World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi Receives The Surprise Of His Life At Haute Living Cover Celebration

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Blaise Matuidi poses next to his Haute Living cover

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Inter Miami CF star and World Cup champion Blaise Matuidi celebrated his Haute Living Miami cover with Ulysse Nardin at 57 Ocean.

Haute Living celebrated World Cup champion and newly-minted Inter Miami CF player Blaise Matuidi — its latest cover star — over the weekend with a beautiful  beachfront brunch.

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Blaise Matuidi and Francois Xavier Hotier

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Matuidi shows off his soccer skills on the beach

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The Saturday event began with a lovely cocktail reception, where 57 Ocean Developer Marcelo Kingston greeted guests and welcomed Blaise to Miami.

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Custom-made artwork for the Inter Miami CF player

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This was followed by a soccer demonstration on the beach, where the French MLS player played alongside two ‘next generation’ players, Francisco Raggio and Edison Azcona.

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Eduardo Kingston, Footballer Blaise Matuidi and Marcelo Kingston

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Custom soccer balls were on hand from Inter Miami CF artist, Alexander Mijares, adorned with the logos of event partners Ulysse Nardin, Haute Living and 57 Ocean; they served as collector’s pieces from event.

Blaise, who is a fan of Ulysse Nardin and wears his Freak X Gold every day, appears on Haute Living’s Miami cover proudly wearing the new brand’s daring Blast Tourbillon.

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Kamal Hotchandani and Blaise Matuidi

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Blaise and Seth Semilof

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Blaise then led a procession from the beach to the second floor of 57 Ocean for a second cocktail reception, which then opened to a French-themed brunch from Inedit Gourmet, both outdoor, with hand sanitizers from eOn Mist liberally dotting each surface to ensure the safety of each guest.

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Custom-made soccer balls

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Haute Living and Ulysse Nardin luncheon hosted In Honor to celebrate World Cup Champion Blaise Matuidi at 57 Ocean Miami

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The brunch menu

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Menu items included cured red salmon tartare with fennel vichyssoise; Croque Madame and poached egg, served with hollandaise sauce; lamb chops, grilled and served with aged mustard sauce and roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic; and a classic caramel flan for dessert.

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The setting at 57 Ocean

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Team artwork from Alexander Mijares was then presented to Blaise by Haute Living‘s CEO, Kamal Hotchandani and Vice President, April Irene Donelson.

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Blaise wears the Ulysse Nardin Freak X Gold

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All guests — including Francois-Xavier Hotier, President Ulysse Nardin Americas and Kering Luxury Watches shared services; Severine Chalet, Marketing and Communications Director Ulysse Nardin Americas; North Bay Village Commissioner Julianna Strout; and Inter Miami CF player Rodolfo Pizarro; Haute Living‘s Seth Semilof; Brad Cutler, CEO of The Cut; Jacob Rey of The Cut; Luciana and Marcelo Kingston of 57 Ocean; John Utendahl, Executive Vice Chairman, Investment Banking for Bank of America Merrill Lynch; John’s fiancée Radmilla Lollyopera singer, fashion designer and Haute Living Miami ambassador, received gift bags with Ulysse Nardin plush beach/bath towels, hats and candles.

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Rodolfo Pizarro, Francois-Xavier Hotier
President of Ulysse Nardin, Blaise Matuidi and Kamal Hotchandani

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Musical artist and fashion designer Radmila Lolly

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Severine Charlet, Julianna Clare Strout and April Irene Donelson

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Blaise, who spent time graciously greeting each guest, had one last treat in store: a surprise appearance from his childhood hero, NBA legend Scottie Pippen, who arrived at the event after Hotchandani learned of how much Matuidi admired him.

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Blaise Matuidi and Scottie Pippen

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Blaise Matuidi, Scottie Pippen and Rodolfo Pizarro

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Professional footballer Rodolfo Pizarro

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All in all, it was a warm, safe and very Miami welcome to the Magic City.

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Blaise Matuidi shows off his World Cup ring

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