Beautiful Harmony

IT'S GOLD, AND LOOKS like a cross between a circle and a rectangle, hence its name Ellipse d'Or or Golden Ellipse. It's not as well known among Patek Philippe timepieces, but the Golden Ellipse is actually the brand's oldest line after the iconic Calatrava, which was rolled out...

Full-year NODX growth forecast untouched by low Q1 showing

THOUGH non-oil domestic export growth was much lower in the first three months of 2018, government planners have stuck to their earlier full-year forecast for NODX.

Singapore non-oil exports up 1.1% in Q1; full-year forecast maintained at 1-3% growth

NON-oil domestic exports (NODX) grew 1.1 per cent year-on-year in the first three months of the year and government planners are maintaining their earlier forecast that the NODX will rise 1-3 per cent for the full year.

Singapore keeps 3rd spot in global ranking of competitiveness

SINGAPORE has stayed in third place in an annual world competitiveness ranking of 63 economies topped this year by the United States, which made its first return to pole position since 2015.

A*Star: Efforts to spur local firms to innovate are working

BUSINESSES are responding well to Singapore's Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan, under which local enterprises, in particular, have been tying up with A*Star for more research and development (R&D) projects. ...

Rare is a start-up like A*Star spinoff AMF

THERE are not many start-ups like it. ...

Women honoured for ideas with a cause

NEIDE Sellin designs and sells robotic guide dogs for the blind in Brazil, a country with millions of visually impaired people but barely 100 guide dogs. It takes two years to train a guide dog and the cost of breeding and training one runs into tens of thousands of dollars - not to mention the...

Business community welcomes steady hands at finance, trade, manpower ministries

STEADY hands at the helm - that's how business observers described the major Cabinet changes announced on Tuesday...

New political appointments for four backbenchers

FOUR backbenchers from the private sector will take on office-holder positions in what is described as a "more extensive than usual" Cabinet shuffle, which sees many of the ruling party's recently elected candidates given new or expanded roles...

Reborn and rebooted

BREAKING up is hard to do, as Neil Sedaka's 1975 hit song says. The move to cleave the US$110 billion-a-year Hewlett Packard in half in November 2015 couldn't have come lightly. ...

Uphill task to boost workplace diversity, inclusion

MORE needs to be done to get businesses to embrace inclusion and diversity in the workplace, but experts see it as an uphill task.

Still more work to be done to push for inclusion and diversity in workplaces: study

MORE needs to be done to get businesses to embrace inclusion and diversity in the workplace, but experts see it as an uphill task.

Singapore welcomes US move to rejoin TPP, but economists ask if it's for real

WHILE Singapore welcomes the US rejoining the Trans Pacific free trade pact, private-sector economists here are sceptical about President Donald Trump's sharp reversal of his country's pull-out of the agreement, made days after he assumed the presidency...

Good timing

IF NOT FOR THE CLEAR reminders that you're at Baselworld 2018, you might think that many of the big brands at this pivotal watch fair were holding exhibitions of their museum timepieces. ...

Going the vintage way

Vacheron Constantin is stepping up its presence in the world of vintage watches.

Watches of the future

Patek Philippe’s Advanced Research incorporates all things avant-garde into its luxury timepieces.

Enterprise Singapore: One-stop help hub

ENTERPRISE Singapore will be a one-stop help centre for companies of all sizes and at different stages of growth.

Wrist watch

ON the set of the World World II movie Fury, Logan Lerman, the youngest member of the cast, was given a watch to track various activities during the film's rehearsals. Brad Pitt, the star of the 2014 movie, said one day Lerman returned and told him the watch had stopped. "I said: '...

More luxe brands going for big time in resale

YET another big name in Swiss watches has jumped into the fast-growing resale market for timepieces.

Singapore Budget 2018: Employment Act to cover all workers by April 1, 2019

THE government is moving to drop the salary cap in the Employment Act so that it covers all workers - including professionals, managers and executives.

Singapore Budget 2018: SMEs laud new scheme to put global skills in local hands

SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) have given the thumbs-up to the government's funding support to speed up the transfer of global expertise to local workers, describing the vehicle for the support - the Capability Transfer Programme (CTP) - as "useful"...

Government will co-fund transfer of foreign expertise; Employment Act widened

THE good news for employers is they will soon get funding support from government to speed up the transfer of foreign expertise to local workers - and they can keep foreign workers on their payroll longer.

Sneak Peek

BaselWorld 2018, which opens its doors in a month's time in Switzerland's third biggest city, will be much smaller - reports say it will be half the size it was last year - as many of the exhibitors at the watch fair have jumped ship to its rival Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie...

Game Master

The bosses of the Olympic Games must have valued Omega a lot as a timekeeper to keep it on the job for so long - 86 years, with at least another 14 to go to make it 100 years.

Cortina closes almost all its watch outlets in Wisma Atria

CORTINA Holdings has shut virtually all its watch boutiques in Wisma Atria in Orchard Road, after what is believed to be the local watch retailer's failure to renew their leases at lower rentals...