My Look: With Love From Karl

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Last week, I received a fabulous surprise from the House of KARL LAGERFELD for the launch of their new ONLINE SHOP. This extremely sweet postcard clutch which is part of the «Karl around the World» collection adds this certain twist to every look and is sure to draw attention. It easily fits your cell phone, credit cards and lipstick. Moreover, it looks great with an evening gown as well combined with jeans and a sweater as I did for this shoot that was all about hearts and love.

My look: Double breasted tweed coat and lace-up leather pumps, both by Saint Laurent
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by H&MPedal Icon ’85 Indigo Denim jeans by Closed, With Love from Karl postcard clutch by Karl Lagerfeld, vintage heart earrings by Chanel, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Portofino Midsize Automatic watch with diamonds and grey alligator bracelet by IWC Schaffhausen.

LoL, Sandra

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Saint Laurent Heels and Karl Lagerfeld Clutch

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My Look: 5 Minute Style

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Sometimes when you are stressed and you only got five minutes to dress, the result turns out to be one of your favorite looks. This happened to me last week when I put together those pieces in a hurry and really liked the style. Isn’t the color of this long powder blue coat just divine?!

My look: Powder blue paneled wool-blend coaticon by Tibicropped hoodie with zipper and sequined Playboy bunnyicon by Marc Jacobs, grey wool mini dress with embroideries by BlumarineMonogramme embellished shopper tote, both by Saint Laurent, boots by Gucci, chain and padlock necklace by Chanel, Portofino Midsize Automatic watch with diamonds by IWC, diamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Pure Matt 100 denier tightsicon by Falke.

LoL, Sandra

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Happy 5th Birthday, Sandra’s Closet!

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OMG! This week had been so busy, that I have almost forgotten a very special day. On November 23, five years ago, the probably biggest adventure of my life has started, I published my first post and Sandra’s Closet was born. I am so grateful for all the amazing things that have happened since then. I travelled to the most distinguished places, met many celebrities and fashion designers (click here to see most of them) and appeared in many publications (check out the press section here).

Below I put together some of my personal highlights over the last five years:

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Being the face of the Closed F/W 2011 campaign.

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Walking a runway show during New York Fashion Week F/W 2012.

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I designed this limited edition “Zurich” tee in collaboration with Closed.

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I went with Montblanc for the ultimate Oscar experience to Los Angeles in February 2013.

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I became the ambassador for Piaget.

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Being at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles with Piaget was an amazing experience.

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In August 2013, we shot a fun social media campaign with MCM in Berlin to celebrate the limited edition collection: Craig & Karl – EYES ON THE HORIZON.

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I hosted a fun event with MCM to celebrate the launch of their new backpacks in November 2013 in Zurich.

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In December 2013, I hosted the Goldenized event at Patrizia Pepe‘s Zurich store.

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Before becoming the editor in chief of L’Officiel Switzerland, I had for three years, from 2011-2014, a monthly column in SI Style magazine.

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Being invited by Omega for a dinner with George Clooney in Shanghai in May 2014 (post coming up soon).

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Hosting a lunch with IWC and star guest top model Karolina Kurkova during the Zurich Film Festival 2014 (post coming up soon).

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Being an ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger’s BHI campaign in October 2014 made me very proud.

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Designing a Samsung tablet during the Mercedez-Benz Fashion Days Zurich 2014 that we will be raffled off soon here on my blog was an extremely fun project.

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And last but not least something I am really proud of: I am in a book that was launched recently in German during Berlin Fashion Week and in English during London Fashion Week (a detailed post will be published shortly). Fashion Germany, the new coffee-table 208-page tome presents the country’s most important people in the world of fashion.

My blog has taken me on such a beautiful adventure and I would like to thank you all for following me and supporting my work. Without you, the success wouldn’t have been possible. Stay tuned during the next weeks as some amazing raffles will be coming up to thank you for all your time that you are spending on Sandra’s Closet.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands, © David Biedert Photography, © Christoph Schemel and © Sandra Bauknecht

IWC Race Night

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One of the most exciting events of the year is the IWC gala held during the SIHH. Each year, Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhausen, brings glamour and worldclass celebrities to Geneva. One night that makes you feel more like being in Hollywood than in Switzerland.

