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Boutique?

Post by marchone » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:56 am

I just drove up Madison Ave and noticed the Bremont boutique closed with windows papered over.
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Post by CGSshorty » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:00 pm

Redecorating?

Edit: The boutique will be closed from 1/14-1/23. No idea why.
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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:22 pm

Closed for SIHH?

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Post by pbj204 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:23 pm

marchone wrote:I just drove up Madison Ave and noticed the Bremont boutique closed with windows papered over.
I've never seen anyone in there. Madison Ave rent must be insane. It's certainly a big money loser. But it's the same for all the boutiques, except for Rolex, which is always packed.

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Post by CGSshorty » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:31 pm

toxicavenger wrote:Closed for SIHH?
I thought they were doing their own show in London?
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Post by JP Chestnut » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:34 pm

Must be more great news for the brand.

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Post by Chocodove » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:38 pm

The average rent per square foot in that area is about $1700. Like has been said, I've never seen a single person in there other than the workers and I walk by there all the time.
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Post by jtbenson » Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:40 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
toxicavenger wrote:Closed for SIHH?
I thought they were doing their own show in London?
thought that was for baselworld?

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Post by craniotes » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:14 pm

Just a bit of remodeling in advance of their new collections -- they'll be holding media/consumer events in NYC mid-March, or thereabouts.

That said, their first official post-Baselworld "show" will take place in merry old Londontown at the end of February.

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Post by marchone » Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:15 pm

Good to know. Thanks Adam.
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Post by andrema » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:36 pm

Does anyone ever go into the Wempe store?
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Post by CGSshorty » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:46 am

andrema wrote:Does anyone ever go into the Wempe store?
That place is usually pretty busy.
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Post by Seppia » Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:49 am

andrema wrote:Does anyone ever go into the Wempe store?
I went a few times when i lived in NYC.
Mostly when I needed help with sizing screw bracelets.
They never wanted a single buck, which is the precise reason why I tipped the person $20 every time.
One even gave me the correct size screwdriver for free (a Bergeon, still have it).

Very nice, competent and courteous team over there.

I always saw people in there, mostly asians and mostly looking at Patek.

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Post by dukerules » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:34 am

Love Wempe in NYC. Really great staff.

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Post by Chocodove » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:43 am

I've always found Wempe to be the anti-Tourneau. Friendly, no judgement, and seemingly genuinely pleased to talk to you. Cellini wasn't bad either the one time I walked in there, but I could never afford anything in that store anyway.
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Post by marchone » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:47 am

Agreed to Tourneau vs Wempe. Like night and day. Cellini has always been accessible over the years too.
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Post by CGSshorty » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:01 am

Tourneau will be lucky to survive 2017. I'm amazed they have lasted this long.
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Post by marchone » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:13 am

The Mad Ave store is always empty. 57th St is always packed with tourists.
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Post by CGSshorty » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:49 am

marchone wrote:The Mad Ave store is always empty. 57th St is always packed with tourists.
Go to just about any Tourneau across the country and they are completely empty.
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Post by marchone » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:01 am

MSRP + salespeople on commission = hostile retail environment.
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Post by jimyritz » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:33 am

I have never had an issue at Tourneau--then again I never walk in expecting a 30% discount....Maybe I am biased considering I know the General Manager of one of the stores. Every time I walk in I get greeted and asked if I want a coffee or a drink. Every store has a-holes and arrogant managers. It's taken me time to build the rapport where I've received complimentary service, straps, etc. When I worked in Boston, I had a watch serviced by JLC and Tourneau had a salesperson deliver it to my office....At least from what I know, these stores make a killing from guys with deep pockets who order 3 Pateks over the phone and have them delivered to their house... Some of the Tourneau's are adding diamonds and jewelry which have a huge profit margin.

Anyway, my experience is certainly not everyone's............but for as many -hole managers/salespeople there are just as many a-hole customers....

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Post by matt.wu » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:52 am

Toruneau in SF Westfield Mall is usually pretty busy.
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Post by JP Chestnut » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:54 am

matt.wu wrote:Toruneau in SF Westfield Mall is usually pretty busy.
They also run the Rolex boutique which is hopping.

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Post by CGSshorty » Thu Jan 19, 2017 12:27 pm

matt.wu wrote:Toruneau in SF Westfield Mall is usually pretty busy.
I'm sure the big city stores are busy. The rest of them are ghost towns.
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