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Standing The Test of Time 鼎立于时间洪流

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The Woo Hing Brothers Rolex Boutique in Penang, whose origin dates back to 1950s, remains a preferred and trusted choice amongst customers when it comes to purchasing the world-renowned brand’s luxurious and popular timepieces.

Located at the intersection of Campbell Street and Cintra Street in the heart of George Town, it continues to thrive under the dynamic leadership of the father and son team, Austen and Kevin Wong.

The present-day modern market is currently dominated by large retailers and online stores and such family businesses are a rarity. But they have been able to punch above their weight, going head to head with the bigger entities by building up customer loyalty with an ethical and sincere heart approach and treating each and every customer as a most important one.

“When it comes to buying and servicing a Rolex watch, we are privileged to be the first choice because customers know the level of service expected from us.”

“The world has become very connected, so information about watches and specifications are readily available online. People come to us more informed, and have a good idea of what they want.”

“Our role is to help them understand what they are buying, guide their choices and make those difficult decisions easier,” said the younger Wong, who worked as a human resources consultant in Melbourne until 2014, when he decided to join the family business.

Austen, who was delighted with his son’s decision to come on board, said, “After devoting so many years to this business, it’s fantastic knowing there’s someone in the family to carry it further.”

“It’s a new era of engaging with customers. While we frequently discuss on strategy and operations, he is the one who ultimately calls the shots now. The foundations have been laid for his gradual takeover.”

And it is an experience that Kevin finds highly satisfying. He added, “Having the privilege to participate in a family business such as this is rare. We both spend a lot of time at work finding ways to improve processes, and when certain opportunities appear we share ideas on how to make it work.”

Inside the newly renovated Woo Hing Rolex Boutique, visitors are enveloped in an atmosphere inspired by water and the sea. This evokes the essence of Rolex, which in 1926, invented the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch.

A wall of illuminated laser-etched Aqua glass with a gently undulating wave motif provides a focal point, while the gold-effect Rolex crown, an iconic symbol of the brand, decorates the entrance, walls, and display cases. Adding further sophistication are the polished walnut wood cabinets, bronze detailing and Crema Marfil marble floor. It all comes together to create a customer experience that is as luxurious as the watches on display.

Kevin also points to their unparalleled watch expertise and after-sales service, cultivated over six decades of working with Rolex, as factors in their longevity.

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坐标在槟城的“Woo Hing Brothers Rolex Boutique”劳力士精品专卖店,这家起源可追溯到上世纪50年代的世界闻名奢华时尚品牌的名表商店,横跨新世纪后依旧是顾客首选和信赖的抉择。

位于乔治市中心新街 (Campbell Street) 和日本横街 (Cintra Street) 的交汇处,由父子兵团 – Austen与Kevin Wong掌舵下的名表专卖店,业务仍昂扬向上。

在如今由大型零售商和网店主导的现代市场,类似家族企业非常罕见。但他们能够以超卓实力,透过强烈的职业道德和真诚的心建立客户忠诚度,将每位顾客视为最重要和唯一的,与更大的实体行业环境进行正面交手抗衡。具备无与伦比的腕表专业知识和体贴的售后服务,尤其是与劳力士合作历经漫长的60年,这也是他们屹立不倒的原因之一。
“当涉及到购买和维修劳力士手表时,我们有幸成为第一选择,因为我们的服务水平绝对能满足客户需求。” Kevin自豪的说。

“在互联网连接的世界,关于手表和规格的信息在网络上无处不在。而人们通过咨询我们并了解情况,也更有概念他们想要的是什么。”

“我们的角色是协助向客户解析他们所购买的商品,引导他们的选项,让抉择不再艰难。”年轻的Kevin曾在澳大利亚墨尔本任职人力资源咨询顾问,直至2014年,他决定加入家族企业。

父亲Austen对儿子的参与欣喜不已。“在这个业务投入多年以后,知道家里还有人愿意接棒,非常的美好。”

