Best time to shop for watches

Congratulations: (Right pic, from right) Wong, Chong, Chee and Suraj sharing a light moment after the lucky draw prize presentation. (Above) Guests checking out the Swiss timepieces on display during the Watch Masters Exhibition cocktail evening at Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang.

SWISS Watch Gallery’s Watch Masters Exhibition concludes today at Gurney Paragon Mall in Penang, giving watch aficionados in the nor-thern region a final opportunity to acquire exquisite timepieces.

Renowned brands like Graham, Longines, Maurice Lacroix, Oris, Tag Heuer, Tissot and Tudor are offering exclusive promotions for purchasers at the event.

Suraj Menon, vice-president of marketing for Valiram Group which owns Swiss Watch Gallery, said response had been highly encouraging throughout the expo at the mall’s atrium, which started on Jan 31.

“With the recent floating of the Swiss Franc and upcoming implementation of GST, prices of watches are expected to go up soon.

“And with us offering various perks like a zero-interest payment plan for purchasers, many are taking the opportunity to buy now.

“These brands represent affordable luxury, with price points that are quite accessible for many people,” he noted during a cocktail evening hosted in collaboration with The Star on Saturday.

He said there was a growing number of watch enthusiasts in the northern region, and the time was ripe to hold the expo, which is held for the first time in Penang.

“You can find all the top Swiss brands in one location, and explore the unique heritage and essence behind each one.

“It provides a more informative experience than what’s possible in store,” Menon pointed out, adding that they are looking to make it a yearly affair.

The Star group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, who was among those present at the reception, said it was great to have all the best watch brands in town.

A proud Penangite, he lauded the Swiss Watch Gallery’s local roots, having first opened at the Penang International Airport in 2001.

Guests at the event were feted to food and drinks, and entertained with live music by singer Diana Liu, throughout the night.

Each took home personalised keychains or letter openers, engraved with their names.

Chee Tatt Hoe and Johny Chong, took home Longines Hydro Conquest and Oris Swiss Hunter Team PS Edition watches worth RM3,100 and RM5,400 respectively in a lucky draw.

The cocktail party was the final one of four hosted in colla-boration with event partners, with The Star being the official media partner.

Also present were The Star’s executive director Tan Sri Kamal Hashim, group editorial business development general manager Tommy Lee, news editor (regional) K. Suthakar, advertising sales and business development manager Simone Liong and its corporate clients.

Gurney Paragon, Auto Bavaria, and Four Points by Sheraton with Brokers London Dry Gin hosted the other nights.

The exhibition continues for the final day today, and is open from 10am to 10pm.

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