Earlier this month, luxury watch retailer Cortina Watch celebrated its 45th anniversary with a gala dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Singapore. The exclusive event saw more than 600 VIP guests in attendance, which included Mr. Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of Switzerland to Singapore.
The evening’s festivities commenced with a live art demonstration by a speed painter who produced a portrait of Founder & CEO Mr. Anthony Lim. The philanthropist also took to the stage to present a $500,000 donation to a total of 17 non-profitable organisations, schools and charities. The dinner highlight comprised a bespoke 5-course menu, specially curated by Executive Chef Massimo Pasquarelli.
As with tradition — and what more with a premiere watch retailer — no anniversary celebration would be complete without a limited edition watch to commemorate the milestone. This year, the sapphire jubilee was materialised in partnership with Officine Panerai, who produced two special versions of the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic. Available in a polished stainless steel (PAM00751) and 18k red gold (PAM00752), both versions are dressed in a 45mm sun brushed anthracite dial and finished off with midnight blue alligator straps.
These special editions are based on the Manufacture’s newest family watches unveiled last year, the Luminor Due. Coming in at a slimmer cut and water resistant to a mere 30 metres, they were somewhat unbecoming for a brand whose reputation is dependent on their dive watches. Yet, the slimming modification in a Luminor didn’t go unwelcomed.
Specifically with the automatic version, this created the need for a new calibre, namely the P.4000 that’s built in with a sturdy balance bridge and a visible micro rotor, as well as the provision of a 3-day power reserve.
In the specially-made models for Cortina Watch’s 45th anniversary, the two variations of the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic house the skeletonised P.4000/10 calibre which is visible through the sapphire caseback. A special engraving with the words “Cortina Watch 45th Anniversary” are read off from the base to make known their celebratory identity.
The stainless steel PAM00751 edition is available in 45 pieces at SGD21,800, while the 18k rose gold PAM00752 edition is limited to 10 pieces, priced at SGD38,800.