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Hand-painted timepieces on sale for charity

7 Arbutus watches will be on display at VivoCity atrium during this National Day week

(Clockwise, from top left) Designs by Peter Draw, Tan Chong Bin, Ying, and Tiffany aka Lovage. The watches will retail at S$1,800 (before GST) each. Proceeds from five of the seven watches will go towards The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and the other two, to Nature Society (Singapore).


CRYSTAL Time will be putting up seven Arbutus "Of Passion & Imagination" limited edition timepieces on sale for charity, during the National Day week of Aug 8 to 14, 2016.

Each timepiece is hand-painted by a professional artist making it one-of-its-kind in the world.

The watches will retail at S$1,800 (before GST) each at the exhibition, "Celebrating Local Artisans and Artists" at the VivoCity atrium. Inside each watch is the Arbutus AR802 modified self-winding movement with a Swiss-made barrel for accuracy and a power reserve of 40 hours.

Proceeds from five of these seven watches will go towards The Business Times Budding Artists Fund and the other two, to Nature Society (Singapore).

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Arbutus Singapore and the four artists are doing this project to promote arts education and nature conservation. The idea and concept originated in 2014, when the Arbutus brand team visited Hong Kong.

A popular Hong Kong seashell artist, Elmo Chung, had been working with Arbutus in Hong Kong on limited edition hand-painted watch dials.

This initiative wants to support and raise appreciation of the talents of local professional artists and artisans.

The four professional Singaporean artists are Peter Draw, 32, a children's artist who has broken four Guinness World Records; Tiffany aka Lovage, 26, a henna tattoo artist; Tan Chong Bin, 57, better known as the "Karang Guni" abstract artist; and Ying, 32, a virtuoso nail artist.

Peter Draw has used acrylic paint as it lasts longer and does not "flake off" easily. To "seal in" the colours, he added a varnish of coating to ensure the lines and colours stay and do not bleed. He discarded at least 10 drafts before finalising his design.

Tiffany Lovage is familiar with the medium henna and the human skin as a canvas in her tattoo business. Henna is an organic medium and can removed easily or fade.

However as the design on a watch dial needs to be intact, she has used a combination of nail polish to layer the mauve-coloured henna and acrylic paint to render the outline of an orchid.

Tan Chong Bin has used oil paints, the same medium as his award-winning paintings. But he has miniaturised his drip painting swirls extensively to fit within the 44mm diameter of a watch dial,

Ying has experimented with a combination of nail polish and acrylic paint for her watch dials. She is used to hand-painting on an even smaller canvas - the human fingernail.

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