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I find it hard to believe that Hermes, Cartier, and Van Cleef are just jam packed with appointments all weekend. Especially now since it's been a year since initial lockdowns.
When I picked up my watch two Mondays ago, my appointment was right as the boutique opened. I was there with 6 other people who also had 11am appointments. As we were waiting to be let in, no less than 10 other groups/people approached the door. The doorman said they were booked up for the day, but that they were taking names/numbers down in case there were no shows or quick appointment opening some space. This was a Monday morning!

The Cartier boutique at the same mall was booked up according to their online appointment scheduler for three weeks when I looked into it a couple weeks ago.

This was at Short Hills Mall in NJ.
 

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When I picked up my watch two Mondays ago, my appointment was right as the boutique opened. I was there with 6 other people who also had 11am appointments. As we were waiting to be let in, no less than 10 other groups/people approached the door. The doorman said they were booked up for the day, but that they were taking names/numbers down in case there were no shows or quick appointment opening some space. This was a Monday morning!

The Cartier boutique at the same mall was booked up according to their online appointment scheduler for three weeks when I looked into it a couple weeks ago.
Where is this at? I guess the Houston boutiques are much slower.
 

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When I picked up my watch two Mondays ago, my appointment was right as the boutique opened. I was there with 6 other people who also had 11am appointments. As we were waiting to be let in, no less than 10 other groups/people approached the door. The doorman said they were booked up for the day, but that they were taking names/numbers down in case there were no shows or quick appointment opening some space. This was a Monday morning!

The Cartier boutique at the same mall was booked up according to their online appointment scheduler for three weeks when I looked into it a couple weeks ago.

This was at Short Hills Mall in NJ.
This is the boutique where we bought my wife’s bracelet.

Though foot traffic is probably decreased in the appointment-only model, I’m sure in some way SAs prefer it since they only devote time to serious customers.
 

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Freaking sunglasses stockists here are booked out in advance for weekend appointments out here...
 

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Where is this at? I guess the Houston boutiques are much slower.
I must have made my quick edit to add the location as you were responding. The Short Hills mall has that strong wealthy suburban draw that I would assume the Houston boutique would based on my Texas upbringing.
 

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The Houston stores are located in a really affluent part of Houston but it's such a pain to get to and from because of traffic. The Westheimer Road where shopping center is located is basically a 2 lane each way street in one of the busiest parts of Houston.
 

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3 visits to NYC Cartier boutique since covid started. First visit, no appt., waited for about 10 minutes. 2nd and 3rd visit made an appt at the request of our sales associate.

The experience was nice. You are brought to a private room/area to discuss what you are looking for. The SA escorts you around the boutique, you look, point out pieces you are interested in. You go back to your private room, the pieces are brought to you for viewing/trying on. Feels almost like the boutique was closed to the public and opened just for you for private viewing.
 

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3 visits to NYC Cartier boutique since covid started. First visit, no appt., waited for about 10 minutes. 2nd and 3rd visit made an appt at the request of our sales associate.

The experience was nice. You are brought to a private room/area to discuss what you are looking for. The SA escorts you around the boutique, you look, point out pieces you are interested in. You go back to your private room, the pieces are brought to you for viewing/trying on. Feels almost like the boutique was closed to the public and opened just for you for private viewing.
A list treatment on a D list budget! Lol.
 

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Omega Boutique in Houston required appointments during C19 but now since restrictions are lifted here no appointment is needed. They do still limit foot traffic but that's never been a problem with Omega. The Rolex boutique is always packed though.
 

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Looks like my prediction (or wishful thinking?) that the pandemic would lead to a glut of stainless steel sports Rolex in the market did not come true. :brick:
 

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Looks like my prediction (or wishful thinking?) that the pandemic would lead to a glut of stainless steel sports Rolex in the market did not come true. :brick:
Nope, just got off the phone with an AD who says 2020 and now 2021 have been there best years so far. They've been in business since the mid-90's
 

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I'm guessing that for many folks the discretionary income that ordinarily would have gone toward travel and dining out went instead toward luxury goods.
 

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