What’s the piece you wore most this year? Why?

My F.P. Journe Tourbillon. Early T3 in brass movement on an olive smooth leather strap. 38mm case with the tourbillon is so special, yet very low key, and I never feel unsafe wearing it traveling all over the world.

Cheng's F.P. Journe Tourbillon

Cheng’s F.P. Journe Tourbillon

Eric Peng Cheng

Do you feel like your tastes changed at all over the course of 2023? Was there something unifying about the watches you collected?

I appreciate good designs. I am a collector of watches I feel are important or rare and unique in the history of different brands. My tastes haven’t changed much in 2023. I buy what speaks to me and what I would wear. I have been collecting Vacheron 222s, Rolex King Midas, stone-dial Rolex, among others, before the recent hype on them. For me it’s only about how I feel with the watch on my wrist. It could be a G-Shock one day, an AP or an F.P. Journe another day. Everyday I wake up with a watch I went to sleep with and change into another watch to start the day. I look forward to that.

You sleep with your watches?!

I usually swap watches two times a day. I go to bed with a vintage pre-60s watch. Mostly time-only and 36mm and under. I wake up to put on something with a cool complication, like a Journe or an AP QP. Then mid-day or when I leave the house I wear something that fits the color of my outfit. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember.  I like to have wrist time with all my watches.

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