TIME IS A LUXURY
Lifestyle Asia|October 2021
RICHARD AND SARAH LAHBATI-GUTIERREZ share how they maximize life in lockdown, teaching and learning from their kids, and helping out the less fortunate
RICHARD AND SARAH LAHBATI-GUTIERREZ

Constantly checking the time is the norm for Sarah Lahbati-Gutierrez. Whether it’s for a meeting, a workout, or a class, it’s imperative for her to be on time.

“I was born and raised in Switzerland where time is such a big thing,” she tells Lifestyle Asia. “No one is ever late and if you are, it’s almost like you did something so terrible.”

In such instances, a timepiece comes in handy for Sarah and her husband, Richard. In fact, it’s an interest they both share. And while they are not watch experts, both consider it a style staple.

Sarah typically goes for a dress watch, one that suits her wrist size and has multiple functions. As a certified AIDA International freediver, however, she says she's currently eyeing a diving watch like the Omega classic underwater watch, Seamaster.

Richard, who admits “there’s not a day that I don’t wear a watch,” considers a timepiece as a necessity for today’s man. “You can tell the style and personality of the person by the watch they are wearing,” he adds.

He has invested in a handful of watches and when he looks to add to his current collection, he takes into consideration build quality, durability, attention to design details, and the brand’s reputation.

“It also depends on how I see myself using the watch. Is it for adventure? Is it for everyday wear? Is it for formal events?” he muses.

MAKING THE MOST OUT OF TIME

But apart from being stylish and punctual, time itself has become even more valuable for the couple during the pandemic, where everyone was driven indoors by lockdowns.

“I feel like so much has been happening in my circle, from family members getting sick and friends who lost loved ones,” Sarah says. “That made me realize just how precious and short life is, and how time is such a luxury.”

The couple agrees that they can choose to do one of two things with their spare time: waste it or make the most out of it. Richard and Sarah go for the latter, “cherishing moments with loved ones and living in the moment.”

As the 37-year-old actor likes to put it, “time is only wasted when you decide to waste it.”

ENJOYING HOME LIFE

At home, life’s simple luxuries have been occupying the couple’s time: cooking for the family, eating together, reading, working from home, to name a few.

“I think the highlight of our lockdown is getting even closer to each other,” Sarah says. “A typical day starts with making breakfast for everyone and bonding with the dogs, before getting to work.”

Homeschooling their kids Zion and Kai, however, has been particularly rewarding.

Despite how daunting the task of educating children can be, the couple says trying their best, patience, and unconditional love “changes everything.”

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