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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Victorinox travel gear and Victorinox Klasse loyalty card launched in Manila

I attended a posh cocktail party organized by iconic 125 year old Swisss brand, Victorinox, the event is to celebrate another milestone for the Swiss brand by hosting a “Klasse” or chic and stylish event and also inline with the Swiss National day celebration. The event was held last August 14, 2013 at the Oz bar in Holiday Inn.

The hotel venue is new to me and it was my first time to go there, I was so excited to check out the hotel and also Victorinox, I’m a big fan of their Swiss army knife, and as a boy scout, this is one of our helpful and reliable tool whenever we are in the woods. Forget about extra clothes or other items, whenever I go outdoors, I always think of carrying a Victorinox Swiss army knife, its one of the best tool for survival, I remember that my dad got one of those Swiss army solo knife and also an army knife that was given to me during my grade school days, up to these days, I still keep it and been bringing it whenever I have an out of town travel. Also the Victorinox Swiss army knife became so popular after the hit tv series MacGyver, the main hero of the series just uses this knife in order to defeat bad guys.

But the Victorinox Swiss brand is not just an army knife, it is also a lifestyle and travel brand that is supported by many travelers and also professional people. The travel bags and gear are so unique and durable (and also expensive!), but its one of those male's dream to own it. If girls love LV bags, for us men, we love Victorinox brand. It’s a brand that reflects a toughness, strength and being always prepared, well that’s only my perspective whenever we own a Victorinox item.

Here in our country, we know that the Victorinox brand is patronized by many people who value premium craftsmanship, with highest quality, with elegance and sophistication. This brand heavily reminds me of my dad who usually visit that travel and outdoor store in SM Megamall back in the days just to check out some swiss army knife and outdoor gears , and my dad is a perfectionist when it comes to buying things, and I got introduced to Victorinox after he told me that its the best brand for Swiss army knives and it was invented since the year 1884.

The event was held at the rooftop deck of Holiday Inn, there’s a pool, food, live dj music, projected screen that plays near the pool and an awesome display of Victorinox items that gave me an itchy eye after staring at those cool watches and travel bags.

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Victorinox Klasse Card

But let me introduce to you about the main purpose of the launching event.
Here they launched the Victorinox Klasse card, it’s a loyalty card for those who are Victorinox fans and collectors. The Victorinox Klasse card holders will have a benefits of receiving special invites, private selling events, discounts and many more.

here’s the info:

Finally, highlighting the program was the launch of the Victorinox Klasse card, a loyalty card that entitles its members to receive various perks and privileges. Among these perks are (1) an invitation to private selling events and exclusive Victorinox events such as product launches and parties, (2) a 20 percent discount on one’s birthday month, (3) quarterly privileges with partner establishments, and (4) promotions exclusive to the card holder.

to avail the card and for more info, pls contact: victorinox.travelgear@primergrp.com

During the event, Oz bar served to us a delicious Swiss-oriented specialties, I love the sausages and cheeses, I'm not familiar with the menu but let me mention it here.

food menu - Lucerne Vol Au Vent, Vitello Tonnato, St. Gallen Sausages, Ticino Air Dried Meats, Cheese Board e.g.Gruyere, Emmenthal & Appenzeller, Assorted Bread Rolls, Swiss Chocolate Fondue, Meringue, Fresh Strawberries and Grapes.

During the night, we learned more about the Swiss culture through food and also about how Victorinox started and being part of human success. I just learned from there that the original Swiss army knife is now more than a century old.

Swiss ambassador Ivo Sieber is also there at the event and he was awarded with the Victorinox Klasse card and considered as the first honorary member.

Victorinox is exclusively distributed here in the Philippines by Grimalkin Corporation

Here’s my photo coverage of the event, that’s me inside the elevator of Holiday Inn on my way up to the roof deck. After jumping from two more events earlier, I landed here finally for my last leg of blog coverage.

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Almont 3.0 luggage and the limited edition leather travel bag (worth Php100k)

Victorinox Swiss time pieces Night Vision models

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Victorinox Night Vision is a Swiss-styled stainless steel quartz watch with a stealthy Swiss army function, the watch illuminates with the help of a low energy LED on the top. The LED light can also be used to signal someone at a far location, most people use the LED light signal to communicate in morse code light sequence.

Victorinox time pieces - Infantry

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With body of stainless steel in a brown with traditional stitches or stainless bracelet. The watch shows some small numbers in army hours format, there's a days of the week counter below 12 o clock and also the date located at the 3 o clock position.

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and yes.the time piece is water resistant

Victorinox Swiss army knives

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no need for proper introduction, we know how these army knives work

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I have that two kinds of army knives, the one with a pliers and the conventional army knife,but one of my dream is to own that jack of all trades Swiss army knife.

the time piece displays

a nice gallery of Victorinox cutlery and time piece.

Victorinox Swiss time pieces – Maverick GS

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The GS means "Grand Sport", it has features of chronograph function and dual time indication. Best watch for travelers who don't want to switch time zone sched in their watches.

Victorinox Swiss time piece – Original
First time piece of Victorinox that was launched on 1989.

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Now sporting a new version and also with a new leather bracelet with cover

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more gallery of Victorinox items

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The event started with some trivia and history of Victorinox

Jimmy Thai, president and CEO of the Primer Group welcomed everyone at the event

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A fashion show featuring Victorinox apparel and travel gear

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Its my first time to learn here that Victorinox now has apparel and best fit for males.

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Swiss ambassador Ivo Sieber mentioned to us that he is proud to be part of this promotional event, and after the speech, he was awarded as the first honorary member of the Victorinox Klasse. The most important part of his speech is that he reported to us that there's a good relationship between Swiss and Filipinos, he also shared to us that the first Swiss came here in our country as misionaries and others are mercenaries that showed first the awesome  Swiss invention of the Swiss army knife to early pinoys.

The event awarded their guests with Victorinox items, and here’s Ferdie’s Victorinox Night Vision time piece…. worth Php 33k

Awesome night for us bloggers to cover this klasse-y event by Victorinox, its one of the best ever for me that day.

here’s a list of stores on where to buy authentic Victorinox items

Victorinox, 2nd Floor, The Podium
The Travel Club
The Travel Club
Duty Free Philippines
The Landmark Makati/Trinoma
SM MOA, SM Makati, SM Megamall Dept Stores

Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victorinox-Philippines/644891578871111


The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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