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August 2020 Lookbook: National Day Edition
Published by: Samuel Ng
This is home truly. With Singapore’s 55th birthday just around the corner and shopping malls start digging out their national day song playlists, be prepared for a roaring celebration with these fine timepieces.
Toast to the 55th birthday of the lion city with these stunning timepieces that pay homage to our national flag colours. As celebrations take an unconventional twist this year due to the current pandemic, these watches embody the Singaporean identity in style that are suitable for any occasion.
Steinhart Ocean 1 Vintage Dual Time Premium
Reach out for the skies with the Steinhart Ocean 1 Vintage Dual Time Premium, an exquisite pilot watch designed with a dual time zone indication and a date complication which displays even dates in red and odd dates in black. The second time zone can be displayed by the timepiece’s striking red hand or by adjusting its unidirectional rotating bezel flaunting a two-tone aluminum inlay.
Admire the grandeur of the gilt Steinhart rotor ETA 2893-2 Premium-grade movement from the watch’s glass exhibition case back. Protected by a domed sapphire crystal, the dial of the Steinhart Vintage Dual Time Premium shows off silver and grey-beige hues in a smooth radial gradient that graces this watch with a unique vintage look. Its applied markers and handset are painted with Old Radium Super-LumiNova that matches the retro ecru tones of this timepiece flawlessly.
A timepiece that pays tribute to the rising trend of transatlantic flights back in the mid 1950s, the Steinhart Vintage Dual Time Premium holds much of its own history and is the perfect watch to commemorate Singapore’s 55 years of independence. The handsome vintage design of this timepiece exudes nostalgia of the past which brings a comforting sense of familiarity in the midst of the pandemic which has changed the way we celebrate this year’s national day.
Mido Baroncelli Heritage Lady Rose Gold - Leather Ref. M027.207.36.260.00
Sing a song of home with the gorgeous Mido Baroncelli Heritage Lady Rose Gold. Inspired by the magnificent architecture of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy completed in 1877, this timepiece is a beautiful materialisation of Mido’s interpretation of this grand 19th Century landmark. The Baroncelli Heritage flaunts a PVD rose gold treated stainless steel case that is kept ultra thin at a height of only 7.15mm.
What sets this dainty quartz watch apart is its triple-stepped bezel which bestows this minimalistic timepiece with an alluring depth that is reminiscent of an old-school dress watch look. At a glance, its dial may seem simple but the attention to detail to make this watch as grand as one of the world's oldest shopping malls is intriguing. This dial shows off a warm off-white textured finish and its mutli-faceted handset boasts a blue sand-blasted second hand and golden polished minute and hour hands.
The Baroncelli Heritage is powered by a 21 jewels Swiss movement known as the Mido 1192 calibre which is based on the ETA 2892A2. This svelte movement measures only 3.6mm, 1mm shorter than the ubiquitous ETA 2824. With a bi-directional self-winding mechanism, quick date adjustment and power reserve of approximately 50 hours. Marvel at the traditional Côtes de Genève striped pattern on this movement from the watch’s see-through case back. A harmony of elegance and sophistication (yes pun intended), this timepiece comes with a 7mm black leather strap with intricate alligator designs and a matching rose gold signed tang buckle. Celebrate this national day in style with this glamorous watch that serenades you with its unrivalled poise and finesse.
Seiko Presage Arita Porcelain Dial Ref. SARX061 / SPB095J1
Count on me Singapore is what this outstanding timepiece utters with its Arita porcelain dial that radiates a shiny sheen contrasted with a luxurious gloss finish which gives it a faint blue tinge, characteristic of the Arita's legacy of porcelain making, that sets it apart from typical enamel dials. The immense complexity of crafting this porcelain dial is done by master craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi who has been making traditional porcelain since the 1830s.
The cherry on top of its dial is the 12 o'clock red hour marker that not only incorporates the trademark of the Presage lineup but also represents the little red dot, once a small port that is now at its peak at the very top of this timepiece. Furthermore, its blued steel handset complements the porcelain dial protected by a domed sapphire crystal. The 40.6mm polished watch case has a height of 12.4mm and a lugs to lugs length of only 48.8mm which rests comfortably on most wrist sizes.
Exuding charming masculinity, the Presage Arita Porcelain Dial is the first timepiece to have a new movement powered by Seiko’s latest automatic caliber, 6R35, an upgrade with an additional jewel and a longer power reserve of 70 hours from the workhorse 6R15 while maintaining operation at 21,600 bph (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities.
With a genuine alligator strap, this watch is an unsuspecting match made in heaven with the above Mido Baroncelli Heritage Lady Rose Gold timepiece.
Seiko Presage Automatic Ladies - Red Ref. SRRY027 / SRP853J1
Stand up for Singapore with the Seiko Presage Automatic Ladies featuring a unique red dial with a sunburst effect not commonly seen on Seiko timepieces. A symbol of equality in Singapore, the striking bordeaux red hue of its dial is elevated with faceted and polished applied hour markers inspired by the stem of a cocktail glass. Despite its uncommon colourway, this watch retains the sleek lance-shaped hour and minute hands that are synonymous with the rest of the Presage collection.
Measuring 33.8mm in diameter and 11.3mm in height, the Seiko Presage Automatic Ladies makes history as the first Cocktail Presage crafted exclusively for ladies. Protected by an old-school box hardlex crystal, this timepiece is powered by Seiko's automatic 4R35 calibre which operates at 21,600 bph (3 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It is also built with 23 jewels and has a power reserve of around 41 hours through a Spron 110 mainspring.
Clink your cocktail glasses to Singapore’s 55th birthday with this red and silver timepiece that comes on a 5-link steel metal bracelet featuring a deployment clasp and push-button release. This watch showcases the colours of the Singapore flag in a trendy petite timepiece that resonates aptly with national day celebrations.
Glycine Combat SUB 42 Titian Ref. GL0092
There’s a jewel on the ocean, a gem upon the sea. This national day song lyric fully embodies the brilliance of the Glycine Combat SUB 42 Titian, a handsome collaboration between Gnomon Watches and Glycine with a water resistance of 200m. This timepiece has a 316L stainless steel case that flaunts a burgundy red bezel. This rose gold PVD bezel is contrasted with a sunburst black dial with indexes featuring rose gold trims and a matching bronze scale that runs around the edge of the dial.
It is powered by a Glycine GL224 movement which is modelled after ETA2824-2, operating at 28,800 bph (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. This movement has 25 jewels and a power reserve of 38 hours. With a diameter of 42mm, a height of 11.5mm, a short lug to lug length of 49.5mm, this timepiece has unique downward curving lugs that allow the watch to fit snugly on most wrist sizes.
Entirely hand finished and made in Switzerland, the top surface of the Glycine Combat SUB 42 Titian is satin-brushed and its sides are polished flawlessly, characteristic of this renowned Swiss brand. This timepiece comes on a Glycine signed black fabric strap with leather backing that accentuates its athletic look.