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 BUYLINE
Shibuya’s Zenmall (29-4 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku; 03-3770-1641), known for offering large clothing for men, is holding a two-day Early Bird Pre-Summer Sale. The sale will take place on the mornings of April 12 (Sat) and 13 (Sun) for three hours (9am-noon) each day. During these times, nearly everything will be marked 20-80 percent off. Some of the bargains include suits with a spare pair of pants for \9,800 (sizes 3-8L), and summer casual jackets for \8,000 (3-6L). Imported designer suits by makers like Calvin Klein and Boss are also marked down to \39,000 and \59,000, respectively. Those who spend over \10,000 can take part in the Cash Grabbing Contest, where shoppers can dig into a box full of cash. Spend over \30,000 for two chances to grab, and \50,000 for three. Don't miss this rare opportunity, as it could be one of the few chances for those looking to buy large sizes in Japan, especially at affordable prices.
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IN STORE ARCHIVE:
535: Anything goes
Add a little spunk to your life at Tokyo's zakka housewares shops. Hanna Kite visits five of the best.
531: To a tee
Tokyo’s hottest T-shirt shops boast designs by some of Japan’s top talents. Hanna Kite dresses down.
527: Treasure chests
Hanna Kite checks out five Tokyo jewelers that offer the perfect setting for your next shopping excursion.
523: Arts and crafts movement
Trina O’Hara goes in search of the Japanese creative spirit.
519: Bra-vo
Move over, Hello Kitty. Sexy has finally replaced cute in Tokyo's lingerie stores. Hanna Kite reports.
515: Bowled over
Trina O'Hara tracks down the latest tableware to suit any time of day.
511: East meets nest
Trina O'Hara finds that Tokyo's flea markets and shrine sales suit all types of personalities and interests.
503: The write stuff
Hanna Kite takes notes at Tokyo's finest pen and paper boutiques.
499: Blasts from the past
Tokyo trendsetters have a knack for making old fashions new again. Jennifer Au goes back in time at the city's coolest vintage clothing stores.
495: In the bag
From haute to mass-market, designer to dowdy, Tokyo has a tote to suit every taste and budget. Jennifer Au tracks down the best.
491: Paper chase
Steve Trautlein goes on a search for Tokyo's best English booksellers.
487: Happy trails
A love affair with the great outdoors is easily consummated at these Tokyo retailers. Steve Trautlein gears up.
483: Top hats
Whether it’s a rooftop barbecue, a riverside picnic or an afternoon stroll, there will be times this summer when you’ll want to keep the sun off your face. †Martin Webb hunts down Tokyo’s best headwear suppliers so you can stay shady in style.
479: Oriental express
This summer, all things Asian are hot stuff. Martin Webb finds out how to get the look without breaking the bank.
474: Haute haven
Forget Roppongi Hills’ aspirations to be the city’s cultural hub. This is the consumer capital of the world, and it’s all about shopping. Martin Webb reports.
468: New kit on the block
Backed by street-wise fashion chain store Beams, these seven new stores are upping the style quotient in Daikanyama. Martin Webb sizes up this brand new shopping experience.
463: Can buy me love
Stuck for ideas about how to make Valentine’s Day extra memorable this year? Martin Webb shops around for some great gift ideas for lucky ladies.
452: Perfect timing
For the rushed residents of our fair metropolis, keeping an eye on time is one of life's little necessities.
448: House of style
The newly open Marunouchi Building is drawing legions of eager shoppers from all over Japan
445: Present perfect
Tired of wasting your yen on last-minute gifts at duty free?
441: Toy story
Martin Webb tackles every parent's annual ennui and finds playthings that could earn you more peace and quiet than you bargained for
437: Natural selection
Seven new "select shops" are giving style seekers an excuse to keep spending
433: Window shopping
Stephen Cotterill indulges his yen and peers into the retail oasis that is Glassarea Aoyama
429: Jet, set, go!
With the holiday high season just around the corner, trendy travelers are in hot pursuit of packing accessories
425: Loud and clear
No home is complete without a sound system, and for audiophiles, time at home revolves around those little black boxes
421: Red brick revival
Once at the heart of Yokohama's bustling port industry, Akarenga Soko has a new lease of life as an exclusive entertainment and retail complex
417: Eye browse
An eyewear boom has seen new stores open and old favorites prosper
413: Sporting goodies
Shibuya sportswear
409: Go Figure
An army of action figures
405: Puff 'n' Stuff
Tokyo's best cigar shops
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Perfect timing

For the rushed residents of our fair metropolis, keeping an eye on time is one of life's little necessities. Martin Webb finds out how to keep pace in style.


Jack Road

Courtesy of Jack Road
Inside Nakano's Broadway mall, this relaxed emporium houses three distinct watch outlets. One store caters mostly to Rolex fanatics with a few Panerai and IWC models rounding out the selection. Next door, antique and previously owned models, again the majority Rolex, are on offer at attractive prices—check out the Panerai Power Reserve (pictured) at ¥438,000. The selection of Tudor, Heuer and military models is also impressive. Across the corridor is Jack Roads' sister store, Betty Road, which has a huge selection from names like Chopard, Cartier, Bulgari and Piaget with discounts of up to ¥1 million available. Friendly and knowledgeable advice (in Japanese) and excellent after-sales service are the extra selling points of this trinity of cozy stores.

