November 08 2011
Black marble, sculpted glass and handsome, minimalist displays characterise a timely addition to Harrods’ hallowed halls. Joining the store’s already renowned Fine Jewellery Room this week is a Fine Watch Room, whose classically simple décor belies the complications housed therein.
In fact, the 18,000sq-ft retail space, which opened on Monday November 8, is home to the largest watch collection in Europe, with no fewer than 35 haute brands. It’s a major expansion for Harrods’ range of timepieces, and several top makers (Bremont, Frédérique Constant, John Isaac, Philip Stein and Roger Dubuis) are new to the store.
The room is lined with 13 own-brand boutiques – including UK firsts for IWC, Panerai, Richard Mille and Vacheron Constantin, which is celebrating the opening with specially created limited-edition watches. Meanwhile, the centrepiece is a trio of counters displaying the best of the 35 brands – the ultimate selection of fine watches, chosen by Harrods’ expert buying teams.
Not to be left out, the neighbouring Fine Jewellery Room, with its equally elegant but contrasting “feminine” feel, has also undergone a transformation. Among the newcomers adding sparkle to its existing offerings are Fabergé’s time-honoured classics and the architecture-inspired designs of Istanbul designer Sevan Bicakci.
The Fine Watch Room will feature high on the destination list for many Christmas shoppers. And as the big day draws ever closer, there’s no present like the time.
First picture: IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound Squelette, £24,500. Second picture: Breguet Queen of Naples with ruby-set bracelet, £99,000.