MAY YAO

THE MARATHON EN­THU­SI­AST AND MAR­KET­ING EX­EC­U­TIVE AT THE LUCERNE GROUP ON HER SIG­NA­TURE AC­CES­SORIES.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - STYLE SPY MODERN SWAN - Pro­duced by Ca­role Cuasay-Ta­gle Pho­to­graph by Kai Huang

WhAt kEEpS yOu buSy? Two years ago, I grad­u­ated with an Arts Man­age­ment de­gree from the Lasalle Col­lege of the Arts in Sin­ga­pore. I now help with the fam­ily busi­ness han­dling Bac­carat Crys­tal and Stein­way&Sons. Even though I’ve en­tered the re­tail in­dus­try, I am still im­mersed in the arts. The level of crafts­man­ship that goes into shap­ing and carv­ing the crys­tal and pi­anos are in­cred­i­ble. Pre­ci­sion is key in mak­ing th­ese qual­ity prod­ucts. WhAt ELSE ARE yOu

INtO? I like to ex­er­cise so I take spin­ning and box­ing classes. Right now, my fam­ily is into run­ning marathons. We’ve done two full marathons to­gether so far and we’re do­ing an­other one in Tokyo. hOW WOuLD yOu

DE­fINE Lux­uRy? Lux­ury can be tan­gi­ble or in­tan­gi­ble but with an emo­tional and sen­ti­men­tal value to the per­son. hOW DO yOu Ac­cES­SORIzE? I love wear­ing watches and jewelry. I have a new ob­ses­sion with my wish­bone ring that I bought at Pan­dora re­cently. It’s very sim­ple but it makes me happy. I wear it ev­ery­where I go. WhAt'S yOuR IDEA Of A tIME­LESS LOOk? When you can mix and match the same pieces through­out the years. I like ac­cent­ing an out­fit with jewelry or a bag. thE bESt WAy tO tRAck thE tIME?

Def­i­nitely a watch. Grow­ing up in a fam­ily in­volved in the watch in­dus­try has taught me to man­age my time wisely—my fam­ily does not like be­ing late. The prac­tice of wear­ing a watch ev­ery day has re­ally dis­ci­plined me to plan out my day and use my time ef­fi­ciently. I’ve also been train­ing for marathons, so I al­ways wear a watch to track my progress. hOW MANy

WAtchES DO yOu OWN? Eight. I some­times like bor­row­ing my dad’s watches, like his Pan­erai, be­cause they have large faces. WhIch ONE IS yOuR

fA­VORItE? My fa­vorite is the Rolex I got as my grad­u­a­tion gift. It has a pur­ple face, which is my fa­vorite color. Plus there’s an en­graved mes­sage at the back from my par­ents. This re­minds me how my par­ents worked hard and cared for me so much. hOW DO yOu WEAR thEM? When I choose my watches, I want them to have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics and com­ple­ment my choice of clothes. I change watches for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. A watch is not just a gad­get that tells time, to me it’s also a fash­ion state­ment. Just as clothes re­flect one’s per­son­al­ity, watches may say some­thing about a per­son.

fA­VORItE thINGS from left: Rolex Oys­ter perpetual watch, boni­fa­cio high Street cen­tral, 556.9824; pan­dora Wish rings, Green­belt 5, 509.1718.

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