DFS Masters of Time returns to Macau this December

DFS Masters of Time returns to Macau this December



Macau, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Masters of Time, the world’s leading retail exhibition of fine watches and jewelry, returns to Macau this December for the ninth year exclusively at T Galleria by DFS, Macau. Held in partnership with Shoppes at Four Seasons, this year’s Masters of Time will explore the idea of memories with a curated collection that celebrates how collectors and brands commemorate the moments they hold dear. Bringing together over 450 fine watches and jewelry masterpieces from 30 brands, DFS’ team of watches and jewelry experts has assembled an unprecedented collection that showcases the best of design, technology and heritage for both men and women.

“For nearly a decade, DFS has created an unparalleled experience for the world’s top watches and jewelry collectors in the heart of Macau. At this year’s Masters of Time, we are proud to celebrate the masterpieces whose elegance and innovation evoke our most important memories, and have the ability to transport us to a special time or place. We’re thrilled to once again host the world’s top collectors who continue to build their collections and make history with DFS,” said Sibylle Scherer, DFS Group President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing.

Christophe Chaix, DFS Group Senior Vice President Fashion, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories, added, “This year’s Master of Time exhibition showcases a fantastic range of the latest novelties and innovations as well as iconic pieces from the worlds of watches and jewelry. Building a collection is intensely personal and through this year’s Masters of Time exhibition, we’re confident collectors will find unique and exceptional pieces that will stand the test of time.”

Available for viewing from December 9 – February 18, this year’s Masters of Time introduces for the first time a multisensory exhibition inspired by the theme of memories. Guests can tour the curated collection displayed amongst a series of interactive pop-up spaces. Evoking senses, emotions and experiences, Masters of Time will take guests on a journey of nostalgia, heritage and adventure, all while making new memories with DFS.


Elegant, yet supremely functional, the Masters of Time collection promises to intrigue seasoned collectors and first-time buyers alike. At the core of this portfolio lies a passion for precision, design excellence and storied tradition. DFS’ watches and jewelry experts have searched the globe to curate the 2017 DFS Masters of Time Collection, which features exceptional pieces from brands including:

Arnold & Son; Angelus; Audemars Piguet; Blancpain; Breguet; Bulgari; Cartier; Chopard; FRANCK MULLER; Girard-Perregaux; Glashütte Original; Grand Seiko; Hublot; IWC Schaffhausen; Jaeger-LeCoultre; Jaquet Droz; Officine Panerai; OMEGA; Piaget; Roger Dubuis; Romain Jerome; Tag Heuer; Tiffany & Co.; Ulysse Nardin; Vacheron Constantin; Van Cleef & Arpels; Zenith and more.

Highlights include:

  • Audemars Piguet – Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-thin
  • Blancpain – Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC
  • Breguet – Tradition Dame 7038
  • Bulgari – Diva’s Dream High Jewelry Watch – DFS Special Edition – Unique Piece
  • Cartier – High Jewelry Tiny Panthère Watch
  • Hublot – Techframe Ferrari 70 Years King Gold Tourbillon Chronograph
  • IWC – Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre – Master Gyrotourbillon 1
  • Jaquet Droz – Lady 8 Flower
  • OMEGA – Moonwatch Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph
  • Piaget – Limelight Mediterranean Garden Necklace – Unique Piece
  • Roger Dubuis – Excalibur Aventador S
  • TAG Heuer – Carrera Caliber HEUER 02 T Automatic Chronograph 45mm DFS Masters of Time IX Special Edition
  • Ulysse Nardin – Marine Grand Deck Tourbillon
  • Vacheron Constantin – Heures Créatives Heure Romantique
  • Zenith – Defy El Primero 21

DFS Masters of Time is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes Masters of Wines and Spirits that takes place each year in Singapore. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.


Source: DFS Group


Marks & Spencer in franchise talks with Al-Futtaim for M&S’s retail business in Hong Kong and Macau

London, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) today announced it has opened talks with its long-established franchise partner Al-Futtaim, for the potential purchase and franchising of M&S’s owned retail business in Hong Kong and Macau. A successful conclusion to these discussions would see Al-Futtaim become the new sole franchisee for M&S in Hong Kong and Macau.

