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Audemars Piguet Opens A New Space At The Hour Glass In Paragon

Watch aficionados, you don’t have to get on a plane to visit the Vallée de Joux.

Audemars Piguet bar counter

Watches and whisky—it rarely gets better than this. That’s what 100 of The Hour Glass’ top VIPs enjoyed as they celebrated the unveiling of the new Audemars Piguet shop-in-shop at The Hour Glass’ Paragon boutique.

Over an exclusive cocktail session, guests were transported to Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux via the store’s interior combination of wood, metal and the idyllic landscapes of Le Brassus, home to Audemars Piguet. A selection of the brand’s vintage timepieces were on display and, next to them, a master watchmaker offered insights into the technical intricacies of a few movements from Audemars Piguet’s collection.

Interior of the new Audemars Piguet shop-in-shop

The Hour Glass at Paragon will also be home to exclusive Audemars Piguet models created especially for the retailer. This year, a limited edition Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph (below) in 18K yellow gold is available with tourbillon at nine o’clock, and linear chronograph minute counter with central sweep-seconds hand. Finished with an alligator strap in royal green, the timepiece also comes in a diamond-set case and bezel. 

Audemars Piguet Limited Edition Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Ref. 26224BA.ZZ.D400CR.01 

Those who enjoy the occasional drink will appreciate that the store is fitted with its own bar. Guests at the event also had the opportunity to sample a selection of fine sherry cask whiskies—a perfect complement to the horological buffet before them. 

Mr Michael Tay, The Hour Glass, with Mr Oliviero Bottinelli and Mr Antonio Seward, Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet's master watchmaker giving a demonstration

Mr Victor Ow, Mr Mansoor Hassanbhai, Ms Parveen Hassanbhai and Mr Leonard Teong

Mr & Mrs Keagan Tan and Mr Alex Yu with Mr Jason Koh

Guest with Mr Olivier Bottinelli, Mr Michael Tay, Mr Antonio Seward, Mr Wayne Ng and partner

The Audemars Piguet shop-in-shop is at Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #01-28A/29, Singapore 238859. 

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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".

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