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On the red carpet at this incredible event were Ewan McGregor, Zinédine Zidane, Karolina Kurkova, Ross Brawn, Eric Dane, Adriana Lima, Luis Figo and Matthew Fox, among many others. I had so much fun watching all of them arrive and was spotted myself…

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This year, the theme “IWC RACE NIGHT” was of course matching the house’s newest launch of its new Ingenieur watches that I had a closer look at during a tour around the amazing IWC booth earlier that day. (For the post, please click here.) The latest collection aptly expresses the spirit of the new partnership between the Schaffhausen watchmaker and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team.

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My look: Black jumpsuit by Michael Kors, shrug by D&G Dolce Gabbana, Elsie bag by Chloé, Tribute patent-leather sandals by Saint Laurent, cuff by Stella McCartney, necklace by Roberto Cavalli and earrings by Chanel.

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Together with IWC CEO Georges Kern, Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey compèred the IWC Race Night, while Nico Rosberg and his sleek Formula One™ racing car galvanized the atmosphere. The moment, we heard the sound of the engine, it was clear why each of the over 850 guests had ear plugs at the table.

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A spectacular competition between some prominent guests ensued when Nico Rosberg invited them to change the tyres on his Formula One™ car. In a simulated pit stop, top model Karolina Kurkova, film stars Matthew Fox, Jean Reno and Eric Dane, as well as Asian actors Francis Ng and Kiichi Nakai tried to get the sleek-bodied vehicle back on the track in the 3 seconds that were given to them.

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Personally speaking, the culmination of the night was a private concert from the British band Jamiroquai. Lead singer Jay Kay has such a rhythm and incredible presence on stage that  I couldn’t stop dancing all night… as you can see in the last picture.

Thank you, IWC, for letting me be part of this outstanding event!

LoL, Sandra

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SIHH 2013: IWC’s Pole Position

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This week, I went to Geneva for the 23rd Salon International de la Haute HorlogerieSIHH 2013. Of course, my first stop had to be the IWC Schaffhausen booth that had been once more the most impressive one seen at the famous watch fair. Do you remember the amazing Italian ’50s/’60s theme for the Portofino watches in 2011 or the aircraft carrier for the Pilot watches in 2012?

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Speaking of IWC Schaffhausen, you are talking superlatives which is entirely in keeping with the creative spirit that reigns at the Swiss watchmaking company. After the amazing launches and events of the last years, I had been pretty curious if this could be topped. And yes, they did it! As director Marc Forster said, “arriving at the IWC booth feels like arriving at a film set”. And this time, I arrived at a race track. The booth was filled not only with the most exquisite watches, but with the most stunning race cars you can imagine.

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So ladies and gentlem, start your engines. In 2013, IWC Schaffhausen embarks on the Formula One season as the Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team and relaunches the Ingenieur family that appears in a new, modern and very impressive light.

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Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, puts his finger on it when he says: “Three outstanding quality features set the new Ingenieur collection apart: top-quality IWC movements, sophisticated functions and innovative materials.”

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The story of the Ingenieur is strongly connected to the rapid progress made during the 1950s when technological progress dramatically increased the presence of magnetic fields. The Ingenieur, a pure and simple man’s watch, became famous as the antimagnetic watch of that time. When in 1976, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled the “Ingenieur SL” designed by Gérald Genta (above on display at the booth), an icon was born.

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In 2013, the Ingenieur has become the perfect watch for the racetrack as the set-up of a Formula One™ racing car and the assembly of a high-precision timepiece, both exemplify the art of engineering at the highest-possible level. Materials used in motorsport, such as carbon fibre, ceramics and titanium, are the hallmarks of the new design line.

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My favourite model: The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance (Ref. 3224) features a rubber strap with a textile inlay, which is stitched with signal-yellow or red thread.

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Personally speaking, it’s one thing to look at those photos and read all about those new must-have timepieces, but it’s quite another to strap them on your wrist and examine them up close. The new Ingenieur watches will surely be a hit for IWC, so better race to the next IWC dealer and get your hands on them. The pole position will be all yours, at least style-wise.

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What a beauty: The Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. 3792) features a perpetual calendar together with a digital date display and leap year indicator.

