Expression of Time 新表情

By Wong Yen Leng, Project Editor – Nuyou Time

Translated by: Terence Lee

English edit: Lee Kyll Synn

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The world of watches = dull, old school, stagnant.

That’s a misconception people often have – I used to be one of them.


I’ll be the first to admit that patience isn’t one of my virtues. I embrace change. And I accelerate to keep up with the fast-moving world of technology today. After all, we risk becoming irrelevant if we don’t keep up with the times. So we go faster and faster with each passing day, and the breakneck pace wears us out.


Two years ago, a stroke of serendipity led me to take on the role of project editor for Nuyou Time. Before that, if anyone had told me that I would be addicted to the world of watches, I would have scoffed. But sometimes, you need to have a deeper understanding of something before you can look at it in a more objective and professional way.


Now, each time I put a watch on my wrist, my feelings stir. Each time I admire the level of detail and intricacy that professionals and craftsmen inject into every timepiece, it takes my breath away. It would take a heart of stone to not be moved. And this appreciation of the world of watches has made me take a slower pace in life, taking time to admire time.


Mechanically driven timepieces = cold and emotionless?

I beg to differ.


nuyou_180714_watches61187Instead of simply analysing each watch’s mechanical specialities, I’d like to think that every timepiece brims with emotions. From your first expensive investment watch as a reward for your hard work, to that love-at-first-sight horological wonder or the timepiece you inherited from your grandparent or parent… Every watch collector’s story is filled with love, emotions and cherished memories.


That is why since its launch 13 years ago, Nuyou Time has never viewed each watch as just a mechanical machine. We believe that each timepiece not only represents a legacy, but also symbolises emotions, feelings, and even a connection between people. We use time and timepieces to record the stories that touch your heart.


In our Stars Issue this year, we invited personalities from different industries to share what significant timepieces and the concept of time mean to them. We asked five celebrities to reveal a piece of their most unforgettable childhood memory. In Grasping Time II, our photographer zoomed in on the hands of celebrities and personalities holding one of their most treasured timepieces. And they shared with us moving stories of how they became who they are today.


We use time to narrate and record life’s priceless moments and beauty.

 

艳玲, NUYOU TIME PROJECT EDITOR


精表世界——沉闷、老派、一成不变。

我说的,其实是很多人的“误解”。

坦白说,我曾经也是其中一份子。

我是急性子,喜欢快速变化,尤其在这“一日千里”的科技世界。你不快,似乎只有“坐以待毙”的份。

于是,我们一天比一天快,一天比一天急着用速度逼死自己。

 

因为机缘,在两年前,我接下《女友精表》的主笔角色。

意想不到,竟然上瘾。

有些东西,实在是你必须接触、了解后,才有资格对其有着更中肯的评论。

 

每当将一只只腕表握在手上,坦白说,我还是很容易感动。

当屏住呼吸、静下心绪翻转着精表,这些由专家、工匠们花上年月换来的“慢功细活”,很难不勾起你的情绪变化。

因为精表世界,我重新学习如何放慢脚步,用时间欣赏时间。

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以机械主宰的精表,太冷,没有情绪?

我说不。

除了机械式地分析精表的结构、机芯,我说精表承载着更多的是感情。

你奖励自己辛劳的第一只精表、你一见钟情的精表、你那由爷爷、父母传承下来的精表……每次听到不同藏表人,将精表和自己最宝贵的回忆合为一体时,你会认同他们手腕上的那只,确实是无价宝。

 

正因如此,《女友精表》从不把精表当成“冷机械”来对待。

我们认为:精表除了是一种传承,更是情绪、感觉,甚至是人与人之间的桥梁。或许更贴切地说,我们用精表和时间,描述、勾画出你我身边最熟悉的故事。像今年的《Stars Issue》主题,我们就邀请各行各业的“星星们”回归根本,分享精表、时间对他们生活的意义。

在《重.绎》的故事中,五位艺人名人分享着小时候那段最美的时间回忆。《Grasping Time II》的名人们更是戴着对其最意义深刻的腕表,述说着如何用双手创造出努力。

 

我们用时间述说着各种生命的珍贵,以及美好。

精表世界,其实很美,不是吗?

 

Get your copy of Nuyou Time at major bookstores, newsstands and Magzter for iOS, Android and Windows.

 

 

 

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Singapore's Leading Magazine for Trendy Bi-lingual Women - Nuyou is a one-stop read that builds on its strength in celebrities fashion, beauty, feature articles and lifestyle trends. Nuyou is also published in Malaysia.

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