German precision

“I became seriously interested in watches around 2016, but I first discovered A. Lange & Sohne in 2002, when I was 14. My uncle wore a watch from the brand, and I thought it was beautiful. It was a Lange 1 in rose gold, and I was even more blown away when I flipped the watch over and saw its movement, which is one of the most well-finished in the business. I always knew I needed a Lange, and the Lange 1 Moon Phase in rose gold (pictured) is one of the favourites in my collection.”

“CLASSIC” A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Moon Phase in pink gold
“Classic” – A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Moon Phase in pink gold

Complex notions

“My horological tastes are still evolving, but at the moment, what I look out for is not just a watch’s monetary value, but real value in terms of complications. The demand for stainless steel sport watches has become overinflated, and people seem to be chasing after watches mainly for their secondary-market value. I don’t understand why a steel watch with no complications is trading on the secondary market for more than a precious-metal watch with, say, a chronograph or an annual calendar.”

Financial advisor Lim Kim Sun
Financial adviser Lim Kim Sun

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Blasts from the past

“Recently, I’ve been looking into vintage watches. It was partly sparked by meeting new friends through collecting, and several of them are into vintage watches. There’s so much value to be found in vintage watches, especially since they are generally not that expensive, except for a few brands. Vintage watches can also have top-quality, handmade movements, and are usually rare because they are no longer being produced.”

“REFINED” Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph 47101 in yellow gold
“Refined” – Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph 47101 in yellow gold

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Vintage pick

“I bought my Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph 47101, which was from 1998, from a dealer in Germany. As this was my first time buying a watch from overseas, it was quite a scary experience, even though my friends helped me to look at the dealer’s details online and reassured me it was fine. (Laughs.) A friend from the Singapore Watch Club first showed the model to me and it was love at first sight. It wears nicely at 36mm, has an amazing guilloche dial, and its movement is based on the legendary Lemania 2310.”

“TIMELESS” Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day- Date 36 in yellow gold
“Timeless” – Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 in yellow gold

Unusual choice

“My first serious watch was a Rolex Submariner, and I’ve since bought other Rolexes. One of my favourites is a watch I never imagined I would like: a yellow gold Day-Date with a green ombre dial. It has diamonds, and it’s all yellow gold, from case to bracelet. I bought it after seeing it on display at one of the ADs (authorised dealers) I go to because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Most of the time, it’s kept in a safe because it’s not something I would wear every day to work. But I love even just looking at it.”

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