BaselWorld picks

  1. Rolex Yacht-master II, 44mm
    In 18 carat everose gold – Rolex’s own compound – with distinctive blue Cerachrom bezel
  2. Chanel
    J12 Chromatic
    Set in scratch-resistant titanium ceramic
  3. Patek Philippe
    Ref 5208, 42mm
    The brand’s first “triple complication”
  4. Bell & Ross
    Vintage WW1, 45mm
    The pocketwatch style sums up the nostalgic mood at Basel this year.

Cometh the hour


The Hour Glass, Singapore’s leading watch retailer, stands firm behind stalwarts such as Rolex, Patek Philippe and Hublot but never stops innovating its shopping experience. This spring, the firm launched Malmaison, a two-floor space in Singapore’s Knightsbridge, where customers can browse the best timepieces and a selection of brands such as menswear by Charvet, Cire Trudon candles and Taschen books.

“We’ve noticed a global mushrooming of luxury brand boutiques. Whether you go to Pudong, Singapore, Paris, Hong Kong, London or New York, every luxury store essentially replicates the retail experience wherever you are around the world. For the global traveller, that’s pretty dull. We wanted to create a project that decried that,” says Michael Tay, executive director of The Hour Glass, who took over the reins of the business from his parents six years ago.

Having opened the first Hour Glass shop in 1979, the Tays today operate 24 boutiques across six countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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