Have fun exploring whom I spotted at the booth and stay tuned for more photos coming up, especially from the amazing IWC Race Night with top celebrities from all over the world.

LoL, Sandra

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Michela Cerruti, daughter of Aldo Cerruti, an Italian racing driver that might be soon spotted driving the Formula One tracks.

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German soccer goalkeeper Jens Lehmann

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German actor Thomas Kretschmann

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Former French soccer player Zinédine Zidane with me

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Actor Ralf Moeller

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From left to right: Zinédine Zidane, Ralf Moeller and Jean Reno

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Boris Becker with me

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, Photos of 2nd collage: Courtesy of IWC

Happy Swiss National Day

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To all my Swiss readers: HAPPY SWISS NATIONAL DAY!
For all others who are not familiar with this special celebration, here is some information: Swiss National Day is celebrated with fireworks and a public holidayAugust 1st is to the Swiss what July 4th is to Americans, or July 14th to the French. This day was chosen because August 1st 1291 was the date on which three Alpine cantons swore the oath of confederation, an act which later came to be regarded as the foundation of Switzerland.

The Alpine country is well-known in the world for its chocolate (My favourite: Lindt), their watches (IWC, Roger Dubuis, Swatch, just to name a few) and the famous Swiss army knives (Victorinox).

The colours of the Swiss flag, red and white, have inspired me today to this cute outfit:
Floral-print cotton mini dress iconby Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, heart-intarsia cashmere sweater iconby Banjo & Matilda, red wrap watch by SwatchBig Kiss leather lips clutch iconand Paloma fan-pleat satin pumps, both by Charlotte Olympia.

Enjoy your day!

LoL, Sandra

A Night in Portofino

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P1000756IWC’s gala event “A Night in Portofino” brought together well known faces – including many Hollywood celebrities. Guests arrived on the red carpet and were able to browse through the beautiful exhibition that showed Peter Lindbergh’s Days in Portofino on their way to the main hall where they finally arrived in the carefree days of the 1950 and `60s.

The entire evening was outstanding showing a “making-of“ film of the shoot and an impressive performance of Zurich Opera House, with a 60-strong orchestra and tenor Neil Shicoff.

Another highlight of the night was also when Tim Jefferies and Georges Kern started to introduce the Friends of the Brand. When all celebrities were on stage, you felt like being at the Oscar’s.
Enjoy all those beautiful photos of a night to remember.

LoL, Sandra

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Ronan Keating demonstrates what this night is about: The launch of the new IWC Portofino watch family.

Ronan Keating demonstrates what this night is about to celebrate the launch of the new IWC Portofino watch family.

Elle Macpherson looked amazing...

Elle Macpherson looked amazing...

...on the red carpet in her floor sweeping black gown.

...on the red carpet in her floor sweeping black gown.

Unbelievable that this beauty will turn 48 in March this year!

Unbelievable that this beauty will turn 48 in March this year!

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Elle Macpherson with me.

IWC CEO Georges Kern with his wife Monika who definitely deserved a style award for her dotted stockings and the kitten heels!

IWC CEO Georges Kern with his wife Monika who combined her dotted stockings with kitten heels, well done!

Luis Figo and his beautiful wife Helen Svedin

Luis Figo and his beautiful wife Helen Svedin

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Hollywood in Geneva: Kevin Spacey with Cate Blanchett

I loved Cate's lipstick colour!

I loved Cate's lipstick colour!

Matthew Fox with his wife Margherita Ronchi who definitely would not have won a style award.

Matthew Fox with his wife Margherita Ronchi who was among the worst dressed. Those boots are a no-go for a red carpet gala event and the zebra look is pretty questionable, too. Her best accessory was definitely her hubby and their love for each other.

Me with LOST star Matthew Fox.

Me with LOST star Matthew Fox.

A wonderful opera performance was among the highlight of the nights...

A wonderful opera performance was among the highlight of the nights...

...as well as Ronan Keating's performance on stage.

...as well as Ronan Keating's singing some of his hits on stage.

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Me framed by bestselling author Paulo Coehlo and Ronan Keating.

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Elle talking to Ronan...

...intensively...

...intensively...

...and obviously very funny.

...and obviously very funny.

