SINGAPORE (April 1):  Swiss company Vitra finds a home in Singapore Interior designers are always on the lookout for furniture to transform the look of your home. If you prefer to do the sourcing yourself, make a trip to Vitra, a new retail store opened in partnership with W. Atelier. Housed in Tan Boon Liat Building, the store offers 400 sq m of living, dining and home office furniture.

Vitra’s products are developed in Switzerland and installed worldwide by architects, companies and individuals to build inspirational spaces for living and working. Examples are found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fendi headquarters in Rome, the Tate Modern in London, the Amorepacific headquarters in Seoul and Dubai International Airport.

At the opening of the store, invited media and guests viewed products from the Vitra Home, Office and Accessories collections. They were also introduced to a selection of designs including classics from the 20th century by Jean Prouvé, Verner Panton and Isamu Noguchi, as well as contemporary pieces by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Jasper Morrison, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Nation building

Noel Gifts International is celebrating Singapore’s Bicentennial with the launch of a limited-edition medallion set collection. The collection will chronologically unfold the story of Singapore’s transformation from its early days into the metropolis that it is today. Each medallion series will feature a different theme relating to the city state’s rich history since 1819. For the first series, the theme is “A Nation Transformed”.

Date with modernity

Unveiled in 2009 and later updated in 2013 as the BR 03 Golden Heritage, the Instrument BR Heritage breathes new life into antique timepieces with modern, high-performance watchmaking techniques. The new BR 03-92 Blue Golden Heritage offers a more contemporary take with its navy-blue sunray dial. The timepiece is available as a three-hand model with central seconds and a date indicator, a 42mm steel case and a calfskin strap. This limited-edition model of 120 pieces celebrates the Heritage collection’s 10th anniversary this year.

Zodiac tribute

Released annually since 2015, the Montblanc Signs & Symbols collection comprises the Legend of Zodiacs, a writing instrument inspired by the Chinese zodiac sign of the year, and A Journey Among Dragons, a line that pays homage to mythical creatures. This year’s Montblanc Legend of Zodiacs The Pig Limited Edition 512 has a hand-engraved design on the silver cap. The champagne-gold barrel and fittings are covered with fine engraving. The zodiac symbol is stamped on the Au750 solid gold nib, and the cone is set with a sparkling ruby, the birthstone of the pig.

Take Possession

This year, the Possession collection by Piaget turns 30. To commemorate this milestone, Piaget has unveiled a new collection that is colourful and playful. Possession is known for its signature rotating band that invites the wearer to enjoy its tactile and joyful design. Rings and accessories in the collection have parts that you can twist and play with.

Shock and awe

The GA-2000 is the lightest watch in the G-Shock series. This is made possible with the combination of carbon and resin. Carbon fibre is 10 times the strength of iron, but is one-fourth its weight and resistant to degradation, deformation and temperature fluctuations. The GA-2000 features a stainless-steel panel, along with a fine-resin glass-fibre case back. It also features a Super Illuminator function that lights up both the dial and LCD with high-intensity light. A slide levertype mechanism is also built into the band base to make for a smooth and simple replacement. Retailing at $189, the blue and yellow units of G-Shock’s Carbon series GA-2000 are now available at Casio G-Shock boutiques and selected dealers.

This story appears in Issue 875 (April 1) of The Edge Singapore.

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