me & my vintage watch, in
perfect harmony nov 2016
I just love this
clock. Can't explain it . . . there is no need to.
It is a piece of art, just enjoy it. Shawn
"Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand,
as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply
necessary to love" ~ Claude Monet
T G I F
Fridays are the hardest in some ways, you’re so close to freedom
a very rare AP 18k Art Deco Circa 1920s. So rare that AP
Museum wants it in its own collection . . .
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
has been great & we thank all of you once again for your support!!
2015 would be another exciting year. A year in which a very
good friend of mine will turn 50 together with Singapore (SG50) & he is
celebrating it in the next few weeks with an extremely rare timepiece from yours
Thank you Bro.
As part of its SG50 celebration,
is launching its
guide sharing Louis Vuitton’s vision of Singapore life through handpicked
selection of exceptional places, delivered with flair & conviction, to expand
its collection of trusted companions to the world’s urban explorers. We are
humbled by Louis Vuitton's recommendation & feature of
in its inaugural Louis Vuitton City Guide
Singapore 2015 as a place for vintage watches in Singapore. Thank you too!!
It has always been
our mission to bring to you unusual, rare and collectible timepieces, & we have
worked hard to do just that in the past years. Looking forward to bringing more
interesting timepieces for your selection in the coming year, & hope you will
enjoy them as much as we will in putting them together.
Can't wait . . . .
2015, EVERYONE !!!
Shawn : 31.12.14
Most of us know that SEIKO
(SEIKOSHA) is known as
& CITIZEN is
Did you know that Citizen was once known as
西吉增 & that kid is the
Thanks to the little red old box, now you know . . . . .
Day, n. A period of
twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. ~Ambrose Bierce
Ok, ok here is THE ANSWER to the riddle (11
In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter
of each word, place it at the end of the word, and then
spell the word backwards, it will form the same word.
The odd one out is
Did you figure it out? Well, a few of you did and
the sharpest & fastest person to email me with the right
answer is Steven J of NYC, followed by Jeff S (Spore),
Andy G (Spore) and Colin B (Aust) etc. Well done
guys!! Steven, the special gift is now on its way
to you. Thanks for taking part, hope you guys had
THE RIDDLE @
6 FEB 09
Trust some of us had too much goodies during the Chinese
New Year break for our own good. I am one of the
guilty ones & the excess fat is not just bulging my
belt, I am thinking a lot slower too (yawn).
Well, to prove that you are not affected at all, see if
you can figure out what the following
have IN COMMON & which (only 1) is the ODD ONE
OUT. The First collector to email
me with the correct answer will get a special gift :O)
Have you already given up? Come on, give it another
try, you'll kick yourself when you discover the
answer. (Hint: No, it is not that they all have at least
2 double letters). Time is ticking ...... Have
it or not .... dreams do come true, sometimes....
Last Friday morning, I woke up regretting an
action .... I turned down an offer to purchase a very
interesting timepiece from a fellow dealer old friend of
mine only to find out that it was sold when I changed my
later. This happened in my
To cut the long story short, when I
reached my gallery the following morning in
the same friend that I dreamt of telephoned,
inviting me to view some items. I had by
then forgotten about the dream. When I met up with
him, he showed me this beautiful and interesting pocket
watch which I bought immediately. As I drove away & stopping at a red traffic light to
admire the timepiece, my wife called me on the mobile
phone. When I told her about my new purchase, she went:
"Of course, he called you last night in your dream,
remember????" You see, I told her about the dream
& the pocket watch that I missed, in the morning before
we left our home. Now it is ticking & retrograding
nicely in my humble gallery...yes, it is the one my
friends are staring at in the photo above
IS IT TELEPATHY? COINCIDENCE??
Well, quite a few nice things happened
to me recently and I have been pleasantly surprised &
these are things that I find hard to explain. DO YOU
BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? I DO, SINCERELY !!! So,
to all my friends, I say:
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAVE FAITH &
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE IN 2009 !!!!!!!!!!!
X’mas came early for me this year !!
A very good friend from the north called to say that he has sent
“something special” to me for X’mas.
