TRUE ORIG­I­NAL A fan of in­no­va­tion has equally creative ways of ex­press­ing his horo­log­i­cal pas­sion.

A FAN OF IN­NO­VA­TION HAS EQUALLY CREATIVE WAYS OF EX­PRESS­ING HIS HORO­LOG­I­CAL PAS­SION.

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BOLD­NESS, NOT BRANDS

“Peo­ple think that I go only for in­de­pen­dent brands, but I don’t go for spe­cific brands. A brand catches my at­ten­tion if its work is creative. One ex­am­ple is (in­de­pen­dent Rus­sian watch­maker) Kon­stantin Chaykin. He launched his Joker watch at Basel­world last year, and it sold out in days. I later com­mis­sioned him to cre­ate a unique piece in­spired by mime artists, in­stead of the vil­lain in the Bat­man movies. Mine has a monochro­matic pal­ette, and the eyes have teardrop-shaped, in­stead of round, pupils. Its case­back bears a Char­lie Chap­lin quote: ‘A day with­out laugh­ter is a day wasted.’”

MY FAVOURITE WATCHES

01 De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels in ti­ta­nium

02 Ur­w­erk UR-110 PT in plat­inum and ti­ta­nium

03 Kon­stantin Chaykin Joker Piece Unique (Mime) in steel

04 Ulysse Nardin Freak Out in ti­ta­nium

05 MB&F Legacy Ma­chine 101 Frost in rose gold

MY RE­STRIC­TIONS ON WATCH- SHOP­PING

“I’m par­tic­u­lar about two things. Firstly, I don’t sell watches. Even if my tastes change, I will still try to keep them. Se­condly, I don’t buy pre­owned watches be­cause I’m a hy­giene freak. Watches touch your skin when worn; they’re quite per­sonal. I’d go as far as NOS (new old stock), which have not been worn.”

ODES TO MY LOVES

“Aside from its in­ter­est­ing case, ar­tic­u­lated lugs and pol­ish­ing, I like the De Bethune DB28 Steel Wheels’ skele­ton­i­sa­tion and sap­phire hour hand. I ac­tu­ally wrote a poem about it and posted it on In­sta­gram (@ watchin­ery). I write po­ems be­cause I like play­ing with words. Years ago, I wrote a song for my wife af­ter I nearly got into an ac­ci­dent while driv­ing. It made me re­alise there were many things I wanted to tell her, so I wrote the song, recorded it, and gave it to her for her birth­day.”

ON CON­SID­ER­ING START­ING HIS OWN BRAND

“I’ve thought about cre­at­ing my own watch brand. I con­cep­tu­alised a watch – it would have jump­ing hours, a reg­u­lar min­utes hand and a sec­onds disc – and en­gaged a prod­uct de­signer to help me de­sign it. But I dropped the idea af­ter dis­cussing it with many peo­ple. I would want to cre­ate a high-end watch that would cost a lot to pro­duce, and it would not be easy for a new Sin­ga­porean brand to sell a watch at a haute-hor­logerie price.”

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