• Connoisseur
    17 Apr 2023, 3:01 p.m.

    I have just returned from an absolutely fantastic three week holiday, the
    impetus being to attend W&W 2023 as part of the IWC Collectors group!

    People may think it's a long way to travel from Australia just to see the new
    releases unveiled, but it's the friendships - rekindling of old ones and
    making of new ones - that make such a journey worthwhile. There are lots of
    laughs, tales, anecdotes and watches to share. I consider myself very
    fortunate to have been able to attend this year and my thanks goes to Tonny
    and IWC for organising and hosting the various events during our time in

    In the spirit of sharing the joy, I'm going to post some photos from our time
    in Geneva... as well as some extra activities as part of my trip.

    Let's start on Wednesday, the day before the collectors could officially
    descend upon W&W. As you all know, this year IWC focused on the relaunch of
    the Genta Ingenieur. I took time to visit the IWC Boutique in Geneva to see
    first-hand some historically significant Ingenieurs.

    Lots of history and learning - the biggest learning for me, however, was that
    I can totally rock yellow gold!

    I also bumped into James Green, but we were too busy taking photos of these
    glorious Ingenieurs that we forgot to snap a shot of us together! We did at
    least manage to have a drink on the rooftop bar overlooking Lake Geneva.

  • Connoisseur
    17 Apr 2023, 3:44 p.m.

    That evening there was an informal Collectors dinner at Cafe Papon, organised
    by Ben, for those who had already arrived at Geneva.

    This was the first of many decadent meals. Mentally I tried to convince myself
    that calories consumed on holiday don't count. Whilst my mind was comfortable
    playing along with this untruth, my belly laughed and expanded accordingly.

    So good to be able to enjoy each other's company again.

    Jarrod was double-wristing two awesome DaVinci's: his first IWC and the
    birthday boy's Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in gold.

    And here is the birthday boy himself - Happy Birthday Tilo!

  • Connoisseur
    17 Apr 2023, 4:11 p.m.

    Thursday was our first day at Watches and Wonders.

    Before hitting the IWC booth, I took a moment to relax and started off with a
    little espresso.

    Since it was the relaunch of the Genta Inegnieur, the IWC booth leaned heavily
    into the sleek 70s modernist aesthetic. It looked fantastic, as did the

    How good do these look!!!! Extra exclamation points for Nad!

    Even the drinks were on point!

  • Master
    18 Apr 2023, 12:40 p.m.

    Great report and pics!!! Thanks, Anthony!

  • Connoisseur
    18 Apr 2023, 2:39 p.m.

    Thanks Jim!

    The forum has a limit on how many photos you can post per day, so this will
    end up being a multi-part instalment over a few days.

    It will continue...

  • Master
    18 Apr 2023, 7 p.m.

    Excellent reporting and photos, mate. I am so sad to miss seeing everyone
    again, but I am thrilled those who were there making new friends and
    rekindling new ones, as you said.

  • Apprentice
    20 Apr 2023, 5:46 p.m.

    Thank you for your very nice report and photos!

  • Master
    20 Apr 2023, 6:46 p.m.

    Thank you, Anthony, for a fantastic post and photos, I'm looking forward to
    the next installment!

  • Insider
    24 Apr 2023, 6:08 a.m.

    Thank you, I love it!

  • Connoisseur
    24 Apr 2023, 4:24 p.m.

    Thanks Bill - I fondly recall photo reports from your good self and others on
    the forum when I first joined. It's the least I can do to help convey the
    sense of friendship and community this forum fosters. I look forward to the
    day when we can meet again too!

    Henrik, Ben, and Peter - thank you as well. More photos to come...

  • Connoisseur
    24 Apr 2023, 5 p.m.

    So, where were we? Ah, yes. Thursday at W&W... the day continues.

    The Collectors were provided a guided tour of the booth. Our group had Walter
    Volpers, Director of Manufacturing, who provided some excellent insight into
    the production decisions in the design of the new Ingenieur.

    After checking out the booth we all grabbed some lunch together. Adam
    Craniotes happened to be walking by, so we grabbed a shot. This is Ben, Adam,
    Dr David Seyffer, the IWC Museum Curator and incredible holder of historical
    knowledge, and myself.

    Following our lunch we were ushered into a private room for a journal
    interview session with interns, Sebastian and Lucas. This was followed by a
    Q&A session with the Director of Research & Innovation, Dr Lorenz Brunner.

    At the end there was the ubiquitous table shot.

  • Connoisseur
    24 Apr 2023, 5:29 p.m.

    After the formal activities for day 1, we returned to the booth and there were
    a handful of collectors milling about. I took the oppprtunity to cajole them
    into a spontaneous snapshot in front of the IWC Ingeniuer wall banner. Despite
    being a tad over-exposed, there's no denying the suave and debonair cut of
    these fine gentlemen!

    That evening was the official Collectors Dinner at Cafe des Banques. I was
    seated next to Michael and Hannes and it was a privilege to be regaled by
    stories from these IWC legends. In what had to be the busiest week of his
    year, we were also fortunate enough to have the CEO, Chris Grainger-Herr,
    attend our dinner as well! These are amazing evenings.

    Chris wearing my ATBON 2020 - one of 8!

    Toward the end of the evening Ben was showing Hannes and Jarrod how to be an
    influencer. After a while, Hannes shrugged and simply said "Meh, I have a gold
    plated Kalishnikov." Influencer game: checkmate!

    Manadatory Menu and food shots...

  • Connoisseur
    24 Apr 2023, 5:49 p.m.

    Day 2 at W&W commenced with a closed-door breakfast session with CGH!

    After this we had a manufacturing session with Walter Volpers and Joaquim

    Following these sessions, we had lunch and then some free time to wander the
    exhibition space.

    Here's Jarrod, Philipp, and myself posing for a group photo.

  • Master
    24 Apr 2023, 8:28 p.m.

    Great pics and report of a fabulous event :o)

  • Apprentice
    24 Apr 2023, 9:01 p.m.

    Thank you for these really great photos!

    I get a little jealous... Should have applied to join the event...

  • Connoisseur
    25 Apr 2023, 4:55 a.m.

    Thank you Mark - it was a fabulous event and it was great to catch up again!

    Thank you too, Wil - I'm glad you're enjoying the show! Btw, you should
    definitely apply to attend any collector event. I can attest that it is
    fantastic to meet fellow collectors as part of a travelling holiday. It is
    also fantastic to meet them if they come to your home-town too!

    And, one final note, don't be hard on yourself for not applying.

    I waited 8 years before I even contemplated making an application. The next
    one, go for it!

  • Master
    25 Apr 2023, 3:43 p.m.

    Love your reports Anthony, well done and great photography!

    Kind regards, Bob