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Chateau-Inspired Horology House
Watch aficionados and those with a penchant for unique objets d’art, fine jewellery, artisan perfumes, sophisticated garments and bespoke shoes will want to check out Malmaison by The Hour Glass at Knightsbridge (#01-01) on Orchard Road.
Established by luxury watch retailer The Hour Glass, the two-storey, 8,000 sqft emporium’s elegant interior is inspired by the Château de Malmaison, the famous 19th century home of Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte.
The ornate space is a visual feast with personal touches and inspiring curios including historical artefacts and antiques; modern art paintings and sculptures; a sapphire crystal Marc Newson Atmos clock; brass-cast bees bearing the emblem of Napoleon I during his reign in France; and an ancient cash till.
The Great Hall is where some of the world’s most renowned timepieces from Rolex, Patek Pilippe, Hublot, Panerai, IWC and MB&F are showcased.
Haute horology finds a home in the enveloping lushness of blue velvet in the Napoleon Room. The great esteemed brands of Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Parmigiani Fleurier, De Bethune, Girard-Perregaux and Ulysse Nardin are found. There are also luxurious jewellery timepieces from Cartier and Harry Winston in the upper storey.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Oyster, 40mm, platinum
Rolex purists can feast their eyes on what is possibly the country’s largest collection of Rolex vintage timepieces. On display are some extremely rare early sports models, spanning across 50 years.
Hublot fans must check out its latest Classic Fusion King Gold Blue, a commanding 45mm timepiece housed in a striking king gold case fitted with a self-winding chronograph movement.
Hublot Classic Fusion King Gold Blue
At the “Gentlemen’s Corner” is a selection of the finest men’s attire from Europe such as Rubinacci, the Neopolitan legendary tailoring house; and Charvet, whose roots can be traced back to Napolean and is known as the tailor of choice for aristocrats and the world’s well-dressed men. To complete the art of fine dressing are shoes from Pierre Corthay with their brilliant hues and craftsmanship.
For ultimate privacy, sink into the comfort of the private room, adorned with a “celestial sky” motif, and Oceanic and African tribal art.
Literature fans will be impressed by the dedicated standalone book corner of Taschen, a first in Asia for the renowned publisher of collectible literature. The collection includes interesting and limited-edition art, architecture, design, fashion and philosophy titles.
Fans of artisan perfumes can choose from 21 finest Frederic Malle fragrances, each bearing the creator’s name on the bottle. The perfumes were formulated by the world’s top “noses”. Special glass columns have been installed to test the fragrances and enhance their lilting notes. Spray a perfume inside a glass column, close the door to allow the smell to diffuse and then stick your head in for a whiff. Testing perfumes doesn’t get any cooler than that!
Tel: 6884 8484
Photos courtesy of The Hour Glass