The Editorial Team
Peter Chong, Co-Founder, Editorial Director and Chief Photographer
Peter founded Deployant with 2 other close friends in 2014 and runs the editorials. He is a veteran watch collector and have been an active commentator and participant in watch communities since the 1990. He founded the Lange Forum on Timezone.com in 1997, and continues to moderate the forum. He retired from an active commercial life in the aviation business in 2010 to write the book “A. Lange & Söhne: The Pour le Mérite Collection”. The large coffee table book was published in 2011, and he decided to stay out of active commercial life to contribute to building horological communities. Peter is passionate about the finer things in life, and other than watches, enjoys fine cuisine, bespoke tailoring and fine shoes.
Jonathan Ho, Executive Editor
Jonathan was only tangentially interested in watches until a chance vacancy on the writing staff at his first magazine left him to fill fairly big shoes. Forced to learn the intricacies of gears, balance wheels and confusing French words like guilloche; he eventually found his calling as a watch journalist. An amateur collector with a growing collection under the watchful gaze of an increasingly irate wife, Jonathan’s journey with horology is financially challenged by his three other great loves – suits, shoes and his family (though not in that order).
Robin Lim, News Editor
Robin’s interest in watches was influenced by parents. When he was a kid, he would get to see his dad winding his watch from time to time, and that was the time he got curious about this particular device that tells time. At 16, his interest in wristwatches proliferated when he received a Hamilton timepiece from his dad. From then on, he started on this hobby without looking back. Besides watches, Robin is also passionate about classic cars and the stock market. While his interests does make him sound like an old chap, but trust us, he is still beaming with plentiful of youth!
Nick Gould, Writer & Social Media
A recent Commerce Graduate, Interested in all things mechanical from a young age and started to take a keen interest in horology at the age of eighteen. First watch was a Swatch Flik Flak. Previously the former News Editor. Favourite brands include A Lange and Sohne, Jaeger LeCoultre, Rolex (Modern and Vintage) & independent manufacturers HYT, MB&F, Urwerk, & Vianney Halter. Apart from horology he supports Manchester United, likes good food and drink, loves reading and listening to classic rock.
Chester Lau, Writer
Chester has always been captivated by watches since he was a child. But his introduction to the world of horology only truly began when he turned 17. He is very grateful for his horology journey thus far, and glad how open and friendly the local watch collecting community is. Apart from just being a collector, it is his desire to spread the love of watches among the young. To achieve this, he has set up a Horology club in college, and seeks to make understanding about watches more accessible to his peers. Apart from watches, he is also a lover of art, music and a good game of Chess.
Simon Neo, Writer
Simon’s interest in horology was driven by the fascination he had with the complexities of a watch movement. His interest in watches was also partly influenced by his close friend Nick who is also on our team, Nick would also take the opportunity where possible to share a thing or two about watches which got Simon very interested. First watch was a Montblanc Villeret. Besides having a huge interest in watches, he enjoys playing golf on the weekends and learning mixed martial arts.
Frank Chuo, Writer
Frank’s interest in horology only began relatively recently. But what he lacks in number of years, he makes up for with an indomitable passion. When not working on his PhD, Frank can be found running his watch blog in Instragram, meeting other collectors, attending watch industry events, browsing in boutiques or writing about watches. His favourite brand is A. Lange & Söhne although he also enjoys offerings from Patek Philippe and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Apart from being a watch enthusiast, Frank is also a huge foodie and a loyal Chelsea F.C. supporter.
Peter Nievaart, Regular Contributor
Peter bought his first mechanical watch in 2001 and quickly became fascinated by the preciseness, durability and design of mechanical watches. Functionality and simplicity as well as the harmony between the design of case, dial and movement is what he is looking for in a watch. Not surprisingly, given his background in business and organisational change, he is also interested in the people behind the watches, their craftsmanship and passion as well as industrial developments. Peter is writer, photographer, and consultant in brain-based leadership.
Dr. Frank Müller, Special Correspondent
Frank Müller is the founder and CEO of THE BRIDGE TO LUXURY – a consulting firm that as one of a few worldwide is exclusively dedicated to strategic and operational luxury management and its professional brand implementation. Previously, he was heading reputable brands such as A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original and was a member of the extended group management board of the Swatch Group SA overlooking the corporation’s South-East-Asia business. Frank studied business administration at the University of Mannheim and the ESCP Europe and received his doctorate from the University of St. Gallen. He is married, has one daughter and lives in Dresden.