Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel

If this summer you stop by Paris, I suggest you to experience the new Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel with lobby and concierge areas, “bagagerie , salons d’écriture et d’horlogerie ainsi qu’une suite privée”…

After opening Montblanc Haus few months ago, it is great to see their new unique client experience. Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, Art Deco mosaic floor, ink bar creative space and unexpected surprises making guests feeling home.

Serious pen collectors can now plunk down six figures in the plushest setting imaginable, complete with staggering views of the Arc de Triomphe over flower boxes blooming with perfect roses.

The check-in desk that once sat in a Montblanc boutique in the 1950s (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The 2,400-square-foot corner unit, home to a Montblanc boutique for the past 20 years, just reopened after an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate a new concept that merges retail with hospitality.

When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, Montblanc chief executive officer Nicolas Baretzki explained, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles song. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit”.

Visitors to Montblanc Suite 4810, the number representing the elevation in meters of Europe’s famous snow-capped mountain, alight upon a mosaic threshold like those found in palace hotels or Paris’ famous covered passages, and are invited to ‘check in’ at a retro, wooden reception counter.

Watches are displayed in a fixture resembling a cocktail bar (photo by Davide Leggio). 

There, sales staff can orient visitors toward what they might be seeking, or invite them to discover the 116-year-old German luxury brand, starting with its emblematic resin writing instruments, through to timepieces, leather goods and other personal accessories.

Products are sparsely merchandised throughout the airy ground floor, but there is much to discover, from the ‘ink bar’, where visitors can test a range of nibs and quirky colors with cigar-sized fountain pens, to a wall niche displaying the latest Montblanc collectible: a hand-carved ebony pen in the shape of a wandering stick from its Writers Edition dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, priced at € 40,300.

High-rollers might be escorted directly upstairs to the VIP salons via an elevator done up in gleaming black, a wink to its emblematic Meisterstück pen, and lit up with calligraphy animations. Or they can stroll across the pale hardwood floors, the same as the ones found in Montblanc’s historic Hamburg ateliers, and discover everything from sporty crossbody bags and business cases to sunglasses, belts and wallets.

The concierge desk offers personalization, among other services (photo by Davide Leggio).

The decor resembles the lobby of a boutique hotel with its cushy armchairs, piped-in music and staff at the ready to offer refreshments. Baretzki said the boutique, which has an Art Deco feel, is a one-off that winks to other units.

Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, a small concierge desk, located near the entry, is where customers can have accessories personalized, or receive advice on writing techniques. A salon dedicated to writing instruments and timepieces is done up in the style of a cocktail bar, serving up watches instead of martinis, while the penultimate room showcases large leather goods on shelves and small ones in marble drawers. There’s enough room here to test-drive roller suitcases.

Montblanc’s famous pen nibs can be found embedded in the iron safety grill, displayed over the ink bar, and recurring as zipper pulls in the leather goods department. Smartwatches, headphones and other personal tech items — Montblanc’s latest brand extension — are displayed in a pop-up location next door.

Montblanc’s Suite 4810 upstairs salons can host events and VIP clients (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The VIP suite includes an expansive living room with a bookcase, a vast straw marquetry-topped coffee table, and comfortable seating. A second room, the walls lined with safety-deposit boxes, features consultation tables perfect for inspecting rare pens, some of which are sourced from the Montblanc Haus in Hamburg, an immersive brand emporium that blends elements of a museum, art gallery, hall of fame and school offering calligraphy classes.

Montblanc also operates freestanding boutiques in Paris on the Rue de Rennes and Boulevard des Capucines, plus shops-in-shop at Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché.

Enjoy and happy summer. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Dior Opens Men’s Winter 2022 Pop-Up Boutique at Rodeo Drive

Following the Maison’s menswear Winter 2022 Collection debut in January of this year, the French Maison Dior has now opened a respective pop-up store in Los Angeles.

