Tuesday 30 May 2023
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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 24): The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly put paid to luxury retailer Valiram's big plans to celebrate its watch emporium Swiss Watch's 20th anniversary this year, but brothers Sharan and Ashvin say the celebrations have not been cancelled, only deferred.

Art of Time was first unveiled in 2011 as a means to recreate the setting of watch fairs held annually in Switzerland, bringing together representatives from manufacturers, some of their most stunning watches and local connoisseurs — all with the objective to establish a culture of appreciation for haute horlogerie in Malaysia.

In our cover story this week, the two of the three siblings and executive directors of the home-grown luxury retailer — their youngest brother, Mukesh, is in Singapore — talk about how the company pivoted during the pandemic and the manner in which they have always adapted to stay ahead.

They also reveal interesting details about the Art of Time exhibition, which runs at Pavilion KL until Oct 31.

In news relating to food and drinks — check our list of KL's hottest new cafés for those wanting to stretch their legs for some coffee and cakes, and also, stiffer drinks (read: cocktails) to pair with spooky television programmes in conjunction with Halloween.

Ghoulish costumes for All Hallow's Eve are for kids, we've got some stylish accoutrements for the season in our Treasury page that can't be beat. On the topics of style, we've also outlined our favourite picks from Chanel's Spring/Summer 2022 runway show.

We've also profiled IOI Properties Group Bhd CEO Datuk Voon Tin Yow, who weighs in on his first-year milestone with the company; former history teacher and author Datuk V Nadarajan on the lack of a more rounded history education for children; and Sarawakian sculptor Anniketyni Madian, whose unique oeuvre includes wood, epoxy resin and kinetic elements.

And since it is now safe to travel, The Edge co-hosted the Circle of Excellence event together with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia at the One&Only Desaru Coast in Johor — an ideal way to soak up some sun, sea and sexy cars.

Read more about it in the latest issue of Options, which comes out with The Edge Malaysia weekly's Oct 25 edition.

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