Editor's Note

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 October, 2010, 12:00am

Best-selling author H. Jackson Brown Jr once said that we shouldn't complain about not having enough time because we have 'exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein'.

While that is true, in our quest to chase after ideals, dreams and success, we might have to pack more into our days than these great men and women.

However, one thing remains constant. Whatever we choose to do with our time, we should try to make every second, minute and hour count, whether it is exploring old worlds, so that new worlds can benefit; creating a timeless masterpiece which can be admired through the ages; or just making sure you make your achievements as outstanding as you can.

With our inaugural issue of XXIV, I'd like to invite you to take a journey with us into the lives of 24 prominent people - all leaders in their fields - who explain how they make every moment in their work and personal lives count.

Award-winning star Tony Leung talks about how slowing down has helped him put his heart and soul into everything he is doing. Renowned designer Barney Cheng reveals how he tries to make his creations enduring and former beauty queen Cally Kwong now finds motivation building schools on the mainland.

While some may find Hong Kong's pace of life too frenetic, there are others who revel in it - such as Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, who thrives on four hours of sleep every night, and prominent Hong Kong oncologist Dr Tony Mok, who feels that every minute he is kept busy goes towards making someone's life better. These are just some of the top professionals who have shared their stories with us in this issue.

Author Kavita Daswani takes us through some of the most iconic designs in the fashion world, while our wine expert Simon Tam explains why time has the power to change the body, structure, taste and quality of the best and the worst vintages.

And what tome on time would be complete without a look at some of the most advanced and artistic of today's timepieces?

We hope you will be able to take time out and enjoy XXIV as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.