Italian ceramic tile maker, Florim has opened their flagship store on Mohamed Sultan Road and the store will also be their new institutional point of reference for the Far East market.
The new showroom, joining the ones in Milan, New York and Moscow, is a modern, elegant location designed on two levels. Its open-space interior is conceived to display the best-sellers of the Group's brands (Floor Gres, Rex, Casa dolce casa – Casamood, Cerim, CEDIT – Ceramiche d’Italia and FLORIM stone) through installations enhancing the large slabs' potential and technical performances.
The Singapore investment is part of a clearly defined strategy of establishing ties with the main architecture firms, promoting the use of large slabs and above all raising awareness of Florim's "beauty" and "style" worldwide. This flagship store will be followed by other openings in 2020, also in the hearts of the world's design districts.
An innate passion for beauty and great determination have led Florim to challenge clichés, succeeding in transforming what everyone calls tile into an element of design. A history of almost 60 years, rooted in the ceramic district of Sassuolo (MO), combines with an international trendsetting present thanks to the leadership of Claudio Lucchese and a high-range product recognized in markets all over the world.
For them, “Made in Florim” is a guarantee of quality, innovation, Italian know-how and particular attention to corporate social responsibility.
Following its successful Asian debut in Hong Kong in 2017, WatchBox, the leading global platform for pre-owned luxury timepieces, officially launched in Singapore with the opening of a WatchBox Lounge at The Great Room, Ngee Ann City. Striking a balance between technology and white-glove service, the Singapore office seeks to offer a personalised approach for watch buying, selling, and trading according to customer needs.
WatchBox has experienced tremendous growth across major global markets with its expansion strategy built upon developing a truly connected global marketplace and targeting geographic regions with a strong growth forecast for the luxury watch segment. With significant global presence in the United States, Hong Kong, Switzerland, South Africa, a recently announced presence in the Middle East, and plans to expand beyond, WatchBox is the trusted online destination for watch enthusiasts worldwide.
“WatchBox’s entrance into Singapore helps to fulfill our vision of a truly connected marketplace, bringingadvice, expert counsel and liquidity in the secondary market to one of the most established and sophisticated centers for the luxury watch industry,” shared Justin Reis, Co-Founder and Global CEO. “Twoof WatchBox’s founders – myself included – have strong ties to Singapore, and our global team of client advisors has supported customers in the region from overseas since our founding. We are now on the ground and on-hand as a responsive partner for local watch enthusiasts.”
Central to its growth strategy, and one of the greatest differentiators that sets this digital luxury watch platform apart, WatchBox owns every single timepiece in its inventory and backs all watches with a 2-year global warranty. The watches are evaluated, authenticated, and brought as close to mint condition as possible with uncompromising value, before they are presented for sale, affirming a true WatchBox global quality standard. In total, WatchBox maintains the largest owned inventory of pre-owned luxury watchesworldwide, including some of the industry’s most sought-after, discontinued, and otherwise desirable watches.
Fueled by technology, innovation, and an unmatched experience in the high-end watch market, WatchBox brings expertise in the secondary watch market through its signature ‘electronic trading’ platform.WatchBox uses innovative technology, sophisticated data systems, a cutting-edge mobile app, and pricing transparency to build trust and credibility across an international following. Embracing advanced technology as its ethos, WatchBox recently introduced a key Augmented Reality feature in its mobile app that enables consumers to virtually try on select watches from the WatchBox inventory as well as an innovative in-store shopping experience to allow customers that visit the Lounge to shop the entire global inventory. WatchBox is also known for providing luxury watch education and entertainment through its WatchBox Studios division, which reaches over a half-million subscribers and 5 million monthly views on YouTube.
