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.
Sharing the same high-level of service, the newly-reopened Vacheron Constantin boutique at ION Orchard showcases a new interior concept embodying the Maison’s modern elegance and refined aesthetics. In the spirit of Belle Haute Horlogerie, the spacious boutique features design codes with a touch of contemporary Asian elements. The lounge areas also provide a welcoming environment to watch connoisseurs and collectors from around the world.
This new boutique houses the complete collection from simple models to high complication timepieces, in addition to exclusive boutique limited editions. As a demonstration of the Maison’s dedication to service, an in-house watchmaker is present, enabling interaction with the client.
Daniel Wellington is a Swedish brand founded in 2011. Known for its sleek and minimalist design, Daniel Wellington offers timeless accessories, worn on all occasions by men and women all over the world. They believe in keeping it simple, using clean lines, and letting the product speak for itself. That is why all of their products are characterized by simplicity and minimalism. This subtle set of qualities is what makes a Daniel Wellington a true classic to love for years to come. Joining many renowned brands in the same mall, Daniel Wellington is one of the newest retail tenants at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Franck Muller's flamboyantly-designed new boutique at Jewel Changi Airport is a store that is hard to miss.
Founded in 1992 by master watchmaker Franck Muller and watchmaking specialist & entrepreneur Vartan Sirmarkes, the House of Franck Muller is one of the most acclaimed independent watch companies in contemporary watchmaking.
With more than 50 world premieres and patents, Franck Muller has been dazzling the world with creations that have been received with great enthusiasm by watch connoisseurs and celebrities alike throughout the world, and designs that represent major technical advances in the history of haute horlogerie.
Established in 2010, homegrown label Orient Crown specialises in watch winders - devices used to preserve the quality of automatic watches by winding them when stored.
With over 200 designs, Orient Crown’s watch winders are supported by state-of-the-art Japanese motors and are designed to articulate sheer luxury and ensure absolute functionality. Visit their newly-opened flagship store at Jewel Changi Airport.
Orient Crown also offers fine jewellery boxes, watch cases and luxury watch and jewellery safe boxes, Every item is individually tailored to create a unique experience and safekeep precious jewellery and timepieces in pristine condition.
CLUSE is an Amsterdam-based watch and jewellery brand, risen to fame for fashionable watches inspired by minimal French design. Ever-since, CLUSE has expanded their collections to host a range of both watch and jewellery lines with the ambition to create pieces for every woman, in a celebration of the uniqueness of everyone who wears the brand.
Their story is about people who find beauty in simplicity. Simple is not about being plain. It is about being grounded, sophisticated and true to oneself. Away from distractions and focused on the things that are truly important in life. With this mindset they are committed to creating timepieces and jewellery that represent elegance and minimalism for those who are conscious about their style. CLUSE jewellery brings the best out of your look and completes your outfit. A CLUSE watch not only indicates time, but defines your best moments and captivate attention in all simplicity.
Always at the forefront of popular fashion, Swatch continues to innovate and surprise with new designs. Discover the latest Swatch collections and explore the world of Swatch at their latest store in VivoCity.
Founded in 1983 in Biel, Switzerland. Swatch revolutionized the Swiss watch industry with its spirited design, pioneering technology and momentous success from the first Swatch Originals to the Skin and an amazing variety of Swatch Irony watches.
Montblanc’s longest-standing boutique here reopens with a lavish & updated look in celebration of the German brand’s 25th year in Singapore.
Created by designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, the boutique expresses the German company’s values of European craftsmanship, heritage sophistication, and performance and innovation.
The boutique now offers an even more immersive and luxurious shopping experience featuring an instant embossing station for small leather goods, and a wider selection of Montblanc timepieces, writing instruments and refined leather goods.
Olivia Burton take inspiration from vintage and catwalk trends to create a range of stylish and covetable accessories. Olivia Burton pieces are feminine, fun and collectable.â€‹ Its concept store is now open at ION Orchard.
The British accessories brand was founded by best friends and ex-fashion buyers Jemma and Lesa, who met on their first day at the London College of Fashion. They bonded over a love of design, a passion to start their own business and a mutual struggle to find a watch that they wanted to wear.
