自我介紹：腕錶和藝術的愛好者 ／ A lover of watches and art
How did you get interested in watches?
Watches were present in my childhood, but I grew up indifferent to them. My parents both worked and trained briefly in a watch and clock store in Shanghai before moving on to other studies and careers. While their work no longer involved watches, my father wore a watch every day and my mother occasionally did simple repairs for friends.
The turning point was when my father offered to gift me a watch for my twentieth birthday. With some basic research and assistance from my father, I chose the Rado Jubile. Even looking back now, it was a watch that suited my age and style at the time. It’s a watch that still remains in my collection, and the one that sparked my love of rectangular watches.
I also wore my mother’s quartz Universal Geneve for several years before looking to purchase a watch for myself.
Which of your IG post best represents your style?
It’s difficult for me to pinpoint a particular style. I like both small and larger watches; sometimes I will feel like wearing a watch with a colourful dial and other times, I won’t. I tend to prefer dress watches, although I do have sports watches in my collection.
When it comes to watches I wear most often, I am partial towards my duo of rectangular watches.
Have you found any differences between female and male watch lovers?
I think everyone’s interest and relationship with watches is different and evolves over time; and it can be limiting to generalise when it comes to how men and women approach this hobby.
Taking myself as an example, I have purchased a watch purely because it was ‘love at first sight’, and I have also spent months looking for a discontinued watch with a particular combination of complication and dial layout that I liked.
I have found it so interesting to see people’s collections on Instagram, it’s as if you get a glimpse of someone’s interests and collecting journey just from seeing their collection at a particular point in time. Even amongst female collectors, our collections are vastly different.
What do watches mean to your work and life?
工作時，我幾乎只戴Reverso和Tank Must。兩只都是小尺寸的錶，但各自有其獨特風格。有時在我打字時，低頭看一眼Reverso漂亮的面盤紋路、或Tank Must的深酒紅，就能讓我心情大好。
Certain activities make me want to wear certain watches. It’s a little strange, but grocery shopping makes me reach for a particular watch in my collection. There is no logic behind it.
I wear my reverso and tank almost exclusively for work. They are both small but have their own individual flare. Sometimes when I am typing, I look down at the keyboard and see the beautiful guilloche on my reverso or that deep burgundy dial on my tank must and it gives me much joy.
Which is your favourite watch? Why?
My favourite watch is my Jaeger-LeCoultre reverso. It is the first watch I purchased for myself, and I spent a significant amount of time thinking about the purchase and researching before finally pulling the trigger. I love it for these reasons and because it still remains the watch I feel most comfortable wearing.
As a female watch lover, do you want to say something to the brands and the watch industry?
I think some brands are starting to recognise that not all women want small precious metal quartz watches and not all men prefer large watches. I think there is a place for ‘ladies watches’ (and I personally like small precious metal watches) but hope that brands can expand their offerings to women.
When I browse official websites of brands, I almost always go to the men section because I know the women’s section will be incredibly limited. At least with the men’s section, I can usually filter by case size and movement.
As a starting point, I hope brands can be more open to what constitutes a ‘ladies watch’ – a narrow definition can mean that a large portion of a brand’s offerings are not easily accessible to the casual visitor and can create an unnecessary barrier of entry for women who are unfamiliar with the world of watches.
When I first started looking at watches to purchase, I had a very hard time finding a watch that I liked because as soon as I walked into a store (or looked on the women’s section on websites), I would be shown ladies watches, mostly with diamonds – and because I like diamonds on my jewellery and not on my timepieces – none of those watches appealed to me. It was not until I spend time researching, that I discovered there were so many more options and dial designs available – I had simply not been exposed to them at the beginning.
Do you have other hobbies besides watches?
去年年初，我為了手錶相關內容，專門開了一個IG帳號。除了我自己手錶的照片外，漸漸也開始分享我以手錶為主題的繪畫作品 － 大部分來自於封城的無聊期間。我想，我可能已經意外地找到了一個結合手錶、攝影和繪畫三種興趣的方式。
I have been drawing and painting for many years, and it remains a hobby that I enjoy. I also like photography and have collected film cameras for many years.
Early last year, I started a separate Instagram account just for watch related content. On that account I also started posting photographs of my watches and later, drawings and paintings of watches – mostly out of lockdown boredom. Now I think I may have accidently stumbled across a way of merging all three hobbies.