Located on Beverly Hill’s infamous Rodeo Drive (where else), the boutique offers another look at Kim Jones’ refined collection that was filled with asymmetrical closure pants, elevated overcoats, exquisite wrap and double-breasted blazers, relaxed yet refined pants and more.

Whether it be a light gray wool overcoat or a waist-hugging blazer, tailoring was Jones’ exhibition of beauty. Alongside ready-to-wear garments, the show also featured Dior’s now popular Birkenstock collaboration.

Bringing Paris to the West Coast, the pop-up store is inspired by the Alexandre III bridge with an array of Art Nouveau lamp posts and images of the Parisian skyline. The boutique also features a gold 3D-printed Pegasus sculpture that is exclusive to the Rodeo Drive location. From elevated overcoats and cheetah-print jackets to bejeweled derbys, the boutique showcases a range of the Winter 2022 collection pieces.

Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique
362 N. Rodeo Drive
Los Angeles, USA

The Dior Mens Wear Pop-Up Boutique is now open through Monday, September 19. Come into the beautiful world of Dior.

Piaget Opened Its New Boutique In Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

New Piaget boutique in Rodeo Drive, which opened few days ago, showcase a magnificent facade, a unique interior designed in collaboration with a Californian designer, a new space modularity and an artistic collaboration to revive the Piaget society spirit.

Step inside Piaget’s new Rodeo Drive Boutique. On the outsie, the façade is inspired by Milanese Mesh, their artisanal mastery of gold weaving. On the inside, an immersive experience mixing art convival experiences with exhibitions curated with exhibitions curated in partnership with RAD.

Vitit now to discover the first of their series, modern pop artist Alia Penner and immerse yourself in Piaget’s Rodeo Drive Boutique. Come into the beautiful world of Piaget.

Breitling Unveiled its Flagship Shop with a Cafe and Restaurant

Breitling boutiques are typically designed as chic industrial lofts that combine vintage and contemporary design elements to showcase their luxury pieces. The Swiss watchmaker’s latest space boasts 8,000 square feet, located in the fashionable Hannam district of Seoul, South Korea, and will become its flagship location.

In addition to the retail space, which showcases Breitling’s latest watch collection in an aviation-inspired atmosphere, the watchmaker opened its first Breitling Kitchen with a Breitling Cafe. The space moves beyond the typical design confines of retail to include a cafe and restaurant area under the same roof.

This hybrid design encourages customers to enjoy the flagship location through a unique dining experience. By combining retail and food, the shop will become a top destination in the area.

Come into the beautiful world of Breitling.

Panerai Releases Commemorative Luminor Geneva Boutique Special Edition

Panerai is the product of distinct traditions rooted in two countries: the sophistication of Swiss watchmaking artistry and an illustrious history of design inheritance from Italy. Situated at 21 Rue du Rhône in Geneva, in one of the most prestigious streets in the world, Panerai proudly unveils its unprecedented flagship store: two whole floors characterized by innovative modularity and Italian design blend physical and digital features to deliver a unique sensorial experience. To mark the opening of its new boutique, Panerai commemorates a waterproof timepiece ingenuity in the watchmaking sphere.

Upon entering the boutique, Panerai’s iconic luminous green wall clock may be the first element to grab customers’ attention, but one of the most striking novelties is the presence of a large videowall on which product can be impressively projected and magnified.

To reinforce this principle of experiential interaction, underneath the staircase leading to the second floor is a corner dedicated to the Laboratorio di Idee, a wall with portholes that “allows customers to touch and see Panerai’s philosophy of creating and developing new materials and movements in a transformative and sustainable way” states Creative Director Alvaro Maggini.

This core vision comprised of sustainable building and transformation is echoed in the modular lounge on the second floor. A stunning room with Italian furniture and iconic design pieces adorn the bright space, complemented by Italian literature and design books and, of course, some of the most prestigious high complication and special edition Panerai references.

The lounge can undergo a rapid transformation and become an elegant dining room in occasion of press and client events. When not in the lounge, clients are invited to visit the next-door bar area.

