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Luxury Watch Hub
Singapore’s reputation as a shopper’s paradise is well known, thanks to its plethora of malls which offer a wide variety of goods under one roof. But not many know that the country is a trendsetter in the world of fine watches.
Singapore is the world’s ninth largest market for Swiss watch exports. It is also home to many serious watch collectors who own complicated timepieces.
To shop for a wide range of luxury brands under one roof, head for The Hour Glass, one of Asia's leading specialty watch retailers. A watch haven for collectors and enthusiasts alike, it has a network of boutiques with nine points of sale in the heart of Orchard Road carrying legendary watch marques such as Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot, IWC, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Sinn, TAG Heuer and Ulysse Nardin.
Its flagship boutique, Malmaison at Knightsbridge (270 Orchard Road) is the first residential inspired luxury emporium that celebrates artistry and craftsmanship in Singapore. Besides housing the finest of haute horology, the crème de la crème of the different industries in jewellery, fragrances, exclusive collectible literature and bespoke services for the sartorially inclined also form the backbone of the exceptional Malmaison experience.
A one-of-a-kind retail podium, Malmaison is recognised for offering a unique shopping experience, bagging the highly coveted "Best Shopping Experience" award by Singapore Tourism Board in 2012. It also clinched the "Most Innovative Retail Concept of the Year" award by the Federation of Asia-Pacific Retail Associations (FAPRA) in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
Girard-Perregaux’s Sport Competizione chronograph collection pays homage to speed by gleaning inspiration from the world of automobiles. This subtly retro-futuristic line unabashedly evokes the famous Club Italia chronograph which, when it was launched in 1987 at a time when quartz was king, signalled the start of the brand’s recovery of an emerging market that was searching for quality historical products.
Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve in premium watchmaking, but Ulysse Nardin has successfully applied this paradigm to its Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar. Entirely manufactured in-house including its silicium balance-spring, the watch offers a pure mechanical solution. Simple to use, adjustable both on the front and back, it showcases innovation, reliability and high-precision.
Hublot is, once again, adding its innovation and expertise with materials to the history of watchmaking firsts with its Big Bang Unico Sapphire. Manufactured in a limited edition of 500 pieces, the watch features a case, bezel and back made from polished sapphire crystal that is cut from blocks of sapphire, a material which is almost as hard and scratch-resistant as diamond.
Photos courtesy of The Hour Glass