A watch is more than just the essence of time.

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

In the world of cars and motorsports, time is especially crucial with the top racing drivers qualifying within thousandths of a second from each other. Understanding the value and importance of time, the appreciation for watches is high in this arena and developing a love for watches is not difficult!


A watch may silently and unassumingly seem like just a mere functional timepiece, but it actually goes beyond that. The right watch can not only make a good accessory to complete your outfit, but it also enhances a person’s status and can reflect one’s personality.


Like shoes, dresses or bags, some people have collections of watches just to mix and match with their styles and outfits. Dressing well consists more than just choosing the right clothes, shoes and hairstyle and a watch can make that much of a difference.


I remember one of my first few watches as a kid was this pastel pink Baby-G that my mother gave to me for my 10th birthday – at a time when there was this huge worldwide Baby-G craze! I recall wanting one so badly and was thrilled when I held it in my hands finally:)


It went on over the years to become my fashion accessory and daily companion – accompanying me on my shopping trips, braving the heat and bearing the torrents of rain from our tropical weather, getting soaked in my perspiration as I go for my jogs or gym workouts, and even helping me to time how long I can hold my breath underwater when I go swimming!


You probably don’t realise it but a watch is quite an important part of our lives as it fulfils many little roles in our lives that all add up to YOUR lifestyle.


Whether it’s a watch that you like, a watch that you think is ‘safe’ to go with your outfit or what you perceive as the ‘right’ watch for the event, you will find yourself getting attracted to different types of watches with matching outfits in mind.


There are some watches that can suit multiple occasions – from chic, casual, cool, cute to sleek, sophisticated and high-end. I have different types of watches but there are a few that I take to almost any event – be it a rubber-burning drifting event or a ear-splitting Formula 1 night out with champagne flutes, a watch is a must. Not only does it tell me the time, it also makes me gives me confidence about the outfit/image I’m projecting for the day. There’s something about the feeling of putting the watch on my left wrist and admiring it (each and every time I put it on) before I leave the house…


I think this quote by Samuel L. Jackson sums up everything about watches: “Dictionaries are like watches – the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to be quite true.”

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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