The A-List 2018 Episode 3: The Horological Heights
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The A-List 2018 Episode 3: The Horological Heights


Before you continue reading this article and watching episode 3 above, we recommend that you get up to speed with what happened in episode 1 and episode 2. Both episodes clearly showcase how competitive they can get when put to the test.

And it got incredibly competitive in the third challenge – hitting the Horological Heights with Breitling. The 12 A-Listers convened at the Breitling boutique at Palais Renaissance along Orchard Road one weekend to learn the ins and outs of watchmaking.

The 12 A-Listers in their white watchmaker coats at Breitling
The 12 A-Listers in their white watchmaker coats

After all, watchmaking is as much a science as it is an art form and when you realise the amount of engineering and artistic skill that goes into one timepiece, you’ll begin to understand why watches are such coveted items.

Breitling’s watchmaker took the 12 gentlemen through a short live demonstration in assembling a Breitling movement before getting them to put one together on their own. Cue the panic and for good reason. Some of the pieces that go into the movement measure no more than a millimetre long and losing one usually meant a frantic search on the table or worse, the floor.

The gentlemen had 20 minutes to put together a small portion of the movement. The best watchmakers can do it in less than five minutes.

Dr Shane Abucewicz Tan, one of the 2018 A-Listers, focusing on putting together the Breitling watch's movement
Dr Shane Abucewicz Tan, one of the 2018 A-Listers, focusing on putting together the watch’s movement

Eventually though, a winner emerged, one who had a calm demeanour and steady hands. Watch episode three to find out who won.

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