Open 11am-8:30pm. 3F Nakano Broadway, 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku. Nearest stn: Nakano, north exit. Follow the Sun Mall to Nakano Broadway. www.jackroad.co.jp

 

Evance
Tokyo's most famous watch retailer has been undergoing a few changes of late. The Kotto Dori store closed last month and the Ginza outlet now takes up six full floors. The basement and first floor are dedicated to bestseller Rolex, and offer some of the best prices on new models in Japan. The second floor is exclusively devoted to Cartier—such as the stylish Roadster, knocked down from ¥2.6 million to ¥2.28 million. Here, prices rise with the floor numbers: the fifth floor, labeled Grand Complications, showcases pinnacles of the craft of horology from names like Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Sohne and Audemars Piguet. On the top floor, the High Jewelry Watches section displays exorbitantly priced, rock-encrusted creations from the likes of Chopard and Harry Winston.

Open 11am-8pm. 6-8-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3569-7073. Nearest stn: Ginza exit B5. Miyuki Dori, next to Foxey. www.evance.co.jp

 

M&R Salon de Montres
Although Ginza is awash with purveyors of jewelry and luxury goods, Hanatsubaki Dori is veritably studded with watch retailers. Bonbon, Century, Rolex specialist Lexia, and Waltham, among others, line the street but the highlight is definitely M&R Salon de Montres. This gorgeous marble store stocks just four mechanical movement watch brands: Breguet, Rolex, Jaeger le Coultre and Panerai. Expect to pay full price for your chosen timepiece but rest assured you'll get service to match the price tag.

Open 11am-8pm Mon-Fri, 11am-7:30pm Sat, closed Sun. Hanatsubaki Street, 8-4-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-5537-5805. Nearest stn: Ginza, exit B3. Turn right before Shiseido.

 

Satin Doll

Courtesy of Satin Doll
Rolex: The original sportsman's watch or ubiquitous bourgeois status symbol? Either way, the world's most recognizable watch brand commands a cult following in Japan. Catering to this demand, Satin Doll is among Tokyo's top Rolex retailers. Three stores, in Shibuya, Ginza and Shinjuku have hundreds of models from sporty Submariners to diamond encrusted Day-Dates. Although prices on new models compare unfavorably with those overseas, it's the used and antique selection that's the big draw here. Japanese tend to worship their watches, so most models haven't so much as a scratch and, if you buy used, it's possible to resell a Rolex several years later for almost the same value as you bought it. The Submariner, pictured, makes a great gift for the rugged man in your life. As close to pawn shop prices as you can get, Satin Doll is a must for bargain-hunting Rolex lovers.

Shibuya: Open 11am-8:30pm. 1F Parkway Bldg, 1-20-9 Higashiyama Minami, Shibuya-ku. Nearest stn: Shibuya. On Koen Street across from GAP.
Ginza: Open 11am-8pm. 1F Nishigo Bldg, 5-4-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Nearest stn: Ginza. Behind Hermes.
Shinjuku: Open 11am-8pm. 1F Studio Alta Bldg, 3-24-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Nearest stn: Shinjuku, east exit. www.satindollweb.com

 

Cotton Tail
Anatole Papafilippou
On the outskirts of the wholesale district of Okachimachi, Cotton Tail Antiques is a refreshing change compared to the rest of the neighborhood. The wooden interior of the 47-year-old store and the welcoming smile of Aki Tachiki, one of the few women in the antique watch business, make this a great visit for any enthusiast. Ask for Tachiki-san's recommendations on Swiss watches from the 1920s to the 1970s, assorted chronographs, British military watches, very rare repeater movement models, century-old pocket watches, ancient models that require a key to wind up, and railroad watches. If you know what you're looking for, there's a good chance Cotton Tail can help you find it.

Open noon-7:30pm, closed Wed and every third Thu. 1-2F Maruhachi Bldg, 5-24-3 Ueno, Taito-ku. Tel: 03-3836-2107. Nearest stn: Ueno. For map, see www.cotton-tail.com

 

Hokuyo
For watch hunters without money to burn, Hokuyo is a great find. Tool watches like diver's brands Omega and Suunto, chunky G-Shocks and a massive array of highly collectible Swatch watches line up here alongside entry brands like Pepol, Bell & Ross, Tutima, Sinn and Fortis. An enormous selection of deadstock models from the '70s and '80s (check out the Rado L.E.D. Box ¥98,000, and Pulsar 2922 ¥58,000) make great accessories for retro-future style lovers. If you like watches with personality and a sense of humor, making a trip to Hokuyo is time well spent. A second store is set to open later this month in Odaiba Decks, on the fourth floor of the Tokyo Beach building.
Open 11am-7pm. 1F Mitsumura Bldg, 1-34 Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku. Tel: 03-3294-8801. Nearest stn: Jimbocho.

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