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The New Face and Facets of the Longines DolceVita Collection

By T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore

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Longines’ DolceVita collection rolls out eight new interchangeable leather straps, conjuring up colours reminiscent of a summer respite in 1950s Rome. The collection was first unveiled in 1997, inspired by an older rectangular-shaped watch from a century ago. In its latest update, the DolceVita is invigorated with soft, warm and glamorous hues, hewing back to its enduring concept of an Italian sweet life.

The release of the eight new straps is accompanied by the announcement welcoming Singaporean actress Rebecca Lim into the Longines family, alongside international names like Lin Chi Ling, Jung Woo-Sung and Kate Winslet. “I’ve been a fan of Longines for years,” Lim says, as she identifies watch wearing to recognising the value of time. “That in itself empowers multitasking women like myself.”

Courtesy of LonginesThe eight new interchangeable straps come with an intuitive “quick switch” system.
The eight new interchangeable straps come with an intuitive “quick switch” system.

In an interview with T Singapore, Lim delves into the depths of her acting career, being successful and the importance of time.

How does being part of the Longines’ family empower you as a woman?

I am beyond honoured to be a part of Longines, a brand of rich heritage and elegance. I've been a fan of Longines for years and I believe that wearing a watch enables you to treasure and keep track of time better, to appreciate every single moment and to remind you to value the time you have. That in itself empowers multitasking women like myself.

What do you look for in a watch?

Timeless elegance. I look for watches that are classic in design and have great craftsmanship. They also have to have an extremely reliable mechanism. Longines watches have all of that, and more.

What is the importance of time to you?

It is the best teacher. Every day I learn something new and I constantly seek to better myself.

What does success mean to you?

It means having a well-balanced, happy and healthy life and knowing that you can attribute your success to your hard work and commitment, the helping hands of the ones who believe in you, and having a clear conscience knowing that you did so with the best of your ability, every single time.


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You were a student of Singapore Management University pursuing a double degree in accountancy and law. What eventually drew you to a profession in acting?

The first role offered to me right after my final year examinations was a role as a pupil in a law series. I was at the crossroads deciding whether to pursue full time acting or to take the "safer" route of a "more stable" finance/law job. But one door closed and the other opened, one role led to another, the passion grew, people started believing in me, were patient and gave me opportunities to get better at my craft, and here I am, 10 years on, still blessed to be doing what I’ve grown to love every single day.

What are some of the challenging aspects of an entertainment career that you’ve experienced? What are some of the most valuable lessons you’ve learnt as a result?

Time with family and loved ones has significantly reduced as the workload increases. You miss holidays, birthdays, milestones and special moments of the ones you love, but it just makes me learn to be present whenever I am with them and to treasure every moment we share together.

How do you perceive the current entertainment industry and how do you think it has evolved since you first started?

It has definitely evolved since I started 10 years ago. I do miss the times when work and life was much simpler without social media but I've also grown to embrace it and am very open to the challenges ahead.



As someone who seems to be on a constant upswing, could you share about how you’ve managed to deal with the pressure of being under the public eye?

I’ve learnt to accept the fact that even though you try your best and you mean no harm, not everyone is going to like you. Once I've accepted that, and trust me it took some time for me to fully ingrain that theory into my core, it has made everything so much easier. Now, I’m just focused on bringing my one hundred per cent on set and letting my work speak for itself.

How would you describe yourself? What is one thing about yourself that you are proud of?

My perseverance and resilience.

What do you do to strive for improvement on your craft and as a person?

I never want to get to a stage where I feel I am too good for something and that applies to my work and my being. Because once you think that you're too good for everything, you refuse to listen to constructive criticism, and start taking things for granted, that’s when you'll start de-proving.

Could you describe your very own utopian world?

More love, less hate. Free from natural disasters, and a world where everyone will be healthy, happy and well.