Already home to the glorious watch boutiques Wempe and Marcus and own-brand stores from Chopard, Cartier, Breguet and Piaget, Bond St is gaining a couple more heavy hitters. In June, Breitling – newly represented by Paris St Germain’s latest signing, Mr David Beckham himself – will be opening a huge store in what was formally Diesel’s Bond St home.
Shortly after that one of the most esteemed names in top-end watchmaking, Vacheron Constantin, is to open the doors on its first London boutique. The Old Bond Street venue, arranged over two floors, will feature a gentlemen’s club-style lounge, a private VIP area and an in-store watchmaker. Most importantly, it’ll have Vacheron’s most precious watches only available through its own boutiques, such as this year’s decorative Florilege watches (pictured), inspired by the work of English 19th century botanist Robert Thornton. The boutique will also offer Vacheron’s “Atelier Carbinotiers” service for customised and even bespoke watches. From 27 June to 3 July Vacheron Constantin will once again be presenting at Masterpiece London, Chelsea’s selling exhibition of art, antiques and beautiful design objects. Vacheron will have both new watches and vintage pieces from its unparalleled 250-year history on display and available to buy. For more information see www.masterpiecefair.com