The bar in Art Deco style comprises one of the main elements in this area, a dual space that functions both as a café and drinks bar as well as an interactive rotating shelf through which customers can play and discover their favorite strap and case combination. A moveable platform follows the curve of the bar and allows customers to enjoy an Italian coffee or signature aperitivo during the experience.

The bottom of the bar structure is composed of ten containers holding ten different coffee beans from around the world, turning a core component of Italian culture and habit into an impressive piece of art.

An original Vespa from 1956 and a beautiful library housing glassless product displays and Italian vintage elements complete the setting. A modular stand-alone display shelf area can be used to highlight the novelties of the moment or major partnerships: when needed however, these shelves can be folded down onto themselves to create further walking space.

The peak of the floor’s animation however is in the shape of a curious periscope, behind which customers can see relevant Panerai stories unfold. This new creative concept, ‘Modularità Espressiva’, will be soon adopted in Panerai boutiques all over the world, redesigning the brands’ relationship with its customers.

To commemorate the boutiques’s grand opening, Panerai has unveiled the Luminor Geneva Boutique Special Edition.

The LGBSE is limited to 121 units during production and features a matte black 44mm case designed of titanium. The first-ever gradient dial will accompany the P.5000 internal movement, accented by Arabic numerals illuminated in neon green. In line with previous Panerai models, the manually wound caliber delivers an eight-day power reserve and inertia balance courtesy of Glucydur.

Engraved on the case back is an elegant mural of Geneva’s landmark Jet d’Eau fountain, accompanied by two interchangeable straps: a recycle-based PET strap and a green rubber strap. The waterproof timepiece commemorates the Italian watchmakers ingenuity in the watchmaking sphere, marking the opening of its experiential concept store in Geneva.

The timepiece is exclusive to the Panerai Geneva Boutique and retails for $9,700 EUR (approximately $10,815 USD). Come into the beautiful world of Panerai.

Harry Winston Opens New Salon In Milan

Harry Winston Milan Salon

Founded in 1932 in New York City, Harry Winston still sets standards in the production of fine jewelry and high-quality watches. From acquiring some of the world’s most famous gemstones, including the Jonker, Hope, Winston Legacy and Winston Blue diamonds, to jeweling Hollywood’s leading ladies on the red carpet, Harry Winston has been a symbol of the best there is for more than eight decades.

Today the legendary ‘King of Diamonds’ and international luxury brand, announces the opening of its new retail salon in Milan, Italy. The salon is located in Via Montenapoleone, one of the most prestigious and noble shopping centers in the world. It houses Harry Winston’s exquisite jewelry and watch collections, including the finest diamonds and rarest gemstones available today.

The new, 3,821-square-foot salon is designed to reflect the elegance and intimacy of a private property. The house’s signature color palette of soft taupe and gray is used throughout, complementing classic Winston elements such as custom-made lacquers, bronze accents, and antique bronze furniture with immaculate marble floors and bespoke crystal chandeliers.

The interior design consists of special galleries for bridal fashions and collections that highlight the breadth of Harry Winston’s exceptional offer while offering customers the very personal shopping experience known to the house. Private showrooms provide the ideal environment for a discreet and truly luxurious shopping experience. Come into the beautiful world of Harry Winston.

Harry Winston
Via Montenapoleone 14
20121 Milano
Italy

Harry Winston opens a new boutique in Beijing

Harry Winston, the legendary ‘King of Diamonds’, and international luxury brand, announces the opening of its second retail salon in Beijing, China.  Located inside the China World Trade Center, the new 461-square meter salon will showcase the breadth of Harry Winston’s unparalleled jewelry and timepiece collections, including the rarest diamonds and gemstones available today.

The opening of our new China World Trade Center salon marks the House’s second location in Beijing and our sixth in China. Beijing, an epicenter for fashion and luxury, is an incredibly important market for the House. This salon will be our second largest in China, and through this opening, we are excited to have a larger presence in the city.

Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc.

Designed to capture the elegance and intimacy of a private estate, the impressive two-story space, with entrances accessible from both the ground floor and basement level, includes classic Winston elements. Past the ornate gilded entryway, guests will enter a grand marble foyer decorated with the House’s signature black and white starburst motif.

Throughout the interior, the House’s signature soft taupe and grey color palette serves as the perfect complement to custom designed lacquer, antique bronze furniture, and bespoke crystal chandeliers. Three private selling rooms provide the ideal environment for a discreet and truly luxurious shopping experience.

The basement level features a dedicated bridal area, accented with hand-beaded silk walls, that displays the breadth of Harry Winston’s exceptional engagement and wedding jewelry offering. A grand staircase leads up to the first floor where a special gallery for the House’s unique high jewelry collections highlights Harry Winston’s legacy of expert craftsmanship and innovative design.

Explore more detail of the Harry Winston Beijing China World Mall and schedule an appointment. Come into the beautiful world of Harry Winston.

Find the perfect timeless gift

Watchfinder is Europe’s leading pre-owned watch retailer. If you’re interested in luxury watches, whether that’s buying, selling, or just learning more about them, Watchfinder have what you need. Their expert staff will provide you with all the information you need to ensure you find what you’re looking for.

Now the are delighted to announce that the new Watchfinder Printemps, Paris boutique is now officially open – for a limited time of six weeks only!

Watchfinder’s latest Paris location is based in the heart of the city inside the luxurious Printemps Paris Haussmann, where it will join a whole host of other premium brands. With watches from over 50 luxury brands, there’s no better place to find your dream watch than Watchfinder.

Find your favorite watch at: Watchfinder Printemps Paris Haussmann, Paris. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Watchfinder.

Montblanc reopens its doors in Masaryk Polanco

Montblanc is celebrating the reopening of their flagship store in Masaryk, Mexico. The reopening of the boutique in Mexico City’s Masaryk is great news for lovers of the brand with more than 110 years of history. Located at Masaryk 440 in Colonia Polanco, this new vision aims to consolidate itself as a new flagship within the Maison and offer customers a much more personalized experience.

French object and space designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence developed a concept with a pure and uncluttered aesthetic for the reopening of the boutique in Masaryk de Montblanc. We can see the combination between black and white colors as well as the presence of wood to provide contrast and an organic feeling.

Each product category of Maison Montblanc has a dedicated space where customers can appreciate the craftsmanship and functionality of the pieces. You will be able to see a wide range of all the various products available from the brand where elegance and tradition play a key role.

Of course, the reopening of the Montblanc boutique in Masaryk also highlights the important legacy left by the brand in terms of writing culture. Montblanc has enhanced the calligraphy experience by hand with the introduction of the Montblanc Ink Bar in select boutiques around the world. Through this space, it allows the customer to test the range of nibs of the brand’s source pens and choose their ink or notebook color so that each person can experience a writing style.

Each customer will have the opportunity to customize their leather goods or writing instruments thanks to the initial engraving or embossing service available for select pieces. The point is not only to personalize the experience but to provide the customer with the option to distinguish their purchase with something very special.

Finally, in order to be able to receive customers more comfortably, the second floor is crucial in the reopening of the boutique in Masaryk de Montblanc. It is a room with a bar so that customers can enjoy their stay in the flagship and can discover every detail of the most exquisite pieces within the catalog.

Montblanc awaits you in its new flagship. Open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 hrs.

Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Parisian perfumehouse opened the door to its new home at Marin Country Mart

Parisian Maison Diptyque is proud to officially open the door to its new home at Marin Country Mart, joining a passionate community of artisans and merchants. The boutique creates a warming and welcoming atmosphere, featuring local Marin and Parisian references and a color palette of light yellow and oranges throughout that were dear to Diptyque’s founders.

They look forward to welcoming you to our newest boutique for a visit! Come into the beautiful world of Diptyque.