While we at Troisanneaux are mainly known for our passion for Cartier, it doesn’t stop there. Many independent watchmakers can also count on our admiration. It is, therefore, that we are delighted by the unique online exhibition set up by Singapore’s most premier watch retailer, Hour Glass, featuring some of the most premier independent watchmakers. Hour Glass is moving into familiar territory with this, as they not only have nurtured close relationships with the independents, and retail the watches of many of them, they also once owned two themselves: Gerald Genta and Daniel Roth.
With the Persistence of Memory they look back at fifty years of independent, artisanal watchmaking, starting with the work of Dr. George Daniels and Derek Pratt. The exhibition documents the ingenuity and development of these masters of watchmaking, which also includes the work of people like Roger Smith, Philippe Dufour, Felix Baumgartner, and Rexhep Rexhepi. They not only tell the stories surrounding these watchmakers but also show in-depth photography of their pieces, showing each and every detail.
As Mr Michael Tay, Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass and exhibition curator, puts it “This survey has been a project that has been fermenting for several years now and I couldn’t have been happier with its outcome. We assembled some 150 of the finest examples of artisanal watchmaking of this period including two of George Daniels’ masterworks – the Space Traveller and the Grand Complication. Many of these watches were on loan from important private collections as well as from the artisans themselves.” Mr Tay continues, “Due to the pandemic and safe distancing restrictions, we were required to innovate and realised this exhibition via our bespoke online viewing room (OVR). This OVR platform is highly immersive in that it allows for thorough storytelling accompanied by precise macro photographs of the watches. Something I’m certain the global enthusiast community will appreciate.”
In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic still runs havoc around the world and traveling to Singapore is not possible for many, it is great to have the ability to visit such a rich and diverse exhibition from the comfort of your own home. You can visit the exhibition here