The year 2021 is a significant milestone for Breguet in the luxury watchmaking world. It marks the 220th anniversary of one of the most exquisite watchmaking complications of all time – the Tourbillon.
To commemorate this special moment, Breguet in collaboration with K11 MUSEA, hosted a “Breguet – Inventor of the Tourbillon” Pop-Up event. This event was aimed at sharing the extensive history of the Tourbillon and showcasing the brand’s fascinating Tourbillon timepieces and its intricate craftsmanship. This included the ‘Classique Double Tourbillon 5345 Quai de l’Horloge’, which made its debut in Hong Kong.
Visitors enjoyed virtual voice navigation guided by radio host Maria Tang while they journeyed through and experienced the Tourbillon realm. Additionally, an art projection was also set up so visitors could take photos with a spectacular rotating Tourbillon to remember this special occasion.
Despite the extremely busy schedule for Choon Chong, EZ Australia was lucky to have some moment with this boutique firm, AscendPoint for a short interview.
What is AscendPoint?
AscendPoint (founded in 2011) is a Chartered Accounting firm and Registered Tax Agent based in exclusive Hawthorn – an inner suburb of Melbourne.
Who is Choon Chong?
A qualified Chartered Accountant, a Certified Practising Accountant, a Registered Tax Agent, a Master’s holder, an Entrepreneur: AscendPoint’s Managing Partner!
How is AscendPoint different from others?
It specialises in Property: Property Developers, Real Estate Agents, Property Investors: local and foreign. And, it is a 1-stop shop for all facets of business accounting, taxation including compliance (such as lodgement of tax returns), tax planning and advice for Company, Trusts (family, discretionary, unit), Individuals, Partnerships and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF).
What makes it really stand out from the “rabble” is Choon’s unyielding passion to solve a client’s issues no matter what and to bring this further forward by highlighting value-adding opportunities that clients didn’t even know existed.
What is the biggest challenge your clients are facing?
Obviously, to pay taxes! However, when clients pay taxes, it actually means they have done well, and are profitable. Hence, our role is to help them to navigate the Tax Legislations, through effective tax planning, saving them taxes legally.
What are your plans for the future?
We aim to open branches in other locations in Victoria as we expand our reach to more clients. We are excited because from our clients’ testimonials, we know that our service proposition sticks well with them.
We are also venturing into the Personal Finance Management space and will soon be launching ‘moneyvase’ which will help users to take control and grow their wealth. Stay tuned!
Does your company engage in Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives?
In Australia, we are definitely considered a lucky country, and hence we always want to give back to the community. We work with charity organisations for instance the Dana Charity Group who have similar aligned values.
Jesse Ant Architects was founded in 2013 by Antry Lau and Jessica Wang, as a husband and wife practice; they met at the University of Melbourne, and graduated together in 2009. They pursued careers in different firms, acquiring valuable skills from a diverse range and scale of architectural projects.
Jessica and Antry then started their own practice, Jesse Ant Architects. Almost 10 years later, the practice has evolved into what it is today because of their passionate multi-disciplinary approach delivering exceptional architectural design. This has not gone unnoticed by the Asia Pacific Property Awards:
The Tara, Kew (Best Architecture Single Residence Australia, 2021-2022)
Author Townhome, Box Hill South (Best Architecture Multiple Residence Australia, 2021-2022)
Rutland Road, Box Hill (Best Office Architecture Australia, 2021-2022)
Each project begins from scratch and has its own character and needs. Each of the projects produce a unique outcome and aesthetic, which is clearly driven by their passion to explore and carefully ponder clients’ architectural conundrums.
Both Jessica and Antry believe that collaboration and teamwork cannot be overstated enough. They have confidence in their vast experience and knowledge and value critical input from their studio team: brainstorming concepts, driving realisation of projects and analysing projected outcomes. Teamwork is also built and showcased through out of work activities including the 2022 Dragon Boat Regatta in which the studio team won the second-place award for the corporate racing division.
When it comes to their clients, they know what meets the bar and how to resolve practical needs. Clients recognise the value of architectural language and stay satisfied for a very long time. During the planning stage, clients can typically face a tedious process: awaiting approvals, integrating feedback from consultants, dealing with the unexpected; Jesse Ant have built-up a large reservoir of knowledge and experience to navigate such situations efficiently. Even mundane tasks such as communication and coordination can also prove to be challenging; herein lies what Jesse Ant Architects believe to be a major strength, their ability to effortlessly coordinate the wants and needs of a myriad of consultants.
The next five years will see Jesse Ant wanting to further grow their diverse portfolio to encompass commercial, educational, mix-use development, and boutique residential projects. How will they strive to accomplish this? There is a growing demand from clients for bespoke designs to express their sense of individuality – customisation and specificity become central design elements. And always the push for an architecturally distinguished outcome.
” …Passion, focus and sensibility are key attributes of a masterful design.”
A deep passion for outstanding architecture drives Jesse Ant Architects. In addition, the individual strengths of its two principal actors sustain excellence at a very high level: Antry is bold and decisive, whilst Jessica is detail-orientated and micro-manages the practice’s operation. Each one’s fortes perfectly augment the other, allowing for sophisticated architectural aspects to be managed forward over multiple architectural disciplines.
Their most recent recognition was by the World Architecture Festival, where their design of a Childcare Centre in Glen Waverley has been shortlisted for the future projects category. Jessica and Antry will be presenting this project to a live jury in Lisbon in December this year. This will not be the last you hear of them.
Jesse Ant 建筑设计事务所于 2013 年由 Antry Lau 和 Jessica Wang 伉俪在墨尔本共同创立。他们相遇于墨尔本大学，并于 2009 年共同取得建筑系硕士学位，此后相继在不同的事务所参与不同类型与规模的建筑设计。在积累了数年有价值的经验后，共同创立了 Jesse Ant 建筑设计事务所，致力于为生活，工作，学习和休闲，创造富有艺术感的空间。十余年如一日，基于他们对多个领域设计的热情，事务所发展至今日的规模。