I am really excited & am
feeling like a small kid waiting for his gift to arrive in Santa’s
The suspense is killing me!! This is probably
the only occasion that I wish for the earth to rotate faster & the
time to pass by quickly.
Well, there is a kid in every man & kids
are usually happier, or are they??
If I were to ask you
:”DO YOU THINK TIME EXIST?” Some of you may say: “You are
wasting my time”. But how can we waste something
that may not exist? Since when does time not exist?
I don’t know....because, if time does not exist then there is no
"when". Can someone tell me the correct time NOW?
No you can’t. You see, as you are telling me the time from
your beloved watches, the future has already become the past.
Therefore, there is no present, therefore time does not exist!!
But, but if time does not exist, then who
needs a watch???? I have some watches in my gallery, may
be I know??? Well, I doubt I have a good answer to that
question, but all I know is that ~
Time, although flies, leaves behind more than just lines around our
eyes. As the Sun, Moon & Stars dance & twinkle away in the sky
high, they bring lights to our eyes and sprinkle little gold dusts
into our minds. The young
kids may seem happy counting the twinkling stars but who do you
think is HAPPIER? The young one? NO, the one who is
older! Why? Because he has a full life, more experiences & love and
he has more friends in addition to his family. So, to my loved
ones who celebrate your birthdays this month (6,8,20,26,28) you are
not just getting OLDER, you are also HAPPIER like the rest of us as
the year draws to a close!!
So does time exist?
Beats me , but it definitely completes our life, yours and mine.
And if you are still wondering what X’mas gift to give your loved
ones, may I suggest…. T I M
….lots of it !!
24. 09. 2008
And I thought I was the only crazy one…
Guess most of us owned at least a SWATCH during the '80s ... I
recently went through my boxes of stuff & came across my old
“collection” of Swatches. Amongst them was this very colorful
chronograph, which brought back lots of memories. Sweet mostly!!
I still remember using this particular chronograph to time my tax
consultancy work diligently. As we charged our clients by the hour,
every minute counts & precision was vital……to fill up the timesheet,
that is. Back then, I must be the only one
in the firm who timed his work with a chronograph on the wrist....
Well, this chrono has some very
nice elements that I like on a watch, especially the colored pushers
(resembling a good friend’s Flightmaster 910 with beautiful
aged dial) & it is in MINT condition with box & papers, unsigned
too!!! So excited, I wore it to bed that night although it was
not ticking. A new battery, I thought was all it needed BUT “CRAZY”
was what I heard in the middle of the sleep….. No gift for guessing
who uttered it.
A trip to the watchmaker spoilt the
following day. It refused to work with the new battery & is now a
new display in my humble gallery…the only way to prolong its “shelf
life”, I guess. Along Came Polly-anna
!! Many of you know that my heart would beat
faster & my knees go weak when I see a nice watch accessory. Well,
a friend picked up the same “bad hobby” of mine recently & started
collecting the related stuff starting with ads, goggles, boxes & who
knows what …..But I say WELCOME TO THE CLUB, The Karangguni (rag &
bone) club !!
Well, people used to call me CRAZY
Collector. But if you really love someone or something & there is
no whisper of thrill, not an ounce of excitement, have you really
loved? When you do, shouldn’t you be swept away & be deliriously
happy? I know it is a
corn-ball thing but love is passion, obsession, something you can’t
live without. So, for all of us who love watches, I say fall head
over heel, find some pieces you can love like crazy & they will love
you the same way back. Forget your head, listen to your heart.
The truth is, there is no sense living your life without this……To
make the journey but not fall deeply in love…well, you have not
lived your life at all.
The world’s First Grand Prix
Formula 1 Night Race is taking place right here in Singapore over
this coming weekend (26-28 Sept) & the racing track is a stone throw
away from my gallery. Although I am not crazy about F1, I am equally
excited & can understand why thousands of fans flew in to witness
the race & experience the deafening engine sounds, but only to do it
with ear plugs, to avoid ear drums perforation. How ironical?
