Making a grand finale for the closing event was the highly anticipated Starhill Gallery Watch and Jewellery of the Year Awards, which saw some of the world’s leading luxurious brand nominated for the various different awards presented.
Tan Sri Dato' Francis Yeoh giving his opening address at the closing gala night
On the judging panel for the Starhill Gallery Watch and Jewellery of the Year Awards are renowned local and international horological & jewellery experts, namely Tan Sri Dr Francis Yeoh, Mr. Joseph Yeoh, Mr. Su Jia Xian, Mr. Hirota Masayuki, Mr. Rainer Siegal and Mr. Charles Sutanto. The esteemed judges had the challenging job of selecting the winners from a choice of nominated timepieces & jewellery in seven different categories.
AJTT VII has always been the epicentre to house many luxurious watch and jewellery brands. Since it's first event in 2007, AJTT has managed to attract millions of visitors and this year is no different. Sales of the showcased timepieces has exceeded RM50 million, and each year bigger and bigger items are showcased.
As KL is ranked the 4th best shopping destination in the world (even ahead of Paris, Hong Kong and Dubai), world renowned brands are looking to open their boutiques in Starhill Gallery. Tan Sri Francis believes that Starhill Gallery is the catalyst to turn Bintang Walk into the Orchard Road and Oxford Street of Kuala Lumpur, in essence becoming the Paris of the East because KL is a shopping destination, with an array of delectable cuisines.
Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen giving her keynote address
Also present was Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen who complimented Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Francis Yeoh on the success of A Journey Through Time. As Malaysia is rapidly gaining progress as the place to be for everything, especially shopping, Malaysia has to remain duty free. Surely this was what contributed to Kuala Lumpur as the 4th best shopping city in the world.
Priced at US $55 million, the L’Incomparable necklace has excited its many visitors with its sophisticated design and dazzling yellow diamond and is certified by the Guinness World Records as the most valuable necklace in the world.
On to the Award night, there were an array of Awards lined up that night, and the winner list is as below:
The Starhill Gallery Favourite Ladies Watch Award: The Reverso Cordonnet Duetto by Jaeger-LeCoultre
The Starhill Gallery Favourite Men’s Watch Award: Chapter Three: Reveal from Maîtres du Temps
The Starhill Gallery Watch with Complications in Movement Award: Hublot’s Masterpiece MP-05 “LAFERRARI”
The YTL Spirit of Classical Art Award: Bedat & Co.’s Ref. 327.555.909
Judges’ Choice Award: Speake-Marin’s Spirit Mark 2
Starhill Gallery Timeless Jewellery Award: Sophia Loren necklace by Damiani
The Tourism Malaysia Most Revered Award: L’Incomparable by Mouawad
The spectacular event together with the support of these international brands upheld Starhill Gallery’s status as Malaysia’s premium shopping centre which offers shopping privileges and a duty-free haven for the world’s biggest names in high-end timepieces and jewellery.
It was truly a night to behold and I was glad I am a part of it. There were spectacular timepieces on display and I felt really privileged to be among the patrons that night witnessing it up close. Can't wait for AJTT VIII!!!
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Til the next time, stay beautiful!