Carson Chan

A Dinner Among Friends, Part 1: The Aperitivo

Serious watch collectors often like to share their non-horological passions with like-minded people. That, after all, is what The Lounge by Watchonista is all about. So, join us as we delve into the other interests of people better known for their love of watches. Take a sip of this first instalment of The Lounge by Watchonista’s new four-part video series.

By Marco Gabella
Chairman & Executive Publisher

The Guest List

• “The Mixologist” – Carson Chan, Independent watch critic & collector

• “The Chef de Cuisine” – Marco Gabella, Watchonista Chairman & Executive Publisher

• “The Sommelier” – Arthur Leclerc, Singapore Director of Baghera/wines

• “The Catador” – Andrew Luff, Watchonista CEO

The Scene

For “The Aperitivo,” we speak to independent watch critic & collector, Carson Chan. As knowledgeable as he is talented, Carson can disassemble and reassemble an engine as quickly and as easily as he can mix the perfect cocktail.

That said, you can’t love Porsche and be a Ferrarista concurrently. Sure, Porsche lovers can like the occasional Ferrari model, but, in the end, they will always return to Porsche because the inner passions that rule enthusiasts are often hard to articulate, let alone alter. And unsurprisingly, the two iconic cocktails offered before our dinner – a martini and a negroni – evoked similarly strong responses.

Our visiting mixologist, Carson Chan, shared his secrets to mastering these two cocktails and explained the history behind some common variations of the negroni and (his preferred drink) the martini.

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(Photography by Pierre Vogel. Video by Johan Corminboeuf)

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