This Year of the Water Tiger promises to be full of challenges. For me, the lesson of the pandemic is that time cannot be wasted — we simply don’t know what’s around the corner. I’d like to rewrite the famous phrase Carpe Diem or Seize the Day because I think it’s too slow for the current times. I prefer Seize the Moment. Every second is too precious to lose. Make sure you do something important with it. My Objects of Desire are my suggestions on how to add an extra dimension to life.
The Big Pilot reminds me that time flies
They say time flies — and so does the Big Pilot Watch 43. This reimagined 80-year old classic, reissued at the turn of the year by IWC, is my favourite timepiece. I love the oversized crown and the iconic luminescent hands, heritage reminders from the days of fighter pilots and dogfights in the sky. I also love the fact that each watch is made using recycled steel — a sign of the times. The new Big Pilot design aesthetic is rugged yet sophisticated, and the EasX-CHANGE system lets me switch out the wristband for casual or formal attire. My version has a chronograph concealed in the crown so that I can time my workouts to the second.
Superfoods are super-simple with Blume
I’m not one for New Year resolutions but I do want to drink less coffee. My go-to solution is to combine my need to sip with my daily superfood — so I whip up one of Blume’s delicious lattes. These animal-friendly, small-batch cuppas from Vancouver just need some warm milk added. After a workout, I’m down for a Beetroot Blend. which is rich in nitrates, supporting heart health and boosting recovery times. No added sugar or caffeine required to keep me on top form.
A tipple for tigers
Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate — and that surely means the finest food and beverage. For 2022, I thoroughly recommend a vintage Scotch from a previous Year of the Tiger like this Glen Grant 170th Anniversary from 2010. A bottle like this will become a family heirloom to be broken open at anniversaries and weddings. You may need to bid at auction to find some older whiskies but the effort is rewarding. This Glen Grant has become silky smooth over the decades but its peat-tinged flavours have a tigerish charm.