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Watches Exploring Modern Masterpieces With Alfred Chua And Annie Seow

Exploring Modern Masterpieces With Alfred Chua And Annie Seow

Exploring Modern Masterpieces With Alfred Chua And Annie Seow
By Nicolette Wong
August 16, 2018
What makes for good design? These contemporary creations from eminent watch and jewellery brands each give a different answer

There is no question that good design should be both beautiful and functional, but as with everything in life, the devil is in the details. In the watch and jewellery world, creating designs that cleave to a brand’s heritage and identity are especially important—but they cannot simply continue doing so without pushing the boundaries of modern design.

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On Alfred: Clé de Cartier Skeleton Automatic in palladium, by Cartier. Cotton shirt, by Dior; cashmere sweater, by Giorgio Armani.On Annie: Panthère de Cartier necklace in white gold with emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, and Panthère de Cartier ring in white gold with emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, both by  Cartier. Silk dress and wool jacket, both by Dior.
On Alfred: Clé de Cartier Skeleton Automatic in palladium, by Cartier. Cotton shirt, by Dior; cashmere sweater, by Giorgio Armani.On Annie: Panthère de Cartier necklace in white gold with emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, and Panthère de Cartier ring in white gold with emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, both by Cartier. Silk dress and wool jacket, both by Dior.

When the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref 5524 debuted in 2015 (then in white gold with a different dial colourway), it caused quite the stir. Its bold, sporty aesthetic was vastly different from any of Patek Philippe’s contemporary offerings at the time. A few years on, however, the watch has become a celebrated part of the brand’s oeuvre. Patek Philippe even created the Ref 7234, a smaller feminine version of the Ref 5524 that houses the same high-performance movement.

Another example is the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic, which strikes an excellent balance between engineering and aesthetic concerns. It set the world record for the thinnest automatic movement when it debuted last year in titanium, and this year’s iteration in rose gold with a unique sandblasted finish, is aesthetically even more pleasing to the eye.

On Annie: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in pink gold, by Audemars Piguet. Padded wool top, padded wool skirt and tulle dress, all by Prada.
On Annie: Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar in pink gold, by Audemars Piguet. Padded wool top, padded wool skirt and tulle dress, all by Prada.
On Alfred: Senator Cosmopolite in stainless steel, by Glashütte Original. Cotton shirt and wool jacket, by Dior Homme.
On Alfred: Senator Cosmopolite in stainless steel, by Glashütte Original. Cotton shirt and wool jacket, by Dior Homme.

Besides these timepieces, our cover couple for Jewels & Time, Alfred Chua and Annie Seow, also had their eyes on other items in the shoot. Annie, who is the managing director at Microland, was enamoured with the Panthère de Cartier necklace, which has the house’s iconic panther motif. Alfred, the founder and managing director of The Wok People (and watch enthusiast), made time for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. It just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there is plenty of room for different definitions of good design in this world. 

On Alfred: Octo Finissimo Automatic in rose gold, by Bvlgari. Cashmere sweater by Giorgio Armani.On Annie: Parentesi high jewellery bracelet in pink gold with diamonds, and high jewellery ring in yellow gold with sapphire, diamonds, and mother-of-pearl, by Bvlgari Printed silk dress, by Dolce & Gabbana.
On Alfred: Octo Finissimo Automatic in rose gold, by Bvlgari. Cashmere sweater by Giorgio Armani.On Annie: Parentesi high jewellery bracelet in pink gold with diamonds, and high jewellery ring in yellow gold with sapphire, diamonds, and mother-of-pearl, by Bvlgari Printed silk dress, by Dolce & Gabbana.

Photography Darren Gabriel Lew
Fashion Direction Desmond Lim
Photography Assistant Chong Ng
Styling Assistant Joey Tan
Hair Sean Ang/FAC3INC using OUAI
Make Up Lydia Thong/Entourage using YSL Beauté

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Watches Jewels & time watches jewellery alfred chua annie seow patek philippe audemars piguet bvlgari cartier glashutte original

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