Well, I guess it takes one lover to know another & like Formula 1,
some watches that I will have this coming Saturday are not for the
don't you love the watch display on the left? Resembling the scene
at F1 Pit Stop)
Anyone can be passionate,
but it takes real lovers to be silly
~ Rose Franken
08. 08. 2008
What is your favourite number on the dial of your watch? For
me, it has to be the only number that is obese, round & still
insists on wearing a belt. Haha... it is number 8,
a lucky number in the Chinese culture.
August is the 8th
month of the year & Beijing Olympics kicked off on the
with Michael Phelps making history with
8 Gold medals.
Singapore just celebrated its National day on 9.8.2008,
& won an Olympic silver medal
after the last one in 1960.
Well done, Team Singapore!!
Last Saturday, I was invited by a Bank to do a
talk on Collecting Watches As An Alternative Investment. I brought
x8 watches with
me & went through slides
of exactly 28.
Closer to heart, I
was born & brought up in a house numbered
& there are 8
kids in my family. My sister’s home is a very good number
8, my own house
ends with a 8,
& the phone number for my humble gallery has a couple of
8s. My best
friends’ car numbers are 4x88,
the last 2 digits of my car add up to
Incidentally, my waistline is ahem ...
My wife & a few good friends were born in
the months or on days with the digit
& one of them just got herself a pair of Panerai Goggles that has
the shape of 8
(OO). Guess what, my oldest
84 years old !!!
Most of the above were not premeditated &
all true except my waistline, which luckily is not 38 !!
Last but not least, this is my 8th
year in the watch business & I look forward to more g8d
years with your fantastic support,
whatever your favourite number may be.
29 MAY 2008
12 months ago this day, I was busy preparing for the
Watch Talk & Exhibition
held in my humble gallery with the help of a few close
friends. It was a sharing event, tiring
affair, costly too as it was self-financed.
But it went well & we had lots of fun doing it, the
excitement still lingers in the air every time we talk
about it. This is a form of happiness, I think.
When I resigned from
my tax practice years ago, one of my former bosses told me that the
watch business that I am leaving my professional job for is a very
good business to be in. Her reasoning: As with most gifts,
whether we buy them for ourselves or our loved ones, it is always
initiated by happy & loving thoughts. So the whole business really
circles around a few important things in life, passion, love &
happiness. Hemm .. philosophical .. I
After a few years in
this business now, I began to appreciate her sentiments. Especially
when I see the happy & passionate faces that go along with the
beautiful timepieces. I also realised that the happiness does
not end at the point of purchase. When presented as gifts to
ourselves, friends or loved ones, the watches will bring back lots
of sweet memories every time we look at them. Ask yourself this
question: How many times have you looked at your watch today? What
does it remind you of? Your last birthday, new job,
anniversary or Shawn? Ha ha, thanks. At any rate, I am
sure we are a very happy bunch of people.
One day, these watches may become someone’s precious heirlooms.
Then, the happiness is shared perpetually….. it is timeless !!! And
I am glad that you share it with me, first.
spread through the earth, in stray gifts to be claimed by whoever
~William Wordsworth, 1806
21 APRIL 2008
World's Most Expensive Fishbowl
this one ... was sold for a World record price of US$23,400
at the Antiquorum Auction on 17 April 2008 in New
York and there is no fish in it !!!
auction, namely “Revolution: The Evolution of the
Rolex Sport Watch”
commemorating the 100th
anniversary of Rolex, achieved a total auction value
of $ 8,479,860.
collectors, nothing beats knowing what you bought
turned out to be a good investment later. I
remember telling a friend at work a few years back
that many people now collect “stuff” as an
alternative investment. This friend, being a
“non-collector” laughed it off with a comment that
he would rather put his money in stocks and shares.