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Malin, wife of Tim Jeffries, Elle Macpherson and Lilly Becker

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Malin and Tim Jeffries

Elle Macpherson, Marc Forster and Cate Blanchett.

Elle Macpherson, Marc Forster and Cate Blanchett.

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Cate Blanchett with me.

Zinédine Zidane with his wife Véronique at the table.

Zinédine Zidane with his wife Véronique in little D&G dots.

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Georges Kern asked all celebrities on stage...

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...among them Boris Becker, Elle Macpherson...

...and Jean Reno.

...and Jean Reno.

...Kevin Spacey imitated Bill Clinton and sang for us...

Kevin Spacey imitated Bill Clinton...

...and sang something for us...

...and sang something for us.

Cate Blanchett gave away some private details from the shoot in Portofino.

Cate Blanchett spoke about the shoot in Portofino.

A kiss on the hand could be answered like this...

A kiss on the hand... what a gentleman!

Peter Lindbergh...

Peter Lindbergh...

Peter Lindbergh took a photo of the Oscar-like crowd on stage.

...took a photo of the Oscar-like crowd on stage.

The amazing night ended to the sounds of Byblos.

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Getty Images for IWC

Hollywood in Switzerland

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The IWC booth at the 21st SIHH was designed in the style of the 1950s and `60s right down to the last detail, transporting the visitors to the Italian-style joie de vivre of Portofino, to the sweet dolce fa nienteas the hours go by.
The hostesses were dressed in beautiful petticoats with make-up and hair finishing off the perfect vintage look. A scooter parked in front of the “Via Scafusia”, an ice-cream vendor, a cinema for press presentations were just among those amazing ideas to create the wonderful surrounding.
Have fun seeing all the celebs who came to the fair. Hollywood made in Switzerland, two thumbs up!

LoL, Sandra

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Georges Kern, CEO IWC, in his office at the booth where he welcomed the celeb friends of the brand

Georges Kern, CEO of IWC, in his amazing office at the booth.

On display his well-deserved award.

On display his well-deserved award...

...and the beautiful photo book by Peter Lindbergh.

...and the beautiful photo book by Peter Lindbergh.

Tim Jeffries shares a laugh with Ronan Keating.

Tim Jeffries had a good laugh with Ronan Keating...

Tim Jeffries and Ronan Keating attend the IWC event.

...before inspecting all the beautiful new Portofino watches.

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Tim Jeffries with me.

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Vitali Klitschko had a brief conversation with Ion Tiriac about sports.

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Boris Becker with me.

Lilly Becker with me.

Lilly Becker with me.

French former soccer player Zinédine Zidane with Georges Kern.

French former soccer player Zinédine Zidane with Georges Kern.

Luis Figo greets Joachim Loew, football trainer and one of the best dressed men.

Luis Figo greeted Joachim Loew, soccer trainer and one of the best dressed men.

Director of 007 Quantum of Solace Marc Forster with me.

Director of the 007 James Bond movie Quantum of Solace Marc Forster with me.

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That is me taking the photo below...

...of Kevin Spacey and Georges Kern enjoying the photos.

...of Kevin Spacey and Georges Kern enjoying the photos.

Later on, Cate Blanchett looked at the amazing photos.

Later on, Cate Blanchett looked at the amazing book.

That might have been one of her favourite shots.

That might have been one of her favourite pages.

Peter Lindbergh with Cate Blanchett.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh with Cate Blanchett.

LOST actor Matthew Fox surprised with his beard.

LOST actor Matthew Fox surprised with his beard.

And here she comes: Gorgeous Elle Macpherson.

And here she came: Gorgeous Elle Macpherson.

On the scooter with colleague Matthew Fox.

On the scooter with colleague Matthew Fox.

Loved her look with the red shoes and the little toe rings.

Loved her look with the red shoes and the little toe rings.

Elle greeted cheerfully Peter Lindbergh.

Elle greeted cheerfully Peter Lindbergh.

Elle Macpherson with Georges Kern.

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht, © Getty Images for IWC

The Portofino Collection from Schaffhausen

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This week I went to the 21st SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva. This private trade fair is a landmark event for the fine watch sector, and at this year’s show, 19 watch brands presented their new products, including Baume & Mercier, Cartier and Montblanc among others. IWC Schaffhausen definitely topped everything, celebrating the launch of their latest generation of its Portofino family.

