The art of transforming the glittering towers and glassy spires of a buzzing metropolis into a recognisable watch design is no mean feat. Extravagant and irreverent, the Excalibur Blacklight is an ode to vibrant cites like Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing at the height of their nightly splendour.
The secondary watch market has been one of the year's biggest stories. From takeovers to dedicated sales spaces, from market studies to consumer analyses and brand-hosted events, pre-owned is hot news. And for a simple reason: at 8% growth per year, second-hand is the luxury industry's best-performing segment.
Boat-racing watches have the unique feature of being fitted with a stopwatch which usually show the last 10 minutes prior to the start of a sailing competition. This information can be seen through a system of apertures, which gradually change colour, or hands on tiny counters.
Boat races are made up of several rounds split into four defining "stages". The starting signal, announcing the time when the competitors can cross the line, is preceded with a preparatory stage lasting between 3 and 10 minutes, the last minute is obviously the most important, indeed it is during this time that the winner may even be determined.
Saskia maaike Bouvier has the honor of being the first woman candidate in the prestigious enclave of watchmakers which is the Horological Academy of Independent Creators.
As the National Museum of Singapore hosts "Treasures of Vacheron Constantin – A legacy of watchmaking since 1755", chief executive officer Juan-Carlos Torres talks about the wider implications of such an event.