Casio’s G-Shock MRG-G1000HT is Hammered!

One key highlight from Casio in 2016 is the MRG-G1000HT, a commemorative piece for the 20th anniversary of its MR-G (1996 to 2016), the first G-Shock with a metal case and bezel. What is interesting is the method of decoration – the use of tsuiki, a traditional Japanese metal-hammering technique on the bezel and parts of the bracelet. What is … More

Casio G-Shock MRG-G1000HT Hammer Tone: Traditional Japanese art

The Casio G-Shock MRG-G1000HT Hammer Tone commemorates the 20th anniversary of the MR-G (1996 to 2016). The highlights are the decorations on the bezel and parts of the bracelet created with the tsuiki metalworking technique. Such traditional Japanese “hammer tone” finishing is possible with the assistance of Bihous Asano, a master craftsman in metalworking. In addition, the bezel and bracelet … More

Singapore and the watch markets of South-East Asia

In the Far East, namely South-East Asia in particular, it comes as no surprise that Singapore is often the first choice when it comes to the establishment of a watch brand’s boutique in this region. German watch brand and Manufacture Glashütte Original for instance, opened its first South-East Asian boutique in Singapore towards the end of 2015. This is the … More

The importance of Asia for Swiss Watch Exports

How large is the market in Asia for Swiss watch brands? Well, there is no doubting Asia’s importance as it is the biggest market for Swiss watch exporters, accounting for half of such exports in terms of value. In 2015, the total value of Swiss watch exports worldwide was CHF21.5 billion, representing a decline of 3.3%, according to the Federation … More

Glashütte Original strengthens its Asian presence

German watch brand Glashütte Original has strengthened its brand presence in Asia with the opening of three boutiques between November 2015 and February 2016. In Asia, Glashütte Original has existing boutiques in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and China. In November 2015, Glashütte Original opened a boutique located at Shing Kong Place in Chaoyang District in Beijing, China (Glashütte Original Boutique … More

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite: More than just the two-time zone display

Yes, the Senator Cosmopolite from Glashütte Original has two time displays; firstly, with its central hour and minute poire (pear-shaped) hands and secondly, with the sub-dial at 12 o’clock. But there is more to this watch featuring the German brand’s in-house Manufacture Calibre 89-02 automatic movement with an off-centred rotor. The Senator Cosmopolite has a time zone wheel that is … More

Fortis Cosmonautis Day/Date in steel – private label 6th Division 40th Anniversary watch: Swift & Deadly

The Fortis “Swift & Deadly” 6th Division 40th Anniversary watch based on the Day/Date model from the Cosmonautis collection is what we would describe as a timepiece that was a perfect match between Singapore Army’s 6 DIV and Fortis that was literally made in the heavens. Why? The 6th Singapore Division, which comprises both active and National Service (reservist units) … More

Hublot Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO 2016: Because football is for everyone

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO 2016 is a sports watch, more specifically, a football wristwatch as it was specially designed to time football matches. The engine in this Hublot Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph UEFA EURO 2016 football sports watch is an in-house Manufacture movement – the Unico HUB 1261 automatic movement. In addition to the … More