Travels in time

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 July, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 July, 2004, 12:00am

Contrast was the theme of the day when Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its watches at Italian restaurant Isola.

On the lower floor of the spacious restaurant there were lessons in Japanese tea-making, while the top floor was filled with samba music and Brazilian dancers in carnival costume.

The party was billed as an exhibition of watches for 'frequent travellers', not least because guests were free to roam and soak up culture from different hemispheres.

The tall, tanned Brazilian dancers drew admiring glances from men and women, some of whom couldn't resist lining up alongside them to shake their thing. Most guests acquitted themselves creditably dancing the salsa and samba, and the free-flowing cocktails helped loosen inhibitions.

Downstairs, the tea ceremonies provided a sanctuary for those in pursuit of quieter pleasures. Several guests even ventured on stage, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Revellers included socialite Yvette Yuen, model Lisa S, eligible bachelor Eric Fok Kai-shan and director of Asia Television Charles Yang Chuen-liang, as well as Jaeger-LeCoultre's managing director for North Asia, Daniel Rogger, and the company's international executive director, Jean-Marc Keller.