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The Antique Clocks of a Vintage Store in Singapore

By Renée Batchelor

 
Gold and gem-set elephant pocket watch

“Elephants bring luck and this one has been with me since I started the business. It recalls a forgotten time when craftsmanship and whimsy could co-exist beautifully.”

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18K gold turquoise and diamond desk clock with alarm

“I love all the little details: from the hands made out of an engraved gold leaf motif, the rope twist edges, the basket weave to the turquoise round ‘legs’. Turquoise is also my birthstone.”

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Hermès and Dupré-Lafon revolving station cube clock

“I’m a fan of Paul Dupré-Lafon. He was a designer and architect known for his decorative and mid-century furnishings, who designed furniture and objects for Hermès in the late ’20s and ’30s. This is one of those really cool pieces.”

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Jaeger-LeCoultre street lamp clock with alarm

“Rue de la Paix is a fashionable shopping street in Paris, best known for its luxury jewellers, such as Cartier, that opened a shop there in 1898. The street resonates with me because of all the lovely, vintage jewels we sell in our showroom.”

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Longines 14K yellow gold cased clock

“I imagine this was made for a lady in the early 20th century, for her to travel with. It folds flat so that it’s easier to put in a pocket and then opens to a standing position, so she could leave it on a table when she arrives at her destination.”

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Spaulding & Co. 18K gold and diamond pocket watch

“I was drawn to the lovely aged dial and guilloche patterns. The platinum on top of the gold mounting indicates its an early 20th-century piece. I also love the dual function as a brooch or watch and that it can be worn on a long chain as a pendant.”

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Brenda Kang, the owner of Revival Vintage Jewels & Objects, a by-appointment-only showroom that deals in precious objects from the past, has seen a lot of beautiful pieces throughout her 23-year career. After all, she was a senior jewellery specialist at Christie’s where she worked for over 15 years, before starting her own business in Singapore.

“I came across these beautiful clocks and pocket watches while sourcing for jewellery stock for my store. I love them as they remind me of a simpler time — an era without digital devices by your bedside or your desk where aesthetics and design were just as important as function,” says Kang.

Her pieces are sourced from both shops and collectors, and from places as far away as Geneva, London and New York, and for the most part, Kang is unwilling to part with these exquisite objects. “I’m happy to keep them for a bit longer,” she says.

Illustrations by Kimberley Batchelor