It’s 9 o’clock on a Saturday morning, it’s raining cats and dogs in Amsterdam and I’m worried. Very worried, as weeks of meticulous planning, a fun-filled agenda of IWC Forum friends and Swiss watches from Schaffhausen is about to go wrong – but then, almost miraculously, the watch gods smile on us, the heavens clear and our group of 31 people gather under blue skies at the restaurant in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark for a fantastic day of IWC Forum fun.
Bill Barker, our senior Forum member from the USA, is passing through town with his wife Mary (who is wearing a gorgeous IWC Yacht Club Chronograph on her wrist), and for us it’s too good an opportunity to miss by not getting together personally to renew acquaintances and, above all, share our passion for those luxury timepieces we so enjoy collecting. Yet again, IWC has brought us together from as far away as Greece, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Austria and, of course, the Netherlands. The 2017 IWC BBAMSGTG (Bill Barker Amsterdam Get ToGether) is about to get under way.