“这是一个与客户频密交流的新时代。虽然我们经常议论各种策略和行动,但他是最终发号施令的人。目前也为他的后续接管奠定了基础。”

而Kevin对此经历感到非常满意。“有幸参与类似的家族企业是相当罕见的。我们耗费大量时间寻找提升工作进程的方式,当出现某些机会的时刻,我们会彼此分享解析可行之道以促进推动。”

在他们重新装潢设计的劳力士精品专卖店,参观者将被海洋与水的神秘世界激发的氛围笼罩着。这也带出劳力士品牌的精粹:劳力士在1926年推出全球首枚防水腕表 – 蚝式表 (Oyster)。

一堵被照明的激光蚀刻水玻璃幕墙,还有作为焦点的柔美起伏波浪图案,至于金色闪耀的劳力士皇冠,这个品牌的标志性象征,也装饰了入口、墙壁和陈列柜。另外,抛光的精致胡桃木橱柜、青铜细节设计和西班牙米黄的大理石地板,所有元素汇聚也打造与展示的腕表一样奢华的客户体验。


Woo Hing Rolex Boutique
96 Lebuh Campbell, George Town, 
10100 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel : +604 261 5287 • Monday – Saturday : 10:30am – 6:30pm • Sundays and Public holidays closed

Who’s the Perfect Buyer? 花落哪个完美买家?

Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3


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RM Sotheby’s 2017 auction is featuring one of the most influenctial pre-war racing cars – a historic Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3. As the first major European classic car event of the new year, Rétromobile week in February 2017 – held at the Place Vauban in Paris – will also host a number of high-profile classic car auctions. And you have guessed right, its highlight is a 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3.

The post-war, 1954 Osca MT4 1500, once a participant of the minacious Carrera Panamericana – has also gone under the hammer and was predicted to fall somewhere between €975,000- €1,175,000. This specific example boasted cutting-edge technology, being the first twin ignition 1500 to roll off the Bologna production line.

The P3 represented a shift in design emphasis for period Grand Prix cars, adopting the narrower ‘slipper’ bodystyle dispensing of the second seat for ride-in mechanics to shave weight. The open-wheeled racer claimed victory on home soil at Monza, followed by a brace of podium lock-outs at the French and German Gran Prixs during the 1931 season.

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2017 年 RM Sotheby’s 集中火力的汽车拍卖会,其中一辆最具影响力的战前赛车 -历史悠久的阿尔法罗密欧 (Alfa Romeo) Tipo B P3 将是焦点之一。而作为新一年欧洲经典车型的首个主要活动,Rétromobile week 在巴黎沃邦广场 (Place Vauban) 举行,也具备一些高格调经典汽车拍卖。而且你猜对了,它的亮点是1934年阿尔法罗密欧 Tipo B P3。

直至战后,1954 Osca MT4 1500 曾经是墨西哥经典 Carrera Panamericana 比赛的无敌参加者,报价是在97万5000到117万5000欧元之间。这一特殊的例子展示了尖端技术,也是首个在博洛尼亚生产线上生产的第一个双点火装置1500。

P3象征着时代大奖赛车型的设计重点转变,采用较窄的“拖鞋”车形设计风格,并且赛车中配用第二座,以削减重量。这辆开放型的赛车在蒙扎家乡土地上获胜,随后也出现在1931年赛季法国和德国大奖赛领奖台。

A NEW DIMENSION 炫耀现在,指向未来

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DRIVE DE CARTIERMOON PHASES WATCH

Cartier enriches its men’s collection Drive de Cartier with a moon phases model. This watch is fitted with the new Manufacture movement 1904-LU MC. A distinctive moon phase complication displayed at 6 o’clock tracks the cycle of new moons, half-moons and full moons. This extraordinarily precise complication is known as “astronomic”, needing to be corrected by one day every 125 years.

The Drive de Cartier Moon Phases watch stays true to the signature aesthetic of the Drive de Cartier collection: wearability. With a convex curved glass case and uncluttered white guilloché dial, it is available in pink gold or steel. This timepiece lends an unaffected touch of sophistication to everyday mechanics.