Well, to some extent, he may be right …. just may
be…. until he dropped by my humble gallery for
coffee yesterday, 7 years later. You
should see the reaction on his face when I showed
similar “Fishbowl” in my humble gallery
which I acquired years ago at a fraction of the
current auction price.
some, it is just a fishbowl. To me, it is a
piece of art. In 1920s, when the “Oyster”
case was introduced, Rolex used a rectangular
aquarium filled with water & a number of fish to
display its watches with Oyster cases in jewelers
shop windows. In 1950s, the plain rectangular
aquarium display developed into this more elaborate
round fishbowl display which was mounted on top of a
complex enameled themed motif with the watch totally
submersed in water, to promote its waterproof &
airtight case. It is undoubtedly a very powerful
image that made the Rolex brand unforgettable and I
bought it purely for this interesting advertisement
Although the fishbowl did not do as well as my pal’s
for USD 248,800),
it has turned out to be a good investment piece so
far !! This ties to what I always tell my
fellow collector friends:
Follow your heart, buy what you like,
if the value appreciates in the future, it is a
think, I have done pretty alright here with this
little fishbowl investment & would definitely wish
the same for you & your collections :O) HAPPY HUNTING !!!
of you who know me well would know that
many birthday cakes have been cut &
candles blown in my humble gallery over
the years. I hope your wishes have all
come true !! :O)
A very close friend of mine proposed
recently to use the gallery for a small
event, I gladly agreed. When he & his
girlfriend arrived yesterday (10 Mar
2008), they were both dressed to the
ninth. He was in the best suit I have
ever seen him in. Looked very handsome
too with his hair well sculpted. As she
tip-toed up the stairs with the tail of
the long white gown in both hands, I saw
HUGE happy smiles, & can’t help feeling
happy for them too. They are getting
have known him since my tax practice
days & he is finally getting married!!
I am glad that he has found someone he
loves to share his life with. Congrats
A collector of rare coins & notes
himself, he has recently turned to
serious watch collecting. How serious,
you ask. Well, serious enough that he
wanted part of his wedding photos taken
in my humble gallery. I guess they
would like this special occasion to be
filled with lots of love & nice
watches!! Was it an
May be not. Strange? May be, but I
would rather say it is
Unique in the way that he had this
happiest & most important moment of his
life permanently registered in HEIRLOOM
GALLERY. I felt like a
priest but am touched by his sincerity &
honored by his choice.
a real life love story & a classic
history of a true watch lover in the
making…. & I am glad to know that many
years down the road, when we sit around
to talk about it, it will bring back
lots of sweet memories. I
could still hear the photographer
saying: Tilt your head to the left,
raise the flowers a little …. Smile :O)
what?? After they left, I noticed that
the floor was a lot cleaner than
before…. haha …that
is what friends are for!!!!
Best of all, the “en-bloc” cloud which
has been hanging above my head for a
while now disappeared with the dust &
the sky is a lot clearer. I think they
have brought me luck. Thanks YP & LL.
Congrats once again !
Love is a flower which turns into fruit
15 FEB 2008
you are probably aware,
2008 is a LEAP YEAR.
A special year with one extra
day inserted in the month of February in order to keep the calendar year
synchronised with the astronomical year.
there will be 29 days as opposed to
the normal 28 this month. I
know some of us may resent the fact that we will need to work an additional day.
Personally, I am excited that there is another 24 hours at my disposal.
Well, a very good friend of mine took a step further & went on to insert
another day into his personal calendar as he is holding his 6th Solo Art
Exhibition & launching his 1st publication, both titled “30th FEB
” . Congratulations, my
There is also a Singapore movie
- “The Leap Years” to be
launched at the end of this
month. The movie is based
on an old leap year tradition,
dates back to 1288, when
Scotland passed a law that
allowed women to propose
marriage to the men of their
choice in that year. They
also made it law that any man
who declined a proposal in a
leap year must pay a fine, which
could range from a kiss ( fine?
) to payment for a silk dress or
a pair of gloves.... emm.. I
guess the men will go “Oh, dear”
or “OH YES” depending on who is
Well, for those of you who have
watches with perpetual calendar
in your collection, it will be
interesting to see how the
date/month functions correct
themselves at the end of
It is going to be an exciting
time for many of us and whatever
you intend to do,
Have Fun ...
1 FEB 2008
Happy Valentine's Day !!
Guess many of us had lots
to eat during the Chinese New Year break.
For me, the goodies have added
some pounds to my frame and I am
sporting a slightly bigger
waistline i.e. BIG BELLY now.
But in the month of February,
when love is in the air, one can
choose to call it "LOVE
true love is not about loving a
perfect person but loving an
imperfect person perfectly.
