Piano teacher Linda Widyarta could spend the entire day listening to music, but she sits down with Plaza Watch to discuss her other passion in life: a fervent enthusiasm for fine watches.
I first got involved in watch collecting after my husband gave me a Chopard Mille Miglia chronograph in 2005. My husband explained to me about the complications and their functions. He taught me a lot about watches, and I read a lot of magazines, books and websites, attended watch events and workshops, shared with other watch enthusiasts and, most essential of all, visited watch manufacturers. Meeting the people behind brands such as Girard-Perregaux, Audemars Piguet and Piaget and seeing the full scale of operations, and observing the finer details at the ateliers of independents like Philippe Dufour, Kari Voutilainen and Romain Gauthier, among others, has contributed to how I come to see the value of watches. They are not just time-telling devices, but also pieces of art. The history, passion, workmanship and all aspects within and around a watch made up its value.
I would describe my collection as an evolving collection. There is no theme; merely the fact that, as time passes, my passion for horology has evolved and matured. I do have a preference for certain complications such as the chronograph, moon phase, skeletonisation and dual time. At the beginning, it was an enthusiastic collection: I was hungry for every possible piece. Along the way, it became an idealistic collection, narrowing down to certain brands and watchmakers; there are too many out there and I wanted my collection to be special. I am content now as I can call it a realistic collection – I add pieces I like for the craftsmanship, along with the complication and quality of the brand. My taste is not just a matter of how I feel towards a watch, but also being sensible and logical. I am more aware of the real