Oh, the places you can go to splurge S$30,000 on
Times are bad, but if you’re feeling down in the dumps, perhaps a little online shopping can do you some good. Here are some luxury brands that are actually worth spending your money and time on – they may have gone digital, but they have also succeeded in making the whole process of online shopping more enjoyable than it usually is.
Just launched ahead of France and Italy, the new Bvlgari online shop is pretty something. Driven by a dedicated e-concierge team, the platform brings online shopping to another level with 3D product images and AR – the latter currently enables customers to preview the bags (AR plans for jewellery, watches and more are underway) that are true to size. Think of it as somewhat of a life-like shopping experience, equipped with retail support in real-time (give them a call or hop onto a live chat), free shipping, flexible delivery (within 24 hours even) and complimentary returns. Every order will come with an exclusive hand-wrapped gift box, and if you’re one of the lucky first 30 clients, spend a minimum of S$1,000 and you will receive a celebratory gift.
Want to customise your dream car without leaving your couch? The Bentley Co-Creation programme, which began long before COVID-19 occurred, empowers the customer with unique (daring, even) designs and has now expanded into the realm of virtual reality. The whole process involves an interactive survey, where based on a stock selection of imagery, the customer ends up creating a mood board of interests, favourite colours, materials, combinations and atmosphere.
Now, for those who want something a lot more unique, a screen-sharing session can be set up. A designer will ‘sit’ alongside the customer as they run through the options. Emails and texts are options, too, but there’s nothing like ‘hands-on work’, especially when it involves your creativity and your new toy.
We are strong believers in the importance of choosing the right friends, and since they say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we had better stick to our belief.
Chaumet would concur. If you’ve been dying to lay your hands on their jewellery collections, we have good news for you. Chaumet just launched a concierge shopping service, where its complete jewellery collection are yours for the taking. That includes the Joséphine line, which revisits its 240 years of heritage with contemporary creativity, and the newer Bee My Love collection, where you’d find classy, honeycomb-inspired jewellery (as pictured).
Need help? Chaumet’s advisors, Jackie Wong (+65 9767 7282) and Ben Chen (+65 9163 6836), are merely a call away. They will help you place your order and provide all the assistance that you need, even after purchase. Chaumet is also offering complimentary islandwide delivery, and will hand-deliver the goods right to your doorstep. A friend in need, indeed.
Sure, you can purchase the latest IWC timepiece on an e-commerce site, but let’s face it: nothing quite compares to the boutique experience, where you can browse at leisure and discover the brand’s storied legacy through different activations. Proving once again that it is at the forefront of innovation, this time in the luxury retail space, the Swiss watchmaker has recently launched a virtual reality boutique, which is essentially a digital version of its store at Ion Orchard.
You will be invited to ‘browse the shelves’ and engage with a client advisor (a service available on weekdays from 10am to 7pm), or even book a private e-appointment for a virtual walk-through. You’ll get to explore the six watch families of IWC – Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Portofino, Da Vinci, Aquatimer and Ingenieur – and the boutique’s emblematic centrepiece, the IWC perpetual calendar mechanism that was invented by master watchmaker, Kurt Klaus. Once you’re decided on a piece (or two), you will be directed to a client advisor on WhatsApp, who will assist you with payment and complimentary delivery to your home. This would take roughly three to five working days, though requests for speedy deliveries may be put through.
The House of Luxury is hosting a virtual fine jewellery trunk show, where you may explore jewellery designer Simone Ng’s bright and playful Jouer by Simone brand – the Edgy Bangle and Artist Macaw Ring are a couple bestsellers – among others by fine jewellery brands like Yeprem and Terzihan. Explore the VR showroom in ultra-high definition and enjoy a private consultation with an expert, all from the comfort of your home. Additionally, in a bid to support those on the frontline fighting COVID-19, all proceeds will be donated to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Look good while doing good.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Here’s a one-stop shop for all your fashion needs, including big favourites like Devialet, Loewe and Moncler. Browse through all 874 items and drop the Personal Shopping department a line if needed – retail assistants will be available to personalise the shopping experience and tend to any enquiry. To sweeten the deal, the site is also offering exclusive discounts, with the first 100 customers rewarded with S$50 worth of shopping credit in a S$1,000 spend, or S$150 when you hit S$3,000. Home deliveries are complimentary, too.