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Smokin' hot party at private club entertains big spenders with high-roller watches and haute cigars

Smokin' hot party entertains with high-roller watches, haute cigars

News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Karl Herzog, Dr. Akash Bhaga, Stefano Kalepari,
Arturo Fuente & Co. veep Karl Herzog, from left, The Marque managing partner Dr. Akash Bhagat, and di Stefano Suits owner Stefano Kalepari. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Carmina Zamorano, Rafael chavez
Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Manny Higuera, Travis Rucker, Dan Vazquez, and Erica and Doug Brown
Manny Higuera, from left, Travis Rucker, Dan Vazquez, Erica Brown and Doug Brown. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Leslie Ellis, Bryon Ellis
Leslie and Byron Ellis on the patio at The Marque. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 cigar sommelier Jonathan Fiant
The Marque' cigar sommelier Jonathan Fiant. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Alyssa Pasek
Alyssa Pasek, The Marque director of member relations. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Kim Vo, Waqas Syed
Kim Vo and Waqas Syed. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 bobby Dixon, Dr. Akash Bhagat
Bobby Dixon, left, and Dr. Akash Bhagat. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Justin Po, Gabriela Llamas
Justin Po checks out the Hublot watches with Gabriela Llamas. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Watches
Hublot watches, priced from $13,000 to $60,000. Photo by lfhphoto.com
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Karl Herzog, Dr. Akash Bhaga, Stefano Kalepari,
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Carmina Zamorano, Rafael chavez
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Manny Higuera, Travis Rucker, Dan Vazquez, and Erica and Doug Brown
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Leslie Ellis, Bryon Ellis
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 cigar sommelier Jonathan Fiant
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Alyssa Pasek
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Kim Vo, Waqas Syed
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 bobby Dixon, Dr. Akash Bhagat
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Justin Po, Gabriela Llamas
News, Shelby, Hublot party, The Marquis, May 2015 Watches

While Swiss watchmaker Hublot unveiled its ForbiddenX line at a glam party in Dubai in December, the introduction of the pricey timepieces in Houston this week was more than sufficiently swank for the 75 VIP guests.

The Marque at CityCentre (that posh membership club on the west side) hosted the event that combined rare Scotch tastings with hand-rolled Arturo Fuente X cigars (considered tops in the world) and presentations of the timepieces priced from $13,000 to $60,000. Conveniently, The Marque has a private cigar lounge as well as a veranda where smoking stogies is de rigueur.

The connection between fine cigars and high-end timepieces? According to the Hublot website, "Arturo Fuente ForbiddenX watches feature real tobacco leaves in their dial, the same leaves as those used to create the prestigious ForbiddenX cigar. These leaves were sent from the Fuente Estate in Santo Domingo to the Hublot Manufacture in Switzerland so that the engineers could insert them in the dials via a high-tech process where epoxy resin is used to make them stable and rigid."

Karl Herzog, Arturo Fuente & Co. vice president, and Dr. Akash Bhagat, managing partner of The Marque, welcomed guests along with The Marque's cigar sommelier Jonathan Fiant and director of member relations Alyssa Pasek.

Among those receiving this coveted invitation were di Stefano Suits owner Stefano Kalepari in from Los Angeles, Manny Higuera, Bobby Dixon, Travis Rucker, Dan Vazquez, Erica and Doug Brown, Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez, Kim Vo, Justin Po and Leslie and Byron Ellis.

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