HYT launches first stand-alone boutique in the world at YTL’s Starhill Gallery
Kuala Lumpur, 5 February 2016
Speaking at the launch, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation said, “Not only are we witnessing the opening of a new boutique in Starhill Gallery, but this is HYT’s first eponymous boutique in the world!
“Extreme alchemists, HYT’s Hydro-Mechanical Watchmakers have turned utopia into reality – mixing mechanics and liquid within a wristwatch. This independent Swiss luxury brand has drawn upon the strictest codes in fine watchmaking – and felt entirely free to shatter them!
“Never since the water clocks of the pharaohs, have the laws of gravity been overcome to transpose this energy in a portable watch. HYT has done it!
“Starhill Gallery, known for being the epitome of luxury and sophistication, is continuously on the lookout for dynamic and niche brands to offer its loyal customers; brands that offer something different, something qualitative, something unique. HYT is that and we welcome them to the family and look forward to further innovations and amazing developments from the Hydro Mechanical Horologists in the years to come!”
Starhill's 'Journey' Stands the Test of Time
Jakarta Globe, 7 December 2015
The ceremony featured the vocal prowess of British mezzo-soprano Carly Paoli and Italian tenor Alessandro Safina, who performed for a virtual “who’s who” of the country’s elite. Among them was Malaysian Minister of Tourism and Culture Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz, whose office has been a staunch supporter of Journey since its inception.
Speaking at the event, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh said, "We would like to thank the Ministry for its continuous strong support of A Journey Through Time. I have always thought Malaysia had the potential to be a shopping paradise and in 2013 and 2014 CNN voted Kuala Lumpur as a 4th top shopping city in the world!
"The YTL Group and Starhill Gallery are proud to support the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to achieve Malaysia's agenda to have tourism remain as one of the prime contributors to the development of the nation. We hope that our successful collaboration over nine years will continue to grow from strength to strength."
“We have seen [the exhibit] grow both in scale and reception each year,” Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri said in his opening speech.
“Now in its ninth year, we remain strong in support for the grand endeavor that Starhill Gallery has put in to organize such a prestigious event that is both revered and anticipated by all watch and jewelry enthusiasts in Asia.
“We are excited with what Starhill Gallery has in mind for next year when the event will be in its 10th year,” he added.
True to its word, the business conglomerate tapped into the creative talents of music and fashion, inviting British pop star Gareth Gates to perform at Journey’s opening ceremony on Nov. 20 and celebrity favorite Julien Macdonald to present his bold brand of haute couture.
Sensational Finale to A Journey Through Time IX with Carly Paoli
Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2015
“We share this proud moment with YTL Group and Starhill Gallery. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia has been a keen collaborator with Starhill Gallery on A Journey Through Time ever since its inception nine years ago,” said Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Bin Abdul Aziz.
“We have seen it grow both in scale and reception each year. Now in its ninth year, we remain strong in support for the grand endeavour that Starhill Gallery has put in to organise such a prestigious event that is both revered and anticipated by all watch and jewellery enthusiasts in Asia. We are excited with what Starhill Gallery has in mind for next year when the event will be in its 10th year,” he further added.
Delivering the opening address, Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh said, “We hope that our successful collaboration since the inception of A Journey Through Time nine years ago will continue to grow from strength to strength. We are committed to diversify and build on the event to make it a bigger draw for overseas visitors to our country each year.”