LUNG LUNG THUNHONG KONG/SINGAPORE
Lung Lung Thun is a highly sophisticated, respected and knowledgeable [female] watch collector from South East Asia. It was necessary that we caught up with her to get her thoughts on collecting and what inspirations are when it comes to adding to her collection.
– What is your name and/or the alias you would like to go by?
My name is Lung Lung (融融). Most people call me Lung.
– What country are you based in?
I am based in Hong Kong but I’m in Singapore once a month.
– As a collector, what do you like to collect and what started your collection?
“Like” is quite a broad term, I don’t believe in defining or limiting myself to any particular brand or type of watch. I do however find myself drawn to pieces which are louder or have busier dials.
– Could you further explain why you collect?
The kind of joy I feel from getting a watch can’t be expressed in words. The whole process from reading, hunting, waiting, unboxing, and finally wearing the watch makes me feel all types of emotions. The idea that so much thought and history has gone into a piece, and me being able to hold onto that, and perhaps one day pass that on, feels very special to me.
– Have you ever considered collecting something else other than what you already collect?
I am currently looking at a few vintage pieces.
– If you have considered collecting something other than watches, why haven’t you started yet?
I haven’t taken the plunge because I want to understand the watch’s movement and history before I make the purchase. I am also quite practical, so I need to make sure the piece will fit into my lifestyle and that I will wear it regularly.
– As a collector, who would you say inspires you and why?
There are too many collectors online and offline that inspire me, that have pieces I would die to have! I have a lot of respect and admiration for collectors that put in the effort to understand the history and movement of watches, and also those that have a strong sense of what they like and are not easily swayed and influenced by others.
– What’s your opinion on reselling items you have bought for your personal collection?
Personally I feel too attached to let any of my pieces go. However, collecting is a very personal thing, everyone has their own journey and I respect everyone’s choice(s). Collecting watches should be an enjoyable hobby, it shouldn’t be bound by rules!
– As a collector, have you inspired or convinced others to also start collecting?
I do get asked to offer my opinion on pieces to purchase, but I would like to think choices are ultimately made by the individual himself/herself. My goal is to get more women to start collecting watches!
– And our final questions will be, will you ever stop collecting?
Definitely not, I’m just getting started. I look forward to the day I can look back at these answers and see how my taste and collection has evolved.