For the past 40 years, the Singapore-based Hour Glass has been a major player in the retail world of the Asia-Pacific region. During that time, they’ve opened more than 40 boutiques, with three being in Australia. You don’t reach a milestone like 40 years of business without making a few friendships along the way, and the Hour Glass is no exception.
The retailer has formed several long-term partnerships that are bearing fruit in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Part of that year-long celebration includes the release of a series of limited edition watches made by companies like Urwerk, Franck Muller, Nomos, Longines, De Bethune, Chopard, Ulysse Nardin, Sinn, TAG Heuer, and more.
The 41mm watch is made of platinum, but comes dressed in Hour Glass’s signature green and yellow. Because of the material chosen for this watch, not only is a little on the heavy side, but its price is also a touch hefty. It’s not just the platinum that drives the watch’s value up. The hands and markers are all solid gold, and the tapisserie gulloche dial is unique to this model.
This new Royal Oak Chronograph uses the same movement found in the standard model: the self-winding calibre 2385, which is actually a Frederic Piguet calibre 1185. The movement features an integrated chronograph and a column wheel with a vertical clutch. The watch has a 40-hour power reserve and comes with a platinum bracelet and an additional green alligator leather strap.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Hour Glass Edition will be limited to just 20 watches. The platinum watch is priced at 173,400 Singapore dollars, or about USD$126,500. The watch is already available and is exclusively sold through The Hour Glass stores.