We sailed for an hour and a half, passing many of Amsterdam’s historic 17th century grachten houses and other must-see sights, including the beautiful replica of the 1749 VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) sailing ship, the “Amsterdam”. Watch talk was lively aboard as the Champagne and beers were poured, and snacks served. A highlight of the cruise was a short stop to pick up some freshly baked Amsterdam poffertjes drenched in melted butter, and of course enjoyed together on-board with a traditional shot of Dutch genever.
The dinner venue, again with our own private dining room, was the perfect place for us to round off the day with lots of flair, and most of the gents used the occasion to swap out the watches on their wrists with many unique watches now making an appearance.
Of course, as is the tradition after the main courses and before the dessert arrives, it was time for the show and tell as the watch collections appeared, given that many of the guests have brought some of their best luxury timepieces with them and we are all keen to get some wrist shots and photos.
The time passed quickly, with our forum moderator keeping tradition with his quiz and handing out prizes, as well as attendees clearing a table and preparing for the now famous “table shot” photo session – where all the IWC watches in the room are put out on display for a photo opportunity. The table shot reflects the group, with some truly magnificent and special IWC’s on display including many scarce and rare Limited Edition watches.
Overall, a great IWC event, which no doubt will be repeated, and we collectors wish again to thank IWC for the great support of the Collectors’ Forum and the members.