Peter Cheung's Christmas 2021 Gift Guide: What's On His Wishlist?
I’ve been a very good elf this year, so that’s why my Christmas list is on the ambitious side. I’m just putting it out there. Here are the gifts I’d love to receive (and some I may just treat myself to).
Makes me tick
I collect more jewellery than watches but I do appreciate fine Swiss timepieces. This past year, I worked with Jaeger-LeCoultre on a series of events to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Reverso watch. I already have their Polaris, which I wear every day, but now I am obsessed with getting a Reverso Tribute Duoface Small Seconds. Besides its craftsmanship, the watch is such a stylish statement.
To deck the halls this season, I am going all-out festive. Dries Van Noten has always been one of my favourite designers—I collect both men’s and women’s pieces—and they are always timelessly stylish and wearable. I found this fringed lurex and silk-blend bomber jacket at Joyce Boutique and just had to have it. I am planning to debut it at this month’s Tatler Ball as, almost tinsel-like, it is sure to make a red carpet statement.
Eye of the beholder
I was recently introduced to the work of Japanese artist Shoko Kanazawa when at an exhibition organised by my friend Tsang Kam-sing. When I saw her original calligraphy of the character for “beauty”, I had to have it. Born with Down’s syndrome, Kanazawa began studying calligraphy aged five. Her first exhibition 15 years later was a breakout success, and she is now internationally respected as a leader in performance calligraphy.
Pamper in paradise
With Thailand reopening borders to vaccinated travellers, I am dreaming of a return to my favourite health retreat, Chiva Som in Hua Hin. I’ve been going for 15 years, and it’s easy to get to via Bangkok. The style, services, food and amenities suit me perfectly. I usually do a five-day retreat, and leave feeling renewed and energised.
I am not a huge car buff—my last car just sat in the garage and I only drove it on Sundays. Once, I valet-parked it at a five-star hotel, and after brunch, simply forgot I drove and ended up taking a taxi home. That was the sign to get rid of the car. This Jaguar F-Type convertible roadster has a beautiful silhouette and, of course, I would want a soft-top to feel the wind in my hair while driving. I am dreaming a bit, but Santa knows I still believe in him.