Likewise for vintage watches,
Through one’s flaws, a greater
whole is found. In pitch
darkness, an abundance of colour
arises. Without the
struggle of mortality, how can
one realise the freedom of mind
27 JAN 2008
seems like yesterday that the
Chinese community celebrated the
last lunar new year & before
know it, we are busy preparing
for another one (the
Chinese year 4706) which begins
7th Feb 2008.
There are 12 animals
in the Chinese Calendar with the Rat leading
the cycle, which means another 12 years have
passed us by & a new cycle will begin.
They say early bird gets the worm but the
second mouse gets the cheese. Why? Because
the first mouse got caught in the trap.
So, before we hit the reset button to
restart the cycle hastily, it is always a
good practice that we take stock, reflect &
plan the year ahead to make sure that we are
not enrolling ourselves into another Rat
race. Well, if only life is as simple
as resetting the hands on our chronographs
... but, even that requires an
observation of sequence, or the watch will
give up on us.
There is a Chinese
saying: The Day’s planning begins in the
morning & the Year’s starts with the Spring.
For the first time in years, I arrived at my
Gallery as early as 8.15am yesterday & will
be doing so for the rest of the year.
I would not take that as a resolution for
the new year, but knowing that I may now
answer your emails earlier & you could receive
the lovely watches quicker than before makes
waking up early in the morning all worth
the current economic outlook, I guess we
must make ourselves RELEVANT so that we will
not wake up in the next morning & exclaim “ WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?
”. Well, in the coming year of the
Rat, I choose to be Haw & not Hew. You? ps: by the way, that is a chrono resting on
a cheese ball not bowling ball, too many
holes !!! :0)
4 JAN 2008
TGIF!! Well, we were just
celebrating the arrival of 2008 & voilà,
it is now the FIRST Friday of 2008 !!
Time flies!!! Gerd-R. Lang said it & I
flies, so I caught it in a cage”.
In this first week of the new year,
rather than counting the wrinkles on my
face & losing sleep, I chose to count my
blessings instead of sheep…..
A good friend once told me: “I
have something to look forward
to every morning when I wake up:
WHICH WATCH TO WEAR? & WHAT
CLOTHES TO MATCH THE WATCH?”
Well, me too & I think it is a
is said that as many people wear
wristwatches as there are people
wearing shoes on their feet.
Don’t ask me why I need so many
watches. Someone once asked
Imelda Marcos & she said “They
went to my closets looking for
skeletons, but thank God, all
they found were shoes, beautiful
shoes….” With this in mind,
welcome to our 2008 Spring
selection, & I look forward to
bringing more collectible
timepieces to you in the months
HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY
24 DEC 2007
future is the present given to us by the past
the year draws to a close, many of us would take a
pause from the fast moving cycle of life, stop
for a breather before we hit the play button and
spear ahead into the unknown, 2008.
Last Christmas, I was at a beautiful & chilly place,
almost two thousand meters above sea level. This
year, I am heading north, no, not North Pole but to a
place filled with love and warmth in the air, taking
with me my new toy (yes, you guessed it) on my wrist and
some gifts in my sleigh.
eventful year, 2007 has been for me and I could not ask
for more than your friendship, care and support.
Omega’s Darth Vader, Skywalker and the likes made the
year a lot more interesting too and I can’t wait to see
the Squirrel again. Well, life is
beautiful because of these fond memories,
and I am glad that you
made them sweeter....
Merry X'mas & Happy New Year !!May the force be
with you in 2008.
1 DEC 2007
DECEMBERis the twelfth & last month of the
year in the Gregorian Calendar. A month
that sums up all months of the year, a
period that many of us are looking
forward to for various reasons: the year
end promotion or bonuses at work, the
annual holiday, the all important
marathon that you have been preparing
for, & for some, fabulous birthday &
Christmas presents that you will be
For me, the
Christmas season is full of
heart-warming, nostalgic & sentimental
fun. The general havoc & merriment
is infectious too! Well, Santa Claus I
may not be, but the
last time I checked, I do have more grey
hairs now than last year &
I work a
lot harder during this period of the
timepieces for you & your loved ones.
