(Yeah, I know, the real action is up the street at the new Burberry store, but I'm holding off until I can get better photographs - hopefully tomorrow.)
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Even as its neighbors fell to hyper-development, 545 North has endured as a momento of the Mag Mile's golden age of carriage-trade elegance. The interior has gone through a number of gut rehabs - most recently as a flagship store opened by Nokia just as its cellphone empire had begun to crumble - but the facade and form have always served admirably, regardless the tenant.
Swatch Tourbillon, which is creating its own flagship boutique in the space. I checked it out after being tipped off by my friend Joel Bruner, and while there's always the chance the final result will somehow be better, for now, it's one of the ugliest - and unnecessary - "upgradings" I've seen inflicted on any building, much less one on such a high-rent street.