Portofino that stands for the dolce vita of the 1960s had inspired the name of the IWC watch collection that took the world by storm in 1984 when its first model hit the market. It was the result of a happy union between the pocket watch and wristwatch.

So let me introduce you to those new members of rare beauty and simple elegance.


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12_PF_Automatic_RGBThe Portofino Automatic (Reference 3565), the unassuming star from Schaffhausen, will be available this year with a reworked design in a contemporary 40-millimetre case. Its classical shape is reminiscent of the IWC models from the 1960s without overdoing the retro vibe.

The watch can be customised with a strap or Milanese bracelet that is made of tightly woven wire mesh and that was highly popular during this era.
For further information, please click here.



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09_PF_Chronograph_RGBThe Portofino Chronograph (Reference 3910) is the elegant way to stop time. Inspired by the classical, functional design that characterised the Italian sports cars of the 1960s, it is a very understated watch making no exhibition of its sporting ambitions. The displays and stopwatch controls are elegantly integrated.
Apart from the classical alligator leather straps, it is also available with a cool but snug-fitting Milanese mesh bracelet.
For further information, please click here.





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04_PF_Dual_Time_RGBOne watch – two times: The Portofino Dual Time (Reference 3610) is the perfect companion for the sophisticated world traveller with its understated 24-hour display in the upper half of the dial that keeps him reliably informed about the time back home. The unique elegant alligator straps are handmade by Italian top-quality shoemaker Santoni. Each strap is one of its own.
For further information, please click here.



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14_PF_Hand-Wound_Eight_Days_Back_RGBThe Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days (Reference 5101) is the family’s new flagship with its newly developed IWC-manufactured 59210-calibre movement and power reserve display that will run for full eight days. This watch comes also with a one-of-a-kind leather strap made by Santoni.
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Renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh captured the mood of the IWC Portofino 2011 watch family with amazing photos shot last summer in the picturesque Italian harbour town and featuring a crowd of A-list celebrities like Boris Becker, Cate Blanchett, Elle Macpherson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Jean Reno, Kevin Spacey, Marc Forster, Ronan Keating, Tim Jefferies, Zinédine Zidane, just to name a few.
Georges Kern, the brand’s CEO, brought Hollywood to Switzerland as most of them were party attendees and even visited the booth. Stay tuned for some gorgeous photos that I took. In the meantime enjoy this feast for the eyes: “Days in Portofino“ with famous Peter Lindbergh.

LoL, Sandra

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IWC’s New Masterpiece

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There is nothing sexier than a big statement men`s watch on a slim fragile woman`s wrist. Imagine that stunning trendy look: sequined top, skinny distressed jeans, boyfriend`s blazer, fringed scarf, sloughy bag and strappy sandals combined with that IWC Portofino watch. Cool but still very feminine.

Swiss watchmaking company IWC Schaffhausen is producing masterpieces that are not only attracting watch connoisseurs but also delight the admirers of luxury and fashionable brands.

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IWC is famous for their pilot watches that stand for the Maison`s DNA: tradition, perfection and passion for the engineer`s art. Among men, those pieces have always been must-haves, some even highly collectables.

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The Swiss company`s newest work of art comes this time in form of a book: “IWC Schaffhausen. Engineering Time since 1868” chronicles IWC`s fascinating history while leaving bestselling author (my favourite) Paulo Coelho to describe the origins of the individual product families and famous cartoonist Enki Bilal to illustrate these fictional short stories.

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I always find it hard to find a nice gift for a guy that is not in the price range of a Lamborghini. Therefore I am really happy about this gorgeous book (CHF 250.-; in English, German or French) that will be available at www.iwc.com and in bookshops from the end of this month; advance orders are now being taken.

 

My favourite author Paulo Coelho and me

My favourite author Paulo Coelho and me

Last Thursday,  I was at the vernissage and lucky to browse through the exceptional chef d`oeuvre  before the official launch date. I truly love the visual aspect of the book along with Coelho`s art of writing.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: Courtesy of IWC and © Sandra Bauknecht