Sunday, 28 June 2015

Spectre... Looking Forward to the Next Bond Film and A Look At The Next Bond Watch

Spectre, starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista and Naomie Harris and others opens Nov 2015 
"A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces 
to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE."
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and the official trailer...

In anticipation of SPECTRE the 24th James Bond film scheduled to release in 2015, OMEGA has created a limited edition 
Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M model inspired by the Bond family coat of arms. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James
Bond 007 Limited Edition, limited to 15,007 pieces (available from July) and priced at S$9,500

The Bond Family coat of arms and motto the Latin phrase Orbis non sufficit, literal translation is '"The world is not sufficient"
 or ''The World Is Not Enough" which in the real world was the motto of Sir Thomas Bond, (ca. 1620–1685) an English landowner
 and Baronet and I suppose ancestor to James. It was also noted as the Bond family motto in the novel 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'
 and the film adaptation. pic below from OHMSS
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The OMEGA Seamaster family welcomes a new limited edition model inspired by the world of James Bond.
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Among the most striking elements of this 41.5 mm stainless steel timepiece is the oscillating weight of the movement visible
 through the sapphire crystal caseback. This component has been cut and shaped to resemble a gun barrel, a design feature
 associated with James Bond. 
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The Bond coat of arms symbol is repeatedly interlocked to create a dynamic pattern on the watch’s blue dial. 
The coat of arms is also found near the tip of the yellow central seconds hand. 
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The timepiece is presented on a stainless steel bracelet and will be produced in an edition limited to 15,007 pieces.
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Powered by the completely new OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8507, this timepiece is resistant to magnetic 
fields of 15,000 gauss. It is delivered with a full four-year warranty.
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Finally just a pic of the lovely Monica Belluci... still a stunner at 50... 
and Mr Bond in Rome
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Hmm which watch does he have on the Nato? Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial last posted of here LINK a great lookin piece James :)
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Antiquorum Upcoming Auction on 27 & 28 Jun 2015 ... Some Really Nice Pieces

Antiquorum has a number of auctions through the year (check out some past and the upcoming one here LINK) and the upcoming one in Jun... is a biggie! 700+ lots over 2 days happening in HK on the 27 and 28 Jun 2015, check out the catalog and register to bid if you see something that you be keen on LINK There are a number of pieces I wish i had the $$$ to acquire but for now, just taking pix will do and warms the cockles of my watch loving heart ;) in this post is some watches I wish i had in my watch box and some blingy ones which aren't for me but are here to show some of the interesting pieces(and some of them may have very interesting stories to tell) that are coming up. Let's check em out :)