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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the first model in IWC’s history to combine a chronograph from the 89000 calibre family with the perpetual calendar’s moon phase display in a subdial at “12 o’clock”. To achieve this, both the moon and the shadow of the earth are depicted on a single disc and rotate beneath an aperture in the lower part of the subdial. Together with the other three displays, this new function creates a harmonious unit on the dial of the 43mm watch. The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is available in two versions: 18-caratred gold and stainless steel.

A silver-plated or gold-plated disc depicts the full moon in all its glory. At the same time, the rounded, dark blue section of the disc – representing the earth’s shadow – rotates to show the waxing or waning moon. With white gold particles sprinkled across the dark blue background, the subdial has the appearance of a star-studded night sky.


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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

The Royal Oak was the world’s first stainless steel high end Swiss watch. With its extra strong case, screw down octagonal bezel and exclusive “Grande Tapisserie” dial, the Royal Oak has become instantly recognisable as one of the worlds leading sports watches. The collection is named after British Royal Navy Battleships, which in turn were named for the tree which saved King Charles II from attack by his enemies. The octagonal shape is inspired by the cannon scuttles on the ships, and 40 years on from the original design by Gerald Genta, it still makes a bold statement.

This special edition in 18-carat pink gold with chocolate hand-stitched alligator strap and glareproofed sapphire crystal comes with a meticulous detailing on the expressive two-tone dial, especially the expanded chronograph counters in pink gold, enhancing the look and improving readability.


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Rendez-Vous Moon Medium

The enigmatic and inspiring moon slowly glides over the face of this stainless steel Rendez-Vous Moon Medium watch set with diamonds. With its blue-tinted bracelet, it evokes the color of a clear blue sky. The moon, in all its splendor, is revealed by a wide aperture at 6 o’clock. The distinctive blue, elegantly grained surface presents a material effect that is strongly reminiscent of a nocturnal shimmer.

The center of the dial features a geometric guilloché motif, which evokes a halo of light. The edge of the dial is adorned with small, round hour-markers, achieving a striking harmony with the floral numerals of the iconic Rendez-Vous collection. To highlight the beauty and delicate design of the dial, the bezel is set with a row of stunningly pure diamonds.


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Audemars Piguet’s Diamond Outrage

Audemars Piguet’s latest women’s high jewellery watch is surely not for the faint-hearted. The new Diamond Outrage is the third and final mega-diamond piece unveiled by the brand (first the Diamond Punk, then the Diamond Fury). The stunning timepiece is a decadent statement of watchmaking and gem setting, tempered by a healthy dose of modern, edgy daring.

The diamond-studded timepiece is inspired by the icy forests in Vallee de Joux. Brilliant cut diamonds and baguette cut diamonds are used in this statement piece. The sapphire-diamond version features six shades of blue and the bracelet is entirely snow set with 11,043 brilliant-cut sapphires in six different shades of blue and various sizes, totaling 65.47 carats of gemstones in all. Each stone is set so closely together that virtually no gold is visible.


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A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange ‘Pour le Mérite’

The dazzling new A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual ‘Pour le Mérite’ is the epitome of classic watchmaking: its hallmarks permeate all domains from design and engineering to consummate, flawless artisanship. The dial itself reflects the traditional approach in timekeeping. Arabic numerals, a railway-track minute scale, blued steel hands for the time and rhodiumed gold hands for the calendar as well as the cloverleaf arrangement of the subsidiary dials pay tribute to the famous A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches.

Tradition also governs technical details such as column-wheel control for the chronograph and rattrapante mechanisms as well as the screw balance. Finally, it manifests itself in typical quality elements such as the two diamond endstones that suspend the tourbillon cage or the black-polished tourbillon bridge. The stately platinum case with a diameter of 43mm is a fitting stage for this horological masterpiece.

