If you were hanging out at Mandarin Gallery recently and walked towards the lavatories at Level 2, you would have done a double-take. Rimowa’s gone (they moved to their giant flagship one floor down beside Montblanc), and in its place, a brand I’ve never heard of (yes, I did hang my head in shame for a while) till I saw it for myself last week.
ZERO Halliburton (as it’s known) has been around since 1938, and celebrates its 75th anniversary this year with the opening of its boutique in Singapore, also the first stand-alone in South-East Asia, no less. An illustrious brand, its attaché cases have carried rocks from the Moon back to Earth in NASA’s Apollo 11 space mission, as well as graced movies like James Bond’s Quantum Of Solace and Inception, for example.
And of all the different cases they’ve got, I’m naturally attracted to the ones in aluminium, with the new ZERO Halliburton ZR-Geo 19″ Trolley the most interesting of the lot. Featuring the brand’s iconic double rib design, I like how serious and espionage-y (is that even a real word?) it looks.
Besides that, the 19″ carry-on size also comes with TSA locks, telescoping handles and an interior that’s fully-lined with all manner of mesh pockets and zip enclosures for all manner of personals. Available in Silver or Black, the 19″ retails for SGD1129 and SGD1249 respectively, the one in Black costing a tad more.
Image: ZERO Halliburton