Patek Philippe watches on display at Malmaison by The Hour Glass, in Orchard Road, Singapore. The store was designed as a reaction to the cookie-cutter luxury retail spaces that sprouted around the world early this decade, says The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay. Patek Philippe watches on display at Malmaison by The Hour Glass, in Orchard Road, Singapore. The store was designed as a reaction to the cookie-cutter luxury retail spaces that sprouted around the world early this decade, says The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay.
Patek Philippe watches on display at Malmaison by The Hour Glass, in Orchard Road, Singapore. The store was designed as a reaction to the cookie-cutter luxury retail spaces that sprouted around the world early this decade, says The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay.

Why e-commerce isn’t a threat to luxury watch stores – The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay on the value of service, and group’s belief in future for protest-hit Hong Kong

  • People buying expensive watches want to experience them first, says Singapore-based Tay, a connoisseur of luxury timepieces as well as head of family-owned firm
  • He’s never worn his own smartwatch, but takes a positive view of the wearable tech trend: ‘It gets young people used to wearing something on their wrists again’

Topic |   Fashion
Patek Philippe watches on display at Malmaison by The Hour Glass, in Orchard Road, Singapore. The store was designed as a reaction to the cookie-cutter luxury retail spaces that sprouted around the world early this decade, says The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay. Patek Philippe watches on display at Malmaison by The Hour Glass, in Orchard Road, Singapore. The store was designed as a reaction to the cookie-cutter luxury retail spaces that sprouted around the world early this decade, says The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay.
Patek Philippe watches on display at Malmaison by The Hour Glass, in Orchard Road, Singapore. The store was designed as a reaction to the cookie-cutter luxury retail spaces that sprouted around the world early this decade, says The Hour Glass’ Michael Tay.
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