Barack Obama earns second Time Person of the Year honour

The "Time" magazine person of the year edition. Photo: Reuters

Time magazine has named US President Barack Obama as its Person of the Year for 2012 - the second time it has accorded him the accolade.

Thursday, 20 December, 2012, 4:08am

About time: driven by design

About time: driven by design



1 Sep 2012 - 12:39am

The Fourth of July

'Celebrate from this time forward forever more' - John Adams

On July 4, 1776, the colonies then making up America declared independence from the kingdom of Great Britain. So the annual 'Fourth of July' holiday is probably the most important celebration of the year for most people in the United States,

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

HK gets set to add a leap second

The flag to mark the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to the mainland will be raised a bit late - by one second.

That is because at 7:59:59 am on July 1, Hong Kong time, a leap second will be added, in accordance with the addition to co-ordinated universal time (UTC), the primary standard by which the world regulates clocks.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Heritage nod to style and technical mastery

Emphasising its links to the past and its reverence for a traditional approach to watchmaking, Tudor launched its retro-inspired Heritage collection in 2010 and extended it last year with the Tudor Heritage Advisor alarm watch.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Simple pleasures

Not to sound like a curmudgeon, but the problem with art, fashion, music and films these days is that there is far too much going on. I'm not about to say that things were better in my day (although they kind of were) but we live in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sort of world nowadays, so everything, from television news to breakfast cereals, screams for our attention.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

If you're still wrapped up in scarves and coats, you might not believe it, but Wednesday was the first day of spring.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Celebrating centuries of excellence

Vacheron Constantin has good reason to be proud of its anniversaries. As one of the few horological brands boasting an uninterrupted history of more than 250 years, the make, founded in 1755, is still going strong.

This year's novelties pay tribute to an important landmark: the centenary of the first Malte watch.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The sisters of Shunde

Shunde - better known in Cantonese as Shun Tak - is a substantial city on the West River, about an hour's drive north of Macau. Heavily industrialised, like most of the Pearl River Delta, Shun Tak nevertheless remains distinct.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tweeting the Universe

Tweeting the Universe by Marcus Chown and Govert Schilling Faber and Faber (e-book)

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dennis Goodboy

New year's greetings, Puppyteers! I hope all of you are ready for the Year of the Dragon and all the exciting challenges it may throw at you.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Weddings soar in Year of the Dragon

The coming Year of the Dragon will be busy with weddings, buoyed by fung shui predictions that the lunar year is a prime time to tie the knot, industry insiders say.

And related businesses can expect to do a roaring trade on December 12, or 12/12/12.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Clock's ticking on GMT's supremacy

Before the Industrial Revolution, time was kept by local authorities, each town using its own official clock, if it had one.

But with the new-fangled steam engine and railroad enabling people to travel long distances relatively quickly, it became necessary for time to catch up. Hence, the invention of standard time.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Being positive will make your day

Many people talk about doomsday. Are you afraid that the world will end soon? I have been asked about this a lot of times. Actually, I'm very curious about doomsday. I have many questions: what will happen that day? will all the people be destroyed? what will the world look like after that day? what will people do if they have just one minute left in their lives?

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fun engineering suspends belief

The Herm?s Arceau Le Temps Suspendu wristwatch is playful and fun, and it is also a feat of horological engineering that some said was impossible.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am