SWITCHING IT UP
A glimpse at the many watch photos on Cheng Chye Peng’s mobile phone reveals one thing: His taste is pretty varied. The area manager, who works in the oil and gas industry, owns a broad spectrum of timepieces, ranging from classic styles by the likes of Vacheron Constantin and Blancpain, to big and bold pieces from brands such as Hautlence. But one name emerges most frequently – Jaeger-LeCoultre, in particular the Reverso.
“I like the history of the Reverso,” says the affable father of two, referring to how the watch – with its signature reversible case – was created in 1931 for polo-playing British officers in India. Its case could be swivelled to protect the dial from errant polo balls. Because of his penchant for unusual details, the Reversos he owns are all tribute models, including special editions created to mark Singapore’s 50th year of independence, and one created for the Brazilian market. Released in 2016, the latter marks the 85th anniversary of both the Reverso and a famous landmark in Rio de Janeiro – the Christ the Redeemer statue. Cheng was attracted to its blue dial, rather than its religious significance. That said, he shares: “My younger daughter is Catholic. This watch will be passed to her.”