This Month’s Top 5 Coveted Timepieces to add to your Watch Collection!

CONTENT: Yiew Kai Jie

Still thinking which bespoke timepiece to get to elevate your style or to add to the growing watch collection at home?

Fret not, as we have a few suggestions for our readers that will ensure the timepiece on their wrist will be the object of envy of others for any occasion! From the exclusive Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition to the adventurous NORQAIN Adventure Sport Chrono Limited Editions, each watch promises a story of precision, innovation and timeless style.

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Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition

A testament to the enduring partnership between Chopard and Sincere Fine Watches, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition was crafted with meticulous attention to detail that caters to the refined tastes of watch connoisseurs.

Adorned with a refined 18-carat gold royal blue hand-guilloché dial and officer-type back cover, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition embodies elegance and fine craftsmanship. Housing the ultra-thin L.U.C 96.01-L movement that was first unveiled back in 1997, this watch features Chopard Twin technology that delivers a substantial 65-hour power reserve and a 22-carat gold micro-rotor which ensures chronometer-certified precision that reflects Chopard’s sophistication and care when it comes to crafting their timepieces.

Reflecting the spirit of L.U.C XPS timepieces, this model combines secrecy and mystery in a single timepiece. The honeycomb motif on the back cover matches that of the dial, creating a captivating interplay of light and shadow. Additionally, hand-engraved bees and a hive inside the back cover pay homage to Chopard’s heritage and unveils the intricately crafted movement hidden within with a satisfying click upon closing.

Limited to just 12 timepieces, the watch boasts a 40mm-diameter case crafted in ethical 18-carat yellow gold, framing a Royal Blue dial. It is chronometer-certified and bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark that sets stringent standards for craftsmanship and precision, upheld by Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s commitment to excellence. With its exquisite design and impeccable craftsmanship, this watch is a true masterpiece of horological excellence.

The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition will be exclusively available at the SHH Boutique, #B2M-202 of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, limited to just 12 timepieces with a retail price of SGD$57,100.

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NORQIAN Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 41/44mm Limited Edition

NORQAIN’s Sport Chrono timepieces comprising of the Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 41mm Limited Edition and the Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 44mm Limited Edition embodies NORQAIN’s dedication to quality, style, and functionality, boasting robust designs that speak to the brand’s ethos.

Limited to just 100 pieces, the NORQAIN Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 41mm Limited Edition, exudes exclusivity. Powered by the NORQAIN Calibre N17 (Sellita SW500 a), a mechanical automatic chronograph movement, it offers a remarkable 62-hour power reserve and 100m water resistance. The green dial, inspired by the Swiss mountains, is adorned with a red gold NORQAIN logo and diamond-cut faceted hands. Encased in 316L stainless steel with an 18 ct 5N red gold knurled bezel, the watch features double anti-reflective, scratch-proof sapphire glass.

The NORQAIN Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 41MM Limited Edition offers options for a black rubber strap priced at SGD $7,850 or a steel bracelet at SGD$8,150.

Meanwhile, the NORQAIN Adventure Sport Chrono 44mm Limited Edition, limited to 300 pieces, offers a captivating fusion of style and functionality. Driven by the NORQAIN Calibre N19 (SW510 a), a mechanical automatic chronograph movement, it shares the same impressive 62-hour power reserve and 100m water resistance. The cerulean blue dial, featuring the Swiss-inspired NORQAIN pattern, is complemented by a black printed NORQAIN logo and diamond-cut faceted hands. Cerulean blue, renowned for its bright and clear sky-like hue, evokes feelings of calmness and sophistication, associating the timepiece with precision and elegance. The 316L stainless steel case boasts a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating and an open case back with scratch-proof flat sapphire glass, proudly displaying the “LIMITED EDITION ONE of 300” mention.

With their distinctive color and impeccable craftsmanship, the watches appeals to individuals who appreciate unique and stylish designs who live adventurous lifestyles that often involves trekking or deep diving.

The NORQAIN Adventure Sport Chrono Day/Date 44MM Limited Edition watch offers choices of a black rubber strap priced at SGD $6,750 or a steel DLC bracelet at SGD$7,450

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Louis Moinet Astronef Techno

Pushing the boundaries of horological innovation, Louis Moinet has released the new Astronef Techno, a masterpiece that marries bleeding-edge mechanics with luxurious materials.This timepiece features a silicon wafer etched with microelectronic circuits, paired with a remarkable double satellite tourbillon, resulting in a mesmerizing visual spectacle that pays homage to the brand’s pioneering spirit.

