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Airport Authority Hong Kong’s ebullient Commercial Director Hans Bakker sees the airport as a modern day cross-roads. But in this case one that brings together all forms of transport – planes and boats and trains, as well as cars and helicopters. And knowing Hans, I wouldn’t count out submarines coming next…
With all those modes of transport converging, it’s not surprising that Hong Kong International Airport has unveiled its own trunk line. But this is one with a difference – it’s a Krug Trunk, one of just 30 in the world. All this month the trunk will be on show for visitors and available for sale at HK$350,000 (US$$44,805) at Sky Connection’s Free Duty Shop in Level 6 Departure Hall.
The limited edition Krug Trunk is a collaboration between renowned, ultra-premium Champagne producer House of Krug and French leathergoods and accessories maker Pinel & Pinel. Requiring almost 700 hours each to handcraft, a Krug Trunk is said to epitomize the concept of exclusive luxury. It features a dark brown foal-effect calfskin exterior, as well as nickel-plated brass mounted hinges and durable handles that are capable of withstanding journeys across continents. The Trunk bears the Krug signature in nickel-plated lettering on its door, and may also be customized with the owner’s name or coat of arms.
And it gets better – each unit comes with 88 accessories by world-class designers and labels, including Dunhill; Rina Ménardi; François Bauchet for Ercuis; Fred Danner for Werk Metal Fabrik, WMF; Guy Degrennes; Yan Pennor’s for Laguiole; William Bonds; Daniel Eltner etc. The Trunk’s door can even be taken out and transformed into a small table.Says Hans Bakker: “As they stand on the threshold of a journey, each traveller can dream of the ultimate luxury of the Krug Trunk.”
We’ll drink to that – and to yet another example of Hong Kong International Airport’s perhaps unrivalled ability to put the fizz and sparkle back into international travel.