SINCE I KNOW CAROLINE SCHEUFELE, CO-OWNER OF CHOPARD, I PHONED HER AND ASKED IF SHE COULD GRANT AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FOR 'NEWSMAKERS UNPLUGGED'.
Kee Hua Chee and Caroline Scheufele, co-owner of Chopard
Kee Hua Chee and Caroline Scheufele
Caroline Scheufele with Kassandra Kassim, producer and host of Newsmakers Unplugged
I could not believe Caroline Scheufele actually drew a sketch of a new Chopard watch, autographed and gave it to co-host Henry Golding who refused to give it to me! Bet Caroline drew it for me!
Of course she did since she likes me (I hope so!) and always has a kind word for me---so wonder her karma is so good! Fancy owning 50% of Chopard (the 50% is owned by her brother Karl-Friedrich Scheufele who looks after the watches) and in charge of the jewels and being able to wear whichever bling she likes! She contributes heavily to charity too which is why Jesus Christ and Buddha continue to bless her.
Chopard has been the Official Jeweller of the Cannes Film Festival for 15 years and all the superstars don Chopard as a matter of course since the brightest stars by divine law should wear the biggest rocks from Chopard.
As usual, Chopard booked the entire 7th rooftop floor of Martinez hotel, the best in Cannes, to pamper their billionaire guests (in ringgit terms since all you need is a measly 250 million euros to be a billionaire in ringgit terms).
Getting inside this super exclusive salon required stringent layers of vetting since almost every guest was a ringgit billionaire and millions of ringgit worth of jewels were in the showroom for private viewing. Let alone the nonstop flow of champagne and fine food from caviar to salmon. Of course I gorged till the Plimsoll line! This was not the time to diet!
Kassandra Kassim wore a RM 12,000 caftan from Roberto Cavalli loaned from co-producer Dato Nancy Yeoh while Henry Golding was his usual spiffy, Saville Row self and I was in usual glittery gear.
'Newsmakers Unplugged' will air in August 2013 on Astro StarWorld channel owned by FOX international.
So watch this space.
I cannot reveal what Caroline Scheufele and Kassandra Kassim and Henry Golding talked about but suffice to say I almost fainted when Caroline Scheufele actually hand drew a design on paper just for him! What an honour!
I tried to steal the design but Henry Golding quickly put it safely away in his folder. Bet he is selling it on e-Bay as we speak.
The views from Martinez's rooftop was unreal and spread across Croisette below all the way across the bay where the yachts owned by famous billionaires were anchored.
The super yachts included the monstrous Rising Sun owned by producer David Geffen, the former lover of my cousin Keeanu Reeves. At 138 metres it cost RM 800 million. The second biggest was the 127 metre Octopus owned by Paul Allen of Microsoft where the landmark parties were held. This floating palace cost RM 600 million.
At a mere 85 metres, Steven Spielberg's Seven Seas seem like a poor cousin though he had to fork out RM 600 million which was tge same amount as Paul Allen's Octopus at 127 metres! But Steven Speilberg's Seven Seas boasts a 4.5 metre screen by the swimming pool that acts as a movie screen.
Johnny Depp's Vajoliroja is 48 metres and is a Thirties style yacht which was frightfully elegant but has no pool. At only 40 metres, fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's yacht simply called Roberto Cavalli cost a cheap RM 100 million (same as Johnny Depp's Vajoliroja) but took 3 years to customise so the interiors resemble his boutiques. Sharon Stone stayed onboard and wore all his baju
This was my lair in Cannes for 10 days. Not quite the suite enjoyed by Paris Hilton but it was OK
Not the same size as the master bedroom of David Geffen's Rising Sun but it was OK
Dato Nancy Yeoh and Caroline Scheufele of Chopard
Connie Goh of Chopard, Dato Nancy Yeoh, Kassandra Kassim and Kee Hua Chee
After all the drama, a pretty pose again
Kassandra Kassim and co-producer Frank Nelwan
The magnificent views from Martinez rooftop terrace requisitioned by Chopard for its most favoured guests
The beachfront boulevard is called Croisette
Martinez hotel is next to a luxury condo
My trusty Leica camera (best in universe) zoomed in to see who was sunbathing on her balcony
I zoomed back a little
I was not spying since anyone could see her and she was an old bag and not naked even
Croisette the world famous boulevard
View from life at the top
View of Bay of Cannes to the left of Martinez
Looks like Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Great balcony views
This is the life Kee Hua Chee was born for
Kee Hua Chee had his portrait painted on bag, shirt and groin
Caroline Scheufele and producer of Newsmakers Unplugged Kassandra Kassim
Chatting and joking before the 3 cameras rolled
Henry Golding and his unique sketch drawn by Caroline Scheufele
Dato Nancy Yeoh, Kassandra Kassim, Caroline Scheufele, Henry Golding and Frank Nelwan
Universe's top 3 hosts; Kassandra Kassim, Henry Golding and Kee Hua Chee
Kassandra snoozes off