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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.

Plaza Watch International - - Street Style - Wo r d s JEAN MUN-DEL­SALLE photo AL­BERT TAN

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

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