“My dad has always really been into watches. He’s a schoolteacher but his one luxury would be watches,” Darren Aronofsky said on Tuesday night. “It’s a strange luxury for a schoolteacher when you come from that background, but I guess he instilled that in me.”
The director was guest of honor at the opening of Vacheron Constantin’s first U.S. boutique Tuesday night, which was followed by dinner prepared by Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert at a private Upper East Side residence. Aronofsky, Gilles Mendel and various executives from Compagnie Financière Richemont SA scoped the timepieces while sipping Champagne at the brand’s new boutique, located on Madison Avenue and 64th Street.
Self-proclaimed “watch freak” Mendel tried on a few of the wares while glancing over at a trio of diamond-encrusted pieces.
“It might be a little too much for me,” the designer said. “Maybe I’ll wear the women’s watch. It’s a little bit smaller and more discreet. But this is America, right? You have to.”
After the opening, guests were chauffeured a few blocks away to a brownstone for the dinner, one of three the brand will host this week for friends and VIP clients. Greeted by live harp music, revelers including Waris Ahluwalia, Rick and Kathy Hilton, Kelly Rutherford, Matthew and Nicole Mellon, and Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney dined on a six-course meal.
Following dinner, guests found their way to a large, candlelit living room where musicians played jazz and waiters served after-dinner drinks. Before throwing back a cognac, Mendel and Ahluwalia posed for photos next to what appeared to be a stuffed bobcat, while Kylie Case, Jennifer Creel and Lisa Airan looked on, giggling and recording the whole thing on their cell phones.