I’ve been to several Panerai boutiques around the world; they are typically cosy and covered in the same pearwood used for Panerai boxes. Panerai just opened its boutique in Singapore, sited on a prime, ground level space in ION Orchard mall, a few days ago.
Not only is it large, it is the first to be outfitted with the new boutique look that will eventually be rolled out to other stores. The wood panelling is darker with more obvious grain, made from teak like the deck of boats. And there are Le Corbusier LC2 chairs in pale suede all over (while I love the design I always find the LC2 way too narrow). Many of the seafaring elements are blatantly obvious, like the multiple mini-submarine models scattered around the boutique. Others are less so. Some of it is visible in the details – the porthole like display cases for instance. But most interesting are the patinated bronze frames, a la PAM382 Bronzo, that hold fascimiles of historic Panerai patents.
And like all luxury stores the boutique has a private room – the inner sanctum to make buyers feel they are getting their money’s worth – with walls curved like the hull of a boat.
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Notably the boutique will also have a watchmaker on hand to assist (with all that strap changing I assume). Officine Panerai ION Orchard #01-18 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801 This is a temple to the cult of the brand. Boutiques are about branding and Panerai is clearly going full steam ahead. – SJX
|The watchmaker’s room
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