Founded on the 31st of October 2015, the Singapore Watch Club (SWC) started out as a group of Instagram watch friends who decided to get together — discussing their shared love of watches over a few beers. Six years later, the club has gathered a significant following, providing a place for enthusiasts to come together and discuss and appreciate their common interest. With its doors wide open for passionate fans of horology, upholding its core values of sincerity, passion, and humility. Tom Chng, the club’s founder got in touch with us to share the exciting news of these releases. And with Watches And Wonders right around the corner where Cartier will share this year’s novelties, it comes as a welcome surprise to already get a taste of exactly what makes this brand so special.

In a rather poetic move, Singapore Watch Club and Cartier will release six limited edition watches based on the most iconic Cartier designs. This represents the six years of the Club’s existence. The models selected include the following: Cloche, Tonneau, Santos Dumont, Tank Asymétrique, Tank Cintrée, and finally the Tank Louis Cartier, with each model produced in three precious metals. Each metal represents one of the SWC’s core values: pink gold for passion, yellow gold for sincerity, and platinum for humility. These values will be inscribed on the back of each watch. But this is far from where the subtle details end…

Singapore Watch Club × Cartier

All six models will feature vintage-inspired straight-grained silver dials. The dials will all follow the classic Cartier Roman layout and will be unified by the use of blued “pomme” or Breguet-style hands. This style of hands gives the watches a very distinctive and tasteful look. The railroad minute track is also blue. That creates a nice visual link between the hands and the dial itself. At the 6 o’clock position, the SWC signature replaces the corresponding hash marks — a subtle signature beautifully integrated into a core element of Cartier’s design. The final detail is one that had me having a second look at my own Cartier Tank. The Roman numeral six is inverted. So instead of being upside down as it usually is, it is flipped right-side-up — a nod to SWC’s 6 year anniversary.

The six watches in each precious metal are decorated with a corresponding cabochon. Black Spinel is used for the pink gold models. The yellow gold pieces employ blue sapphire, for a very regal look. A fiery ruby red embellishes the six pieces with a platinum case. Truthfully, it is a shame so few pieces exist. Seeing the trios of each model side-by-side is a glorious sight. The harmony of the case metals and chosen crown adornments is just exceptional.

What better way to celebrate six years of a shared passion? These watches will remind their wearers of all the good times spent with like-minded watch enthusiasts. Like a matching signet ring or an engraved lighter, these watches are beautiful artifacts of friendship and fraternity.

Final thoughts

Six classic Cartier watches. Three precious metals. Eighteen very lucky members of the Singapore Watch Club. Is there a better way to celebrate an anniversary? If there is, I can’t think of it! Exclusively available to members of the SWC, these pieces will range in price from $17,000–$37,000. As precious metal piece uniques from one of the hottest brands in watchmaking today, the value to those that will own them will certainly be priceless.

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