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.
The Welsh designer contributed his high-fashion edge with a runway show featuring his latest collection as well as the Julien Macdonald Retrospect Exhibition, which carried 21 bespoke designs. Open all throughout the premium event, it offers visitors a rare glimpse into the world of celebrity fashion with creations worn by and specifically designed for A-list stars such as Beyonce, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian.
For the budding watch connoisseur, meanwhile, public workshops presented by renowned horologists, collectors and experts provided a comprehensive look into the different facets of the field.
“We want people to walk away from [Journey] with a greater knowledge of watches and jewelry,” Conway explained.
Speakers included the likes of Christine Hutter, principal of independent German watchmaker Moritz Grossmann; Thierry Gasquez, author and president of France-based watch community Passion Horlogère; prominent watch collectors Bernard Cheong and Masanori Kondo; as well as journalist and watch consultant Su Jia Xian.
The latter four were later joined by Yoichiro Ban, founder of Japanese watch distributor Vitae Lucis, as judges for the awards portion of the event, announcing this year’s winners in seven categories at the closing gala dinner.
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.
“We have seen [the exhibit] grow both in scale and reception each year,” the minister 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.
Winners of A Journey Through Time's Watch and Jewelry of the Year Awards 2015:
Favorite Men's Watch: Zeitwinkel's 273 Saphir Fume
Favorite Ladies' Watch: Bedat & Co's Ref 328
Best Watch With Complication in Movement: Moritz Grossmann's Benu Tourbillon
Timeless Jewelry Award: Gűbelin's Kashmir Sapphire ring
YTL Spirit of Classical Art Award: Breguet's Secret de la Reine
Judges' Choice Award: Speake-Marin's Magister Vertical Double Tourbillon
Ministry of Tourism and Culture Most Revered Award: Hermès's Slim d'Hermès Perpetual Calendar