The Watch Fund is founded by Dominic Khoo and 7 other partners. 2 of the newest members of our board of advisors include Korsak Chairasmisak and Michael Tay.
Dominic KhooWatch Expert
Watch Expert - By Appointment to H.R.H. Prince Hakeem Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam
Dominic's first job was in brand management for the world's biggest Girard-Perregaux distributor. He later became a watch journalist, writing for many of the world's top watch magazines including Revolution's very first issue. He took on contributing editor, editorial director, editor-in-chief and shareholder roles for various magazines such as Prestige's Tic Talk, Real Time, Harper's Bazaar and the world's first online luxury magazine Goldarths.com.
It was in 2006 that he first started training as a watch expert at the world's biggest watch auction house, Antiquorum. Under the watchful eyes of world famous watch experts Osvaldo Patrizzi and Etienne Lemanager, Dominic spent several periods of the year in their offices in Geneva, Hong Kong and Shanghai, appraising and authenticating watches for international clients and auctions. He even had a chance on the hammer, successfully auctioning off a watch at more than six times the starting price at an Antiquorum / Omega gala dinner in Shanghai. It was no ordinary watch of course; it was the first production piece in the Omega Iris collection and the watch was worn by none other than the lady standing next to him on stage - Nicole Kidman.
A prolific watch collector and the biggest individual investor in The Watch Fund, Dominic has been featured on several television shows over the years including Cool and Collected, Front and Luxe Asia. Giving opinions on news channels such as Channel News Asia, and all the major print news sources including the Straits Times and FT, Dominic's a seasoned public speaker that has helped organize many private watch events and personally given talks for companies such as The Hour Glass, UBS, OCBC and Hermes.
After 15-years of buying watches, wearing them and selling them for more, Dominic has now started The Watch Fund. It currently holds the highest AUM and returns among any watch investment vehicle, whilst still being the only one in the world that allows investors to hold and wear their entire portfolio from day one.
Dominic was the youngest ever recipient of the National Heritage Board's "Patron of Heritage" award, and his award-winning private art gallery “28th Fevrier” has now moved to the west wing of the club house where The Watch Fund operates – Oozi. He came a close second in the final leg of the Nominated Member of Parliament (Arts) position in 2012 and was Chairman of the Singapore International Film Festival in 2013. Dominic currently endorses Tumi luggage and Vertu mobile phones.
Founder/Director, Foundation for the Arts & Social Enterprise
Executive Director, Russia-Singapore Business Forum
Founder, Sing Jazz
From career diplomat to entrepreneur, Michael Tay displays the energy and creativity to stay relevant in changing times. In 2006, as the Singapore Ambassador to Russia, he initiated the Russia-Singapore Business Forum, which today involves businesses from more than 40 countries and is the only global business platform to which Russians and CIS businessmen congregate in significant numbers. Out of this arose the think-tank Centre for Emerging Markets, a joint initiative between the Skolkovo School of Management in Moscow and Singapore Management University.
Ambassador Tay has held various leadership positions, including the 17th Executive Director of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); Director-General of ASEAN Singapore. He was awarded the Singapore Public Administration Medal (Silver) and bestowed with the honour of ‘Patron of Art of the Century’ by the International Welfare Fund of Russia, in 2006. For his significant contribution to the humanitarian ties between Russia and Singapore, he was awarded with the Pushkin Medal in 2011.
In 2005, he had commissioned a major Russian composer to compose a symphony called “SINGAPORE”, which had a transformative impact on the nature of Russia-Singapore relations. He is a Founder of Sing Jazz, an annual international jazz festival in Singapore and has established the Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise as a framework for his long-standing work in the arts.
Vice Chairman, CP All PCL
First Vice Chairman/ Executive Director, Siam Makro PCL
Co-Vice Chairman, Charoen Pokphand Group
Honorable Member, Srinakharin Wirot University
Currently chairman of the executive committee for Thailand's largest agribusiness conglomerate; CP Group, Mr. Korsak Chairasmisak is perhaps best known for building the company's 7-Eleven business in Thailand, from just 27 branches in the 1990s to 8,400 today — the third-largest 7-Eleven network in the world after Japan and the United States.
Mr. Korsak establish Panyapiwat Technological College and the Panyapiwat Institute of Management, where he acts as a Council Chairman of the executive committee at Suksapiwat Co Ltd.
Mr. Korsak Chairasmisak is the President of the Go Association of Thailand.
Mr. Korsak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Thammasat University, Honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Management from the Sripatum University and a certificate in Commerce from Assumption Commercial College. An avid reader since he was young, Mr Korsak looks for lessons about life, management and leadership on the printed pages. He starts penning down his learnings and later became the Author of Eastern philosophy books such as Oriental CEO and The Asian CEO in Action.
His other positions include President at World Chinese Wei Qi Federation, First Vice-Chairman and Executive Director at Siam Makro Public Co. Ltd., CP All Public Co. Ltd., Chairman of Panyapiwat Association, President of Thai-Korean Friendship Association and Bavarian-Thai Academic Cooperation Center.
Despite his busy schedule, Mr Korsak manages his time effectively by taking his wife and three children to conferences abroad, so that at the end of the day, they can enjoy some quality time together. He believes it is important to use every minute and every hour in life very wisely, since we have such limited time with so many things to do in this modern time.
Mr. Korsak Chairasmisak is currently the President of the Thai Watch Lovers Club.