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.
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