About time: perfect chiming

About time: perfect chiming

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:12pm

Master plan

It is remarkable how many of the key figures in the Renaissance were a dab hand at a number of disciplines. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, was feted as an artist, of course, but he wasn't too shabby when it came to engineering, science, music, geology, botany, architecture and cartography, to name a few of his skills.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Secret watches

Cartier - Secret watch with two-bird motif

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dear santa ...

It wasn't just supercars on display at Top Marques Macau. Those armed with a hefty enough budget could have found a Christmas present for everyone on their list.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Time is big money: HK$51m Swatch haul

One should never underestimate the value of plastic watches, especially the vintage models and limited editions. They might make even those diamond-studded tourbillon pieces look dim.

Such a collection of Swatches fetched more than HK$51.7 million at the Philips de Pury auction last week in the ballroom of the Four Seasons hotel.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Kings of the track

Since the early 20th century, watch brands have been participants in sports. Timepieces such as pocket watches were employed to record the lap times of car races. Take the Vitesse speedometer, which can measure 15km/h to 150km/h and was launched by Breitling in 1906.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Art sometimes imitates life

When master jewellers and watchmakers interpret nature, the chances are they will do so in precious jewels, exquisite enamelling and, quite possibly, high camp.

If every piece tells a story, Cartier's whimsically-named Tutti Frutti Parrot Watch is saying that it is indeed fun to be rich.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Precious moments

1. Bedat & Co.


The brand revives art deco elegance in this highlight of its new Extravaganza collection. The geometric, diamond-studded case is complemented by a dial composed of 12 mother-of-pearl segments.


Serpenti Haute Joaillerie

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Tourbillon watches for women

Piaget - High Jewellery Piaget Polo Tourbillon

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Need for speed

Formula One is a bit like Marmite or the musical output of Phil Collins. You either like it, a lot, or you simply detest it. This author, though he lacks the ability to drive, legally speaking, is unashamedly an F1 fanboy and often watches races while listening to Collins' seminal 1980s album No Jacket Required and munching down toast spread with the divisive yeast extract.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mastering the hands of time

In the 1970s, quartz clocks revolutionised the watchmaking industry. People predicted the death of mechanical watches, and watchmakers feared they would go out of business. But the exact opposite happened. Not only are mechanical watches still on the market, they have gained in value and skilled watchmakers are in demand across the world.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Heavenly horology

'It's like a finger pointing at the moon ... Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all the heavenly glory,' is probably Bruce Lee's best line from the classic Enter the Dragon, and the most imaginative rendering of the idiom about seeing the wood for the trees.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Alive and ticking after 200 years

Chaumet exhibition launch dinner

Where: Mandarin Oriental

When: April 28

What: High jewellery house Chaumet held a dinner to celebrate the launch of its 'Creating Watches for 200 Years' exhibition, recalling its highlights in watchmaking history. Guests flocked to take photos with French actress Sophie Marceau.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Glamorous Versace

Colour was the tour de force at Versace this year with four new references to last year's best-selling Destiny collection. The new Destiny Precious references come in blue, pink, green and yellow.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Show stoppers

Perusing the National Geographic Society's website the other day, I discovered that there are more than half a billion bicycles in China; the endangered Galapagos tortoise can live to as old as 150; and, at 440,000 square metres, Beijing's Tiananmen Square is the world's largest public square.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am