Some friends say that I have the best
job in the world as I look at beautiful
timepieces all day. True that may be but
I think my eyes grow tired from so much
beauty filtration that I will need
progressive lenses soon.
But the hard work is all worth it,
especially when I see the smile on your
face as you take the watches home or
when I received your emails from afar
thanking me for the beautiful
timepieces. That to me is priceless!
2007 has been an eventful & interesting
year for me. The Antiquorum
Omegamania auction spiced up intense
interest in vintage watches amongst
collectors. The small watch talk
& exhibition held in my humble gallery
was a dream come true too! As I look
back at the year & reflecting on all I’d
experienced in the year, the watches I
have handled, the interesting people I
met, the friends that I have made, the
bits & pieces of life we shared, the
cute nicknames we thought of, the
inspirations I derived from all these &
the beautiful memories they formed . . .
make me realised how blessed I am !!!
December begins (astrologically) with
the sun in the sign of Sagittarius &
ends in the sign of Capricorn.
To the few people close to my heart (the
young one & the not so) who celebrate
your birthdays (6, 8, 26, 28 &
this month, I say : never mind the
numbers, you are only getting wiser.
Well, you were born in the most joyous &
celebrated month of the year, that is a
blessing too!! So,
Happy Birthday & May All Your Dreams
To my other friends & the squirrel I met
on my birthday, whatever report cards
you may get for 2007, I wish you a
Remember this December, that
weighs more than gold!
Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
7 NOV 2007
things in life may change, some things they stay the
same, like time.
Whoever you are, wherever you may
be, there are only 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and
there is always a shortage of time. Sigh.
They say time flies when you are
feeling high. The reverse is cruel when you are feeling
low and dry. Especially so when you are waiting in
line - for a new watch to appear, an injury to heal, or
simple messages from a friend to come in before we could
feel fine. Sometimes they never arrived, and we cry
Saw a squirrel last week, climbing up and down a tree,
and I remember saying "Hi". I know time flies, but does
a squirrel fly? As I have not seen it since I said
the new watch will arrive, the injury bids goodbye, the
messages and the squirrel will come by, so that we can
all fly high………..
22 OCT 2007
ORANGE:The colour is
named after the orange fruit. Seedless or
most of us love an orange
or two for its
rich source of vitamin C & citrus liminoids. The first recorded use of orange as a color name
in English was in 1512, in the court of King Henry
VIII. In the modern world it is often used for
many of us can resist the beautiful touch of orange
color on a wrist watch? In recent years many vintage
watches with a slightest touch of orange have all
appreciated in value!! Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 is
a classic example. Others such as Omega Seamaster Big Blue 120m
Diver's Chronograph, 600m Ploprof,
Speedmaster Mark II Exotic Dial & Flightmaster with orange
hands etc are all highly sought after. Equally in
demand is the Omega Memomatic or Dynamic with orange
Ipersonally like the color orange for many
reasons…To me, the
sight of the color orange brings a smile to one’s face.
It is bright, cheerful & so endearing that looking at it
sometimes gives you butterflies in the stomach. =)
don’t take my word for it, look around you now for an
orange or something in orange color, see what magic it
would do to your mood.
months, I have handled a few timepieces as mentioned
above & nothing beats the feeling of seeing the smiles
on fellow collectors’ faces when they strap those
watches on their wrists.
Ok, if I could, I would paint all watch hands to orange
color & rephrase the old saying to : “An orange a day, keeps the doctor away” …… Meanwhile, for those of you who
are looking for one, I am glad to present a few items
with orange hands for your consideration this week. (ps:
sorry guys, I can't take
in exchange for these orange hands. Nice try though !! )
7 OCT 2007
was the last time things don’t go so smoothly for you?
Past week has been one for me. Amongst other
things, my favourite watch
stopped running. We tend to take things for granted
when they go well, pausing to reflect only when they
don’t flow as smoothly as we wish them to be.
