Roberto Chiappelloni, Manfredi owner (far right) with Marc Hruschka, U.S. president of Chopard,
Susan Duffy, executive director of Marketing for Chopard, and three Chopard models
More than two hundred guests attended Manfredi Jewels celebration of 20 successful years of business and witnessed the store’s expansive redesign during a June 11 event.
The Greenwich, Conn., store underwent a massive redesign that began in June of 2007, expanding the space from 930 to 3,300 square feet.
The evening’s theme was about living luxuriously. With the latest Lamborginis parked out front, guests entered the store on a red carpet and were welcomed by Chopard models wardrobed in diamond jewelry. The night included a spectacular Opera performance by Rob Weintraub, (left) accompanied on piano by Lin Li.
However, the start of the evening was the store’s new space (left) that is styled like a European salon, with an elliptical layout with walls of watches and an island of jewelry. All of the cases in the store are handmade and custom designed in glass and rosewood. The store also houses a workshop staffed by watchmakers and jewelers who will work on pieces while customers are present, creating an interactive and educational experience. A secondary lounge space is equipped with plush seating where guests can enjoy a cappuccino.
During the evening to help commemorate the 20th anniversary, the store unveiled a limited edition watch produced by Glashütte Original (left). The watch is a Senator Meissen in palladium alloy white gold with a hand wound mechanical movement. It has a blue crocodile strap, an onion shaped crown, and a Meissen porcelain dial with hand painted Arabic numerals. The timepiece has the Manfredi name engraved on the back, each watch is also hand numbered on the dial and engraved on the case back. This exclusive Manfredi timepiece retails for approximately $29,500 and only 20 were produced.
“Our Greenwich customers have shown tremendous support for Manfredi over the last 20 years and we are thrilled to re-open our doors with this updated setting and a renewed commitment to providing quality merchandise and excellent service for anyone who walks through our doors” says Manfredi owner Roberto Chiappelloni. “We wish to convey a space that creates an overall luxurious experience that is comfortable, interesting, and full of surprises.”
Roberto and Roberta Chiappelloni with their
daughter Bianca outside Manfredi Jewels