My friend Victoria Bonya, a Russian TV presenter and actress, is on her way back to Monaco for the Grand Prix and we planned to catch up today, so I’ll head out soon to pick her up from the Nice airport.
For this trip, I’m going to throw on something more casual that’s still trendy and comfortable. At Society Club, I found just the thing: black, slim Saint Laurent jeans with an Avant-Toi cashmere top and jacket. Made in Italy, Avant-Toi’s cashmere is not the typical kind. The material is scratched and aged to give it a special and unique look that you won’t find anywhere else.
On my wrist, I’m wearing a timepiece that fits with the GP occasion: the limited edition Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition in steel, one of just 919 of these watches made. Inspired by the world of racing, the watch dial echoes numerous details of the Porsche 919 Hybrid and is stamped with the 919 and Porsche logos.
Its silver color is reminiscent of the iconic Porsche color and you can admire the watch’s precise movements thanks to its open-work bridges.
I push the Concierge Service button on my Vertu phone and here I am, directly connected with my dedicated concierge ready to help me with any and all of my requests. I need to be transported by helicopter to Nice airport to pick up Victoria quickly and avoid dealing with the heavy traffic in the streets today.
But just before I am going to enjoy the F1 driving simulator at the Hermitage Hotel Paddock Lounge, a very fun way to experience the race from a reproduced Formula One car cockpit with 3 screens allowing a large vision of the circuit perfectly reproduced in 3D rendering. Very entertaining and definitely good to evaluate your driving skills (I have to admit I have not been very performant).
In a few minutes, the transfers have been arranged with Monacair, a company that manages helicopter service between the Nice Airport and Monte-Carlo. They even pick me up directly from the hotel to the heliport with their chauffeur. Now it’s time to take off and in only seven minutes we are in Nice where we do a touch and go.
Once we land back in Monte-Carlo, we take part in a few interviews with the French TV station that’s reporting documentary about the GPF1. They’re actually following me through my experience with Monte-Carlo SBM today and you can catch the finished result in their video (TF1 Replay, 50 Minute Inside)
Let’s go for drinks now! Café de Paris is my place of choice for an afternoon catch up. A spot has been prepared for us where we can enjoy cocktails and chat in the middle of all the buzzy Monegasque action. We’re having such a great time here, but Victoria has to head out and get ready for our party tonight at Jimmy’z.
I have some time to kill as well, so I decide to change into a more elegant ensemble and head to the Monte-Carlo Pavilions outdoor boutiques before going to the club. I love strolling around these geometric-shaped bubbles housing designer brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Balenciaga etc.
I’m now wearing a black Dolce & Gabbana three-piece suit from Society Club Monaco that’s a slim-fit style—always mandatory for me. Black will be perfect for this evening and I am wearing a special red tie to complement the look.
I had to get sunglasses that are just as stylish and this is how I came upon Leisure Society’s Eze model. The large, circular-shaped frame, unique top bar detail and solid blocks of titanium plated in 24K Gold are just three of the elements that make Eze an exceptional pair of sunglasses that are a great addition to my collection.
Of course with these red and gold touches I couldn’t keep on the silver finish timepiece, so I switched to the 919 edition with the Superfast Power Control, also by Chopard. What can I say, the pictures speak for themselves. The design is very contemporary, while still blending automobile codes and a luxurious finish thanks to the 18K rose gold and 60-hour power reserve.
I am going to leave you here as I head over to dinner and to Jimmy’z later on, but you can still enjoy more images of the event from the TF1 show we were featured in, and of course our upcoming short film production.
More information about Monte-Carlo SBM and the luxury Hotels & Resorts experiences : www.montecarlosbm.com
Visit Chopard website to discover the classic racing edition timepieces : www.chopard.com
Discover the prestigious Vertu phones and more particularly the bespoke editions with the following link : www.vertu.com
Visit Society Club storeto discover their stunning collections from top designers. Website : www.society-club.com
For the summer, make sure to visite Leisure Society website to discover their stunning collection, available at Opticien Créateur: www.leisure-society.com
Executive Producer, Director, AuthorTom Claeren
Guest, ModelVictoria Bonya
Make Up ArtistKelly McClain
Hair StylistClaudio Piroso
Text editorLane Nieset