On March 21, 2013, prestigious Swiss watchmaker Blancpain presented a series of marvelous events in Hong Kong: on the same day, the brand opened a new boutique at ifc mall in Central and a flagship store at 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui, continuing the sensation that began with the opening of the brand’s boutique on Russell Street in Causeway Bay last September. Both situated at the most sensational luxury hubs on the opposite shores of the Victoria Harbour, the new shops are the latest shining additions to the “Pearl of the Orient” with their elegant and esteemed shopping experience crafted for watch aficionados and enthusiasts in town.
In the morning of March 21, Blancpain invited Mrs. Rita Hämmerli-Weschke, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, Mr. Karim Azar, General Manager – Retail Leasing of International Finance Centre Management Company Limited, Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA and Ms. Sincere Chiu, Vice President of Blancpain, Hong Kong and Macau to officiate the grand opening of its ifc mall Boutique. Also present at this joyous event was renowned artist Miss Sharon Chan, who staged an amazing catwalk show for the guests demonstrating some of the most dazzling Blancpain timepieces.
Filled with the blessings of exciting guests, the opening ceremony began with a speech by Mrs. Rita Hämmerli-Weschke, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, followed by a speech by Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was immediately held afterwards to celebrate this joyous moment. Miss Sharon Chan then made her sensational appearance to stage a spectacular catwalk show, where she demonstrated the dazzling Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 for women and also the Villeret damascened dial adorned with a dragon.
After the brilliant spectacle, Miss Sharon Chan joined the officiating party in a toasting ceremony to wish every success to the new Blancpain Boutique. After the conclusion of the ceremony, the guests swiftly proceeded to the Central Pier to board a luxurious yacht heading towards their next destination, 1881 Heritage, where the grand opening of the Blancpain 1881 Heritage Boutique was staged in the afternoon.
Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA remarked, “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.”
Miss Sharon Chan, who staged a dazzling catwalk show for Blancpain, commented, “It is my pleasure to showcase these brilliant timepieces for Blancpain. The brand’s ladies’ collections are beautiful works of art. Apart from the stunning designs, the watches are always driven by a brilliant in-house mechanical movement, which makes each Blancpain timepiece an eye-catching masterpiece in which aesthetics and technology perfectly blend with each other.”
After the conclusion of the opening ceremony at the Blancpain Boutique in ifc mall, guests proceeded to the second event of the day in Tsim Sha Tsui. Mrs. Rita Hämmerli-Weschke, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA, and Ms. Sincere Chiu, Vice President of Blancpain, Hong Kong and Macau were present to officiate the ceremony with renowned movie actress and Golden Horse Award recipient Ms. Sinje Lee, setting another milestone for Blancpain in town.
Overwhelmed with a joyous atmosphere, the opening ceremony was kicked off by the welcoming speeches of Mrs. Rita Hämmerli-Weschke, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong and Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA. A spectacular catwalk show was immediately staged afterwards featuring modeling couple Ms. Jocelyn Luko and Mr. Anthony Sandstrom, in which they demonstrated exquisite Blancpain timepieces from the brand’s Women and Villeret Collection. The Mistress of Ceremony, Miss Sarah Song, then invited renowned movie actress Ms. Sinje Lee to share views and experience on the appreciation of timepieces. To extend her blessing to Blancpain, Ms. Sinje Lee presented a meaningful congratulatory card to Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA. In return, Mr. Marc Junod presented the Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2013 timepiece for women to Ms. Sinje Lee.
The officiating guests were then invited to officate the ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a lively lion dance performance which extended the blessing of fortune and prosperity to the newly-opened Blancpain Boutique. To conclude the ceremony, the officiating guests proposed a toast to wish the brand every success. The attending guests were then invited to visit the 1,877-square-foot boutique, which is the largest in town. Visitors were greeted by the boutique’s elegant decor reminiscent of the Blancpain manufacture in Switzerland and the masterpieces on display, including the Villeret Traditional Chinese Calendar in platinum, the signature timepiece of Blancpain in 2012.
Mr. Marc Junod, Vice President Head of Sales, Blancpain SA remarked, “As the world’s oldest watchmaking brand, Blancpain has been standing on its tradition and investing in innovation over its history of 278 years and has become a leader of the horological scene. The opening of the Blancpain Boutiques in Hong Kong today will further expand the brand’s presence in the city and bring our masterpiece creations to watch fans in this elegant and comfortable environment.”
Renowned movie actress Ms Sinje Lee shared, “I appreciate things created with passion. In the past three centuries, Blancpain’s passion for watchmaking has never ceased to be manifested in its horological creations that feature striking designs and elements from its well-respected tradition. I am honoured to share the joy of the opening of the Blancpain 1881 Heritage Boutique with the brand and personally witness its well-celebrated devotion to watchmaking. May I take this opportunity to wish Blancpain 1881 Heritage Boutique success and prosperity. It will surely become one of the most sought-after watch appreciation sanctuary in town.”