The Latest Watch And Jewellery Launches To Look Out For During Ion Orchard's 10th Anniversary: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels And Jaeger-LeCoultre
For the past decade, Ion Orchard has been a shining beacon on Orchard Road, enticing luxury consumers with its watch and jewellery offerings. Here are the latest releases at key tenants: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels And Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Among this year’s new novelties, Cartier’s image, style and heritage director, Pierre Rainero is pleased with one timepiece in particular. “This year’s Santos-Dumont is certainly something to be proud of,” he says. “It’s an exercise of restraint, elegance and creativity while being faithful to the original design.”
And design is what the new Santos-Dumont is all about. With steel, two-tone and full 18K rose gold options to choose from, the square case and thin profile of the watch (it’s just 7mm thick) mean it looks elegant regardless of the material used. The simple dial displays just hours and minutes in the classic Roman numeral format, with visible screws around the bezel. The Santos Dumont is powered by a quartz calibre but it is one that the Cartier manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, has tinkered with to reduce its energy consumption. Also, when combined with a new high-performance battery, the movement can run for approximately six years—twice as long as a standard quartz calibre.
Cartier | #01-20, Ion Orchard | 6732 0181
Van Cleef & Arpels
A homage to the art of beading in jewellery design, the Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée range gets enriched this year with new gilded creations: rings, pendants, earrings and for the first time, a transformable long necklace and four watches. The necklace features a pendant made up of three different-sized rings of golden beads. The central ring can be replaced by a ring of turquoise, coral or onyx beads. The timepieces, on the other hand, are secret watches shaped like an open bangle with two different-sized motifs—gem-set with different materials—opposite one another.
Van Cleef & Arpels | #01-26, Ion Orchard | 6509 8128
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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon Westminster Perpétuel is perhaps the Platonic ideal of timekeeping available beneath the million‑dollar mark. Priced about US$900,000 (plus tax), this new ultra‑complicated beauty boasts not only a multi-axis spherical gyrotourbillon, but also a four‑hammer minute repeater chiming the Westminster carillon. But that’s not all. It also contains a two‑way perpetual calendar, and a constant force mechanism to maintain accuracy regardless of its power reserve. To keep it suitable for daily wear, Jaeger‑LeCoultre has equipped it with a water resistance of 50m.
Jaeger-LeCoultre | #02-08, Ion Orchard | 6509 1010
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This is the fourth of eight stories done in collaboration with Ion Orchard. For the next four days, look out for stories detailing the latest happenings and newest releases from the 20 watch and jewellery tenants at Ion Orchard.