As the nation gears up to celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee this weekend, Gardens by the Bay and Audemars Piguet have come together to commemorate the occasion with the unveiling of Singapore’s only sizable public floral clock.
Blending timekeeping precision with botanical artistry, the Floral Clock was unveiled by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, together with Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, and Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA.
Displayed prominently in the Gardens, at the intersection between the cooled conservatoires and the Supertree Grove, the seven-metre-wide Floral Clock draws inspiration from the signature characteristics of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak collection and fuses traditional and contemporary landscaping elements in its design. Featuring tropical plants with coloured foliage and flowers, its plant palette will be refreshed regularly for the public to enjoy. (Please refer to the Appendix for more details of the Floral Clock.)
“We thank Audemars Piguet for this wonderful addition to Gardens by the Bay on the occasion of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee,” said Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay. “For those of us who were fortunate enough to have experienced the floral clocks of the past in Singapore, this floral timepiece will be all the more special. We can now relive and create new memories here at the Gardens as we celebrate with the nation.”
Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA, said “We have been searching for purposeful means of dedicating a unique part of Audemars Piguet back to the nation on this joyous occasion. With the Audemars Piguet Foundation’s commitment to worldwide forest conservation and environmental protection, the Floral Clock was a natural gift to Singapore on its 50th year of independence that we are thrilled to unveil along with Gardens by the Bay.”