Last week luxury watchmakers Blancpain doubled their presence in Hong Kong with the opening of a new boutique at ifc mall in Central and a flagship store at 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Swiss watchmaker opened their new hubs on opposite shores of the prestigious Victoria Harbour, in the city known as the “Pearl of the Orient”.
The actress Sharon Chan joined Rita Hämmerli-Weschke, the Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, Marc Junod, the VP Head of Sales for Blancpain SA, and Sincere Chiu, the VP of Blancpain Hong Kong and Macau, to officiate the grand opening of the ifc mall boutique. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Chan showed off several timepieces during a catwalk show, including the Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 and the Villeret damascened dial adorned with a dragon. Later that afternoon, guests were invited to the Central Pier, where they boarded a luxury yacht headed across the harbour to the 1881 Heritage boutique!
After landing in Tsim Sha Tsui, guests toasted the grand opening of the 1881 Heritage boutique. Events at the 1,887-square-foot space (the largest in town) kicked off with a special lion dance, performed to extend a blessing of fortune and prosperity to the new boutique. Guests including Sarah Song, Sinje Lee, Anthony Sandstrom and Jocelyn Luko also had the chance to admire the timepieces on display, including the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar in platinum, the signature timepiece of Blancpain in 2012.
Summarizing the successful day, Junod commented; “It is my pleasure to present the new Blancpain boutiques to double our total number of retail locations to four in Hong Kong. With the opening of the boutiques, we are able to further promote the watchmaking expertise of Blancpain that has been accumulated since our foundation in 1735, and present the products of such expertise to watch aficionados and collectors in town.”
Toasting Ceremony_1881 Heritage Boutique Hong Kong
1881 Heritage Boutique Hong Kong
Blancpain Boutique IFC Hong Kong
Mistress of Ceremony, Ms Sarah Song and Renowned artist Ms Sharon Chan
Mr Anthony Sandstrom and Ms Jocelyn Luko
Renowned actress Ms Sinje Lee
Rubbon Cutting_1881 Heritage Boutique Hong Kong
Rubbon Cutting_Blancpain Boutique IFC Hong Kong
The new Blancpain boutique at the ifc mall is located at Shop 1005B, Central, Hong Kong. For more information call +852 2295 1081. The new Blancpain boutique at 1881 Heritage is located at Shop 207, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. For more information call +852 2730 0880. Photos courtesy Blancpain.