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T Suggests: An Exclusive Collector’s Box for Whisky Aficionados, an Intimate Exhibition of Singapore’s History, and a Fashionable Line of Camera Accessories

By Hillary Kang

With only 15 sets available in Singapore and Malaysia, The Balvenie's collaboration with Royal Selangor is truly an exceptional one.
 
Courtesy of The Balvenie
With only 15 sets available in Singapore and Malaysia, The Balvenie's collaboration with Royal Selangor is truly an exceptional one.

An Exclusive Pewter Collector’s Box Stocked with Rare Single Malts

As the only distillery in the Scottish Highlands to maintain the Five Rare Crafts of whisky making — a series of traditional crafts established in 1892 — The Balvenie is well-versed in crafting exquisite whiskies. Likewise, Malaysian pewter designer Royal Selangor has dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to both living and preserving their craft, having done so for over a century.

Together, the two brands have come together to create an incredibly exclusive collector’s box for only the most discerning of whisky connoisseurs.

The collector’s box — of which only 15 sets are available across Singapore and Malaysia — is itself a work of art. Made of high-grade walnut wood and encased in handcrafted pewter, the making of the collector’s box alone takes an artisan up to six days to complete. The pewter shell features Royal Selangor’s signature dimple design and hammering technique, one that requires a great deal of skill and precision.

The box can comfortably house three signature bottles, and connoisseurs can customise their selection by choosing from a range of expressions from The Balvenie that are 30 years and above. A minimum value purchase of £41,800 is required to complete the collector’s box.

Beyond the limited edition collector’s box, The Balvenie has also released a selection of gift packs for the holiday season. Available for a limited time only, these gift packs come in three different variants: the rich, luxuriously smooth 12 Year Old DoubleWood, the 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask, and the 17 Year Old DoubleWood single malt, which also comes with a delicately handcrafted pewter-based whisky glass.

For more information on The Balvenie and Royal Selangor's collection, visit this link. The gift packs are available on the William Grant & Sons flagship store on LazMall.

An Intimate Exhibition Celebrating Singapore’s Resilient History

Courtesy of National Museum of SingaporeThe exhibition explores Singapore's history since the 50s, with a focus on how the nation has weathered various challenges through the decades.
The exhibition explores Singapore's history since the 50s, with a focus on how the nation has weathered various challenges through the decades.

If there is any consolation to be had in living through a worldwide pandemic, perhaps it lies the fact that one is experiencing a pivotal moment in world history — a moment that will undoubtedly be pored over by generations to come.

In the National Museum’s latest exhibition, Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present, the trying year that is 2020 is but one chapter in Singapore’s intricate history. Made in collaboration with The Straits Times — which also celebrates its 175th anniversary this year — the exhibition taps on a wealth of archival material from both the national broadsheet and mementos from members of the public to assemble a tribute that is both multi-faceted and intimate.

Home, Truly is segment through 5 key themes. They include ‘Laying The Foundations’, which explores how early nation building impacted Singaporeans of the time — with  first-hand accounts from the first-ever dwellers of Housing & Development Board flats, and from women who entered the workforce during the height of Singapore’s rapid industrialisation — and ‘Sturdy through Storms’, which presents how the nation has stood united through the myriad crises that it faced over the decades. These range from the withdrawal of the British military in World War 2, the various financial crises, SARS, and of course, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“With Home, Truly, the National Museum seeks to explore collective moments and experiences that are unique to growing up and living in Singapore,” says Director of the National Museum of Singapore Chung May Khuen. “We would like to continue the dialogue on what home means to people in Singapore, whether in the past or today, providing them with an opportunity to reflect and engage in conversation on the home we aspire to be.”

Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present is presented at the National Museum of Singapore from now until 29 August 2021.

Zegna and Leica Camera Join Forces for a Fashionable Line of Camera Accessories

Courtesy of ZegnaThe collaborative collection includes camera holsters, carrying cases and straps.
The collaborative collection includes camera holsters, carrying cases and straps.

Leica Camera is to photography equipment what Zegna is to fine menswear. So it only stands to reason that when the two brands join forces, the collection that is summarily birthed is truly a sight to behold.

The collection, which debuted earlier this year at January’s Ermenegildo Zegna XXX Winter 2020 Fashion Show, features an assortment of fine camera accessories that include camera holsters, carrying cases and wrist straps.

Several pieces also feature Zegna’s trademarked Pelletessuta pattern, where thin strands of buttery nappa leather are expertly woven together to create an intricate, fabric-like pattern. Zegna’s popular Insta-Pack silhouette also makes an appearance bearing the pattern: the crossbody bag can also comfortably house just about all Compact Leica cameras, or the beloved Leica CL model with the 18mm ‘pancake’ lens.

The Zegna and Leica collaboration collection is available online at Zegna and Leica Camera.