Arbutus Singapore Heritage Commemorative Timepieces by Elmo Chung


Elmo Chung is a selftaught seashell artist from Hong Kong, who is currently based in Tai O, a quiet fishing town located on the western side of Lantau Island.

Chung fell in love with the tranquil town of Tai O in 2011, due to its close proximity to nature and the sea and its surrounding traditional fishing stilt houses. She then resigned from her job as a manicurist and beautician in the city and moved to Tai O.

In 2012, the 25-year-old painted on her first seashell as a Valentine’s Day gift for her boyfriend Benny. With encouragement from Benny to continue painting and making accessories from seashells, she started her own brand SheSawSeashells. The beautiful and tiny seashells that constitute the art pieces are collected from Tai O, and through these small treasures, she hopes that people will imbue the peacefulness of this picturesque fishing village.

Beside miniature seashells, you can also catch a glimpse of Chung’s beautiful artwork on watch dials.

Crystal Time, a watch distributor for Arbutus watches, proudly presents watch dials individually hand-painted by Elmo Chung for its Arbutus “Singapore Heritage” Commemorative Timepiece collection, which are created to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence in 2015.

Chung’s hand-painted works for the Arbutus “Singapore Heritage” Commemorative timepieces are inspired by the Peranakan porcelain, traditional batik, the old architecture of Singapore, as well as the flora and fauna of Singapore. Each timepiece reflects Chung’s interpretation of Singapore’s rich heritage.

One of Chung’s most outstanding pieces in this collection is the “Chek Jawa Batik”, which features traditional batik and seashell motifs. This timepiece is a tribute to the Jade of Singapore— Chek Jawa, one of Singapore’s few remaining wetlands.

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