BY CK Lam
Penang rejoices at another milestone in its retail industry, with the celebration of French brand Bell & Ross at the new Bell & Ross Boutique in Gurney Plaza.
The French watch brand that dared disrupt a three-century-old Swiss industry 10 years ago with the launch of the breakthrough BR-01, has finally landed on the ground floor of Gurney Plaza.
Last week, as night fell over the Pearl of the Orient, a group of invited guests congregated to celebrate the grand occasion.
(From L-R) Myself, Tong Chee Wei (GM of FJ Benjamin) and Peter Chan (Comms Manager of Gurney Plaza)
Gurney Plaza, built since 2001, houses some of the top international brands in retail shopping today, ranging from fashion boutiques to timepieces. It’s contemporary leanings make it a perfect home for Bell & Ross.
The opening of this boutique clearly shows that the brand have faith in the Asian market, which is much smaller on every measure than the brand’s heartlands of Europe.
Guests were treated to a night of class, with the French timepieces being accompanied with another French classic, the Martell Cognac. Beautiful served on its own, cognac is also tailor-made for cocktails and it gave everyone a literal taste of the possibilities throughout the evening.
Personally, it was indeed an eye opener of an evening, with the beautiful timepieces from Bell & Ross invading our island of Penang. It is great to see this prestigious brand setting foot with a stand alone boutique in Penang,
A light moment with the guests of the event
* Many thanks to Gurney Plaza and Bell & Ross for extending this invitation.
* Photos courtesy of Gurney Plaza