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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Watches in Hong Kong ( This an old Article)
IN HONG KONG,the world’s largest importer of Swiss watches, the phrase “time is money”
has an added meaning. Pass the time by looking into these smart shops for chronographs,
complications and tourbillons
by and credit to: Joanna Hughes
With six multi-brand shops in Hong Kong, along with nine boutiques, each dedicated to a single brand, Elegant Watches carries more than 40 of the biggest names in the horological world. It also represents eight independent watchmakers, and while it creates highly technical movements for many famous brands, its true genius lies in the pieces produced for a small coterie of watch fanatics. Christophe Claret’s latest allows its lucky owner to play 21 (blackjack), roulette and dice, while watchmakers Greubel Forsey refers to its watches as “inventions”.
Shop C, G/F, Wheelock House, 20 Pedder Street, Central
Emperor has been in the luxury watch and jewelry business for the last 70 years, offering a range of watches for all occasions – from the little pick-me-up when you have had a bad day, to the I-just-got-a-huge-promotion watch – so if you’re planning to collect watches, this is a great place to start. Check out eight multi-brand shops, in addition to stand-alone, brand-dedicated boutiques.
Shop 6, LG/F-G/F, New World Tower,
16-18 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Sometimes watch collectors get tired of an acquisition or want to free up room for new pieces, which is where Lafayette Watch Gallery and its Watch Beat store come into play. Offering all the top lines, along with pre-owned luxury timepieces, there are genuine vintage and contemporary models, so check the website for your favourite brands before you visit one of its shops.
Founded in 1948 in Guangzhou, the company moved to Hong Kong in 1950 and has been keeping citizens in good time ever since. You won’t find a watch blazing with diamonds and a movement so complicated that an engineer has to explain it to you, but you will discover well-known brands at reasonable prices, backed up by excellent customer service. It’s one of the Hong Kong Tourism Board’s approved quality shops.
Since 1961, the Oriental Watch Company has expanded their operations to 14 shops – both single- and multi-brand – in Hong Kong alone. Its brands run from A to Z, literally – from Audemars Piguet to Zenith, with a respectable number of the brands in between. Any purchase allows you to become a member of its VIP Club to enjoy benefits including nationwide repair services.
Founded in 1984, the brand now has 13 outlets divided between Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay, all of them multi-branded. The company has resisted opening specialist boutiques, making sure that whichever branch it goes to, the customer has the best available choice of brands – a real time-saver if you’ve just a few hours to spare until you head to the airport.
As well as selling jewelry, Chow Tai Fook is also in the watch business – after all, the two go hand in hand, so to speak. Now more commonly known as CTF Watch since a successful IPO, brands include the highly regarded Chinese brand Sea-Gull as well as the haute horlogerie of Vacheron Constantin. While there are Chow Tai Fook jewelry stores within easy reach of a credit card, the watches are in a separate establishment in the trendy K11 shopping centre.