STATE­MENT MAKER

WHY THIS COL­LEC­TOR IS PROUD OF HIS LOUD TIME­PIECES.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Con­tents -

TALK­ING TIME STATE­MENT MAKER

In­vestor Vin­cent Ng on why he’s proud of be­ing horo­log­i­cally loud.

COM­ING FULL CIR­CLE

“My first watch was by (French watch de­signer) Alain Sil­ber­stein. I was in lower sec­ondary, and I bought it while walk­ing around Heeren Shop­ping Cen­tre. It was a quartz watch and cost a cou­ple hun­dred bucks. I liked its three colour­ful hands; I didn’t know the brand at the time. It was only a decade later, when I no longer had the watch, that I re­alised that it had been an early Sil­ber­stein. So, when my friend sourced a Sil­ber­stein Dragon watch with an enamel dial for me, I grabbed it – I like the dial and the fin­ish­ing.”

PROUD OF BE­ING LOUD

“I like loud and avant-garde pieces, such as those by MB&F and Richard Mille. They make a state­ment and a great amount of ef­fort goes into mak­ing them. My Richard Mille RM 11-01 looks big but it’s ac­tu­ally very com­fort­able be­cause its ton­neau case is curved at the bot­tom. When I bought it, I thought I’d put it in the safe in case it got scratched. But it be­came a daily beater – with its rub­ber strap, I don’t have to worry about get­ting it wet when I wash my hands.”

STEEL­ING HIM­SELF – OR NOT

“I used to own a Patek 5980R, a rose gold Nau­tilus with a brown dial and leather strap. I later re­alised I pre­ferred the blue dial. So, I swopped it with a col­lec­tor who had a 5980/1AR, the same watch, but in steel and gold, and a blue dial – and was look­ing for a dressier watch. Re­cently, the price of the steel Patek Nau­tilus 5980 surged after it was dis­con­tin­ued; prices (on the grey mar­ket) are nearly that of the gold (equiv­a­lent). As a busi­ness­man, I ad­vo­cate that peo­ple don’t pay more for steel than gold, but that’s the trend right now, and I can­not con­trol mar­ket forces. The 5980/1AR is the best of both worlds: If you do not know which you want, just buy half-steel and half-gold and see what hap­pens.” (Laughs.)

ON HIS ROLE AS IN­VEST­MENT AD­VISER TO A NEW WATCH FUND

“A fel­low watch col­lec­tor Chelsey (Chen) and I started a watch fund. We re­ceive ques­tions about watches all the time – about which time­pieces to buy and at what prices – and many friends have told us that they are keen on investing in time­pieces, but don’t know where to start. The Horo Fund is op­er­ated by Chelsey’s com­pany Olive55wrist, which is ad­vised by my com­pany Dek­tos In­vest­ment, a reg­is­tered fund man­age­ment com­pany. The Horo Fund cu­rates the time­pieces that are bought, sold, traded or held, and aims to re­turn a cer­tain yield to in­vestors.”

ON DE­CID­ING WHICH WATCH TO WEAR DAILY

“I keep about 15 watches at home. I don’t use watch winders be­cause I think they cause wear and tear to watch move­ments. Some­times, I wear one that matches my cloth­ing, but on days when I’m feel­ing lazy or just go­ing for a ca­sual out­ing, I pick a watch that shows the clos­est ac­tual time.”

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