Lovers of vintage, the pair would trawl through antique markets to find timepieces, but, whilst beautiful, the cogs would often stop and start. After graduation, the girls went on to pursue successful careers in fashion buying, clocking up time at diverse fashion brands such as Topshop, ASOS and Selfridges. All the while, the idea of going it alone was gathering momentum until the day in 2011 when Jemma and Lesa made the leap, quit their jobs and set about creating their own beautiful, unique watches from the kitchen table.
Named after Lesa’s great aunt whose spirited approach and energy was a huge inspiration to the girls, Olivia Burton debuted its first collection in September 2012. Its covetable, collectable styles, which now include a striking jewellery line-up, are inspired by vintage finds and the latest catwalk trends.
Designs are brought to life at the brand’s pretty East London studio, where Jemma and Lesa work closely with their small team to ensure every piece is tweaked to perfection. Think intricate hand-illustrations, beautiful references to nature and must-have colour palettes.â€‹
The new Montblanc boutique concept at its Paragon location communicates a true expression of luxury in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere.
Through the eyes of designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, the immersive retail environment introduces a pure and unclutterered aesthetic, mixing black, white and wood, revealing the collections in a display that enhances the fine qualities of each piece.
For the past 100 years Montblanc is a synonymous for the very highest writing culture, while the white star emblem symbolizes the snow-covered peak of the Mont Blanc – the highest European mountain, standing for the brand’s commitment to the highest quality and finest craftsmanship.
Now Montblanc’s product range has been expanded to include luxury watches, high-quality leather goods, jewellery, eyewear and fragrances.
Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer opens its ION Orchard boutique after moving to a new location in the same mall.
Occupying over 1,162 square feet, the ION Orchard boutique is the first of three TAG Heuer stores in Singapore to reflect their new concept.
Inspired by TAG Heuer’s #DontCrackUnderPressure motto, the boutique flaunts a spectacularly futuristic spirit that is evoked by a brilliant interplay of eye-popping colours and textures. Pop by and see what's new!
On Wednesday, May 24, luxury timepiece brand Breguet celebrated the reopening of its Marina Bay Sands boutique. The House relocated its previous 115 sqm store to a more spacious 134 sqm in the premier luxury shopping destination, The Shoppes.
Breguet is a Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches, founded in Paris in the year of 1775. Currently it is part of The Swatch Group and its timepieces are now (since 1976) produced in Vallée de Joux in Switzerland.
Breguet contributes to the heritage and culture of Europe through partnerships with St.Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, the Château de Versailles and Louvre in Paris plus numerous philharmonic orchestras and many others.
Some of Breguet's famous patrons include; Queen Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Talleyrand, Selim III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Caroline Murat, Tsar Alexander I, Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill all succumbed to the art of Breguet.
Specialising in watch winders, Orient Crown's flagship store is now at The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands.
Orient Crown's watch winders are designed to articulate sheer luxury and ensure absolute functionality. Each of their unique watch winders features timeless elegance detailing-from the velvet smooth interior to cautiously crafted exterior finishing. Every watch winder is supported by the state-of-the–art Japanese mechanism, keeping fine watches wound up and ready to wear at all times. Their watch winders not only look good as a show case for exquisite time pieces but also enhance the life span of fine watches.
Patek Philippe & Co. boutique re-opens at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands after two months of renovations.
Patek Philippe & Co. is a Swiss watch manufacturer founded in 1851, located in Geneva and the Vallée de Joux. It designs and manufactures timepieces and movements, including some of the most complicated mechanical watches. Their 152sqm boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is elegantly furnished with precious woods, plush leather upholstery, custom made glass, Baccarat crystals and burnished brass finishing.
The Carbon CollectiveÂ is currentlyÂ prepping their 3-storey shophouse dining & retailÂ project onÂ South Bridge Road.Â
There will be a 35-seater restaurant and cocktail bar. The restaurant will feature a tapas-style menu of Asian flavours made with a twist using modern European techniques. For the retail part of the concept, they carry furniture and also exquisite timepieces from brands like Louis Moinet, Grieb & Benzinger and Bernard Favre.