The Astronef Techno embodies Louis Moinet’s ethos of pushing the limits of watchmaking, much like its namesake did in 1816 with the invention of the world’s first chronograph. Its two satellite tourbillons perform a graceful ballet on the dial, rotating at different intervals but aligning perfectly every three minutes and twenty seconds, showcasing the watch’s exceptional precision and synchronization.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the Astronef Techno boasts a striking design and impeccable engineering. Its movement, revealed through the open case back, features two barrel springs delivering a 48-hour power reserve, driven by the LM 105 calibre with sixteen ceramic ball bearings.

Innovations abound in the Astronef Techno, including a reinvented crown integrated into the case back for time-setting and winding, eliminating the need for pulling. The watch’s case, composed of sapphire, flange, and top resting on a grade-5 titanium frame, showcases imaginative engineering with openworked lugs, imparting a resolutely avant-garde aesthetic.

The fusion of the silicon wafer with the tourbillons above it creates a dynamic artistic experience, constantly in motion and captivating to behold. The Astronef Techno epitomizes the harmonious blend of technology and artistry that marks a new era in horology with its innovative design and captivating visual allure.

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Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium

Arnold & Son ventures into new realms of horology with the Longitude Titanium, a sports-chic COSC-certified chronometer. Encased in a 42.5mm titanium case, this timepiece pays homage to John Arnold’s marine chronometers, blending naval heritage with contemporary design and robust materials.

The aesthetic of the Longitude Titanium is inspired by the sleek lines of sailing boats, reflected in its curved titanium case and basin-shaped case back. The bezel is graduated with 60 notches, reminiscent of the fluted ring of Arnold’s marine chronometers. The integrated titanium bracelet and rounded links ensure both comfort and style, while the interchangeable rubber strap adds versatility.

The heart of the Longitude Titanium is the A&S6302 calibre, COSC-certified and wound by a gold oscillating weight shaped like the prow of an 18th-century frigate. This calibre features a large barrel and an oscillation frequency of 4 Hz, providing a 60-hour power reserve. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the movement boasts chamfered bridges and Arnold & Son’s signature ‘Rayons de la Gloire’ motif.

The dial of the Longitude Titanium features satin-finished, polished, and luminescent hour-markers, aligned with the vertical axis for a graphic and historical appeal.

Cornwall, John Arnold’s birthplace, inspired the colours of the Longitude dials. The first edition, limited to 88 timepieces, is adorned with a sandy golden shade called ‘Kingsand’ in reference to the eponymous beach, which is one of the county’s hidden jewels. The second version sports an ocean blue, while the third and final series is a fern green.

The Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium King Sand is limited to 88 timepieces and is priced at SGD $34,700. While the Arnold & Son Longitude Titanium Ocean Blue and Fern Green is priced at SGD $33,000.

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Czapek & Cie. Antarctique Mount Erebus

Responding to fervent demand from enthusiasts and collectors, Czapek & Cie introduces its highly sought-after Antarctique Mount Erebus timepiece in a luxurious gold case for the first time. Paying homage to the original Antarctique Terre Adélie limited edition timepiece that was launched 4 years ago, Czapek has also resurrected the iconic lamé dial to adorn this prestigious new model.

Rooted in the vision of haute horlogerie and inspired by François Czapek’s 19th-century watchmaking legacy, Czapek & Cie stands on the pillars of beauty and sharing. With an unwavering commitment to its followers and an acute awareness of evolving trends in art, fashion, and society, the Geneva-based Maison remains ever-open to innovation and refinement.

Drawing inspiration not only from the origins of the Antarctique collection but also from the geography of Antarctica, the brand delves into the historic significance of Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on Earth.

Named after the expedition ship HMS Erebus, which discovered Ross Island in 1841, Mount Erebus is renowned for its unique geological features, including the presence of gold in its lava. This geographical marvel serves as the inspiration for the lamé dial, crafted in collaboration with Metalem, Czapek’s manufacturing partner for their ornate timepieces. Utilizing a specialized comb technique, the dial achieves a distinctive textured satin finish, complementing the rose gold ‘Mount Erebus’ case.

Maintaining the signature design elements that define the Antarctique steel case, the gold case boasts flowing curves, finely honed angles, and a harmonious balance of brushed and polished surfaces. Available in 5N rose gold or 2N yellow gold, the case is elegantly paired with matching gold bracelets or vibrant rubber straps.

The Antarctique Mount Erebus Deep Blue in 5N rose gold will be produced in a limited run of 100 pieces and available for pre-order at Czapek’s authorised dealers worldwide, its flagship store in Geneva and at Czapek.com. The 2N yellow gold version, limited to 50 pieces only, will be offered online at Czapek.com. Deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2024.