The best watch store in the world?

My profession allows me frequent travel to some of the most prestigious cities in the world, one of those cities and a personal favorite is Singapore. One of the reason's I like the city so much, apart from the fabulous chili crab and cereal prawns, is the MalMaison Hour Glass watch store.

  MalMaison can be found at 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857

MalMaison can be found at 270 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238857

The MalMaison (my house) store is like no other watch I have seen, yes the watches it carry's can be found in other locations, but the 17th century European influence, the accessories and the overall experience is very different. On the ground floor as you walk in are the usual Hublot/Brieitling brands intermixed with constantly changing independent jewelry, mens accessories and other interesting paraphanlia; the last time I visited they had the large IkePod hourglass and MB&F music machines on display. Adjacent rooms host the Rolex and Patek Philippe showrooms. Not to be missed, on display in the Rolex room is a cabinet dedicated to vintage sports models (not for sale), all are in excellent condition and carefully curated, most you won't see anywhere else. 

 Alas the stella dial Rolex displayed are not for sale

Alas the stella dial Rolex displayed are not for sale

Similarly the Patek Philippe showroom has one of the unique closonee enamel clocks on view, their version with monkeys, (not for sale), that you rarely find. It would have been good to see a small collection of vintage Patek's in keeping with the Rolex room but perhaps in future? The rear room, as you pass the faux fireplaces and bespoke shoes and ties, houses the more independent manufactures such as Audemars Piguet, Urwerk and Richard Mille. The upper floor offers rare edition books for viewing and perfume as well as Harry Winston and Piaget watches and jewelry. The perfume testing area is really quite unique; there are large tubular floor to ceiling pillars each with a door, you spray the perfume inside the open pillar to get more real-life scent, once finished the door is close, extractor fan activated and the pillar ready, scent free, for the next round of spray. Also upstairs is a circular private room with night-sky decorated ceiling, the stars apparently depicted the view from the owners yacht.

 Shown on the right are three versions of Paul Newman Daytona 

Shown on the right are three versions of Paul Newman Daytona 

For anyone with a love of watches the store is well worth a visit, the staff are friendly and attentive (the same person will attend to you throughout the store) and it's honestly worth it just to see the watch-related adornments and vintage Rolex on display