PATEK PHILIPPE OPENS LARGEST STORE IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Luxury Swiss watch manufacturer Patek Philippe unveiled its biggest store in South-east Asia at Ion Orchard on Tuesday.
After four months of renovation, the brand has expanded its flagship store to take up more than 260 sq m, which is four times larger than the previous space. The boutique is managed by Singapore-listed watch retailer Cortina Watch.
The expansion comes at a time when the luxury industry has been hit by the weakening retail market.
In an interview with The Straits Times at the launch of the store, Mr Jerome Pernici, commercial and marketing director of Patek Philippe, who is based in Geneva, said despite the slowdown in retail, the family-owned business will continue with its investments and growth plans.
The label also has a 149 sq m store at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
The new store at Ion Orchard includes a large showcase of timepieces, spacious areas with sales desks and a waiting lounge with a library of Patek Philippe books.
The expanded boutique also includes a VIP area for a more discreet shopping experience. The private room has a separate entrance which is connected directly to the Ion Orchard driveway.
Prices of Patek Philippe watches range from $15,000 to a few million dollars.
The store is located at Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, 02-03, tel: 6509-9238, open from 10.30am to 9pm daily.
CHANCE TO MEET FAMOUS JEWELLERY DESIGNER
Fans of British jewellery designer Solange Azagury-Partridge can meet the designer in person today and tomorrow.
She is in town to launch her new collections: Metamorphosis, Everything, Chromance and Alpha, which is for men. She will also be showcasing some of her iconic pieces, such as the Ruby Hotlips Ring and Super Nature Enamel Ring. Prices range from $1,800 to more than $80,000.
To make an appointment to view the pieces and meet the designer, e-mail Natasha at email@example.com or call 9721-9634. You can also e-mail Lynda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9636-0026. Venue details will be provided when the appointment is confirmed.
You can consult Azagury-Partridge regarding bespoke pieces.
The designer was the creative director of French jewellery house Boucheron and her jewellery has been featured at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She also designed the Evil Queen's heart-plucking ring in the 2012 movie, Snow White And The Huntsman.
MELISSA LAUNCHES JEREMY SCOTT COLLECTION
Brazilian plastic footwear brand Melissa is launching its collection with American fashion designer Jeremy Scott of Moschino later this month.
Inspired by inflatable pool toys and with Scott's signature colourful and cartoon-like aesthetic, the collaboration comprises five styles: an ankle boot, two styles of flats, sandals and a mule. There is also a Mini Melissa Monkey boot for children. Prices range from $100 for the children's Monkey boot to $295 for an adult ankle boot.
The collection will be available at MDreams Wheelock and One Raffles Place from April 21.
MDreams is located at Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, B2-03 (open daily from 10am to 10pm) and One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, 01-11 (open daily from 10am to 9pm).
COLOUR YOUR NAILS WITH NAIL DECK
Nail Deck, a Singapore mobile app which launched last month, allows users to virtually try on nail colours as well as browse and buy nail polish from brands such as O.P.I and Essie.
A range of chemical-free nail polish from brands such as Ella + Mila and Kester Black is also available. With the app, users can take a photo of a particular colour and find the nail polish colour with the closest match.
Prices range from $12 for a 7ml bottle of Ella + Mila polish to $23.90 for a 10.5ml bottle of Little Ondine polish. Purchases are delivered free in Singapore within two working days.
No minimum order is required. Download the app for free on the App Store.