February 1, 2016

Whether you wanna believe it or not, we have an escapist living within us; it just varies in degrees, really. If you’ve ever stayed in bed the entire weekend, or listened to music while on the way back home to shut out the surrounding noise, or even taken a nice bubble bath with Lush’s bath bombs during a staycation… yeah that’s all escaping. And then there’s the grandest of all escapism – travelling. We all travel for different reasons; whether it’s to get away from the troubles here, to revive your zest for life a la Eat, Pray, Love, to visit a city you’ve always wanted to see, to experience a new culture, to bond with family over a trip… they’re all valid, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s a personal journey where anything can happen. You’re free to be who you want to be, and do what you want to (as long as you’re not breaking the law). And that’s what Californian watch brand Tsovet is all about – the freedom of travel and exploration.

The brand was founded by David Bonaventura in July 2008, and was born out of his interest in metal fabrication and mechanical gauges. So naturally, they pay very close attention to details to make watches that can create lasting impressions. They’ve spent long days and sleepless nights to explore new and better ways to engineer, develop and build premium watches. For example, the JPT-PW36 is a sleek 36mm watch that was created with the purist in mind. The minimalist and high-contrast design ties in seamlessly with the watch’s functionality. A raised inner-ring and an imprint of the model name highlights the dial, making it stand out. A hand-stitched “Horween Leather” strap – a hallmark of quality and durability – is used to complete the look. But if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated and versatile, Tsovet’s latest offering represents both function and style that you can wear for any occasion. The SVT-DE40 Chronograph takes visual cues from the world of auto-racing, where fine-tuning is a constant. Powered by a Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement for excellent performance, the watch features a 40mm stainless steel case with refined contrast finishing, as well as sub-dials and index markers that serve both functional and design purposes while adding depth to the dial; truly a utilitarian timepiece.

TSOVET JPT-PW36, $358; SVT-DE40, $608-$645. Available at the CLOUT 9 Store (Wheelock Place #02-09 & Capitol Piazza #B1-32). Follow them on Instagram (@clout9sg) and be entitled to 15% off at Clout9 stores when you mention “NylonSG” (valid from 1 to 21 February).