Mr Zhu is a purveyor of all the finer things in life, including watches, cars, menswear and whiskey. His feed is overflowing with the spoils of his day job – a provider of high-end ‘value added’ services, for financial institutions within China.
NAME: Mr. 朱
OCCUPATION: High-end service provider for financial institutions
LOCATION: Shanghai, China
How do you unwind?
When I’m not working (which is almost never), I tend to either spend time with my lovely dog Cupcake (who, if you follow me on Instagram, you should be quite acquainted with), or catching up with friends and family. Apart from that, I try my best to make time for the gym and the driving range, but I find that increasingly difficult due to how busy I am! I also love going on drives in my car or simply researching which watch to buy next!
What’s your daily watch and why?
This is an extremely hard question as I tend to rotate my watches as much as I can. It varies based on the occasion or even the client that I’m meeting. For instance, when I’m meeting an important client or attending an event, I tend to wear my Openworked AP or my Patek Nautilus. However, when I go to the gym I tend to wear my Rolex Submariner or my Royal Oak.
My current collection includes: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Perpetual Calendar, Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 with the blue dial,
Audemars Piguet 15400 Boutique Edition, Rolex 50th Anniversary Y Series Submariner, Audemars Piguet 15400 in Rose Gold, Audemars Piguet Millenary, Rolex GMT Master II BLNR and a TAG Heuer Monaco 24
In regards to a favourite watch in my collection, I think I would have to go with the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Perpetual Calendar (long name, I know). It’s an absolutely incredible piece that looks even better in person than it does in photos (hard to believe, right?). The finishing is out of this world, and the depth of the watch is something you have to really SEE in person to truly appreciate. In my opinion, this is the perfect watch that showcases what Audemars Piguet is capable of.
What’s your daily ride?
I would first like to say that I LOVE driving. I occasionally go to the F1 Track in Shanghai for track days, but recently I haven’t been able to find the time. My daily ride is a 650HP Nissan GTR that you will occasionally see on my Instagram. It’s an absolute beast that almost destroys any other supercar on the road. GTR aside, I also get to drive or get driven in the company cars, which include a Ferrari California, a Range Rover SVR, a Tesla Model X, and a Mercedes S Class Maybach. My next car (probably in a year or two) would probably be the new McLaren 720S.
What are you working on at the moment?
The list is endless! However, I’m focusing on improving the quality and scope of services that my company provides to private banking clients. I’m currently working on refining our fine dining services, bespoke travel services, luxury car services, bespoke suit services, yacht services, and private jet services. Extremely meticulous and tiring work.
Your IG feed is mainly Steel Sports watches, (some obviously very high end), what is it you love about them?
Steel sports watches just scream out to me! I don’t know why, but I am not too fond of leather or rubber strapped watches (of course with a few exceptions * cough * Richard Mille * cough *). I personally feel more attached to watches such as the Royal Oak or Nautilus, as in my opinion, it is the perfect mix between class, sportiness, and elegance. They are extremely versatile in their own respect, and are suitable for any occasion, whether you’re wearing a suit or in your weekend wear.
What are you looking to buy next?
I am actually looking into purchasing a Richard Mille RM35-02 in black NTPT. I’ve been eyeing this piece ever since its release nearly a year ago, and I want it now more than ever! I love the suspended movement and the look of the watch!
If I don’t end up purchasing the Richard Mille, I’d probably purchase a Patek Philippe 5712 in steel and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Double Balance Wheel, and still have plenty of change for another 2 or so watches!
And finally, if you could have any watch tomorrow what would it be?
Hands down, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Openworked Grande Complication. A work of art that carries all of the necessary and unnecessary complications one would ever need and want in a watch!