DFS Group reveals winners of inaugural Masters of Time awards in Macau

By Charlotte Turner |

Last weekend, DFS Group celebrated the twelfth edition of their Masters of Time event in the company of more than 400 guests and VIP customers at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons.

 

According to the luxury retailer, this edition introduced several firsts, including the inaugural Masters Awards as well as a strategic partnership with auction house, Phillips.

 

The DFS Masters Series showcases the retailer’s ‘leadership and creativity in curating exceptional experiences’ across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewellery, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

 

Created by DFS in 2008 to bring the very best brands in the world of watchmaking – and their ambassadors – together with enthusiasts and collectors alike, Masters of Time is traditionally hosted each year in Macau.

 

EXCLUSIVE VIP PREVIEW

For the first time, DFS partnered with Four Seasons Hotel Macau to kick off Masters of Time with an exclusive preview for select VIP clients at Grand Atelier at the Grand Suites at Four Seasons on 12-14 November.

 

This edition of Masters of Time also featured the inaugural DFS Masters Awards, a recognition of innovation, artistry and flair in the watch and jewellery categories.

This edition of Masters of Time also featured the inaugural DFS Masters Awards, a recognition of innovation, artistry and flair in the watch and jewellery categories.

Guests were invited to view a specially curated selection of watches and jewellery while sampling afternoon tea and champagne with DFS’ most knowledgeable personal shoppers.

 

Grand Atelier was then transformed into an exclusive, invite-only shopping suite throughout the month of November, with VIPs able to view pieces from this year’s Masters of Time collection.

 

This edition of Masters of Time also featured the inaugural DFS Masters Awards, a recognition of innovation, artistry and flair in the watch and jewellery categories.

 

The Masters of Time Gala event featured a stunning display by aerial performers.

The Masters of Time Gala event featured a stunning display by aerial performers.

A panel of specially selected, independent experts judged pieces for their timelessness, technical excellence, craftsmanship, innovation and exceptional use of a variety of artistic techniques.

 

The panelists, led by chair Carson Chan, the head of the Greater China mission for the Fondation de la Haute Horologerie, come from a diverse background of industry experts, designers, tastemakers and entrepreneurs and included Laura Lan, Nik Wang, Vianney Halter, Emmanuel Gueit, Penny Chiang, Samuel Chan and Lung Lung Thun.

 

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

DFS’ VIP guests in Macau were treated to a ‘multi-sensorial reveal’ of the DFS Masters Awards winners across seven categories. The announcement was also livestreamed across WeChat and Instagram for guests outside Macau. This year’s winners are:

 

Master of Watches – Breguet Double Tourbillon

Petit Hero – Chopard L.U.C. GMOT One Black (Only 250 pieces in the world)

Excellence in Craftmanship – Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar Haute Horlogerie Watch

Excellence in Innovation – Fabergé Compliquée Peakcock Arte Rose Gold Hand-Painted Limited Edition Watch (Only 10 pieces in the world)

Master of Jewellery – Boucheron Plume De Paon Question Mark

Excellence in Jewellery Design – Fabergé x James Ganh Flora nd Fauna White And Yellow Gold Cushion Cut Emerald And Multicolor Gemstone Transformable Ring/Earrings

People’s Choice – Breguet Double Tourbillon

 

DFS Group celebrated the twelfth edition of their Masters of Time event in the company of more than 400 guests and VIP customers at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons.

DFS Group celebrated the twelfth edition of their Masters of Time event in the company of more than 400 guests and VIP customers at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons.

DFS also partnered with celebrated whisky distiller Glenmorangie on activating Greater China’s very first Signet Bar. This exclusive concept, developed to celebrate the single malt Glenmorangie Signet Scotch, was adapted specifically for Masters of Time and brought special cocktails and masterclasses to attendees. The Signet Bar will be pouring drinks on weekends until 19 December.

 

In another first, DFS partnered this year with auction house Phillips to display prized, collectable or heirloom timepieces for purchase. Attendees including VIP guests, notable influencers and the media also had the chance to attend a series of Masterclasses with Andy Zhang, Director of Watches, China who shared his knowledge of the watch industry and how to build a timepiece collection.

 

In another first, DFS partnered this year with auction house Phillips.

In another first, DFS partnered this year with auction house Phillips.

Other Masterclasses on offer included a virtual tour of IWC’s manufacturing process conducted directly from the brand’s Swiss headquarters; a guided tasting of Champagne house Piper Heidsieck’s premier vintage, Rare Champagne 2006, with a caviar pairing; as well as an exclusive beauty workshop by La Mer, featuring their serum essence line, Genaissance.

 

A virtual showroom showcasing the Masters of Time exhibition went live on 5 December and will be available for all to browse until February. Virtual visitors are able to view the entire Masters collection as well as view content, videos and experiences.

 

The twelfth Masters of Time collection is available for viewing and purchase in Macau from 15 November, 2021 until 28 February, 2022, featuring special activations including a dedicated virtual showroom available for viewing.

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