If Lee Kuan Yew built my world, I do think so, and no one else could have created this for me to “enjoy”….

» Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in General | 3 comments

Yes.

These “look” cool, nostalgic, etc.

Fun to “enjoy”

But only if you had a nice refuge, and this does not happen to be “home”.

But way back when I did really enjoy these similar, if not exact scenes…I stayed in a place like this.

We joked about a “SWISS standard” of living.

I may be alone in saying that I rather be HERE than in Zurich today, in 2015.

Thanks to draconian measures which set me back personally like many.

But may LKY rest in peace.

We swallowed hard truths.

Hard measures.

We are happy you had the testicular fortitude to do it.

Or else, not only did we reach some Swiss standard….but I, Bernard Cheong, ordinary man…became the 1st man in history to bring the coveted Swiss Academy Awards to Singapore, thanks to all the publishers and watch companies.

It’s not about me, I wish to say, but I am proud that Singapore rose to be recognised as a centre for the recognition of any excellence in watchmaking….like Rotterdam for diamonds.

So what if any western person who reviews watches says its “good”.

Unlike Singaporeans, he didn’t buy one.

Singaporeans, review watches they own.

Like reviewing a car by driving it.

In the USA they say a $1,000 watch is nuts. Singapore, even over took other cities..to turn watchmaking into a cultural, literal, historical and art building industry that would actually marry art and physics into one.

Almost the entire world told me, and I myself a member of the Swiss Watchmaking machine.. that watches will never ever be art.

Even Max Busser.

Today, the greatest watch makers, Greubel Forsey is no 1, and Patek and MB&F all use art in their sentences. Linking what they thought impossible.

We all make mistakes.

But as Singaporeans, we regularly buy and collect watches that exceed multiples of that…and we pushed watchmaking into a recognised era and an industry.

We saw watches as a culture…no doubt the shadow of status symbols loom large.

BUT…ask any one from Vianney (see his speech on tube, myself, Dufour, Patek, Richard Mille) and they will tell you that the brand has to have Singapore’s stamp of endorsement.

The grey market, used watch dealers here have not caught up…they are still about status and resale, but that’s OK..its part of being human.

But human is what I think Mr Lee is.

All because of the city uniquely Lee Kuan Yew.

Not because of me.

Fact is, I know less than many westerners, but they only in theory…I drove the car, bought the damned watch, recognised it as art when they REFUSED TO…in 2008. On record.

Thank you Mr Lee Kuan Yew again.3510741289

3 Comments

  1. This reminds us of a gentleman from Singapore, who sold us:

    PATEK PHILIPPE 5060J 18CT YELLOW GOLD AQUANAUT.

    THIS IS THE EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF PATEK PHILIPPE’S GOLD RANGE OF AQUANAUTS.

    THE CONDITION IS FANTASTIC AND A CREDIT TO ITS PREVIOUS OWNER AND COMES COMPLETE WITH THE MUCH VAUNTED PATEK PHILIPPE CRUSADER DEPLOY CLASP AND ITS BOX AND PAPERS. THIS PATEK HAS AN AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT, DATE AT THE 3 O’CLOCK POSITION AND IS 40MM AT ITS WIDEST POINT. THE REPLACEMENT COST FOR THIS WATCH FROM PATEK PHILIPPE IS OVER £20000.

    ARMOUR-WINSTON LTD
    ONE OF THE MOST ESTABLISHED BUYERS

  2. Bernard Cheong is not an “ordinary man”, he decieves us…in a nice way, but misleading. He is an Ambassador of the Foundation of Watchmaking. One can imagine, if you have sat on his table at meetings, and I had in 2009 in Geneva, that he not a mere mortal. However, what he has done, ironically was to build Patek in to a giant after 2000 with the insecure USA then.

    It was that possibly unintended act that created the situation of a few super brands, like Richard Mille and Greubel Forsey.

    He is a chess player..a dangerous man, by accident.

  3. I have been a long time reader of your blog but this is the first time I’m commenting. As a fellow Singaporean, I too am grateful for what he has done for us.

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