Buy in luxe

Rein­vig­o­rat­ing the bou­tique scene here in Sin­ga­pore

MVMT - - Momentum - Words Sean mossadeg

if you planto FORK OUT your bonus on that time­piece you’ve been eye­ing the whole year, chances are you’d want to do it in style (and as dis­creetly away from your wife as pos­si­ble). This year, sev­eral lux­ury watch brands in Sin­ga­pore have ei­ther opened up more stores or un­der­gone a re­fur­bish­ing of sorts, giv­ing you that very chance.

The re-open­ing of Aude­mars Piguet’s flag­ship bou­tique at Liat Tow­ers sees the brand in­clude new lux­ury ser­vices such as a full ser­vice bar and a lounge that lets clients re­lax with an espresso or a glass of cham­pagne.

If you (crazily) in­tend to con­vince your wife to fol­low you, sway­ing her with the ar­chi­tec­tural cal­i­bre of the bou­tique might be a good way. The three-storey high façade sees long wooden slats that are meant to re­sem­ble the trees found in the Val­lée de Joux of Switzer­land.

Hublot added to the ex­cite­ment this year as well with the re­fresh­ing of its very first stand-alone bou­tique in Sin­ga­pore at Ma­rina Bay Sands. Cel­e­brat­ing the brand’s lead in the field of ma­te­rial en­gi­neer­ing, the façade out­side the bou­tique now sees a steely mesh that stands out among the other stores.

Very much in line with the brand’s large time­pieces, Franck Muller an­nounced the open­ing of a brand new bou­tique, known as the ‘House of Franck Muller’ at Ise­tan, Wisma Atria. The new 2,399 square feet bou­tique was de­signed to al­low guests to select their time­pieces in com­plete com­fort and pri­vacy.

Size was on Patek Philippe’s mind as well when it cel­e­brated the open­ing of the most spa­cious Patek Philippe Bou­tique in South­east Asia at Ion Or­chard. The coolest part? A se­cret en­trance for VIP s that leads to a pri­vate room for dis­creet pur­chases.

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