the watch fairs in Basel and Geneva. WatchTime and Kingston are planning added features this year, including short documentaries on several watchmaking topics and a discussion between Kingston and WatchTime editor-in-chief Joe Thompson.
During the presentation, guests will be treated to a three-course dinner, each created exclusively for that venue’s event, accompanied by sommelier-chosen wines. After dinner, for the first time at IBG, there will also be a Scotch whisky tasting sponsored by the Dalmore.
The cities holding IBG events this year are Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Anyone wishing to experience this unforgettable night with fellow watch collectors and aficionados should make haste. The events routinely sell out, and this year’s bigger, more luxurious show is already generating a great deal of interest. You can find dates, see more photos from past events, and order tickets for the event by clicking here.
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