Rolex launches Belfast store as the 2019 Open swings into action
Rolex, the official timekeeper for The Open Championship, has launched a new store in Belfast to coincide with the start of the world-famous golf tournament.
Lunn's have opened the new store in Queen's Arcade, creating four new jobs.
It's part of a wider £2.5m project by the Belfast jewellers to restore the city's last remaining Victorian shopping arcade.
It comes just one week after Tag Heuer unveiled its only boutique on the island of Ireland within the arcade.
Lunn's laid the groundwork for the new Rolex store last year, when the company completed work on a Rolex-accredited workshop.
The new 70-square-metre store, which fronts onto Donegall Place, has been designed by the Rolex design team in Geneva.
It features marble flooring, striated limestone walls, walnut wood panelling and bespoke Rolex furniture.
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Speaking yesterday, Peter Lunn, chairman of Lunn's Jewellers, described the completed retail space as "spectacular".
He said: "To launch the store in the week that Northern Ireland hosts The Open after a very long absence makes it even more special.
"We've been privileged to have a small insight into all that is happening around Royal Portrush and Northern Ireland has a very exciting week ahead."
Last year's Open champion Francesco Molinari and Tiger Woods will be among Rolex's high-profile 'Testimonees' in Portrush this week. "We are thrilled that this new store offers clients the opportunity to view the Rolex range in the very best environment that is on a standard with the world's leading shopping destinations," added Mr Lunn.
"This store, combined with the investment in our Rolex Guaranteed Workshop last year, means that Lunn's offers an exceptional Rolex client experience."
Managing director of Rolex UK, Richard de Leyser, said: "I'm delighted that Lunn's continues to invest in our partnership.
"The new contemporary space complements the historic architecture of Queen's Arcade and provides a fitting home for Rolex."