Rolex Submariner Exhibition in Singapore, August 11 to 20

The story of the dive watch explained.
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Shaped like the links of the Oyster bracelet, the panels in the Rolex Submariner exhibition explain arguably the world’s most famous dive watch. They trace its history from 1953, and explain the technology behind the modern day iteration of the Submariner. The display also includes a small selection of watches from the new range presented at Baselworld 2017.

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A follow-up to last year’s Cosmograph Daytona exhibition in the city state, the Submariner exhibition is open daily to the public from August 11 to 20, 2017. It takes place on the ground floor of ION Orchard, located at:

2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801


 

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Introducing the Nomos Orion 38 “De Stijl”, Inspired by Mondrian and Neoplasticism

A subtly artistic limited edition.
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De Stijl, or “The Style”, is the Dutch art movement most widely known through the works of Piet Mondrian. Abstract, minimalist and made up of primary colours, De Stijl serves as the inspiration for the latest limited edition from Nomos, produced at the request of, appropriately enough, Dutch retailer Ace Jewelers.

Conceived to mark the 100th anniversary of the De Stijl, which is also known as neoplasticism, the Orion 38 De Stijl 1907–2017 is restrained in its commemoration. The silvered dial features black baton hour markers of different lengths and widths – every hour marker is different – giving the watch an intriguing look while adding tension to the aesthetic.

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The style of the hour markers is a reference to the horizontal and vertical lines found in many De Stijl works. The most obvious inspiration for the dial is found in the works of Mondrian, where the colours are separated by black lines of varying thickness.

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The red, yellow and blue that characterise many of Mondrian’s paintings are hinted at on the back of the watch, where the open back reveals the hand-wound Alpha movement. Made in-house by Nomos, the Alpha has a 43-hour power reserve as well as a typically German three-quarter plate. Though loosely based on a Peseux 7001, the Alpha is heavily modified with its origins unrecognisable.

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The steel case is 38mm in diameter, with the angled, elongated lugs that characterise the Orion. It’s a slim 8.86mm high, with a slightly domed sapphire crystal on the front.

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Price and availability

Limited to 100 pieces, the Nomos Orion 38 De Stijl 1907-2017 (ref. 384.S4) is priced at €1620 before taxes, equivalent to about US$1900. That’s the same as the retail on the stock version of the Orion. It’s available directly from Ace Jewelers, which is located in Amsterdam but ships worldwide.


 

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Louis Moinet Introduces the Singapore Edition

A pair of limited editions dedicated to the city state.
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Unveiled just in time for Singapore’s 52nd National Day on August 9, the Louis Moinet Singapore Edition depicts the city’s skyline in monochrome detail. Executed as an appliqué in solid gold, the skyline includes the key buildings and structures that render it distinctive, including the hotel towers and lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum, both part of the Marina Bay Sands casino complex, the Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel and the Gardens by the Bay park.

The gold appliqué – in either white or rose gold to match the case – is set against a black hobnail guilloche dial that is also decorated with a crescent and five stars, elements taken from the Singapore flag. An aperture on the left of the dial reveals the balance wheel and gear train, along with the small seconds that is mounted on a tinted sapphire disc.

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Based on the Louis Metropolis, the Singapore Edition shares the same case and movement. Available in rose gold or stainless steel, the case is 43.2mm in diameter and 14.8mm high, with the LM31 automatic movement inside. Built by movement specialist Concepto, which supplies all of Louis Moinet’s movements, the LM45 is a large, 13 1/4”’ movement with a 48-hour power reserve, and visible through the display back.

Notably the Singapore Edition is the result of a three-way collaboration between Louis Moinet, the Singapore Watch Club, and Polish luxury goods purveyor Wealth Solutions. The latter firm is best known for supplying high-end vintage spirits and was responsible for the Speake-Marin wristwatch containing a capsule of 200-year old rum.

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Price and availability 

The Singapore Edition is limited to 19 pieces in rose gold and 65 in steel – formerly a British colony, Singapore became independent in 1965 – priced at S$32,000 in steel and S$71,000 in rose gold. It is available from the Singapore Watch Club.


Correction August 11, 2017: The Singapore Edition is based on the Metropolis, and not the Mecanograph as previously stated.

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