IWC celebrates 'Da Vinci' watches at star-studded gala

Published June 9th, 2007 - 08:52 GMT

Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its new Da Vinci models with a star-studded gala event in Geneva, featuring a much-hyped stage play by Oscar winner Kevin Spacey.

Approximately 1,400 guests, including actors Cate Blanchett, Matthew Modine and Jean Reno, singer Ronan Keating, former sporting heroes Boris Becker and Kimiko Date among others gathered in Florentine palazzo for the event.

IWC CEO Georges Kern played the perfect host for the evening and displayed an animated film portraying the new Da Vinci models on the big screen.

The highlight of the night, however, was the performance of a self-produced play by screen and stage actor Kevin Spacey. The play, "Leo and Lisa," was created especially for IWC, and starred Spacey in the leading role as an inquisitor questioning Mona Lisa's smile. Actress Thandie Newton, of Mission Impossible 2 fame, took on the leading female role of Lisa.

The 15-minute play was recorded by a film crew, and the production will be accessible to the public as a short film on IWC's corporate Web site.



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