Every year XXIV takes time out with 24 thought leaders and celebrities from the worlds of art, culture, fashion, finance and more

  • Some timepieces are a cut above the rest when painstakingly adorned with precious gems – like Graff’s Classic Butterfly and Parmigiani’s Tonda Automatic White Gold with 979 diamonds on the dial
  • Piaget’s Limelight Gala Precious is set with diamonds in a green gradient, while Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Dazzling Shooting Star pays tribute to the night sky

Watchmakers and jewel artisans have created sensational pieces for women in the past … take a peek at how irresistibly creative some of them were

Watchmaking is a craft steeped in tradition, but as in the art world, designers aren’t beyond turning to contemporary allusions … here’s everything you need to know


From a stint at Richard Mille when the brand was starting out, to his work at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and WatchProfessor quizzes on Instagram – Chan wants you to see timepieces as art

Aaron Lau, founder and CEO of Gusto Collective, believes that businesses need ‘a reason to exist’ … here’s what you need to know about this Hong Kong marketing guru

Before finding her power through the community of women she built, Sarah Vee says she wouldn’t even have had breakfast with herself: here’s how she changed the narrative

His career has taken him across the continents to interview winemakers, visit wineries and, of course, taste wine, sometimes up to 50 a day – but how did he get started?

Who says ladies’ watches have to be teeny and cutesy? As women seek bolder and more assertive looks, luxury watchmakers are making belated steps towards gender-neutral fashions

She’s the founder of green and social empowerment initiatives 8Shades, Empact28 and EcoDrive in her own right, but the Hong Kong heiress says she still gets compared to her tycoon father Peter Lam

Taking stock: Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath is one of India’s youngest billionaires – and he’s already pledged to give away a quarter of his fortune

In a Cantopop-dominated music scene, the punk rock quartet has played for almost 20 years – thanks in part to bassist Ng being the ‘glue’ holding the group together


These pieces go to great lengths to pack minute detail into complications so you can see what makes them tick, from Hublot’s 42mm Big Bang and the taiko-inspired Grand Seiko Kodo

First it was Bulgari’s 1.88mm Octo Finissimo Ultra, then Richard Mille’s 1.75mm RM UP-01 Ferrari – but what exactly are watchmakers sacrificing in pursuit of the ultra-skinny watch?

Air, land or sea? Rugged timepieces made to withstand the elements defined the early efforts of many luxury watchmakers – and they won’t let us forget that heritage today

From the Breitling Chronomat GMT 40 and Patek Philippe’s latest Nautilus edition, to pieces by Audemars Piguet, Tudor and A. Lange & Söhne, these watches could become your next family heirloom

For serious watch connoisseurs, nothing impresses more than the detail or flair of métier d’Art techniques – from the 60s Smiley to Tuscan landscapes, these are some of the most artsy pieces of the past year

She cultivated an eye for fashion as a buyer for Givenchy, Celine and Lane Crawford, then launched her own business, Lab of Fairy Tales, which in 2021 moved to new premises on Hollywood Road

Former Royal Air Force pilot Nathan Jones talks Invictus Games success, his social enterprise promoting mental fitness and why Bremont Arrow is his favourite watch

Ando’s chef on planning ‘to the second’ at his Hong Kong restaurant, craftsmanship, the importance of time off … and his Audemars Piguet Code 11.59

In 2021, she took her business up a notch with her first eau de parfum and, now based in Hong Kong, the fragrance entrepreneur juggles work and family with her trusty Cartier Santos on her wrist

She’s an entrepreneur behind two wellness brands, an NGO founder and the MD of a wealth management company while being a mother of three – so how does Belinda Koo do it all?

Coral Chung’s Italian luxury brand pioneered the convertible Maestra Bag beloved by celebrities, but she also knows the importance of taking a digital detox

The co-founder of Hong Kong-based design studio Deft, Lampard has worked on big development projects across Asia – but still makes plenty of time for his family

Her EternityX platform works with the likes of LVMH, L’Oreal, Peninsula Hotels and P&G, and in three years has opened offices across China, and in Australia and Singapore

The museum houses memorabilia from classic films such as The Wizard of Oz and Jaws, with more than 13 million items dating back to the 1920s – curator and programmer Jacqueline Stewart gave us a tour