Co-Founders Danny Govberg of Govberg Jewelers and Tay Liam Wee – former owner of Sincere Watch – are contemporaries in the watch industry who share track records of having successfully steered multi-generation family businesses into the future. Danny’s vision and passion for both watches and technology enabled the evolution of Govberg Jewelers from a Philadelphia-based family business to one of theworld’s premier authorised dealers of both new and pre-owned timepieces. Liam Wee experienced great success in the primary business, taking Sincere Watch public in both Singapore and Hong Kong. He recognised that pre-owned luxury timepieces were going to lead the next revolution in the watch industry, and joined Danny and Justin in conceptualising and launching WatchBox as the global solution to the pre- owned category.
Driven by industry veterans and technopreneurs who have come together to capture the opportunity in the pre-owned luxury market, WatchBox seeks to pioneer change in the luxury watch industry. Through the power of interactive technology, WatchBox is changing perceptions of owning and trading pre-owned luxury watches, and in the process introducing a new experience in horological discovery to engage and connect with a global network of watch consumers.
Calling all dessert lovers, it’s time to take indulgence a step further with the latest arrival in town - Do Qoo (pronounced as Do-Cool) - a brand new dessert spot serving up reimagined desserts in a cup.
Do Qoo desserts are served in a specially designed portable cup for easy on-the-go enjoyment. Prepared with classic layers of refreshing homemade grass jelly, soy pudding or Osmanthus Aiyu Jelly, paired with their Signature Abacus toppings, then finished off with a drizzle of luscious soy cream.
The chain is a new concept launched by Mr Bean, Singapore’s largest soya F&B chain. Do Qoo uses the ever popular soy pudding and grass jelly from Mr Bean as the classic base for all of its dessert cups. Found in the newly-opened PLQ mall, is a 2-in-1 concept store housing both Do Qoo and Mr Bean.
Fukuoka ultimate ramen chain, Kanada-Ya, with snaking queues in both London and Japan is set to officially launch in Singapore in mid-December, with its first outlet at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall. The outpost in Singapore marks Kanada-Ya’s 13th outlet worldwide. Specialising in the classic Tonkotsu ramen, the award-winning, rich and flavourful pork bone broth is first boiled for 18-hours, making it rich and creamy before mixing in a secret sauce to add flavour and umami to the broth. It is handmade by Mr. Kanada, the founder himself, and imported directly from the original restaurant in Japan.
Kanada-Ya will be offering its mouth-watering ramen and popular side dishes at the Singapore outlet. Tuck into perfect al dante wheat noodles, specially made using a specific type of flour, enriched with an exact protein content and alkaline salts for a firm yet springy texture that is the ideal pairing with Kanada-Ya’s rich broth.
Tantalise your taste buds with the heady scent of the aromatic Truffle Ramen from black truffle oil and truffle jelly made with black truffle paste for a slurping good time, only available in limited quantities daily. No visit to Kanada-Ya is complete without sampling the famous Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen in all its original goodness with tender pork collar chashu, wood ear fungus mushroom, seaweed and spring onions. The delectable Kotteri Tonkotsu Ramen is elevated with thick and juicy slices of pork belly chashu that complements the deep and flavourful pork bone extract perfectly.
Pioneers of Singapore’s cafe culture, PS.Cafe opens its eighth outlet, PS.Cafe by the Sea at East Coast Park, making this their first foray out East, away from the hustle and bustle of the city-centre. Inspired by its waterfront location while staying true to the homegrown brand, the menu showcases and celebrates seafood with exclusive dishes, while introducing a special Junior section for the first time.
Starting from humble beginnings in 1999, PS.Cafe began as a cosy cafe hidden within Projectshop clothing store. The charming and understated spot quickly gained a following for its hearty takes on savoury cafe classics, famous truffle shoestring fries and indulgent cakes, puddings and tarts. Since then - over the course of 20 years, PS.Cafe has steadily expanded in Singapore and recently opened up in Shanghai and Seoul this year.
Spanning over 3,000 sq ft, this 120-seater offers a multitude of crowd-pleasers, impeccably suited for friend gatherings, date nights and weekend brunches with loved ones.