Cartier Host Polo Games 卡地亚精彩马球赛

679665457_NH_3728_F18F4DE97691A48E30EA0B2C17435F94.jpg_cmyk.jpgSome 600 Cartier guests attended the 12th edition of the prestigious Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The game concluded with a 9-6 win for Zedan Polo watched by HRH Princess Haya from the Royal Box accompanied by HRH Princess Azemah of Brunei, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jerome Metzger, Retail Director Cartier Middle East and India and Ali Albwardy, the founder of the Desert Palm Resort and Polo Club – the home of Cartier polo in Dubai since 2006.

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Zedan Polo Team members, Ali Albwardy, HRH Princess Azemah of Brunei, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Jerome Metzger, Alessandra Ambrosio, Zedan Polo Team members.

第12届卡地亚国际迪拜马球挑战赛成功迎来600名宾客。尊贵的Haya Bint Al Hussein公主殿下出席支持盛会,她也是阿拉伯联合酋长国副总统,总理兼迪拜酋长Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum殿下的夫人。公主殿下观看了Zedan马球队以9-6胜出的精彩比赛,文莱皇室Azemah公主、巴西超级模特Alessandra Ambrosio,卡地亚中东与印度区域销售总监Jerome Metzger以及沙漠棕榈岛度假村和马球俱乐部的创始人Ali Albwardy也陪同参与。这家俱乐部也是自2006年以来,卡地亚马球赛在迪拜的主战场。

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Cartier Polo Tournament Dubai.
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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Alessandra Ambrosio

The visitors also had a chance to view Cartier’s latest inspired collection, Cactus de Cartier. A stunning collection of yellow gold rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, featuring additional warmth from lapis lazuli, carnelians, emeralds and diamonds.

参观者还有机会观赏卡地亚珠宝品牌最新灵感系列Cactus de Cartier。无论是黄金戒指、手镯,耳环和项链的珍贵收藏,都令人赞叹不已,也包含温暖优雅的青金石,红玉,祖母绿和钻石。

Vision Automobile of Tomorrow – The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 穿梭未来动力

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Whet your appetite by feasting on BMW’s most recent prototype – a visual manifestation of an automobile that is of glass instead of a helmet, light clothing materials and balances itself without a stand. BMW is leading the automobile business into the future creating with the objective of the driver’s safety and incorporating digital aspects to achieve balance, interactive data glasses and safety.

The German automaker unveiled this design at its Motorrad Vision Next 100 as its 100th anniversary celebrations.

“The motorcycle provides my escape from everyday life. From the moment I climb on board, I experience nothing but absolute freedom – The Great Escape,”

says Edgar Heinrich, head of design at BMW Motorrad.

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Stability even at a complete stop, the zero-emission bike has wheels that stand upright will also allow riders to ride helmet-free. Although this idea may seem like a fantasy for now, the future of safety on the road continues to be one of the many factors transportation companies considers without compromising fashionable design.

The intelligence systems of this piece of innovation provide a dream into the future that is arriving sooner that we’ve imagined.

Enjoy the ride!

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宝马打造超前独创—以自动驾驶为终极体现的概念电单车,采用玻璃而非头盔,轻盈革新材质服饰和自动平衡无需支架的车身。在汽车行业领先未来的宝马,以驾驶员安全舒适性为中心,结合数字化科技实现平衡,并以具备互动数据的智能眼镜作为视野监测。

为了配合100周年庆典,这家老牌德国汽车制造商推出Motorrad Vision Next 100。

强调在完全停止状态下,这个无燃料零排放的电单车依然可保持平衡直立,而且可无头盔骑行。纵然这个概念现在看来相当奇幻,为了不在时尚设计上妥协,未来道路安全仍然是交通工业公司考虑的命题之一。

创新的人工智能系统为未来营造梦想,这一天的到来也快速得超乎我们想象。

请尽情享受飞驰!

The Fast & Furious – Lamborghini Way 速度及激情

Local driver Afiq Yazid and Japanese team mate Toshiyuki Ochiai recently came top place at the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia series 2016 held over at Malaysia’s famous international F1 circuit and the famed Fuji International Speedway in Japan.

