ELAINE LIM-CHAN

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Feature -

What is your holy grail watch? The Vianney Halter An­ti­qua.

Why do you like this watch more than any oth­ers? To me, the An­ti­qua is not just a time piece but a master­piece of horo­log­i­cal art. Vis­ually, the im­pact of the watch is stun­ning, and it has such amaz­ing at­ten­tion to de­tails. It is beau­ti­ful, ro­man­tic yet ad­ven­tur­ous. It is not huge on the wrist (which is a good thing)—it is un­der­stated, sub­tle yet it speaks vol­umes. It is a per­pet­ual calendar that ac­cu­rately records the days, dates, months and leap years and only re­quires an ad­just­ment once every cen­tury. Every part of the watch is hand­made, and I hear it takes more than 900 man hours to pro­duce one An­ti­qua—just the case it­self is com­posed of more than 100 parts. The An­ti­qua is al­most per­fect, at least to me.

Does the rar­ity and ex­clu­siv­ity of the watch add to its al­lure? Of course.

What makes a watch grail-wor­thy? To me, the watch must, first and fore­most, con­nect with me. It must call out to me to qual­ify as a grail. It should be rare. At­tain­ing the grail should be the key highlight or mile­stone of any col­lec­tor’s jour­ney.

How did it feel to fi­nally get your hands on the An­ti­qua? It ful­fils all the ex­pec­ta­tions and fan­tasy, and more. It took my hubby (Weng) and I many years to get our hands on it.

Do you think that you will ever have a sec­ond holy grail watch? Never say never… but it will take a lot (for the next grail) to be at the same level as the Vianney Halter An­ti­qua.

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