Aaron De Silva

Aaron De Silva

Contributing Writer

Aaron De Silva is a Singapore-based luxury lifestyle journalist with a penchant for shiny objects – mechanical watches being one of them. When not ogling horological masterpieces or interviewing the industry’s most influential individuals, this former editor of a men’s fashion magazine can be found pounding the pavements of Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hong Kong, Bali or Melbourne. Blessed with an insatiable curiosity and wanderlust, he is constantly in search of epic epicurean adventures, obscure fashion and interior objects or emerging visual artists – all in the hope of discovering the next big thing and sharing these discoveries with his readers.

A Primer To The World Of Enamel Decoration


Enamelled works have enjoyed immense popularity among connoisseurs throughout the ages. Ancient Egyptians and Romans took to enamelled trinkets like ducks to water. In medieval Europe, goldsmiths forged enamelled pieces for aristocrats.

Published in How It Works

A Brief History Of Silicon In High-End Horology

When Ulysse Nardin released the Freak watch with a silicon escapement in 2001 (above), it polarised the industry. One camp championed the revolutionary material and architecture that gave traditional watchmaking a royal kick in the posterior. The other camp was unconvinced, thinking silicon components to be a novelty.

Published in In Depth

THE GODFATHER - Nicolas G. Hayek (1928 – 2010)

Take a look at your watch. If it bears the words ‘Swiss’ or ‘Swiss Made’, you have the late Nicolas G. Hayek to thank. The former co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Swatch Group was routinely referred to as the Godfather of the Swiss mechanical watch industry. And for good reason: he more or less single-handedly rescued it from the brink of obsolescence amid the quartz crisis.

Published in In Depth
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A Brief History Of Military Watches

While their exact origins are difficult to pinpoint, it is generally agreed that military tickers came into use by the 1880s. Officers in the British Army were known to wear wristwatches during the Anglo-Burma War of 1885. It’s also interesting to note that this period marked the first time men took to wearing wristwatches. Prior to the 1880s, only women sported them. (The world’s first wristwatch is attributed to Patek Philippe’s 1868 exemplar made for Hungarian Countess Koscowicz.)

Published in In Depth