CH: CLEM HO
MF: MICHAEL FRIEDBERG, IWC FORUM EDITOR
MF: Clem, I always enjoy meeting IWC collectors throughout the world. Perhaps by way of introduction you can tell us a little bit about yourself.
CH: Not a whole lot is known about my family history. My family originates from Southern China. There’s been a bit of debate regarding when my grandparents immigrated to Malaysia, but my parents and their siblings all were born there. During the mid-70s my parents moved to Canada during the oil boom, where I was born and have been ever since.
MF: When did you start getting interested in watches?
CH: I don’t think there’s a specific moment but growing up I had always had a watch of some sort or another. The first watch I remember owning was when I was about 6 or 7. It was a digital watch that transformed into a robot. The “robot” would always fall off when I was playing. In retrospect, it was probably the first sign that I’m better suited to more “rugged” watches.
I got my first “fine” watch in my late teen years on a trip to visit family in Malaysia. That one I can likely attribute to my first push down the slippery slope.