Baccarat crystal adds lustre to private viewing

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 November, 2011, 12:00am


Wing Tai Properties and SCMP Marketing Services teamed up to present 'A Baccarat Crystal Spectacular' featuring the French company's latest crystal collections at the luxurious No2 Forfar complex in Kowloon Tong.

Around 700 people attended the two-day event from October 28-29. After entering the high-ceilinged lobby, guests were shown to the Grand Mansion, an upscale private clubhouse with a banquet hall, large living room and patio area. Jazz was performed in the outdoor area and guests were treated to canap?s and drinks including Moet & Chandon Champagne.

In this relaxed atmosphere, visitors to the dining room viewed Baccarat pieces including sculptures featuring animals, a Chinese dragon designed by Nicolas Triboulot for the next Lunar New Year, and reproductions of ornate Japanese pieces hand-engraved in crystal.

Then it was up to the 32nd and 33rd floor where the duplex and triplex are situated, commanding 360-degree views of Victoria Harbour and the whole of Kowloon. It was also here that Philippe Starck's collaboration with Baccarat was displayed, featuring the Starck Zenith chandelier, a large European-style chandelier modernised with black crystal.

The duplex is 3,662 sq ft with five bedrooms, all ensuite and laid out on two floors, while the triplex at 4,502 sq ft also has five bedrooms, four of which are ensuite. Both the duplex and triplex have a private outdoor swimming pool and terrace, ideal not only for kicking back but also for having a barbecue with friends or family.

It was this feature that appealed to many guests at the event.

Giang Le said the master bedroom upstairs that looked out onto the private pool was a feature of her 'dream house'.

Cherry Fung came with her husband and described the view as amazing. 'I like the pool because you can see the skyline. It's very relaxing.'

Fung, in her 30s, said the partnership with Baccarat was a good match as she felt the crystal was of very high quality. 'I particularly liked the crystal duck in green as it's very hard to find it in that colour.'

Meanwhile, Ms Li, in her 70s, particularly liked the duplex for practical reasons. 'It's easier to access the master bedroom on the 32nd floor without having to go up and down the stairs,' she said.

Many guests lingered to enjoy the jazz music or soak in the panoramic views.