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How influential is the Los Angeles viewers amongst standing watch manufacturers? The Hollywood set’s shopping for energy shouldn’t be underestimated, judging from the variety of high-end timepiece labels which have opened SoCal boutiques in 2022.

Watch manufacturers more and more are aligning themselves with stars who sport their precision-laden items on crimson carpets, from Anya Taylor-Pleasure and Nicholas Hoult carrying Jaeger-LeCoultre on the Nov. 10 London premiere of The Menu to ongoing relationships like Jessica Chastain for Piaget or David Beckham for Tudor.

All three luxurious manufacturers lately debuted new boutiques in or close to Beverly Hills. Tudor’s location is situated at Westfield Century Metropolis and is a partnership with watch retailer Westime, which additionally has expanded its choices to incorporate a Beverly Hills boutique dedicated to licensed pre-owned timepieces. And earlier this 12 months, British model Bremont, which counts Mark Strong as its latest ambassador, opened its first L.A. store in DTLA.

Watch aficionados preferring classic and different coveted items likewise ought to try the brand new L.A. showroom that Phillips, the London-based public sale home, opened in late October in West Hollywood. 

Fold within the abundance of manufacturers with a longtime L.A. presence, from Rolex and Patek Philippe among the many labels at Gearys Beverly Hills to standalone boutiques for Hublot, Omega, Grand Seiko and others, and it’s clear that high-end timepieces stay a scorching commodity in Hollywood.

Learn on for a roundup of particulars for watch followers wanting to discover the most recent openings; for individuals who can’t go to in individual, retailers together with Neiman Marcus, Mr. Porter, Net-A-Porter, Hodinkee and Jomashop are amongst people who supply new and authorized pre-owned luxurious watches on-line.


Jaeger-LeCoultre - Beverly Hills Boutique

Inside of the Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills


Identified for the enduring Reverso — named for the case that may be reversed to guard the watch’s crystal — Jaeger-LeCoultre has folded the historical past of that timepiece into its 1,500-square-foot Beverly Hills boutique. Whereas present collections dominate the shows nearest the doorway, the world of the Reverso, a watch initially designed for polo gamers and launched in 1931, might be discovered simply past, from a have a look at the model’s heritage to a capability to order a bit with a personalised caseback.

Jaeger-LeCoultre - Reverso One - Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso One watch in chrome steel and diamonds with an alligator strap; $6,250 at Net-a-Porter.com


A VIP lounge additionally has been included within the new retailer’s design for purchasers preferring personal consultations, whereas close by a choice of “Métiers Rares” items showcase Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise and historical past with watchmaking and ornamental handcraft; 430 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, jaeger-lecoultre.com


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Piaget’s Polo Automated 42mm chrome steel watch with blue dial; $12,900 at Mr. Porter

Courtesy of Piaget

Crafted of brass, the shimmering laser-cut façade on Piaget’s latest boutique is supposed to evoke ideas of the home’s distinctive gold Milanese mesh, employed each in its jewellery and for bracelets on its males’s and ladies’s watches. The shop’s interiors play off the façade in a mixture of lighter tones that honor the model’s new environment — “what we predict California is all about, so it’s a little bit of a California contact to our boutique, whereas conserving our id,” Benjamin Comar, CEO of Piaget, advised The Hollywood Reporter.

Piaget opened its first Rodeo Drive boutique in 2014 earlier than shifting to a brief house on close by Brighton in 2020. The return to the standing of a Rodeo deal with was at all times the plan for the model. “Now we have an incredible historical past with the U.S. — the Polo watch was designed for the U.S. market [in 1979] — so for us it’s crucial to come back again to Rodeo Drive,” Comar says. Among the many latest items seen within the Beverly Hills boutique is the Piaget Polo Skeleton, simply 7.35mm thick, with the self-winding skeleton motion surrounded by 1,478 brilliant-cut diamonds on the 42mm white-gold case and bracelet. It’s among the many items, Comar notes, that outline the model’s signature mix of “extravaganza with class.” 

Additionally key to the 1,192-square-foot boutique is a non-public suite devoted to displaying excessive jewellery. The boutique additionally lately unveiled a brand new skeleton-watch-inspired sculpture by artist Anthony James, whose work might be seen within the new movie Glass Onion; 465 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills


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The brand new Tudor boutique at Westfield Century Metropolis.


