This story was originally published in XXIV magazine 2018
“Time is fair and impartial to everyone,” says Rocky Lau, who as general manager, oversees the entire business operations of Jaguar Land Rover in Hong Kong and Macau.
“No matter what your social status, age or gender, we all have 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week.”
This year the car manufacturer launched the Jaguar E-Type Zero, with the “zero” standing for zero emissions.
The sports car, which first saw the light of day in 1961, has now been converted into a 0 to 62 miles per hour (100km/h)-in-5.5-seconds electric performer.
In keeping pace with all that is trending in the car industry, Lau says it is important to enjoy the work because it blends with his daily life.
“I will share exciting things about my work with my friends, such as new car models that are coming in,” Lau says.
“I also offer perspectives on things, from the point of view of my profession.”
Lau has a knack for introducing new models and limited editions befitting local market appetites, including the Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-PACE and Project 8.
Before his current role as head of the Hong Kong and Macau markets, he was the business development adviser for multinational car distributor Inchcape North Asia and China, where he helped Inchcape expand its Asia footprint though the acquisition of the exclusive Jaguar Land Rover distributorship in Thailand.
In connecting areas of his professional with his personal life, Lau says it makes life easier for him as there is less pressure.
“Timekeeping is very important, but personally speaking, I’m not very good at that,” he says with a laugh.
In his spare time, Lau prefers to remain flexible.
He doesn’t agree with the sentiment that there are things a person might do that would be considered a waste of time.
“I always believe that life is a journey,” he says.
“This means that whatever you do, you meet new people, learn something from others, and experience something in the process.
“It brings you new insights and makes you who you are.
“Every minute, every second spent, you learn something and improve yourself.”
The family man likes to spend his time on parent-child activities, including taking his children to see family and friends.
“All my spare and leisure time I spend with my kids,” he says.
“I have a five-year-old and an 18-month-old baby. I think that now is a very precious moment to grow with them.”
Rocky Lau’s preferred timepiece
“The Rolex GMT-Master II is my absolute favourite watch. My interest in Rolex started with a Japanese television drama, “Love Generation”, where the main actor wore a Rolex Explorer I. It’s not the same watch as the one in the show because I needed one for frequent travelling, which combines functionality and quality.”
“[With the IWC Chronograph Automatic] there were two things that really caught my eye. It was the most accurate IWC watch at that time: you have to make fine adjustments only every 730 years. And secondly, the blue numbers and hands are only created by burning the metal to a certain degree of temperature”