Jaeger-LeCoultre and Haute Living celebrated the 85th anniversary of the iconic Reverso line at the Miami Design District Boutique where honorary guests and avid Jaeger-LeCoultre collectors Shareef Malnik and wife Gabrielle Anwar were presented with a Reverso Classic Small for their strong commitment and dedication to the Make-a-Wish Foundation over the years.
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The evening began with cocktails at the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique inside the Design District’s posh Palm Court where guests were able to scope out the brand’s selection of high-end timepieces while enjoying sips of champagne and light bites. Notable guests included Haute Livings CEO Kamal Hotchandani, Reggie Pierre, John Scarlatos & Richard Combs from Make-A-Wish, Alan & Ruth Zelcer, and watch aficionado Falk Preussner, who sported the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon I, a prime example of the Swiss watchmaker’s impeccable craftmanship.
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Hotchandani, Malnik, and Anwar all made powerful speeches in honor of the prestigious watchmaker’s rich 180 year history, highlighting the enduring style of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso. Anwar shared with the audience that her first cherished timepiece, was in fact, a Jaeger-LeCoultre. Ever since, it has remained her favorite possession. It was only fitting that the guests of honor were presented with this timeless timepiece.
After the presentation, guests accompanied Malnik and Anwar for an intimate dinner at The Forge. Members of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and 30 top watch collectors mixed and mingled while indulging in champagne and gourmet hors d’oeuvres before sitting at the restaurant’s famous wine cellar for a formal candlelit dinner.
After the meal, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Aventura and Design District boutique managers Michele Migliaccio and Fernando Gutierrez-Locken revealed the 2016 Novelties, allowing the guests to be the first in Miami to experience the impressive collection. “To mark its 85th birthday, we wished to offer a new vision of the Reverso, so that each individual can immediately recognize the collection that matches their own character and the model destined to become theirs,” remarksDaniel Riedo, Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO. Timepieces in the collection included: Reverso One Cordonnet, Reverso Classic with automatic movement, Reverso Tribute Calendar, Reverso One Duetto Moon and Reverso Classic Large Duoface.
Shareef Malnik and Gabrielle Anwar hold the Make-A-Wish Foundation near and dear to their hearts, with Malnik serving as the the charity’s Make-A-Wish Southern Florida division Ball Chairman for the past 11 years, taking after parents and lifetime benefactors of the foundation, Al and Nancy Malnik. The couple is strongly committed to helping support the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Malnik family and Gabrielle Anwar help raise millions of funds for the foundation each year at the annual Make-A-Wish Ball and other events throughout South Florida.