Wanchai – The traditional heart of Hong Kong
As the saying goes – Location , Location , Location – the CTK boutique is indeed situated in an area which more than any reflects its proud Chinese heritage.
The district of Wanchai is one of the busiest in HK with businesses, commerce and restaurants flourishing at every corner. It is also one of the oldest districts which is currently experiencing a major redevelopment. Indeed new skyscrapers are regularly being constructed and luxury brands are beginning to turn their eyes in that direction.
In the immediate vicinity of The Chinese Timekeeper Boutique is the most emblematic example of the recent changes with the openings, between December 2011 & February 2012 of the newest Royce-Rolls, Mercedes, McLaren & Mini showrooms.
Also to be noted are that 2 top residential buildings (Cube’s on Queen & One Wanchai) as well as a 5 star Hotel (Hotel Indigo) are under construction just a few hundred meters away…
More interestingly it is one of the most traditional locations in town due to the unique presence of 2 Grade I historical buildings just around the corner. Grade I historical buildings in Hong Kong are those selected for "outstanding merits of which every effort should be made to preserve if possible". This is the highest grade and these buildings are protected under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
Indeed located a stone throw away from HK Island’s oldest mansion; The Blue House and the reknown Pak Tai Temple sits the new home of The Chinese Timekeeper.
"The Blue House", situated at 72 Stone Nullah Lane, is a pre-war building with more than seventy years of history that shows architectural characteristics of both Chinese and Western styles. The eponymous tong lau together with its yellow and orange neighbors forms what is known as The Blue House cluster, and will soon be restored to its former glory.
“The Pak Tai Temple”, located on Lung On Street, was built by local residents in 1863. The temple, originally called "Yuk Hui Kung", is one of Hong Kong’s most active temples, frequented by locals and tourists alike.
A gentleman walks through the busy streets of Hong Kong, his day is filled with meetings and duties when suddenly his eyes catch an unusual sight: the perfect alliance of Traditional Chinese aesthetics and modern design. He approaches the boutique and is attracted by the unique timepieces in display.
With strong yet elegant character, the façade is made of temple-like black slate perfectly highlighted with modern Chinese lanterns bathing the surrounding walls with a golden light.
Modern with subtle Chinese elements, the interior reflects The Chinese Timekeeper’s heritage . A local artist sketches of the timepieces on the left wall contrast with the traditional calligraphy on the opposite wall, together forming a homey junction of of Chinese past & future.