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Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Feature - Text Nicolette Wong

Colin Seah

As the founder and design di­rec­tor of Min­istry of Design, an in­te­grated spa­tial design prac­tice, Colin Seah’s design sen­si­bil­ity has shaped spa­ces all around the world, in­clud­ing the Vue Ho­tel Houhai in Bei­jing, the Ecoworld Layer Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, and the Race Ro­bot­ics Lab­o­ra­tory in Sin­ga­pore. He has been recog­nised with nu­mer­ous pres­ti­gious ac­co­lades, in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore’s high­est design lau­rel, the Pres­i­dent’s Design Award—twice. “The level of de­tail and in­tri­cacy in the movement is breath­tak­ing and is ev­ery man’s me­chan­i­cal dream come true.” “The fonts used are ser­if­based. I won­der if a sans-serif font would be sim­pler and cleaner, in keep­ing with the watch’s clean and quiet ap­peal.” “The ap­pli­ca­tion of colour (blue) to the di­als may not add to the time­less so­phis­ti­ca­tion in­her­ent to the over­all design at­ti­tude. A neu­tral tone may work more in favour of that.” “The over­ar­ch­ing gun­metal and sil­ver colour scheme uni­fies the watch and its mul­ti­ple el­e­ments.” “There is a won­der­ful sense of bal­ance and com­po­sure, which is un­der­pinned by the sym­me­try of the front el­e­va­tion.”

“I do like the watch per­son­ally, and I find the over­all at­ti­tude so­phis­ti­cated and time­less. Its design is re­solved in a way that’s con­fi­dent but quiet.”

“This is so much more than a watch. It’s like a geography les­son on your wrist. It’s one of the most in­ter­est­ing time­pieces I’ve come across and its visual ap­peal is in how com­pli­cated it looks.”

“I find that the en­graved words on the front face and side of the case clut­ter the read­ing of the other el­e­ments. I’m un­cer­tain if they are nec­es­sary.” “There is a sen­si­tiv­ity to what is re­vealed ver­sus what is con­cealed. There is a re­ally nice bal­ance of what to show off, and what to con­ceal.” “I love that all the dif­fer­ent in­di­ca­tions ap­pear to float, and both sides of the watch are packed with in­for­ma­tion that is rel­e­vant.” “The watch is very large, which is a trade-off that the brand had to make to in­clude all of the in­for­ma­tion.” “The watch con­veys so much in­for­ma­tion, but I won­der if its leg­i­bil­ity suf­fers as a re­sult. It keeps true to the brand’s DNA, but it is not easy to tell what’s go­ing on at a glance.”

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