AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY CONSULTANT ON THE VALUE – MONETARY AND PERSONAL – OF TIMEPIECES.
A HOBBY BEST SHARED:
“I’ve always fancied watches. When I first started working in 2004, a good friend showed me a pre-owned Rolex Submariner. It was a regular one with a black dial. I bought it with my first salary and it’s still one of my favourites. A few years ago, the same friend came across this IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph ‘Top Gun’ (pictured), which he didn’t plan to get. I liked it at first sight because I thought it was unusual, so I got it instead. Later, he bought one as well – now we have the same watch.”
“Most of my watches are Rolex sports models. Even though I don’t sell them, I like watches that hold their value over time. This is important because, like the Patek Philippe tagline says, you’re holding on to the value of your watches for the next generation. That’s what I intend to do in future – divide my collection for my sons, who are now nine and four.”
IT’S A DATE:
“The date display is very important to me. When I want to check the date when I’m writing a cheque or signing a document, I’ll look at my watch rather than my phone. I have a Rolex Yacht-Master II, which doesn’t have a date. I thought I could live with that because I like its unusual dial, but I get frustrated when I look at it for the date and it’s not there. So I wear it on the weekends instead of regularly.”
CAR OR CALENDAR WATCH:
“The Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5205G-010 (pictured) was my first significant watch at that price level. The year 2014 was a good year business-wise and I was thinking of buying a Mini Cooper S with manual transmission as a fun second car. But my wife didn’t like to drive then, so a second car would have been purely for fun and I would have probably been sick of it after a while. My brother-in-law said: ‘Why don’t you buy a watch instead?’ That made sense.”
SIGNS OF THE TIME:
“I generally like watches that are practical and hold their value. The Panerai Luminor Sealand ‘Year of the Dog’ (pictured) is probably an exception [laughs]. But I like the design and it has personal meaning for me. I got it for my wife, who was born in the Year of the Dog, for Valentine’s Day in 2017. She’s not into watches and literally rolled her eyes at me and said: ‘What use would I have for this?’ So I kept it and sometimes take it out, wind it, look at it and put it back. I also have the Monkey edition because my younger son’s Chinese zodiac sign is the Monkey. I’m looking for the Rabbit and the Horse for my older son and myself, respectively.”
THAT BEST REPRESENT MY COLLECTION
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Ref. 5205G-010 in white gold
Panerai Luminor Sealand “Year of the Dog” in steel
IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph “Top Gun” in ceramic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller in rose gold
TEXT LYNETTE KOH PHOTOGRAPHY DARREN CHANG ART DIRECTION ASHRUDDIN SANI
01 HAUTE TOPICS
Mixing fine dining with fine watchmaking is a recipe for virtue.
In the world of luxury, anything worth doing is worth doing imperiously well. the credo of exclusivity, it can even bring two otherwise disparate worlds — haute cuisine and haute horlogerie — together in one sphere. According to Blancpain, “watchmakers and great chefs alike demonstrate a fascinating ability to assemble a wealth of components and ingredients so as to create masterpieces”. Incredibly, the Le Brassus watchmaker isn’t just passionate about diving watches and carrousels. ever since it presented Frédy Girardet with a specially engraved watch after he won the World’s Best Chef award in 1986, the brand has been rubbing shoulders with the culinary elite.
Three more commemorative watches were given to Girardet and his contemporaries, paul Bocuse and Joël Robuchon, for being Chefs of the Century three years later.
With this, Blancpain’s gastronomic ties were formed and included active participation as the official timekeeper for various culinary contests.
Its circle of friends and ambassadors also grew to include some of the other sharpest names in the industry, including Julien Royer, Martin Berasategui and edgar Bovier.
Blancpain’s association with fine dining became even stronger when the watchmaker recently announced a three-year global partnership with the Michelin Guide. the two will celebrate and promote both parties’ touchstones of “excellence, passion and expertise” in more than 20 events a year.
And, while there’s no word yet on possible special-edition timepieces, we imagine that these events will take those ubiquitous food and watch wrist shots to a new level.
02 MALE ELEGANCE
The 40mm Omega De Ville tresor men’s models have finally arrived in boutiques, and we’re here to remind you why that’s exciting news. First unveiled last year, the new-generation tresor is smart, simple and offered in enough variations to suit most tastes. The two models in steel come with white or silk-patterned blue dials, while the yellow and Sedna gold ones have white and grey enamel faces respectively. What sets the modern tresor apart from competitors’ three-hand offerings is its movement — the MetaS Master Chronometer-certified Co-axial 8910 (or 8929 for the gold dateless models). Both also have 72 hours of reserve power. and the calibre 8929 has a gold bridge for a extra swagger.
03 PERFECT BLUE
A new dial colour is the easiest way to remind people that an old but respectable design is still deserving of a space in their winders. But when that fresh coat of paint is in the form of the exquisitely executed blue enamel of Breguet’s returning Classique tourbillon extra-plat automatique Ref. 5367, it feels like we’ve been treated to a new timepiece. the blue plays well with the platinum case and rhodium-plated numerals and hands. What’s more, the off-centre tourbillon doesn’t overwhelm the overall elegance of the watch, which measures a svelte 7.45mm in thickness, thanks to the 3mm-high ultra-thin Calibre 581. this boutique exclusive is paired with a matching blue alligator strap.
04 FLIGHT PLAN
Now that CeO Georges kern is steering Breitling onto a more heritage-driven path, vintage fans can look forward to additional retro revivals. Following the success of the Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-edition, another iconic pilot’s watch has been given a faithful makeover. the aVI Ref. 765 from 1953 is back with a new movement (Calibre B09), increased water resistance (30m) and two new case materials (red gold and platinum) but that’s where the modern concessions end. thanks to input from renowned collector and Breitling consultant Fred Mandelbaum, the styling, down to the millimetre, remains virtually unchanged. there will be 1,953 pieces offered in steel, while the red gold and platinum editions are limited to 253 and 153 pieces respectively.
TEXT CHARMIAN LEONG