Blancpain, the world’s oldest watch brand, hosted a private dinner on Wednesday, February 27th at the renowned Eleven Madison Park in New York City. Alain Delamuraz, vice president of Blancpain, and Adam Bossi, brand manager of Blancpain North America, co-hosted the special evening welcoming the three Michelin starred Chef Daniel Humm as a friend of the brand.
In his welcome speech, Mr. Delamuraz spoke about the many links and shared values between Blancpain and Chef Humm such as the search for excellence, respect for tradition and the nurturing of creativity. Alain Delamuraz presented Chef Humm with a Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon timepiece which was specially engraved with “Bravo *** Michelin/Beard Outstanding Chef” on the caseback.
Upon being presented with his watch, Chef Humm reflected on his longstanding infatuation with Blancpain watches, which started with his father’s Blancpain and continued years later. While working in Zurich as a young chef he would admire Blancpain watches as he passed by the windows of the famous Bahnhofstrasse watch shops. These experiences kindled his love of the brand.
Guests were treated to a six-course menu specially created by Chef Humm for the occasion. The highlight of the evening was Humm’s preparation of his signature dish, lavender and honey whole-roasted duck. In an evening which paired watches and gourmet creations, the duck was preceeded by a presentation of one of Blancpain’s signature complications, the moon phase.
For the evening finale Blancpain presented, for the first time in the US prior to its debut at Baselworld 2013, its new Women’s Chronograph Grande Date.
As a Blancpain enthusiast, Chef Humm takes pride in alternating wearing his Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon and Villeret Chronograph timepieces. The Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon features a prestigious flying tourbillon, which Blancpain debuted as the world’s first wristwatch flying one minute tourbillon. “My Blancpain watches truly represent who I am”, said Chef Humm. “They are both classic and modern, sporty and elegant, and, of course, Swiss. The Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon truly feels bespoke, as though it was made and engraved specifically for me by people who really care about excellence and about attention to detail. My Blancpain watches are something that I know I’ll have for the rest of my life and will be a part of all of the great moments and memories that are yet to come.”