Ones To Watch: Sean Li's Favourite Timepieces

Watches & Jewellery

July 10, 2018 | BY Charlene Co

Watch collector Sean Li, editorial and business development director at Blackbird Watch Manual, shares his passion, the story behind his favourite timepieces, and how to match watch aesthetic to the occasion

On my wrist: A Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio, which I got for myself. Comfortable and distinctive, it combines a lot of characteristics that I really like, e.g., titanium, DLC coating, the California dial, and the Luminor case.

Holiday watch: More and more, I wear an Apple Watch on short holidays, as it keeps me notified of any messages without having the iPhone within eyesight. I often bring another watch, particularly on longer trips, usually a sports watch.

Everyday watch: An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore in titanium!

Black tie watch: I often choose an A. Lange. & Söhne Zeitwerk, or a Piaget Altiplano Automatic. I’ve come to associate them with formal occasions, although not exclusively.

See also: Gentlemen's Guide: How To Style A Watch

Sentimental reasons: I’m particularly attached to my IWC Schaffhausen Dopplechronograph, which was the last watch I received directly from my late father. I spent a lot of time debating between it and the newer Spitfire design, but in the end, I’m glad I chose this one—for sentimental reasons, and because it is now considered a classic.

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On my radar: Back to Panerai for this one, the Luminor Submersible BMG Tech, which was presented last year but hasn’t been delivered yet. I like it because the material is as light as titanium, but virtually unscratchable. It’s ideal as a holiday or weekend watch, and I’m also quite fond of blue dials.

Credits
Photography: Moses Ng | Styling: Christie Simpson | Blazer and pocket square: Ralph Lauren | Wallet and travel wallet: Dunhill | Cologne: Hermès. 

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