Al-Futtaim has worked in partnership with M&S since 1998 when it opened the first M&S store in Dubai. Today, Al-Futtaim operates 43 Marks & Spencer stores across seven markets in the Middle East, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia. Most recently Al-Futtaim has extended the reach of M&S’s popular chilled food to three markets, and will shortly be opening the first standalone M&S Food store in the Middle East.

The talks follow M&S’s strategic review of its International business in November 2016, where M&S proposed to have a greater focus on its established franchise and joint venture partnerships and operate with fewer wholly-owned markets. In Hong Kong, where M&S has traded since 1988, the business is profitable, has strong brand awareness, an established store estate of 27 stores and a loyal customer base.

M&S and Al-Futtaim have now entered into discussions on the potential purchase and franchise which includes commencing a period of due diligence, which is expected to take several months to complete. M&S employees will be kept informed of any developments throughout the process and M&S stores in Hong Kong and Macau will continue to trade as normal.

Paul Friston, Marks & Spencer’s International Director, said: “In November we set out our plans to create a more sustainable, profitable and customer-centric International business for M&S by focussing on our established partnerships. Al-Futtaim is a key partner to M&S in Asia and the Middle East and we are both committed to putting the customer at the heart of everything we do. With significant scale and retail expertise in the region, we are looking forward to discussing the potential extension of our partnership to Hong Kong and Macau as we continue to grow and develop our business together.”

Stephen Rayfield, Senior Managing Director – Fashion & Lifestyle Division at Al-Futtaim said: “As long-term partners of Marks & Spencer, I’m delighted that we are now working together to explore the potential expansion of our partnership to Hong Kong and Macau.

“M&S and Al-Futtaim share values, and an approach that focuses the customer at the heart of our businesses. Al-Futtaim looks forward to building on our solid foundations as we continue to enrich our customers’ lives and aspirations through the provision of quality products and services in Hong Kong and Macau – these are among Marks & Spencer’s most successful and important international markets.”

Notes to Editors

  • Marks & Spencer entered Hong Kong in 1988 and now has 27 stores in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • The potential purchase relates to M&S’s owned retail business in Hong Kong and Macau only. M&S’s Hong Kong sourcing based operation will remain wholly-owned.

About Marks & Spencer

  • Established in 1884, Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading retailers.
  • Marks & Spencer is committed to making every moment special for its customers, through its high quality, own-brand food, clothing and home products that it offers in over 1,400 Marks & Spencer stores worldwide and online.
  • Internationally, Marks & Spencer trades in 50 markets, with over 400 stores and an online presence in 25 markets.
  • For more information please visit: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/

About Al-Futtaim

  • Al-Futtaim has worked in partnership with Marks & Spencer since 1998 and operates 27 M&S stores in the Middle East region and 16 in South East Asia.
  • Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Al-Futtaim operates through more than 200 companies across four operational divisions: automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, and employs in excess of 42,000 people across 29 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
  • Al-Futtaim has also acquired a strategic interest in RSH Limited which operates in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Middle East.
  • Since 2008, Al-Futtaim has also owned Robinson Group, Singapore’s signature department store chain and specialty stores.
  • For more information please visit: www.alfuttaim.com 

For further information, please contact:

M&S Corporate Press Office
+44208 718 1919

Source: Marks & Spencer

Longines boutique opens at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams in Macau

MACAU, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Swiss watch brand Longines and the world’s leading luxury travel retailer DFS Group celebrated the grand opening of the Longines boutique today at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams in Macau and the launch of the Longines Master Collection DFS Special Edition with special guest, Longines Ambassador of Elegance Lin Chi-Ling.

The Longines boutique, which spans more than 500 square feet and hosts watches from across Longines’ signature collections, augments the 29 watch and jewelry brands in T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams’ in the newly expanded Watches and Jewelry Hall.  Longines President Walter von Känel and Longines Ambassador of Elegance Lin Chi-Ling, along with Sibylle Scherer, President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing, DFS Group and Benjamin Vuchot, Region President, Asia North, DFS Group commemorated the occasion with a ribbon cutting and celebratory toast.

