The Artworth at Bucherer event series takes us to Paris! Join us as we check-in at the marvelous InterContinental Paris LeGrand next to the Opéra and prepare for the event. Which rare certified pre-owned watches by Bucherer will we get to discover this time?
Checking-in at the InterContinental Paris LeGrand feels like traveling back in time. The iconic hotel was inaugurated under Napoleon III and is located in the heart of Paris. It offers guests a magnificent view of the Opera Garnier. The 5-star hotel boasts rooms and suites decorated in a Second Empire style infused with contemporary touches.
One of the highlights is the Verrière, a spacious winter garden inside the hotel. Seating is bathed in natural light under the vast metallic atrium and enhanced with giant ficus plants, white orchids and lights reminiscent of Parisian passageways. The serenity of the Verrière feels like an oasis in the midst of Paris' bustling streets. In the evening, an intimate atmosphere in the gentle glow of the large central chandelier awaits guests.
The Café de la Paix, a Parisian institution within the hotel, serves the great classics of French gastronomy. It has always been at the heart of Parisian art and art de vivre. Sitting down for a delicious French breakfast, we join an illustrious list of patrons, the spirit of Guy de Maupassant and Victor Hugo or the memory of Ernest Hemingway.
The central location of InterContinental Paris LeGrand is ideal to check out some famous sights by foot. For example the iconic Galeries Lafayette with their incredible terrace that can be visited for free.
From here, more sights like the Opéra or the Palais Royal are just minutes away by foot. The latter is one of our favorite places in the city. We love to grad a flat white at Kitsuné and settle down on a bench inside the Palais Royal Garden and read the newspaper.
The Louvre is only a stone throw away from here. While the exhibitions here attract large crowds, we usually enjoy coming here simply for the architecture. Historic buildings, restful gardens and modern elements make for a great combination!
When needing a break, where better to go than one of the many beautiful bistros? There are tons of classy corner cafés that can be discovered. We usually like to sit outside and watch the busy city life unfold before us while enjoying a coffee or glass of champagne.
The Swiss watch and fine jewellery experts from Bucherer have set up a very nice boutique in Paris. It is actually situated inside the same iconic building as the InterContinental Paris LeGrand on 12, Boulevard des Capucines.
Not too long ago, a Bucherer Gallery was opened inside the boutique. This marvelous space is dedicated to certified pre-owend watches. These are timepieces that Bucherer acquires, services and offers again to its clients - with a two year warranty.
The Artworth at Bucherer event takes place inside this beautiful Gallery. Our events are always a great opportunity to discover rare and highly sought after timepieces. One example is this Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. With its 40 mm rose gold case, this reference 116505 comes equipped with the automatic caliber 4130.
Another exceptional piece displayed at the event was an Omega Speedmaster Professional "Silver Snoopy Award". Limited to only 5'441 numbered pieces, this watch was launched to commemorate the Apollo XIII mission. On the second sub register, the famous “Eyes on the Stars” was added. It can also be found on the case back.
But why is there a Snoopy on a Speedy? Well, at the time of the Apollo lunar program he was a very popular character and was liked by the Apollo 10 crew. Their lunar module was even named after him. Snoopy was therefore chosen as the watchdog for NASA's prestigious manned flight awareness award.
The "Silver Snoopy" is awarded to individuals and companies for outstanding efforts that contribute to the success of human space flight missions. Omega received its Snoopy Award on 5 October 1970 in recognition of the crucial role that its Speedmaster chronograph played on the Apollo 13 mission.
A heartfelt Merci goes out to everyone who joined our first event in France and discovered fine watches, exquisite fabrics by Dormeuil and enjoyed delicious champagne by Laurent-Perrier. We hope to be back soon!
To learn more about the Artworth at Bucherer event series, read this article about our event in Geneva.