If there’s one thing Tiffany & Co. does well (besides making women’s hearts melt with that robin egg blue box), it’s putting a lot of sparkle and shine into any event —and that’s exactly what it’ll do at Singapore Fashion Week (SGFW). As Official Jewellery Partner, it was only fitting the global luxury house show off its finest, and what better way to do so than with an exhibition of its archival timepieces, alongside a special curation of high jewellery.
As one of the Big Apple’s oldest brands, Tiffany & Co.’s legacy harks back to 1878 after its founder Charles Lewis Tiffany acquired one of the world’s largest and finest fancy yellow diamonds, lovingly dubbed The Tiffany Diamond. Unsurprisingly, this gave Mr. Tiffany the nickname of “King of Diamonds” and this cemented the House’s reputation as quintessential jeweller for aristocrats and royalty. More than a century later, the brand’s iconic blue boxes continue to make women’s dreams come true. But while Tiffany & Co. is better known as a purveyor of ladies’ jewellery, few knew it was also a player in the timekeeping game way before its glitzier counterparts. Since its foray into the watch business in 1847, the company had pioneered horological breakthroughs that included luminescent paint on dials, new hand-setting technologies and the first stopwatch used in the United States for scientific and engineering functions.
Now, for the first time in Singapore, you’ll get to see these watches on display at the National Gallery. Situated at the first floor of the Supreme Court Wing, the archived collection will see some of Tiffany’s most exquisite masterpieces from its gold-medal exhibits at World’s fairs. Highlights include the Apple Blossom Lapel Watch — a diamond and enamel creation by chief designer Paulding Farnham that became centrepiece of the winning exhibit at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair — and a remarkable array of cocktail watches from Tiffany’s exhibit at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The world was enamoured by Hollywood glamour in the ‘30s, and those iconic cocktail watch designs still continue to inspire the brand’s timekeepers even till today.
The famous Streamerica® watch — a timepiece that married American industrial design to quiet sophistication — will also be displayed, along with the Atlas watch, inspired by the statue of Atlas holding a clock in front of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store.
The retrospective watch exhibition will be opened to public from 26 to 30 October 2016, after which it will be available for viewing at the Ngee Ann City store from 31 October to 6 November 2016.