CHRISTOPHE CLARET expands into Malaysia and exhibition in Qatar

Early 2015 was marked by intense activity at Christophe Claret. In January in Geneva the brand presented Aventicum, its latest creation. In early February, Mr. Claret, accompanied by Wolfgang Sickenberg, the brand’s CEO, visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to attend a dinner for collectors as a prelude to the opening of the brand’s first retail presence in the country. Finally, from February 23 – 28, the Le Locle brand will exhibit in Doha, Qatar, at the 12th Salon of Watches and Jewellery.

Mr. Claret was invited by Sincere Group – the Christophe Claret distribution partner in Singapore – to fly to Malaysia in early February to meet watch collectors and share a convivial dinner. Mr. Claret was accompanied on the trip by Wolfgang Sickenberg, and they found that the technical knowledge of the Malaysian collectors more than matched that of Swiss specialists. In addition, at the Master Craftsmen & Bespoke Art event in the heart of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, Christophe Claret presented three of his most recent creations: Margot, Maestoso and Soprano, which were much appreciated. During the evening’s festivities, Mr. Claret gave a talk on chiming watches, complications that are close to his heart and a domain in which he has over 25 years of experience.

“For both our brand and myself, these meetings are important as direct contact with our clients is full of sentiment. Our clients are demanding, and rightly so. They enjoy talking directly to the person who conceived their watch and the owner of the brand. For my part, I enjoy taking this opportunity to present the way we work and how we constantly push the boundaries of haute horlogerie because ultimately, these collectors become our best brand ambassadors”, explains Christophe Claret.

This visit to Malaysia also included exploring possibilities of promoting the brand in this burgeoning market. To this end, negotiations have been successful and the opening of Christophe Claret’s first retailer is expected to be announced shortly.

Late February also heralds an important journey for the brand, this time to Qatar. From 23 to 28 February 2015, Christophe Claret will participate in the 12th edition of the Salon of Watches and Jewellery in Doha. The event will be held in the beautiful setting of the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).