So, I finally made up my mind to go and get my very first IWC. I vividly recalled I got my first IWC two days before a Chinese New Year. Chinese like to wear new clothes on Chinese New Year day—like Americans do on Easter day. That year, I was happily wearing my sparKLing new IWC on my wrist, and a broad smile on my face.
Although I knew the AMG chrono was not fitted with an in-house movement, I just love the way the chrono push-buttons were seamlessly integrated with the case. I also love the applied indices and numerals, not to mention the broken “12,” “10” and “6”. While some disliked that design, I thought it was ingenious, stylish, non-traditional yet very elegantly executed. I simply found the watch to be very appealing. So, I picked it over another with an in-house movement.
MF: That must have been the start of something big.
KL: You know, after I spent what was to me a big heap of money on my first titanium IWC, I thought I was done—dream fulfilled and no more shelling out of big bucks for another. Well, you know how much of a myth that was.
I have exactly a dozen of IWC’s right now. 4 of them have titanium casing. There is a fair amount of titanium on the Top Gun too, but I do not count it as one of them.
MF: You really like titanium watches. Any special reason?
KL: For no particular reason other than the fact that I love them. For the longest time, I have been in love with watches made of titanium. Titanium has this space-age feeling to it. It is very posh, high-tech, somewhat mysterious, light yet sturdy. Above all, I just love the sand-blasted/matte finishing of the titanium casings—attractive, sophisticated yet not flashy. Depending from which angle you look at them, they would reflect different colors. Titanium casing in my mind just gives a very special, unique character to watches.
MF: Also, a lot of your collection are Ingenieurs and pilots —again why?
KL: I suppose I prefer sports watches to dress watches. I would have wanted more from the other IWC series, but somehow different Ingenieurs and Pilots just showed up in my life, making me difficult to resist. I can tell you, as I age, I start to value dress watches more than ever. By and large, I am primarily a sport-watch guy.