Mention luxury watch retailers in Singapore and The Hour Glass chain of stores undoubtedly comes to mind. Established in 1979 by Dato’ Dr Jannie Tay, the idea behind The Hour Glass was unheard of at the time.
The concept of an ultra-plush showroom selling luxury Swiss watches had never been done before. But Dr. Tay persisted with her vision of how a luxury watch boutique should be, and opened her first outlet at Lucky Plaza in Orchard Road.
In Part 1 of the interview, Dr. Tay takes us back to the place where it all started and explains to us the idea behind The Hour Glass.