SWITCH­ING IT UP

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Hit Series - Cheng Chye Peng

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.”

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