The LeDIX Papillon Mobile Handphone is a mechanical marvel. A handbuilt tourbillon movement powered by the simple opening of the clamshell designed top half - exhibits an exquisite see through movement. A fusion of mechanical and electronic technologies. Just recently launched and now seen here in Singapore at its authorised dealers - The Hour Glass. Not a small mobile phone by today's standards but it is clearly well made with every detail carefully designed and made. Even the case that the phone comes in looks almost like a dressing table on its own. It features all the necessary accessories including a leather holster to be worn under a jacket and a system of hand strap locks and ear pieces that are mechanical marvels on their own. The brand will produce about 10 pieces a year and will continue to push the boundaries of how mechanical technology can replace electronic. Every concieveable effort to develop new technologies - including how the tourbillon movement is being shielded from magnetism and being automatically demagnetised by patented technology. The CEO of CELSIUS Mr Edouard Meylan kindly modelled the phone in action.
The Hour Glass Atelier at ION is showcasing from the 13th to the 19th of July a complete set of four white gold Pour Le Merites. The PLMs are the jewel in Lange's crown but the fourth iteration is larger and seemingly different in its DNA from its previous three - shown here.
The overlapping dials in an already enlarged dial of the latest design seems out of sync with the previous three designs. The price of which is also prohibitive and even to well heeled collectors, the perennial question of over pricing will resurface - regardless of the merit of this complication. Nevertheless, even disregarding the prohibitive price of this new Pour Le Merite, the design aspects of this watch does not seem to be the normal Lange philosophy of functional design. The aperture for the tourbillon appears to be overly large for the tourbillon movement. The overlap of the minute hand is more than half of the hour sub-dial.
However, I suspect Lange fans will overlook these concerns because of the mythical qualities that the Pour Le Merite has.
Together with the launch of this new Pour Le Merite at the Hour Glass Ion is Peter Chong's opus on the history of Lange and the development of the Pour Le Merite watches. Fans of Lange will be able to view both at the Hour Glass Atelier @ ION until 19th July.
In what appears to be the horological highlight of the year, Vacheron Constantin on 23rd June launched its very impressive exhibition in Singapore showcasing its historical pieces from its private collection. The Gala Dinner was wonderfully organised with Prof Tommy Koh as the guest of honour and featured special performances by renowned international artistes. A black tie event that will be long remembered by those who were fortunate to attend. Here are some of my images I took that grand evening. CLICK on the images below for larger format.
The proceedings -
Gentlemen Collectors and my personal friends -
The beautiful guests, models and staff of Vacheron -
At the pre-dinner cocktails we were entertained by Ms Joanna Dong who expertly sang Jazz standards and a few modern ballads -
The highlight of the evening was the performance by the Swiss Soprano Racher Harnisch that entertained with several classical operatic works.