Thanks partly to its ongoing partnership with Westtime, Tudor, sister firm to Rolex, lately opened its first monobrand boutique in L.A. on the open-air Westfield Century City, and its location likewise evokes ideas of its revered sibling, because it’s located instantly throughout from the Gearys Rolex boutique. The model recognized for its iconic Black Bay dive watches created a store that provides a complete choice whereas additionally highlighting its signature black, crimson and white palette. A heritage show often known as the Expertise Desk is also featured; Westfield Century Metropolis, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, tudorwatch.com


Bremont Shop - Bike Shed Motor Company

Inside of the Bremont retailer inside L.A.’s Bike Shed Bike Firm downtown.

Dan Jones/Courtesy of Bremont

The British-made brand based by brothers Nick and Giles English makes all of its in-house manufactured watches at its headquarters in Henley on Thames, England. The brothers, who based the corporate out of a love of historic plane, have now opened a store in Los Angeles situated contained in the sprawling Bike Shed Bike Firm social membership and restaurant in DTLA. New Bremont choices embody the 40mm Supernova in chrome steel with an built-in bracelet, launched together with Tár and 1917 actor Mark Robust joining the brand as an envoy.

Bremont’s Restricted-Version Longitude watch; $16,995 at Bremont.com and Hodinkee.com

He recently told THR that certainly one of his favourite items for the time being is “the Bremont Longitude, which has a number of the unique Flamsteed Meridian Line from the Greenwich Observatory constructed into it and options new Bremont engineering, all made within the U.Okay. It’s only a stunning factor to put on and has a beautiful function: a crimson dot seems within the energy reserve window and fills up because the watch is absolutely wound, to imitate the crimson ball on the prime of the Greenwich Observatory”; Bike Shed Motor Firm, 1580 Industrial St., downtown Los Angeles, bremont.com


Westime Beverly Hills - 2 Rodeo Drive

Westime, at 206 North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, has added a brand new second-floor, licensed pre-owned store.


Dubbed “CPO” for “licensed pre-owned,” the most recent Westime location occupies the second flooring above the retailer’s Beverly Hills flagship and is bound to be frequented by aficionados looking for the items they couldn’t rating the primary time round. Measuring a considerable 4,500 sq. ft, Westime’s CPO boutique guarantees to hold each pre-owned and limited-edition items from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, MB&F, Urwerk and others.

“I really like the proximity of our retail boutique to the CPO location as a result of it provides Westime the chance to show the spectacular historical past of the watch manufacturers by presenting various their very personal watches from a number of eras,” says Westime president Greg Simonian. “Upstairs, purchasers can see the decades-long evolution of a line of watches and downstairs discover the most recent watches that might solely be produced immediately because of that wealthy historical past.” A Richard Mille lounge additionally has been designed to allow followers of that model to peruse out-of-production items, whereas Simonian provides that the situation will unveil drops of newly acquired items each two weeks to make sure a gradual stream of additives to its choice; 206 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, westime.com


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Rendering of Phillips’ new showroom in West Hollywood.


Whereas hammer costs on watches at public sale have softened lately, there’s no denying that collectors have found they will purchase long-coveted items by bidding, quite than shopping for. The energy of the L.A. marketplace for each dear watches and artworks is among the many causes London-based Phillips selected to open its latest showroom in West Hollywood. And make no mistake, watches are a part of the plan, as evidenced by a current exhibition of choose items on the just-opened house, together with a circa-1970 Cartier London Crash and a Grand Seiko Kodo Fixed-Pressure Tourbillon, timepieces that might be amongst its upcoming The New York Watch Auction: Seven, set for Dec. 10-11.

“We’re proud to take this chance to broaden Phillips’ world footprint with a everlasting gallery house in the guts of Los Angeles, as we concurrently open a brand new state-of-the-art saleroom in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon,” Stephen Brooks, CEO of Phillips, stated in a press release. “It’s grow to be clear — now greater than ever — that the market is actually worldwide. As we break down obstacles and broaden our attain, we sit up for deepening {our relationships} with our neighborhood of collectors internationally”; 9041 Nemo St., West Hollywood, phillips.com

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