Amanda Steckler

Speed Queen

“I got into supercars and rallying 10 years ago, when I was living in the US. My husband bought me my first car, a McLaren 12C Spider Neiman Marcus Edition. That’s when I started wearing sporty watches by brands such as Richard Mille. Today, I’m the biggest collector of McLaren cars in the world. I was allocated the McLaren Senna a few years ago, and shortly after, I got the accompanying watch, the Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren (pictured).”

Richard Mille RM 11-03 Automatic Flyback Chronograph McLaren in Carbon TPT and orange Quartz TPT (Photo: Vernon Wong)

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Taking Flight

“In my twenties, I was based in Hong Kong for a few years, and I was working as a flight attendant. The Piaget Dancer (pictured) was the first luxury watch I bought for myself. One of the reasons I bought it was because I used to do modern dance when I was younger. I love to perform and used to be the lead dancer in school. The Dancer is a simple and elegant watch that can be worn for day and night. I still wear it — it was with me when I was in Europe for the recent couture shows.”

Piaget Dancer in white gold and diamonds (Photo: Vernon Wong)

Larger Than Life

“I like wearing so-called men’s watches and I think it’s just about wearing them with confidence. I opened the first Killiney Kopitiam in California and I’ve also opened three outlets here. My staff always call me ‘Big Boss’ — and I don’t think it’s just about status, but my confidence.”

Amanda Steckler
(Photo: Vernon Wong)

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Always In Her Heart

“I was the one who got my husband into watches. He passed away last June in an accident, but he was always a very fun and loving guy. He was the former CEO of Avast Software, and he grew the company into a multi-billion-dollar one. Without me, he would still just be wearing an Apple Watch, which was also introduced to him by me. I shouldn’t have got him into that because he started competing with me about how many calories we were burning. (Laughs.)”

Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase Ref. 5712 in steel (Photo: Vernon Wong)

Behind The Scenes

“Piaget invited me to Watches and Wonders in Geneva this year and I also visited the brand’s factory while I was in Switzerland. Factory tours help you appreciate how many skilled people it takes to make a fine watch. I was attracted to the Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Precious (pictured) because of the gradation of the colours of the sapphires and diamonds. I like different kinds of watches for different occasions. I can go without wearing jewellery, but I must always wear a watch.”

Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Precious High Jewellery in white gold, diamonds and sapphires (Photo: Vernon Wong)

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