The other day, a friend asked me what watch am I getting
for my birthday this year. Another asked what would my
wishes be? Well, like a good friend, a good vintage
watch is hard to come by. So, I think I will just get
the same watch serviced & give it as much wrist time as
it deserves. And if I could wish for one thing, how
about “World Peace?” Haha, that is so Sandra Bullock in
“Miss Congeniality”. But seriously, if I may, I
would wish that things always go well & the sky is
always clear for all of my friends, wherever you may be.
This may sound silly to some, but to me, Friendship
works like a Watch. You may meet someone in your
life, & before that someone becomes your “friend”, you
need to firstly like that person, then you will need to
spend time to know the characters of this acquaintance,
building trust & relations before nurturing it into a
friendship. Likewise, you need to like a watch before
you purchase it. You don’t buy a good watch, leave it
in the drawer & hoping that it will work perfectly in
years to come. A good watch needs continuous tender
care, regular winding & maintenance, the same way you
would maintain a friendship.
to different commitments, we can’t meet as often as we
wish, but the most beautiful discovery true friends make
is that we can grow separately without growing apart.
While we may not communicate as much as we would love
to, it is heartening to know that silences make the real
conversations between friends. Not the saying but the
never needing to say is what counts. So, even if we
don’t say “Hi” often enough, we know that we do CARE.
every day be a beautiful day, for you & me.
1 OCT 2007
Dreams are for those who sleep
Last night, I slept like a baby …waking up every two
hours, that is. A friend said it is a sign of aging.
As I tossed & turned, I realised that it is now October,
a month of certain significance to me. No wonder.
question why are there 12 hours on the dial of a watch,
just as there are 12 months in a year with 12 Zodiac
signs? Is it pure coincidence? I don’t think so!
All things move perpetually, & they move in cycles.
These cycles never repeat exactly because time is
Have you ever tried to determine the age of a watch? How
is that compared to say, guessing one’s age or zodiac
sign? From a watch’s dial, its design, movement
caliber & reference numbers, you could estimate its age
with reasonable certainty. To have a go at
guessing one’s zodiac sign intelligently, you will need
to piece together the characters, personality, values,
likes & dislikes of that person.
Unique? Yes, like each vintage watch, every one of
us is “Piece Unique”. Whilst a Virgo may be a
perfectionist & Libran is
romantic, a Scorpion is definitely
intuitive, passionate & ahem… magnetic. But if
jovial & good-humoured, intellectual but modest,
enjoy travelling & adventurous, truthful
& trustworthy, generous & sincere with a passion for
justice… aha…then my final answer is: a Sagittarian you
I may not
be an astrologer but I know timing is everything in
astrology as your real birth time influences the
relation between the zodiac, your ascendant, & all of
your astrological houses which in turn determine what
kind of person you would turn out to be...very much the
same ways the value of a vintage watch is determined.
Its year of production, design, type of movement &
functions are the reasons for its irresistible intrinsic
values which make each dream watch SPECIAL.
Well, whatever zodiac sign you may be, I am sure you are
Special & Unique !!
May all your dreams come
15 SEP 2007
Time flies !We
say it all the time : The Pretty
are indifferent & end it with a high. The not
so Young Ones punctuate it with a sigh.
Time, as Einstein showed, is a tricky concept to
nail down, & all languages resort to metaphor to
express it, with staggering monotony. We
count the annual rings on a tree trunk and
wrinkles on one’s face to estimate their age.
But does the number really matter? At the age
Einstein came to a sudden realisation: time is
not absolute & it does not progress at the same
rate for everyone, everywhere. In other
words, despite our common perception that a
second is always a second everywhere in the
universe, the rate at which time flows depends
upon where you are & how fast you are
if temporal landmarks don't exist except in our
heads, where does our notion of time come from?
To me, it is all relative & since
we can’t defy the natural process of aging, we
must make sure that we take the driver’s seat
and determine how fast we will travel & grow
with each passing second, inscribing beautiful
memories & wisdom onto the trunks as we go.
From vintage watch collecting perspective, we
all know that old is gold & the dull patina is a
mark of class. In a way, collecting watches is
like collecting time. While no one can be said
to possess time, one can form a collection of
instruments which measures it. This, to some, may be a trade off
...for me, it is a
17 AUG 2007
you guys are wearing a special watch today..... I know a
How time flies, it is
almost a week since we launched our Black Label series.
