How did you get interested in watches?
When I was a little girl I was always surrounded by books and magazines. I loved reading so naturally I would flip through the magazines and over time I became fascinated with reading the articles on timepieces. From that point onwards I always knew I wanted to own a watch one day.
The real turning point came when I bought my first watch. The whole process of researching, shopping around, up to unboxing the watch gave me such a thrill that I never felt with bags, shoes, and jewellery. As I started seeing and touching more pieces in real life, I fell into this rabbit hole and started appreciating the workmanship and history even more and more.
Which of your IG post best represents your style?
I am both practical and feminine. I like dressing simple with loud accessories. Most of the time you’ll find me in a T-shirt, a skirt, sneakers, a watch, and tons of jewellery. All my watches and accessories hold a specific memory for me and need to reflect or connect with how I feel on any given day or certain period of my life.
Have you found any differences between female and male watch lovers?
Definitely! I hate to generalize here, but in a nutshell, men may choose watches to convey their lifestyle and personalities, whereas women use watches as more of a jewellery piece to accentuate an outfit.
In addition, I find that most men tend to stay loyal to one or two brands only. The watch brand’s history and vision, whether it be design or marketing plays an important part in why they choose to purchase a certain timepiece.
Women on the other hand will collect a variety of brands so long as the design of the watch appeals to them. The versatility of the watch design and price point are also huge determining factors for them.
What do watches mean to your work and life?
They mean a lot more than people realize. I am very different when I’m at work so ppl at work haven’t quite figured out my love for watches despite the growing number of watch catalogues at the office.
Outside of work, the process of me opening up and not feeling insecure about being a girl and liking watches over bags and shoes has made me a happier person and through this I’ve met some of the nicest and most genuinely supportive people, some of whom I consider good friends now.
Which is your favourite watch? Why?
This is so hard! I feel attached to every piece and they all have special memories for me, but, as of date, it’ll have to be my AP Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked (#15466BC) because it epitomizes my personality and style. It was also one of the best surprises I’ve gotten in my life.
During the Audemars Piguet factory visit at Le Brassus, I had described my “dream watch” to my SA (a frosted openworked in 37mm) even before there was any news of AP releasing such a watch. Now, imagine my reaction when they told me my “dream watch” had arrived in Hong Kong less than two weeks after my trip.
As a female watch lover, do you want to say something to the brands and the watch industry?
I have so much to say that this interview alone wouldn’t even do it justice! I wish that brands would focus more on creating better movements and designs (form and function) for female watches. Designs that rely on adding diamond bezels or playing with interchangeable straps just doesn’t cut it anymore. Women have more personality than that.
In terms of watch events, it would be nice if more emphasis was placed on teaching us on movements, materials, and the history of the brand. I think the moment women start to see the value of a watch, that it can match or outweigh that of a bag or piece of jewellery, then real change will shift in terms of their spending in the industry.
Slight improvements can be made with the whole retail experience too. It all starts with the right training so sales can ask the right questions. Women customers appreciate being heard. Having somebody that understands your taste, lifestyle, and even someone that pushes your style boundaries to recommend pieces that you may not have dared to experiment with would make the whole journey of collecting less intimidating and more gratifying.
Do you have other hobbies besides watches?
Watches will always come first but I love going for a good run and reading.