SINGAPORE’S community of watch lovers lost one of their more passionate members in August 2009, when Duncan Wang passed away at the far too early age of 44 years. An American Chinese businessman who spent a good deal of his time in Singapore, he was a true collector, choosing his watches based on his respect for the personalities who made them, rather than buying them for their potential resale value.
Shortly after his passing, Duncan’s parents in the US requested his friends here in Singapore to find a fitting way to remember him each year, based on the two things that this gentleman was most passionate about – his watches and his favourite charities.
Thus, in late August 2010, the first « Duncan watch » was auctioned off for a children’s charity in Singapore, one that Duncan himself had supported before his untimely passing: The Kidz Horizon Appeal for children with chronic illnesses.
Between then and 2015, the Wang family has financed the purchase of five timepieces from the watch industry’s finest names to raise more than $600,000 for these children.
This year, Duncan’s friends have managed to persuade Kari Voutilainen, one of Switzerland’s most admired independent watchmakers, to offer a unique edition of one of his iconic watches KHA’s annual fund-raiser. He said yes without hesitation once he heard it would benefit Singapore’s less fortunate children. Thank you so much Kari!