Hope you are not
DRUNK yet.... although the "Black" Collection has nothing to do with
anything alcoholic, I must say that sometimes I am guilty of getting
myself drunk and drowned ......... in the sea of watches, that
is.... Well, *Call me irresponsible, call me unreliable, throw in
undependable, too.....tell me I'm impractical, but it's
undeniably true, that I'm irresponsibly mad for you.....
Have a good one !!!!!!!
A friend once asked: why would you spend so much time,
effort & resources in watches? To which I said: Have you ever stopped to think that during the
course of a typical day, we look at the watch on our wrist
more often than anything else?? “What time is it now ?
When is lunch? The next meeting is at ? ... best of all ….Is
it time to go home yet ?" and the list goes on & on.
Undeniably, it is one of the most important tools and
closest companion one could have on a day to day basis. Why vintage? For me, the answer was simple…. they don’t
make them like that anymore!!! And my striving for the
timeless values becomes a matter of character rather than
one of ephemeral fashions. The recent watch
events held in my humble gallery brought back lots of fond
memories, especially when I was going through the rare
exhibits on display, as many of them (though not all) were
handled and sold through us and it is very heartening to
know that they are being taken good care of and would one
day be someone’s HEIRLOOM… Time is precious, measure it with style...that
is the reason for our
is around the corner and will soon be followed
Chinese Lunar New Year
on the 18 Feb 2007. Love is in the air and
loved ones will gather to celebrate these joyous
New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of
the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later
when the Moon will be particularly bright and full, which
is why the Chinese community has likened the full moon
to a symbol of reunion. As a Chinese and watch
aficionado myself, I thought this is an opportune
time for me to present some nice and rare
(i.e. watches with LUNAR indication) to honour the spirit
of the Valentine's day & Lunar New Year.
This year, instead of the usual chocoloates,
flowers and red packets, you may want to present your
loved ones or yourself with one of these rare timepieces (Well, I
did. BUT no prize for guessing right which one of the
following is mine).
The 18K Universal Tricompax listed a few days
ago was just a prelude and I hope you enjoy the
Trust most of us have received our X'mas presents and
gifts. Well, Santa Claus, I am not but if
the gifts were from us, we would like to say a
BIG THANK YOU for your support !!!
a sneak peek of what we
have put together (with pictures to follow asap) for
your selection in January 2007. So if you are
looking for something unusual to usher in the new year,
go through the list below and give me a shout
(email/telephone) and I will be pleased to hear from
Christmas & Happy New Year !!
many of you have asked what have I got for myself this
Well, let's just say that it is HUGE (50 x 56 x 65mm) , 16mm THICK with
PERFECT PORCELAIN DIAL, TRIPLEDATE, smiling MOONPHASES,
CHRONOGRAPH, REPEATER ..
& if these are not enough.......it has FLEXIBLE LUGS &
HUGE ONION CROWN too!! let your imagination
1 DEC 2006
HOW QUICKLY A YEAR GOES BY !!As
the year draws to a close, I reflected on what we have
achieved in 2006 and realized that much has happened here at
Heirloom Gallery. It has always been our
mission to bring to you unusual, rare and collectible
timepieces, and we’ve worked hard to do just that in the
past year and trust that 2006 has been a great collecting
year for you too !!
For me, this
is a LOVE / HATE
period of the year.
it because it's the most wonderful time of the year. A
few special people close to my heart celebrate their
birthdays this month (on the 6, 8 & 26th).
could feel the Christmas magic every corner you
turn. There'll also be much mistletoeing and hearts will be
glowing when loved ones are near …… HATEit
because the calendar is saying that you are one year OLDER …
ok, ok…..WISER !!
Well, since we can’t turn back the clock, I decided that we
will end the year with a bang and have put together our
SPECIAL 2006 X’MASCOLLECTION
with a few very collectible timepieces, just for you this
X’mas. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did
putting them together !!!
REMEMBER EARLY BIRDS GET THE WORMS !!!!
Merry X'mas, all !!! Love,