Editor's Note

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Editor's Note -

The buzz­word th­ese cou­ple of years is "dis­rup­tive". To suc­ceed in this new-age econ­omy, one has to eschew tra­di­tions and be a dis­rup­tor. But the word has been over-used and to a cer­tain ex­tent, bas­tardised.

Be­cause there is no need to go against traf­fic to suc­ceed. If any­thing, tak­ing an al­ter­na­tive route is all it takes. Which means that in the world of watch­mak­ing, there is no need to cre­ate watches with fu­tur­is­tic com­pli­ca­tions. Ditto jew­ellery craft­ing—beau­ti­ful de­signs with bril­liant gem­stones still strike a chord with the au­di­ence; ex­per­i­ment­ing with un­con­ven­tional stones or tech­niques is su­per­flu­ous.

Here at Jew­els & Time, we're all for clas­si­cism. We don't mean stick­ing to the same old. In­no­va­tion is im­por­tant but only if it means a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment to per­for­mance or aes­thet­ics. Take the cover watch brand, Patek Philippe, for in­stance. It has been in the watch trade since 1839 but its watches have looked largely sim­i­lar over the years. What Patek has done is make mi­nor en­hance­ments to its de­sign, move­ment and pro­duc­tion tech­niques so that its cre­ations re­main rel­e­vant and ap­peal­ing to mod­ern con­sumers.

The same can be said about the plethora of brands cov­ered in this issue. They may have changed their mar­ket­ing tack. But their core strength of craft­ing su­perla­tive prod­ucts re­mains. Our lo­cal jew­ellers have also taken a leaf out of the books of their in­ter­na­tional coun­ter­parts. They stay true to their crafts and prin­ci­ples, fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing ser­vice stan­dards and push­ing their own crafts­man­ship and cre­ativ­ity bound­aries.

To mark our fifth an­niver­sary, this issue takes on a re­freshed look. We have kept our core of de­liv­er­ing in­sight­ful re­ports of the watch and jew­ellery in­dus­tries and beau­ti­ful, cu­rated vi­su­als of nov­el­ties and trends. We have, how­ever, kept the sto­ries snappy while pre­sent­ing them with a more vis­ual ap­proach. There will also be a stronger syn­ergy be­tween our print sto­ries and the ones on sg.asi­atatler.com. Hope you like the new look. En­joy!

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