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SIHH to become Watches & Wonders Geneva

A new format for the 2020 watch fair in Geneva.

(Oct 16): In a bid to keep evolving, the major watch players are rethinking their strategies. At the end of last year, it was announced SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) and Baselworld would sync their dates to be held consecutively in late April and early May. The Swatch Group organised its own fair in March and May this year, while the LVMH group will host a complementary fair in January next year.

The co-living lifestyle

A stay at Hmlet Cantonment shows why this new concept is winning over new fans

SINGAPORE (Oct 14): Gone are the days of staying alone in your room with no one to hang out with. The trend these days is to share a living space with strangers, and eventually make new friends.

Co-living is the new in thing among millennials. It entails sharing certain spaces and participating in social activities with other members of the co-living community, as compared with renting a regular flat or apartment.

Casual eatery

SINGAPORE (Oct 14): The newly opened Baker & Cook in Dempsey and its sister brand Plank Sourdough Pizza are situated in a peaceful neighbourhood surrounded by greenery. The adjoining restaurants were opened in July on Loewen Road. The official address says 30C but, if you are booking a ride, key in 27A to save yourself a lot of time hunting for the restaurant.

Mechanical art

The Aston Martin Vantage is a combination of elegance and athleticism

SINGAPORE (Oct 14): Making sublime sports cars that also ooze class and sophistication is not as easy as it sounds. There are few supercar brands that produce amazing sports cars, and they can be more about crass than class, lacking panache and style.

A few brands come close but lack that all-important heritage. Aston Martin is in that elusive bracket — with a long history of making drop-dead gorgeous cars fit for royalty, the social elite and a certain British spy (James Bond).

Fit for royalty

Actress looks like a queen in Chopard jewels

SINGAPORE (Oct 7): Dame Helen Mirren (main image) looked like royalty at the UK TV premiere of Catherine the Great in Mayfair on Sept 25. The stunning 74-year-old British actress, who plays the titular role in the miniseries, kept in character as she was carried onto the red carpet in a litter vehicle — a wheelless glass carriage.

Pride of Penfolds

The stars at the Singapore release of the Penfolds Collection 2019 were its salty Chardonnay and the sublime ‘Baby Grange’

SINGAPORE (Oct 7): Longevity is a hallmark for Penfolds, says Sam Stephens, its Singapore-based winemaking ambassador. The Australian wine producer, which celebrates its 175th birthday this year, has certainly put the continent on the global wine map, with vintages that have cellared admirably and multi-vineyard blends that have won top scores. It is also the maker of Grange, arguably Australia’s most famous premium wine.

The heart of Warsaw

The city’s Old Town and Royal Route encapsulate its history, heritage and spirit

(Oct 7): In Warsaw, there is a palm tree — the only one in the city — in the middle of the Charles de Gaulle roundabout, a small and busy traffic circle in the centre of the city. A statue of Charles de Gaulle, showing the one-time president of France striding confidently, stands atop a pedestal on a nearby sidewalk.

Entrenching its position

New moon phase models boost the Longines Master Collection

TAG Heuer: Making of the carbon composite hairspring

(Oct 2): An entirely new-to-market and revolutionary invention, TAG proprietary carbon composite hairspring hopes to replace traditional steel and metal alloy-based hairsprings, which has been used for decades in mechanical watches. The state-of-the-art component was introduced in the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02T Tourbillon in late-2018, and rolled out in series production this year in the revitalised Autavia collection.

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Red carpet glamour

We highlight four of the looks we loved at the 71st Emmy Awards

SINGAPORE (Sept 30): The 2019 Emmy Awards held on Sept 22 ended with not many surprises. Game of Thrones won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series while Fleabag, a comedy-drama based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, won for Outstanding Comedy Series. As with any award show, fashion observers are always keen to know who wore what.

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