Icons Of The Times
L'OFFICIEL Singapore|August 2019
Icons Of The Times

These coveted timepieces have flourished over time and among the factors fuelling their popularity are peerless design and precision founded upon creative vision, innovation and timelessness.

Tan Siok Hoon

CONSTELLATION BY OMEGA

Year of birth: 1952

Design brief: The precursor of the 1952 Constellation — the first family of watches by any brand that consists only of chronometers — was Omega’s first chronometer-certified wristwatch with an automatic movement called the Centenary released in 1948. Since then, the Constellation collection has symbolised the Swiss watchmaker’s symbol of unrivalled precision and as its namesake suggests, it continues to redefine the standards of measuring time with elegance and class.

New in 2018/2019: Despite looking quite dissimilar from its early models, the correlation between the Constellation’s archival and current Constellation “Manhattan” references is evident: a timeless, elegant yet modern design for its time; and a clean round dial marked with a subtle gold star at 6 o’clock. The Constellation “Manhattan” pieces that emerged after a 1982 revamp featured four iconic claws; an integrated bracelet with hinged links among other elements. Updated in 1995 and again in 2003, 2009 and 2018, the latest Constellation “Manhattan” collection has certainly upped the stakes in design and technology. It offers a large variety of 101 new models for women featuring a refined makeover of discreet changes seen on the bevelled edges, bezel claws, crown, hands and indexes, bracelet, bracelet clasp and caseback. Available in various sizes, movements, materials and dial colours, the Constellation’s 29 mm models are powered by the Omega Master Co-Axial movement that has passed 8 strict tests required of every Master Chronometer-certified watch.

NAUTILUS BY PATEK PHILIPPE

Year of birth: 1976

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August 2019