PUNCTUALITY RANKS top in the successful career of accomplished compere and actress Dodo Cheng Yu-ling. Though not a hard-core watch collector, the 46-year-old veteran has an enviable collection that she says reflects her personality - industrious, punctual, ambitious, reliable and constantly striving for perfection. On collecting 'I'm not a collector, though I have 15 watches. I use them to tell the time. Punctuality is very important to me, so I keep many timepieces at home to make sure everything is run right on time. It's difficult to say how much I spend. I buy it if I really like it.' Favourite brands 'Rolex and Cartier. I used to like Swatch very much because they were well designed, very colourful and stylish, but it was just a fad. I have since given away all my Swatch watches.' Selection rule 'I like a classic-style watch. It must not be gold in colour. I love basic colours, such as stainless steel and silver that easily matches what I wear. In summer, I like to put on watches with stainless steel bands, but in winter I prefer dark brown leather bands. I am not too fussy about watches, as long as they look right and are comfortable. Of course, the price must be fair. But I believe that an excellent quality watch deserves a reasonable price.' Your priciest watch 'The most expensive watch I own is a diamond watch that costs about $300,000. Among my watches, there are two I like most, they are both Rolex Daytonas, one has a black face and the other a white face. I have had both for more than 10 years. Their distinctive features reflect who I am - practical, durable, waterproof, not easily damaged, and able to stand up to severe tests - I've dropped and scraped them more than a couple of times.' The Dream watch 'I would say one that is precise, that doesn't need to have batteries changed. Having a lucky serial number just for me would be good too. Also, the dream watch should also be able to keep its value, with the potential to become a desirable antique. One morning I picked a watch that would go well with what I was going to wear for a live show and threw it into my bag. I didn't notice that the battery was flat until I put it on in the afternoon. Fortunately, it was found out early enough, otherwise, it would have been rather embarrassing.' The stolen watch 'It took place in the Jockey Club Auditorium of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where I and (comedian) Dayo Wong Chi-wah and a bunch of other fine actors and actresses were staging the 50-show comic drama War of the Genders in late 2000. While we were all out for a curtain call on the last day, my Cartier Baignoire watch set with diamonds was stolen from the make-up room. I was extremely upset, not only because my favourite watch was lost but also because it ruined my mood and spoiled a perfect ending to a successful sitcom.' Time vs people 'Yes, to a certain extent, I do value time more than people. [For example] we needed to rehearse for a live show, but some musicians were late. I think that's not the right attitude towards work. We shouldn't keep people waiting. I'm always on the dot. Every device that tells the time must function accurately, including my watches, clocks, mobile phone, pager and even the electronic clock in the console of my car.'