After 35 years in the watch business, the Kennedy family of LK Boutique have finally put the pen to paper with Rolex and opened the doors to Australia’s first Rolex retail store. Last night the festivities moved to the expansive roof of the neighbouring law firm to celebrate the journey that has been bringing Rolex to Sydney’s Martin Place. In attendance was Rolex Ambassador and tennis great Rod Laver, fresh off the court against Roger Federer the night before – his first time with a racquet in hand for three years!
James Kennedy, CEO and Managing Director of LK Boutique spoke about the importance of relationships in the family owned and operated business his father Louis, and mother Martha had built from their first store in Sydney’s Double Bay, which they opened in 1976. In true Rolex fashion, Rod Laver’s ambassadorial role came with a story, one that Rolex Australia’s General Manager Patrick Boutellier told Tom and I after. “I met Rod at the Australian Open and presented him with a watch, later that year he travelled to Wimbledon and I arranged for him to meet our CEO, and with no more than a handshake Gian Marini said ‘Welcome to the family'”.
After Rod had won the crowd over with tales from his glory days the event resumed and guests were invited to test the health of their timepieces with Rolex Sydney’s Service Manager Ken Buckley in the Chronoscope S1, which provides a fast overview of the quality and stability of the rate accuracy.
Many thanks to Rolex Australia, LK Boutique and EVHPR for a cracking event. Be sure to drop into the Rolex Store next time you’re in Martin Place and take a look at the full range from this 2013’s Basel World, as we did!
38-46 Martin Place (On the corner of Castlereagh)