Festival of Watches e-book explores luxury timepieces

See how new contemporary savoir-faire techniques inspire watchmakers to push the limits of human technology, enabling watch collectors to wear out an old classic and see it reborn as a new edition — season after season.

This year’s edition of the Straits Times Festival of Watches, first published as a limited edition magazine on Nov 6, is now available in an e-book version for download on iPad and Tablet via ‘The Straits Times Star’ App.

You can follow expert Su Jiaxian as he uncovers Rolex’s technological ‘firsts’ in the new Chronergy movement developed specifically for the Day-Date 40, a timepiece that is renowned as the choice of several heads of state, and even several popes.

Also learn all about the Tudor Pelagos that was recently awarded the “Sports Watch” prize at the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

  • How to download

  • • Go to the Apple App store on your iPad, or Google Play Store on your Android tablet or smartphone

    • Type "The Straits Times Star" to search for The Straits Times Star E-books app

    • Download it onto your iPad or Android device

    • Go to "I'm just browsing"

    • You can get the e-book inside

The e-book — which took over six months to create — offers fascinating insights into the world of watchmaking and the heritage behind each brand.

Whether it’s for a view of the Asia-only exclusive Tiffany CT60 Annual Calendar Limited Edition or a splash of the “ripple effect” that Louis Vuitton is making with its stylishly crafted Time Zone, there is a story fuelling each cycle of creation.

Readers searching for a special timepiece to suit their tastes and lifestyle can get top watch collection tips from Ms Pansy Ku, vice-president, Christie’s Asia, and client development director, Watches.

Says Ms Ku: “At the end of the day, the watch has to speak to you. Know yourself and you will find a watch you will enjoy.”