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The Life of Michael Tay

More on the life of horological retail whiz Michael Tay.

His father and The Hour Glass co-founder, Dr Henry Tay
“My father taught me early on in life that we are not judged by what we say but by what we do and how we go about doing it. Our lives are measured by the footprints we leave behind, the courses we chart, the examples we set for others to follow.”

Innovation
“I believe that there exists a visual ideal of beauty that is universal. It is only through the mastery of the
past that one can create something truly new.”

Being the only Dance Student in his Co-ed school
“Whenever there was a school play that involved a dance segment, I filled in – in my one-piece, sheeny white leotard.”

Joining the family business during the Asian financial crisis
“It shaped my fundamental approach to business. Having gone through and cut your teeth during such a period, it only serves to fortify one’s grit.”

Fiancee Talenia Phua Gajardo
“I’ve met this incredible woman with whom I share so many passions in life – art, architecture and design, and, more importantly, whose personal values and life goals dovetail with mine.”