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A Luxury Watch a Man’s Best Friend?

If diamonds are a “girl’s best friend” as the famous refrain goes then what is a man’s luxury lust item. Some might argue it is expensive suits and fast flashy sports cars, and they might have a point. Still others might argue it is technological gadgets like the new iPad or the latest cell phone technology. Some men collect baseball cards, rare jazz records or priceless war memorabilia. But for my money, and lots of it at that, the classic status symbol and the luxury item that really screams masculine wealth is definitely brand name luxury watch that incorporates both high design and some high-quality materials be they gold, platinum, or diamonds.

Brand name watches from A Lange and Shone watches to Hublot watches are the centrepiece of any high-class male ensemble. A vintage suit purchased at a thrift shop at a discount rate can often look just as high fashion hip as the most expensive Versace suit in the most upscale shop in town. When it comes to wearing a luxury watch though the brand names and pedigree of the brand truly matter. There is no way of faking a well-designed and flashy Hublot watch, any attempt to do so risks making you look like a novice and an under informed time piece consumer.

On the other side when you have a gorgeous platinum or diamond encrusted Patek Philippe watch or a stunningly well-crafted Aude mars Piglet you carry with you an air of truly understanding value, craftsmanship, status and style. Distinguishing yourself in men’s fashion is definitely somewhat difficult. You want to indulge in some glitz and glamor without being gaudy. You want to incorporate some flash without sacrificing your implicit classiness. You want to show off your fantastic, subtly tailored and perfectly worn suit without looking plain. The balance is difficult but with one of the aforementioned name brand luxury watches we have discussed we are absolutely guaranteed to turn heads and impress in the best way possible.

Wearing a Hublot, Aude mars, A Lange or Panerai watch can do wonders for a man’s sense of style. You will likely find yourself upgrading your entire wardrobe simply to keep up with the fine accessorizing these brands offer. These watches generally have steep price tags and yet no one dares to question them. This is the true sign of quality and the clear display that like diamonds for women well-crafted name brand watches are the luxury item of choice for any man looking to make a fashionable impression on his peers.

Charles & Keith – Story of a brand that went global from Singapore

Charles & Keith is a footwear brand for women that is almost synonymous with fashion. It was launched in 1996 from Singapore and is now one of the poster brands in the category of fashion footwear in international arena.

Succeeding with its outstanding high street fashion shoes and accessories, Charles & Keith is a favourite of many people, positioning itself as one of the fast-moving luxury fashion footwear product from the market shelves across the world.

The brothers Charles and Keith Wong started a simple shoe store for women at Amara Hotel, Singapore. This was in the year 1996 and before late, that simple store had evolved as a leading global brand. Now, Charles & Keith operates internationally in several countries with more than 170 franchises. It also owns a subsidiary brand for uber luxury footwear collection – Pedro.

Charles & Keith had been recognized for its innovation & customer centric business more than once. In 2002, it had won the Excellent Service Award and in the Singapore Business Awards ceremony held in 2008, it had won The Enterprise Award

As young children, Keith Wong and his elder brother Charles Wong had learned the nitty-gritties of running a shoe business by helping their parents at their shoe store in Ang Mo Kio. At the age of twenty-two, Charles opened his own shoe store at the Amara Hotel arcade in the financial district in 1996. Two years later, Keith joined the business in 1998. At the time, it was a very small business selling women’s shoes made in China and Malaysia.

They exhibited strong business sense in fore-seeing the potential for the brand to do well in global markets. As a result Charles & Keith as a brand, travelled overseas in the year 2000. The exclusivity of its in-house designs and its reasonable prices were significant contributors to the brand’s appeal locally and internationally. In the recent times, Charles & Keith operates more than 170 outlets in twenty-two countries including Japan, Cyprus, Brunei and Indonesia either directly or through franchisees.

The year 2004 saw Charles & Keith going great distances. They ventured into the Gulf States of the Middle East, beginning with Dubai and followed by Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Then it moved onto opening store locations in Turkey and Egypt, bringing the total number to twelve outlets in the Middle East Asia. In the same year, Charles & Keith upped its game by venturing into the digital spectrum. It became the first clothing maker or any retail company for that matter to launch an online store in Singapore, charleskeith.com.