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FAN OF THE BRAND: Cheng Chye Peng, area man­ager, oil and gas in­dus­try FAVOURITE NOV­ELTY: Quai de L’Ile in steel, $23,200


Even though Cheng Chye Peng’s favourite Vacheron Con­stantin in his col­lec­tion is the brand’s clas­sic round Tra­di­tion­nelle Chrono­graph in white gold, he has a pen­chant for shaped watches. It is lit­tle sur­prise, there­fore, that his favourite new time­piece by the man­u­fac­ture is its cush­ion-shaped Quai de L’Ile, an au­to­matic time­piece in steel with a blue dial (“my favourite colour”). He likes the watch’s unique take on the cush­ion case – the re­sult of com­bin­ing a round bezel with a ton­neau case­band.


“A date win­dow is too com­mon,” says Cheng, who is at­tracted to de­tails like the watch’s date ring. An in­di­ca­tor moves around this date disc to show each day’s date. As some­one who en­joys un­usual de­tails, he would have liked the 12hour marker to be in a bold colour.


“Per­son­ally, I pre­fer it to be a bit smaller than 41mm – maybe 40mm or 39mm – so as to bet­ter fit my wrist.” De­spite this, the Quai de L’Ile was love at first wear for him. “When I first wore this watch, I had the feel­ing you get when you are com­fort­able with some­one you just met. And it’s suit­able for most oc­ca­sions, whether for­mal or ca­sual.”

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