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Amidst the clinking glasses of Moet & Chandon, the largest Rolex boutique in North America launched in Vancouver’s Luxury Zone on October 27. The private event included special guests, media, VIPs, and representatives from Rolex.
The boutique’s interior is inspired by “the water and the sea,” and is reflective of the brand’s aesthetic. Inside, find towering floral displays of white orchids, calla lilies, and lemon yellow roses adorning the leather topped cabinetry, which was manufactured in Switzerland and shipped amidst the strictest Rolex protocols. And covering the floor is a custom mix of Crema Marfil marble and plush carpeting.
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Inspired by the Rolex Oyster, the world’s original waterproof wristwatch designed in 1926, Western Canada’s first Rolex boutique features laser-etched aqua glass, cream-coloured leather and bronze detailing set amid a grand showroom and private customer lounge (complete with a bar and sofas). Guests can expect an elevated retail experience, with a luxe-in-mind design that’s “reflective of its West Coast surroundings,” says owner Sassan Pourfar. Find the 2,000-square-foot-plus boutique (Rolex’s biggest store in the Americas) in Vancouver’s Alberni luxury district.
In 1927, renowned watchmaker Hans Wildorf created the first Rolex Oyster—a feat of technology and design that has remained at the forefront of the industry ever since. This Christmas, as the Rolex Oyster nears its 90th anniversary, Wildorf’s impeccable design continues to be the perfect gift for anyone on your list. No matter who you have in mind, there’s a watch that will make their Christmas dreams come true.
As the founder of the Global Watch Company, it’s safe to say that Sassan Pourfar knows a lot about watches. But he knows luxury timepieces the best. That’s why Pourfar is bringing the first standalone boutique for renowned timepiece brand Rolex to Vancouver. The watch aficionado chatted with Postmedia in advance of the opening.
Operated in partnership with local watch and jewellery retailer Global Watch Company, the 2,000-square-foot space is modeled after the Oyster, a waterproof wristwatch produced by the Rolex in 1926 that was largely considered the first of its kind at the time.
Aqua glass walls, bronze accents, and high-end fixtures, such as sparkling chandeliers, offer shoppers an elegant space in which they can shop Rolex’s full range of timepieces. Watch repairs and maintenance services are also available.
The largest Rolex boutique in North America is now open, and it’s settled quite nicely into its home at 1119 Alberni St. in Vancouver. I attended the grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 27—about two weeks after it opened its crown-capped doors—and joined the crush of people eager to celebrate the iconic Swiss-made timepieces.
“The inauguration of the new Rolex Boutique in Vancouver marks an exciting moment in the history of Global Watch Company and is a reflection of the company’s loyalty to the values of the Rolex brand,” said Mr. Sassan Pourfar, founder and owner of GWC. “We are very proud to be expanding the Rolex presence in the city and to have the first Rolex boutique in Vancouver. We look forward to upholding the finest standards of quality and service.”