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. 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, photography, bespoke tailoring and fine shoes.
Peter is based in Singapore.
Chelsey Chen, News Editor
Chelsey started to take an interest in watches at the age of 14, during the time where many of her friends in school wore the Casio Baby G-shock that was trending in the mid 90s, but she opted for a Swatch Musicall instead. She officially started collecting watches around the age of 18 where she looked at affordable brands such as Casio and Seiko. Her first Swiss timepiece was the basic TAG Heuer Carrera. Chelsey has a 5.5″ wrist but she prefers to wear men’s watches and is passionate about microbrands, mid-tier luxury brands and vintage pieces. In her free time, she spends time reading about watch trends and trying out new restaurants with her family.
Chelsey is based in Singapore.
Dan-Andrei Kluska, Writer & Europe Bureau Chief
Andrei’s passion for horology goes way back, as his fascination began with his grandfathers automatic Swiss-made wristwatch. A few years ago he discovered his interest in independent watchmakers, whose pieces of haute-horlogerie have spectacular finishes, great complications, but more importantly a soul. Writing about watches is a new occupation for him, as until a while ago he dedicated all his time to his other passion, developing new technologies for the automotive industry.
Dan-Andrei is based in Stuttgart, Germany, and speaks Romanian, English and German.
Robin Lim, Writer & NUS Horology Club
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! Robin is also currently the President of the NUS Horology Club, which is mentored by Deployant.
Robin is based in Singapore.
Nick Gould, Special Columnist
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, he helms the popular column Spot the Watch. 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, loves reading and listening to classic rock.
Nick is based in Australia.
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 founded the NUS Horology Club through Deployant’s mentorship, 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.
Chester is currently based in Singapore.
Dr. 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. Frank is often found running his watch blog in Instragram (@PetiteSeconde), 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 and a certified science nerd, having recently completed his Ph.D. in pharmacology.
Frank is based in Miri, Malaysia and Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Ryan Teoh, Sub-Editor
A freshly minted doctor, Ryan Teoh is a relative latecomer to the world of horology. He picked up his first mechanical watch out of a need to satisfy his curiosity in university after seeing a friend’s modified Seiko SKX. With an appreciation for all things micro, it’s the little things that count. Ryan has a penchant for German and vintage watch pieces. After a long day, he appreciates a good dram of whisky and classical music to unwind.
Ryan is based in Singapore and speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.
Daniel Chua, Writer
Daniel’s interest in watches began at the age of 12, where he was given a Casio G Shock. His passion in horology started after watching a documentary about mechanical timepieces, where he was captivated by their inner workings and its ability to tell time without electronics. At the young age of 15, whilst most of his schoolmates wore fashion watches, he elected for a mechanical timepiece and never looked back. As a student currently studying business, it makes him interested in a brand’s history and its people. He is grateful for how approachable and welcoming the local watch collecting community is in spreading knowledge. During his free time, he enjoys meeting fellow collectors and photography, as well as a good session of rock climbing.
Daniel is based in Singapore.
Sharon Tan, Regular Contributor and Chief Technical Elf
Sharon Tan is an engineer through and through, always fascinated by machinery and gadgets big and small. She was introduced to horology relatively recently, and was instantly captivated by the blend of art, science and engineering all encased in a disc. Her choice of watches ranges wildly from simple iconic pieces to watches with interesting movements or unique finishing. She also wants to bring more ladies into this male-dominated industry. Outside of her work and watches, you’re most likely to find her running.
Sharon is based in Singapore.
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.
Peter is based in The Hague Area, Netherlands.
Khong Jin Sun, Contributor
Many years ago, a watch with retrograde seconds was given to Jin Sun while he was in secondary school, and that started his interest in mechanical watches. It then developed into an interest to those with many complications and create displays of time. To Jin, the art of fine watchmaking has many parallels with his chosen field of Dentistry. He marvels in the similarities in aesthetics, materials, fine work, precision and engineering. He particularly likes independent brands and bespoke watchmaking.
Jin is based in Singapore.
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. Frank is a native German speaker, and speaks English and French.