Gerry Khouri, Managing Director, Bufori Motor Car Company (M) Sdn Bhd

“I’ve always been a mechanical person and fascinated by the complexities of machinery, big and small. But the mechanism of a watch is something that fascinates me most. Fitting so many moving parts into a narrow space and ensuring they work with such incredible precision while subject to varying conditions simply amazes me. So, when my brothers presented me with a Heuer 1000 Series Night Diver in my late teens, it was love at first sight. The mechanical uni-directional ratchet style bezel, screw in crown, phosphorescent dial and black case with metal extendable bracelet intrigued me and sparked my passion for mechanical watches.

“I am a hands-on guy and I love creating things with my hands. Regardless if I am working with steel, carbon fibre, wood or bricks and mortar, I am always wearing a watch. It serves as a reminder that time is valuable and everything I do has its purpose. All my watches have a story to tell. They’ve walked my life’s path with me – through moments of triumphs and loss, professionally and personally. Every time I look, hold or wear them, I find myself reflecting on the challenges and achievements I’ve had and wearing any one of my watches constantly reminds me of my purpose and motivations.

“Of all the pieces in my collection, it’s the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust that has weathered the most abuse. Despite that, it has never missed a beat in more than 20 years! This watch is true testament to the quality, reliability and pride Rolex has for its timepieces. And this inspires me to instil the same quality and reliability into each and every product I create as a car designer and builder.

“Watches are not just timepieces for me, and I enjoy no greater joy and pleasure than when buying a watch for someone else. I share them with my loved ones and those who’ve stood by me through thick and thin, and a beautiful crafted timepiece is my reward for them as much as it is for me. The watch speaks volume on my behalf.”

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