MF: What are these events like?
BB: The local Dutch and Belgium guys organize the events. Mark L., 8541 and Clemens, Cinq, are the lead in getting the venues and activities in Amsterdam set for us. The events include lunches in Vondel Park, a luxury dinner with special guest speakers and presentations, canal boat rides, and visits to the Boutique.
We had a special guest join us in June ... Natascha Ambrogio, the wife of our late friend Giovanni. She came to meet her husband’s fellow collectors. It was time for us to pay our respects to our buddy who left us way too early.
Last year, Tonny Berteloot suggested we moved the GTG to Ghent, Belgium. Once again we had fine meals, canal boat rides, and sadly a tribute to our departed Forum member, Kevin Devine.
It is my great pleasure to have the opportunity to share my passion and time with so many friends.
MF: Indeed, this seems to be something special.
BB: I treasure the friendships and the shared passion. In retirement, I have the time to meet with fellow collectors almost any time anyone is in NYC or at least annually in Europe. Doing this is an important part of my life exceed only by the importance of family.
MF: I appreciate how you love your watches and your friendships here. Thank you so much for your time sharing this with us.