Patek - The keen, illustrious innovator

WHEN reissue of old classics has become the thing to do for many luxury watch brands, Patek Philippe is still bringing out really new timepieces along with updates of its most popular models.

Montblanc's 1858 line goes green

MONTBLANC'S 1858 collection, launched in 2015, is a nod to the heritage of Minerva, a watch company founded by watchmaker Charles-Yvan Robert in 1858 and acquired by Montblanc in 2006.

F P Journe launches new sports line

IT'S not surprising that F P Journe has quickly followed up with a platinum and red gold model for the Centigraphe and Automatique Reserve, which first appeared in titanium last year.

Tissot is the name of affordable luxury

HERITAGE comes at a price in the watch world. The longer a watch brand has been around, the richer its heritage and history - and the higher the prices of its timepieces.

Showcasing Hublot-Ferrari partnership

THE World Cup was the highlight for Hublot in 2018 when its collaboration with the football governing body, the Federation Internationale de Football Assocation, better known as FIFA, produced the sell-out Big Bang Referee Smartwatch Model.

Tudor continues to expand its Black Bay line

THOSE acquainted with Tudor's diving watches of the 1950s and 1960s will be familiar with the models in its popular Black Bay line, which was rolled out in 2012. The latter bears many features of the early diving watches which have provided the inspiration for the Black Bay collection.

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.

Government to weigh economic conditions before each hike in CPF rates: Chan Chun Sing

THE government will be very mindful of economic conditions and cost pressures before it makes the next move to increase the Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions as well as to raise the retirement and re-employment ages, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Tuesday.

COMMENTARY

Re-employment helps workers ease into retirement, not meant to build up nest egg

THE first thing that hits me after reading the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers' proposals is this: I'm left out of it.

Up to 2 points total CPF hike for older workers in Jan 2021

CENTRAL Provident Fund (CPF) contribution hikes for older workers will kick off on Jan 1, 2021, with employers and employees each increasing their contribution by either 0.5, or 1 percentage point, depending on the age bands.

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Changes hurt but early notice helps: business response

WHILE business costs will go up with the move to raise the statutory retirement and re-employment age as well as to increase Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions for older workers, many companies in Singapore are thankful for the early notice and gradual implementation of the changes.

July NODX slide improves but no rebound in sight

EXPORT recovery is nowhere in sight for trade-dependent Singapore even as the country's latest key non-oil domestic exports (NODX) performed better than expected.

Singapore July non-oil exports fall less sharply than previous 2 months at 11.2%

SINGAPORE'S non-oil domestic exports (NODX) continued to fall in July, but less sharply. After dropping 16.3 per cent year on year in May and 17.4 per cent in June, the NODX slipped 11.2 per cent last month - against a 15.4 per cent median estimate by private sector economists.