PA­TRI­OTIC SALUTE

Jung­hans rein­ter­prets its Meis­ter Kal­en­der in a mov­ing trib­ute to all things Sin­ga­pura

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Junghans Special -

While much of the SG50 ma­nia has waned since last Au­gust, we can still ap­pre­ci­ate the oc­ca­sional re­minder of how far our is­land na­tion has come since its in­de­pen­dence 50 years ago. And we cer­tainly aren’t too jaded ei­ther to raise our glasses to a trib­ute to our coun­try, es­pe­cially one that’s as at­trac­tive as this Jung­hans Meis­ter Kal­en­dar lim­ited edi­tion.

Here, Jung­hans has deftly ren­dered the moon phase dis­play on the re­cessed date dial of its now iconic Meis­ter Kal­en­der in our na­tional colours of white and red, which sym­bol­ise “per­vad­ing and ev­er­last­ing pu­rity and virtue” and “univer­sal broth­er­hood and equal­ity of man” re­spec­tively. The white moon, whether wax­ing or wan­ing, is aptly ac­com­pa­nied by the five stars (rep­re­sent­ing democ­racy, peace, progress, jus­tice, and equal­ity) of the Sin­ga­pore flag, fur­ther sig­nalling the time­piece’s al­le­giance. Pre­viewed to­wards the tail end of last year, this ho­mage suc­cinctly em­bod­ies the found­ing val­ues of the con­sti­tu­tion of Sin­ga­pore.

De­spite its pa­tri­otic inklings, much of the watch’s orig­i­nal DNA re­mains in­tact with its dis­tinc­tive con­vex Plex­i­glass crys­tal and sun­ray-brushed dial in a hand­some shade of an­thracite grey. We’re sold at the sight of its stately aes­thet­ics evok­ing nos­tal­gia and un­der­stated so­phis­ti­ca­tion in a clas­sic dress watch that many will hold dear to their hearts. The ap­pli­ca­tion of an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly com­pound on the hour and minute hands that en­sure read­abil­ity in the dark is also a nice touch.

The day and month aper­tures are re­tained and now pro­vide a sub­tle con­trast to the grey mi­lieu. It has all the hall­marks of a classy horo­log­i­cal ev­er­green: re­fined aes­thet­ics with a tra­di­tional heart­beat cour­tesy of an ex­clu­sive Eta-man­u­fac­tured self-wind­ing J800.3 move­ment with a Dubois Dépraz moon phase mod­ule, a 40.4mm yel­low gold PVD stain­less steel case, and a black horse leather strap. It is lim­ited to 28 pieces world­wide.

Most watch col­lec­tors will tell you that the best time­pieces are those that con­nect with the wearer’s emo­tions. While one will be hard-pressed to ar­gue with the pre­ci­sion and el­e­gance of a Jung­hans time­piece, the watch’s sen­ti­men­tal value can­not be sim­ply mea­sured in mon­e­tary terms. And we love beau­ti­ful watches that tell a story and wear its heart on its sleeve. For Sin­ga­pore­ans look­ing to re­ward their off­spring, look no fur­ther. What bet­ter way to mark the pass­ing of time from one gen­er­a­tion to the next with this un­equiv­o­cally time­less en­dow­ment? MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing J800.3 cal­i­bre with Dubois Dépraz mod­ule with moon phase, day, date and month in­di­ca­tors CASE 40.4mm in rose gold PVD stain­less steel, 30m wa­ter re­sis­tance

STRAP Horse leather with PVD steel buckle PRICE $6,280

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