For the occasion Richard Mille hosted a reception attended by members of the press and Guest of Honour the Chairman of Manchester City Football Club – H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak – who cut the ceremonial ribbon today alongside Mr. Richard Mille, President of Richard Mille Watches and Mr. Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, the Chairman of Al Manara International Jewellery.
‘’Richard Mille gained recognition by pioneering and revolutionising high-end watchmaking and applying concepts and materials derived from other disciplines, mainly motorsport and aerospace. Our cooperation with Al Manara International Jewellery established with the opening of a first point of sale in Marina Mall, can now benefit from an even stronger presence in the region where we have a partnerships with Yas Marina Circuit and Manchester City Football Club. The opening of a stand-alone
boutique confirms the brand’s natural connection with the city and we wish to further engage with the local community and with the many customers who already support us with passion across the Middle East.’’ commented Richard Mille President and CEO of Richard Mille watches.
“Richard Mille is a truly unique brand with a strong following from Abu Dhabi’s discerning clients. Working in partnership with Richard Mille to open this boutique is in line with our strategy of developing our brand portfolio and reinforcing our reputation for offering Abu Dhabi’s widest and most admired range of luxury international watches, jewellery and accessories”, said Wajdi Abdel Hadi, General Manager, Al Manara International Jewellery.
At the opening ceremony, a unique a RM 010 piece was handed over by the Chairman of Manchester City Football Club, H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, and symbolically received by Mr. Yahya Ismaik on behalf of his family who bought the unique piece. Featuring the distinctive Manchester City Football Club’s crest on the front bezel and the back sapphire glass, the watch was sold for charity and the proceeds devolved to the honourable cause of the Club’s own Charity Foundation, ‘City in the Community’. The proceeds will go towards improving the lives of local children in the Manchester area, helping them to achieve their goals and exceed their potential through sport and education.
The newly opened boutique showcases a complete range of Richard Mille timepieces for men and women, including tourbillions, limited editions, jewellery watches and the latest releases such as the RM 031 High Performance Caliber, the RM 055 Bubba Watson, the RM 011 Polo de Saint-Tropez Limited Edition and the RM 020 Tourbillon Pocket Watch in white gold.
A seven-foot-tall sculpture modelled on a Richard Mille mechanical movement welcomes guests upon entering the boutique. The inside decor recalls Richard Mille’s distinctive design identity, featuring contemporary materials such as Makassar wood, steel, stone and glass.