Second-hand dealer Brillyn Toh loves calculator watches, says used objects remind her of time

Ms Brillyn Toh owns only digital watches and one of them is the Casio Calculator Watch (left).
Ms Brillyn Toh owns only digital watches and one of them is the Casio Calculator Watch.PHOTOS: BRILLYN TOH
Ms Brillyn Toh owns only digital watches and one of them is the Casio Calculator Watch.
Ms Brillyn Toh owns only digital watches and one of them is the Casio Calculator Watch. PHOTOS: BRILLYN TOH

Who: Brillyn Toh, 30, managing partner of used goods dealer Hock Siong & Co

Watch: Casio Calculator Watch

How much I paid for it: $25, from Mustafa Centre

Why I like it: I have a penchant for calculator watches. The first one I owned was a Paul Frank model, when I was 18. When the strap broke, I bought another one.

After that, I settled on the Casio Calculator watch. The one I'm wearing is not my first either.

When I like something, I replace it when it gets spoilt or broken.

I move furniture and other objects in and out of the store, so I need a watch that is not too fancy or expensive in case I scratch or damage it.

Function trumps aesthetics for me, although I like how retro this watch looks. I own only digital watches. I like how they tell the time clearly and accurately.

Time has special resonance in my line of work, which revolves around used goods. Scratches and other signs of wear and tear in used furniture and other objects make me think of how memories are inextricably linked to time.

Many people try to hang on to time and memories, but I'd rather live in the now because that's where life's best moments are.

Wong Kim Hoh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Wrist Taker'. Print Edition | Subscribe