Over the past few years, Lin Chi-Ling has become one of the best known faces in Asia. As Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Lin Chi-Ling has lent her charm and freshness to Longines since 2005. A regular on the cat-walk, Chi Ling soon became a favorite in the world of show business. Today, apart from modeling, she is a successful television presenter, acting as a star presenter of ceremonies such as the Golden Horse Awards, the Golden Melody Award and many others. Chi Ling will soon be crossing the final barrier between her and the world of cinema: she was asked to take a role in the legendary John Woo’s film The Battle of Red Cliff and is now making her début on the silver screen opposite Tony Leung, one of Asia’s most renowned actors.

“For over 45 years, Longines and DFS have delivered exceptional experiences to watch lovers and travelers  and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate this milestone moment with the opening of our latest boutique at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams,” said Walter von Känel, President, Longines.

The grand opening also marked the launch of The Longines Master Collection DFS Special Edition. This watch  displays a special dial with a pattern inspired by the unique architecture of Venice’s iconic landmark, The Doge’s Palace. The charming canal city is the home of the first DFS store in Europe. Created especially for DFS and cased in steel, the Longines Master Collection DFS Special Edition arrives in Longines boutiques at DFS and T Galleria by DFS locations globally starting March 1.

“We are incredibly proud to partner with Longines to build exciting new experiences for our customers here at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams,” said Sibylle Scherer, DFS Group’s President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing. “With this new boutique and the launch of The Longines Master Collection DFS Special Edition, we are confident travelers will love all there is to discover in the world of watches and jewelry at DFS.”

The new Longines boutique is located in DFS’ largest luxury shopping offering in Macau. Throughout 2016 DFS embarked on a landmark expansion of T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams, adding over 120,000 square feet and 230 brands.




Longines boutique opens at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams in Macau


Source: DFS Group

DFS Group unveils the newly expanded T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams in Macau

DFS Group unveils the newly expanded T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams in Macau


MACAU, 2017-Feb-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, unveiled the final phase of T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams in Macau today (FEBRUARY 8, 2017), marking the culmination of a year-long expansion and delivering a strategically designed, exclusive and eye-opening lifestyle luxury shopping experience in the heart of Macau.

“T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams brings travelers the breadth of a luxury shopping mall with the personalized service of a high-end department store. This innovative and audacious take on the retail experience is the final piece in what has been a spectacular year of excitement for DFS and our customers,” said Philippe Schaus, DFS Group Chairman and CEO. “T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams has raised the bar in Macau, providing a curated and modern product selection across the major luxury categories and we look forward to delighting visitors to Macau with the DFS experience.”

Originally opened in 2009, T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams expanded throughout 2016 to over three times its current size. Stretching across 173,000 square feet, the expanded T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams is the fashion destination in Macau and introduced T Galleria by DFS’ first shoe hall globally. With over 50 men’s and women’s shoe brands across two floors, including exclusive-to-Macau brands such as Aquazzura and Rupert Sanderson, the shoe hall is the largest shoe floor in Hong Kong and Macau and a destination unto itself.

For fashion-lovers the experience continues with over 40 fashion and accessories brands, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada, Miu Miu and Fendi. Men can also enjoy a dedicated multi-branded, lifestyle area that mixes ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and grooming all in one space to allow shoppers to complete a head-to-toe look with ease.

Beauty shoppers will love the expanded beauty offering, with two wings across 23,000 square feet and nearly 70 beauty and fragrance brands, making T Galleria by DFS, City of Dream’s beauty hall the largest in Southern China. Highlights include popular Korean brands Sulwhasoo, Laneige and HERA.

An expanded jewelry offering was also unveiled in December, bringing key luxury jewelry brands Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels to T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams as well as new watches boutiques from Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin.

T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams is one of four T Galleria stores in Macau, including T Galleria by DFS, Shoppes at Four Seasons; T Galleria by DFS, Studio City; and the standalone beauty hall T Galleria Beauty by DFS, Galaxy Macau. The new T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams store builds upon DFS Group’s recent expansion strategy which included the opening of T Galleria by DFS, Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia in June 2016 as well as DFS Group’s entry into Europe with the opening of T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS in Venice, Italy in October 2016.


Source: DFS Group