Yazid, a graduate of Lamborghini’s Young Driver Program, has been competing in the series for four years running and has come a long way since his first foray into the world of Lamborghini racing. He has shown what can be achieved with dedication and commitment, performing tremendously well in the past two seasons.

The race wraps up after a weekend of racing highlights in Fuji, drivers and teams now focus their attention towards the sixth Asia series race and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final, both in Valencia. The World Final in December will see the convergence of competitors from all three international series – European, North American and Asian – on the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, which will see a head-to-head competition for a place on the top steps of the global podium – as the Super Trofeo World Champion.

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BeyondBoundries-3.jpg在雪邦国际赛场与闻名遐迩的日本FujiInternational Speedway举办的2016 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia第5场巡回赛,由马来西亚赛车手Afiq Yazid和日本搭档Toshiyuki Ochiai双双荣登榜首。

毕业自Lamborghini开设的Young Driver Program培训课程的AfiqYazid已连续四年出赛此项比赛,今天的胜利堪称为过去付出努力心血的最佳回报。在过去的两个赛季中表现亮眼的他,向所有人证明了只要愿意付出努力,坚持心志,就能收获成功的事实。

结束了在日本富士的最后一场巡回赛后,紧接着将在12月于西班牙Valencia举办世界总决赛。届时的顶尖赛事将会融合了来自欧洲,北美和亚洲的竞争对手在里卡多托尔莫赛道一较高下以争取成为Super Trofeo世界冠军。

The Rich Going Under 富豪往海底钻

The struggle of the super-rich today is how to enjoy life even more than just owning magnificent mansions filled with luxury automobiles and probably a super yacht parked at a nearby harbour.

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Not to mention the exclusive tailor-made fashion accompanied by million of dollars of exquisite jewelleries, branded watches, bags, etc. Of course it is instinct that some will never admit to any form of major plastic surgeries, claiming that most of the parts are still genuine and natural. So now the question is, what is the luxury frontier for these ultra-rich?

The recent new buzz for those with a lot of spare is to go under. The new toy topping the list of beyond contemporary luxury is a ‘personal’ submarine. Everyone can fly but not many can dive. Imagine being the Captain Nemo, swimming next to a great white or a flock of sardines with some light music and a bottle of fine expensive champagne together with your loved ones – it is going to be well beyond few simple sentences can describe.

Actually, private submarines have been around since a few years ago, but only in the past two years that it has caught the attention of those high net worth. It is believed that there are approximately 100 proud submarine owners in the world sailing in the Seven Seas. However, most prefer to remain anonymous. These mainly two-seater submarines come in a very hefty price tag of around USD1-3.5 million while some of the prices are only available upon request.

Currently, there are not much issues about these cute little swimming machines but many have foreseen that the governments, environmentalists and those affected in one way or the other such as the fishermen will be knocking on their doors.

web3.jpg现今超级富豪之争,不仅是如何享受生活,一般的炫富标配是豪华汽车,一艘停泊在附近港口的超级游艇,量身定做的专属时尚奢侈饰品,大牌手表、包包等……当然这是本能。

犹如有些人永远不会承认进行任何整形手术,还会声称身体多数部位皆是真实自然。但这里的问题是:顶级富人的奢侈品前沿是什么?

最近新的热门话题,富豪“奢侈新玩具”的榜上多了潜艇。每个人都可以飞,但没有多少人可以潜到水底。想象一下,小丑鱼船长穿插其中,与大白鲨或一群沙丁鱼共舞,然后与所爱的人在一起,只需要轻音乐伴随着一瓶昂贵的香槟-这已超出简单描述范围。
实际上,私人潜艇在几年前已存在,只是这两年内引起那些高身价人群的关注。世界上有大约100名财富傲人的潜艇主人在7个海洋中航行,然而,大多数人更喜欢匿名。主要的是双人潜艇成本高昂,起码100万美元的价格标签,潜艇制造商正在努力降低成本,控制在25万美元。

目前这些小潜艇面对的问题不多,但以后可预见到政府、环保主义者或者受影响的群众如渔民等,将会在他们的小潜艇外敲门。

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