Cover Fanty Soenardy (middle) with her two children, Dhillion and Louisa

While watch retailers and journalists are at BaselWorld examining the latest novelties, Louis Vuitton organised its own horological event some 18,500km away from Messeplatz Basel. To cater to its South Asian and Oceania clientele and press, the French maison held an intimate regional high watchmaking presentation at The Lodge at The Hills in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Society friend Fanty Soenardy, who is the Tatler Fashion Awards 2018 Style Disrupter and a big Louis Vuitton lover, was one of the few clients from Singapore invited to preview the collection of complicated and extremely rare timepieces by the fashion house. Not only was she wowed by pieces such as the Spin Time Air, which was created in celebration of the range's 10th anniversary, and the Voyager Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, she was also highly impressed by the modern luxury mansion owned by New Zealand jewellery magnate Michael Hill, and its surroundings. "The view is priceless," she said.

Besides allowing her to gain extra insight into Louis Vuitton's high watchmaking world, the exclusive trip to New Zealand also provided Fanty precious bonding time with her two children, Louisa and Dhillion—they participated in adventure sports in Queenstown and visited several places of interest in Auckland, New Zealand.