EDITOR’S NOTE

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Contents - NI­CO­LETTE WONG, PROJECT EDITOR

How does one de­fine good de­sign in the watch and jew­ellery world? Are pleas­ing aes­thet­ics and tech­ni­cal func­tion­al­ity suf­fi­cient conditions? And must a watch or piece of jew­ellery be pop­u­lar and sought-af­ter be­fore it is ac­knowl­edged as a great de­sign?

The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules when defin­ing good de­sign. When brands cre­ate a new watch or a piece of jew­ellery, they can only cleave to cer­tain prin­ci­ples in the hope that their hand­i­work will be well-re­ceived—but they can never be ab­so­lutely sure. Even the icons of to­day such as the Cartier Love bracelet and the Patek Philippe Nau­tilus were not as­sured of in­stant suc­cess. The Cartier Love, con­cep­tu­alised by ac­claimed jew­ellery de­signer Aldo Cip­ullo in 1969, did not re­ally catch on un­til eight years later, when El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton bought a pair to mark their sec­ond mar­riage in 1975. The Patek Philippe Nau­tilus, when first launched in 1976, was billed as a steel sports watch that cost more than those made of gold—a seem­ingly ridicu­lous propo­si­tion, at first. It was a gam­ble to el­e­vate the watch to lux­ury icon sta­tus, pri­ori­tis­ing its de­sign, crafts­man­ship and value as a sta­tus sym­bol at a time when watches were mostly seen as func­tional tools. But it worked. The Nau­tilus is now one of the most renowned icons of the watch in­dus­try.

Of course, while Sin­ga­pore Tatler Jewels & Time largely fo­cuses on in­ter­na­tional brands, it does not mean that good de­sign can­not be found lo­cally. We pay tribute to the de­signer tal­ents at home in our an­nual Tatler 10 Sin­ga­pore’s Best Jewellers awards. Find out more about them on p.64.

This year’s edi­tion of Jewels & Time also takes a look at some of the big is­sues sur­round­ing the watch and jew­ellery in­dus­try to­day, in­clud­ing the ad­vent of the mil­len­nial mo­ment (see p.40), and the is­sue of sus­tain­abil­ity and eth­i­cal sourc­ing along the jew­ellery sup­ply chain (see p.50).

Fi­nally, the in­au­gu­ral Jewels & Time week presents a se­ries of events that brings these pages to life. It kicks off with a cel­e­bra­tory cock­tail at Ion Or­chard on Au­gust 15, and will be fol­lowed by a slew of events that al­low Sin­ga­pore Tatler’s watch and jew­ellery en­thu­si­asts to get a more in­ti­mate look at some of the top lux­ury brands in the in­dus­try. Keep an eye on sin­ga­pore­tatler.com to learn more. Mean­while, en­joy the sixth edi­tion of Jewels & Time.

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