from Cortina seeks to turn tide in time of pain by Jamie Lee, The Business Times|13 January 2009
Christmas gifts do not come more poisoned than this. A trusted senior employee has gone missing, as have timepieces worth almost $8 million. More than two weeks on, the one word that keeps springing to the lips of the general manager of Cortina Holdings, Jeremy Lim, is – painful.
The heist last month – one of the biggest in Singapore in recent memory – caused the company to lose some 386 watches as well as some cash in one clean swoop sometime between Christmas and Boxing Day.
In an exclusive interview with BT yesterday, Mr Lim revealed that the missing timepieces include a Patek Philippe 3939 – worth around half-a-million dollars – and a set of Vacheron Constantin Les Masques watches that cost roughly the same. There are just 25 such sets available worldwide.