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Esquire Singapore June/July/August 2021

After winning three Media Publishing Association awards in 2013 and eleven in 2014, Esquire continues to be regarded as a beacon of excellent journalism in Asia with fifteen wins in 2015. We have no idea where we kept the awards, though. Founded in September 2012, the local edition is produced by a crop of respectable writers, photographers, illustrators and collaborators. Known for its powerful storytelling and ground-breaking photography, delivered in its signature wit, Esquire continues to steward men to their best in Singapore and beyond. The birth of Esquire dates back as far as 1933 in the States and since then, the title is known for pushing boundaries with literary giants such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Norman Mailer finding their voice with the magazine.

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in this issue

2 min
chill, it’s only summer

Do not panic. This is your friendly neighbourhood Deputy Editor, Wayne Cheong. The other guy, that dude who usually writes this, he’s on a long sojourn so I’m here trying to fill some pretty big shoes. (Actually, the shoes are well-worn, kinda ripe. The lustre has faded but they’re still functional. But those aren’t my shoes. I’ve figured out quickly that everyone who takes on this role has to come into his or her own shoes.) What you have in your hands is the Summer issue. This is the issue of changes to come. We are living in strange times and just when we thought we were coming out of the pandemic, we stumbled and now-at this time of writing-we are in the throes of Phase Two Lite (with half the calories…

3 min
classic with a twist

When Christian Selmoni mentioned, over the Zoom conference we were having, that American 1921 is regarded as an antique watch today, I experienced a brief moment of cognitive dissonance. Not to his point, of course. The style and heritage director of Vacheron Constantin was making perfect sense. But when you’re looking at a timeless, elegant wristwatch like the American 1921-smooth like a pebble, with a peculiar yet no less rakish off-centred dial-you’d easily understand why I was struggling to call it ancient. Selmoni says, “To really understand the American 1921, we have to put ourselves in the spirit of the ’20s, the Roaring ’20s. A time of total creativity, total freedom, it was all about extravaganza. This was also the era of the dandies, so the watch with its unusual off-set dial…

2 min
material futures

Born in 1983, Swatch is around the age of a lot of Esquire readers, and like millennials, the Swiss watchmaker has come of age in the digital era, and as a result, has strong cultural and social attitudes. It’s these attributes that are evident in a brief journey through the brand’s history. At the time of its founding, Swatch rattled the sometimes-stuffy world of horology with a range of 12 brightly coloured timepieces crafted from only 51 individual parts-less than half the typical average. By 1995, Swatch Solar was brought to life in a groundbreaking collaboration with the sun, forgoing batteries by relying singularly on Mother Nature for its energy. Then in 2004, it put out the Swatch Paparazzi, a digital timepiece wirelessly connected to allow for instant messaging, news…

4 min
fantasy meets finesse

“At Hermès, we are craftspeople. We work with material, we are craftsmen and women, we transform material we find in nature. We have to work with our hands and our senses,” Pierre-Alexis Dumas says as he explains the idea behind the maison’s intriguing watchmaking theme for 2021, ‘Textures of Time’. It is a notion that strikes at the heart of a house like Hermès, which works fundamentally with such sensuous and evocative materials as silk, leather and enamel. Yet it is completely fresh and surprising; the idea that time can be interpreted in textures has never been considered before. Time as art? Check. Time as emotions? Sure. Time as luxury? Overused. Time as textures? Never. So what exactly does Hermès mean by ‘Textures of Time’? “The major senses we use in…

3 min
‘someone actually bought a chihuahua just so it could wear the sweater’

Sometimes, even rock stars have to pivot. In the yawning void left by an absent live music industry, many musicians have embraced alternative mediums. Some hosted live-stream dance classes (Haim), while others took to Instagram to offer informal guitar lessons (Laura Marling). Some redirected effort into commerce, which is why, in part, the internet is now home to cavethings.com that sells goods “conceived, sourced, shaped and designed by Nick Cave”. “My songs are highly visual narratives,” he tells Esquire, “and I have always drawn or painted or photographed—just generally ‘created’—visual stuff that supported them. I had often thought about creating some sort of space to make this stuff available. The pandemic allowed me to stop running around the world for long enough to action the idea.” Merch, in general, has long…

2 min
hidden explorations

If there’s one thing for certain during these rather uncertain times, it’s that our lifestyles have completely changed. We’re no longer commuting as much as we used to and there’s a constant insatiable yearning for the outdoors-the latter perhaps is an indirect consequence of the former. For Braun Büffel, that has meant reconfiguring its selections and offerings for the season. Instead of the brand creating a separate spring/summer 2021 collection, its latest range serves as an extension of that of the autumn/winter 2020 season, at once moving away from the traditional seasonal calendar and ensuring that its designs make sense for the times we’re living in. Braun Büffel is calling the overarching theme ‘Back to the Origin’. And it’s as simple as it sounds. While refocusing on its core brand values of…