The all-day menu at PS.Cafe by the Sea at East Coast Park pays homage to the serene waterfront location with new seafood dishes such as Chargrilled Octopus ($21) - PS.Cafe's spin on a 'char siew' features octopus wok-fried in a homemade sauce served with chilli lime dip, and Lemongrass Mussel & Clam Spaghettini ($29.50) a Thai-inspired pasta topped with portobello mushrooms, black mussels, fresh Venus clams and various aromatics tossed in a sweet and sour sauce.
Additional new creations, exclusive to PS.Cafe by the Sea East Coast Park include:
Poached Ocean Trout Niçoise ($27) a modern twist on a classic French salad with string beans, green olives, capers, spinach and tuna aioli for a refreshing start to the meal.
Chorizo & Calamari Stew ($30) a hearty pot teeming with white beans, fire-roasted peppers, spicy chorizo and tender squid topped with black garlic aioli and a side of crusty bread.
Singapore Chilli Crab & Prawns ($32) a nod to East Coast tradition of chilli crab, PS.Cafe's rendition comprises fried soft shell crab and grilled tiger prawns with wok-crisped mantous, fresh chilli crab dip and jade fried rice.
Signature items that are familiar to fans such as PS. Truffle Shoestring Fries ($16), Tiger Beer-Battered Fish & Chips ($32) and Spicy King Prawn Aglio Olio ($29.50) are also available. An array of hand-stretched pizzas and a multitude of Asian delights will also be on the menu for a stellar communal dining experience.
Adding to the brand's extensive dessert menu, the novel addition of the Banana Surprise Sundae ($16) showcases PS.Cafe's take on the banana split crowned with toasted almonds, chocolate sauce and tangy strawberry compote - a treat to delight any sweet tooth. Also not to be missed are menu stalwarts, Sticky Date ($15) with lashings of decadent toffee sauce and Double Chocolate Blackout Cake ($16) a rich dark chocolate sponge drizzled with dark chocolate sauce.
For the first time, PS.Cafe launches its Junior Menu for children under 12 years old; featuring kid-friendly items such as its iconic Spaghetti Bolognese ($14), Mini Pancake Stack ($12) with maple syrup, bananas and vanilla ice cream, Grilled Ham & Cheese Toasties ($12) with fries, and Cheeseburger and Fries ($13). All items on the Junior Menu come with a complimentary bowl of soft-serve ice cream with chocolate or strawberry sauce.
PS.Cafe by the Sea at East Coast Park's brunch menu with classic-favourites including eggs benedict and pancakes kicks in on weekends at 9.30am until 4 pm. The restaurant also serves breakfast from 9.30am to 11am Monday to Friday, offering staples such as almond chia seed granola and avocado toast.
Founded in 1975, Giorgio Armani has become world famous for its unique and unmistakable image, as well as its clean, sophisticated designs, complete with superior quality materials and timeless elegance; these elements have been associated with the brand since its launch.
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Having achieved the world’s top sales record amongst their hundred stores globally, Taiwanese fried chicken emporium owned by celebrity Nono - Monga, is excited to launch their second outlet in ION Orchard Mall this November. To embrace festive cheer, Monga will also be rolling out their special Christmas-edition flavour, the Fiery Chicken Fillet, for a limited time only.
The new Mexican flavour, priced at S$7.90 per fillet, will be exclusively available only during this Christmas. Sure to sate the appetite of fried chicken lovers, this fiery chicken fillet is first deep-fried and then covered with Mexican sauce before it is baked for two-minutes. The Mexican sauce is a secret formulation curated in-house with tomatoes, jalapenos, chillies, onions, and pepper, giving the snack bursting flavours that are sour and mildly spicy at the same. This distinctively red sauce coincides with the eponymous colour of Christmas. Available only from December 1st till 26th, this will be a time-limited flavour in both ION and JEM.