MOM keeps eye on companies at risk of salary defaults

EMPLOYERS who are seen to be at higher risk of defaulting on salaries will have to tell the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) whether they have been paying salaries on time.

Control Freak

A Grand Display

UNLESS YOU’RE A watch fan who’s been living under a rock, you’d know that Patek Philippe’s mega exhibition is currently underway in Singapore. But if you feel that the scale of this mega show is pretty-mind boggling for a campaign to sell more of its watches, Patek’s president Thierry Stern...

Meeting infrastructure needs is a partnership venture: Indranee

ASIA'S demand for highways, ports, railways, bridges, power plants, telecommunication services and water supply is huge, but governments, multilateral agencies and the private sector must work together to get these infrastructure projects off the ground, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office...

AT THE HELM

Keeping Cortina ticking

CORTINA Holdings has never lost money - not even in the dark days of the SARS outbreak and the Great Recession. ''From the day we were listed, we've not been in the red - and we hope to maintain that trend,'' says the homegrown watch retail chain's chief operating officer Jeremy Lim.

It's Show Time

YOU DON'T HAVE to own a Patek Philippe watch to get a free pass to the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition at the end of this month.

Independents' Day

AND THE OSCAR - or rather the best men's watch of the year award - goes not to a big brand, but an independent, showing an emphasis on smaller players as was the case last year.

S$20m more for green building fund

THE government is shelling out an additional S$20 million to encourage more eco-friendly building innovations.

Show time

IT’S THE RUN-UP to the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), and as the judging panel gears up to pick the winners in 14 categories from the 150 watch models eligible for the contest, another Singaporean is joining their ranks. 

A German icon turns 25

WITH an unconventional dial layout, a three-day lavishly finished movement and the first outsized date in a regularly produced wrist-watch, the Lange 1 remains fresh in its design and still stirs as much excitement as when it was unveiled a quarter of a century ago.

El Primero story to be told at mock-up factory at Ngee Ann City

PART of Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza will be transformed into a watch factory for five days from Aug 28 to Sept 1. Zenith's factory in Le Locle, Switzerland, to be precise. The mock-up factory is set up to tell the story of a watch movement.

Finally, MB&F's first timepiece for ladies

SPEAK of the "seven-year itch", and "unfaithfulness" and "breakaway" come to mind. Creative energy coming in seven-year cycles? For independent luxury watch brand MB&F and its founder, Maximilian Busser, this suggests "departure" and "trying something new". Not far different from the "seven-...

The world's most famous chronograph movement is 50

IF not for Charles Vermot, the El Primero may not be celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

Very rare timepieces

H MOSER & Cie prides itself as a "very rare" Swiss watch company making "very rare" timepieces. According to its website, this means the independent, family-run business is entrepreneurial and believes in challenging the norm.

Showing time

TWO timepieces and a watch movement which helped shape and define modern watchmaking celebrate key anniversaries this year.

Moon watch: 50 years after Apollo 11

JUST four months after Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 21, 1969, Omega rolled out its first numbered edition Speedmaster in 18-carat yellow gold with a rare burgundy bezel to celebrate the mission's success in putting the first man on the moon. Only 1,014 pieces of the Speedmaster BA 145....

More notables of 2019

A perpetual calendar model which gives a bigger play to the moon indication, set against a dark blue aventurine dial and subdials that recall a star-lit sky, Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Perpetual Calendar fits the description of "an astronomical watch par excellence".

Five new timepieces join the presidents' watch line

ROLEX'S Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is also known as the "presidents' watch". It's not just because of the evocative name of its bracelet - known as the President bracelet - but also because it's been worn by so many famous people - political leaders, corporate bosses and entertainment ...

Grand Debut

Evolution of Omega's Moon Watch

THE first watch to be worn on the moon was an Omega Speedmaster, but it wasn't on the wrist of the first man to land on the moon.

Rolex salutes sailing ties with Yacht-Master 42

ROLEX'S ties with the world of sailing goes way back to the 1950s, but it took the brand nearly half a century later to launch a watch dedicated to it.

Singapore one of 4 markets to post double-digit growth in Swiss watch imports in H1

IN THE first half of this year, when Swiss watch exports grew by only 1.4 per cent globally, the Singapore market clocked a strong 12.6 per cent growth to 599.5 million Swiss francs (S$845.3 million), making this Little Red Dot the sixth biggest market for Swiss watches.

Panerai launches new line of diving watches

THIS year Officine Panerai has taken the Submersible line out of its Luminor collection and made the diving watches a collection in their own right - a move that's generally welcomed. The move came with the launch of a larger-than-usual number of Submersible models, which are identified by a...

Black is back!

AFTER taking a long break, black is back in the limelight in the world of watches. Its return as the in-colour for timepieces rolled out in 2019 cuts across all categories - price and brand.

Cartier's ever-evolving timepieces

CARTIER'S new timepieces for 2019 reflect constant reinvention, especially through the French luxury time and jewellery house's Panthere de Cartier, Santos de Cartier and Balgnoire collections. There are also new interpretations of the figurative panther, viewed through artistic crafts and...