Have you let a ladybird crawl up your arm lately? Or drawn hearts in the condensed mist on a pane of glass? While these might not be your exact idea of appreciating time, French luxury goods maison Hermes plans to change that.

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Partnering long-time collaborator Hilton McConnico, Hermès invites its ardent fans to take a breather and a closer look at its milestones with a traveling exhibition entitled ‘The Gift of Time’. Staged at the decommissioned Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, one can’t help but be filled with a sense of nostalgia and wonder as I chanced upon the dream-like world very much like the Chocolate Factory that Tim Burton envisioned.

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That’s the first thought that crossed my mind as I stepped into a brightly lit room with it’s blue-and-white swirled flooring and a large, strange spinning top made of porcelain. To showcase the signature patina of Hermès leather, McConnico also assembled a wall collage of a cat with hundreds of leather blocks in a wide-ranging palette.

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Creative ingenuity and painstaking effort have clearly been put into the stunning displays arranged in a circular walk-through area representing time, with archival pieces are featured in art installations befitting of the theme.

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With a tinge of dry wit and philosophical provocations, the exhibition is as much a visual and sensory experience as it is a poetic journey into the anthology of the artisan atelier. So catch the exhibition displays while you can, before it heads off to its next pit stop in Lille, France!

‘The Gift of Time’ is open from now to 12th August 2012, from 11am to 9pm daily.

Images: Hermès