First up, is the watch that i have loved for some time... From the design genius  Jean-François Ruchonnet and watchmakers, Vianney Halter and Eric Coudray, a wonderful vertical winch tourbillon in titanium pvd case. Lot 520 Cabestan [Estimate USD 100,000 - 150,000]
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CABESTAN REF. CAB 0091 TOURBILLLON TITANIUM PVD Cabestan, Swiss, Winch Tourbillon vertical, Ref. CAB 0091, No. 88/110, made circa 2014. Fine, rare and large, drums display time, tourbillon, chained and fusee and 72 hours power reserve, titanium PVD coated wristwatch
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Cabestan Swiss Watch Manufacture today has a new CEO and owner, Lionel Betoux. Furthermore, the watch will be serviced completely by Cabestan and given a two year warranty, as well as customized for its new owner. Very Nice!
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a wonderful looking piece to me and with a number of interesting variants pout there. the black and red is a great combo but with the choice of changing it up, this looks to be a cool purchase
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next up 2 oldies but goodies :) Patek 5970 and 5070... First up the 5970R... I love this watch... Lot 600 PATEK PHILIPPE REF 5970 CHRONOGRAPH PERPETUAL CALENDAR PINK GOLD Patek Philippe, Genève, No. 3048530 case No. 4411297, Ref. 5970R-001. [Estimate USD 97,000 - 140,000] Sold on June 1st, 2007. Very fine, water-resistant, 18K pink gold wristwatch with square button chronograph, register, perpetual calendar, moon phases, tachometer
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Cal. 27-70/155, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium-plated, fausses cotes decoration, 24 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring
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just a classic beauty... this is how it should be done
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next up 5070P baby :) Lot 725 PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 5070 PLATINUM Patek Philippe, Genève, movement No. 3715XXX, case No. 4454XXX, Ref. 5070P. Made in 2008. Estimate USD 99,000 - 140,000
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a balanced and beautiful dial
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Cal. 27-70/157, stamped with the Seal of Geneva quality mark, rhodium- plated, fausses cotes decoration, 24 jewels, straight line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 8 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring
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this wasn't a great shot but i love the light playing off the watch
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next up is a watch where i prefer the back of it to the front of it... Lange's movements are beautiful and this is no exception... LOT 706 A. LANGE & SÖHNE REF. 140.035 ZEITWERK LUMINOUS PLATINUM A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte i./Sa., "Zeitwerk," limited edition No.074/100, No. 81633, case No. 191494, Ref. 140.035. Made in a limited series of 100 pieces in 2010. Very fine and rare, platinum wristwatch with hour and minute indicator, power reserve indicator
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closeup of the dial... Black with subsidiary seconds dials, jumping digital hour (at 9) and minute (at3) indicators on the time bridge. Power reserve indicator at 12. [Estimate is USD 100,000 - 150,000 which i have heard is a bit on the low end]
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gorgeous movement... Cal. L 043.3, Glashütte 3/4 plate in German silver, fausses cotes decoration, 68 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Gyromax balance adjusted to 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, swan neck micrometer regulator, hand-engraved balance bridge, hack mechanism.
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gettin a little closer... amazing movement finishing as always from Lange
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poetry...
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next up 2 skeletons done very differently...
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Lot 317 AUDEMARS PIGUET SKELETON ROYAL OAK PERPETUAL CALENDAR YELLOW GOLD Audemars Piguet Genève, Perpetual Calendar, Automatic, No. 062, Royal Oak. Made in 1993. Very fine and rare, self-winding, water-resistant, octagonal, skeletonized, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with perpetual calendar, phases and age of the moon, 18K yellow gold Royal Oak bracelet and white gold deployant clasp. Accompanied by a octagonal fitted box, a winding box, setting pin and instruction booklet. Estimate USD 30,000 - 40,000
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Cal. 2120 gilt brass, skeletonized, hand-engraved decoration, 36 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to heat, cold isochronism and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, 21K engraved gold rotor.
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Lot 213 RICHARD MILLE RM011 AL CA FELIPE MASSA ASIA LIMITED TITANIUM Richard Mille, "Felipe Massa Flyback Chronograph Asia limited", case No. P05, Ref. RM011 AL CA. Made in the 2000's. Extremely fine, rare and very unusual, tonneau shaped and curved, self-winding, water resistant to 50 m, DLC-coated titanium wristwatch with square button fly-back chronograph, registers, annual calendar, oversized date display and a titanium Richard Mille double deployant clasp. Estimate USD 52,000 - 64,000
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41 x 50 mm. THICKNESS 16 mm. Three-body, solid and matte, bezel with 12 special milled titanium screws, reinforced titanium case band, transparent case back with 8 special milled titanium screws, rubber-coated winding crown, pushbuttons to control the chronograph start & stop function at 2 and the reset & fly-back function at 4, curved and anti-reflective sapphire crystals.
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Transparent with white Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions with 5-minute luminous dot markers, subsidiary ring dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers and 60-minute count-down timer, central double-digit date indicator within red boarder, month indicator between 4 & 5. White gold skeletonized baton hands with luminous tips.
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Lot 314 AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK JUMBO A SERIES STEEL Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Jumbo, Automatic, case No. A 558, Ref. 5402ST. Made in the 1970s. Very fine and rare, octagonal, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date and a stainless steel Audemars Piguet bracelet with deployant clasp signed Gay Frères. Estimate USD 11,600 - 18,000
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and next to it's current iteration... it shows why i love the latest 15202 so much. staying very true to the original but little refinements and updates that let it be a great current evolution of this piece. they gave a lot of attention to the details in the update. both with a 39mm width
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next up we have 3 blingy Pateks... diamonds and gems and precious stones... and one is the shiniest brightest of the lot... Lot 392 PATEK PHILIPPE REF 3800/108 NAUTILUS YELLOW GOLD DIAMONDS AND RUBIES Patek Philippe, Genève, "Nautilus", formally owned by Jiro "Black Shirt from Maten" Yanagawa [A Yakuza Oyabun], No. 1425727, case No. 2824032, Ref. 3800/108. Made circa 1990. Accompanied by the Extract from the Archives. Very fine and extremely rare, cushion-shaped, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, 18K yellow gold wristwatch with date, entirely pave-set with round diamonds, pave diamond-set dial with 3 baguette rubies and an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe link bracelet with a concealed 18K white gold Patek Philippe deployant clasp, all bracelet links pave-set with round diamonds. The total diamond WEIGHT is 7.49 carats.
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engraving notes it's a gift i believe [Estimate USD 80,000 - 120,000]

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hmm u think that's enough bling? ;) when holding this piece u kinda wonder what it's seen of the world... any liquid splatters cleaned off it before... hmmm

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Next up Lot 730 PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 5711 JUMBO NAUTILUS RUBY PLATINUM Patek Philippe, Genève, Nautilus, Ref. 5711/112P-010. Sold December 27th, 2014. Very fine and very rare, cushion-shaped, center seconds, self-winding, water- resistant, platinum wristwatch with date, ruby-set bezel, ruby-set dial

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Ruby Tuesday playing in my head... Estimate USD 250,000 - 350,000

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Lot 728 PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 5961 ANNUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH BAGUETTE DIAMONDS PLATINUM Patek Philippe, Genève, Annual Calendar Chronograph, No. 5765470, case No. 4631777, Ref. 5961P-001. Made circa 2014. Very fine and rare, self-winding, water-resistant, platinum and baguette diamond wristwatch with round button Flyback chronograph, combined 30/60-minute and 12-hour totalizer, annual calendar, power reserve, day/night indications and a platinum Patek Philippe deployant clasp set with 22 baguette diamonds, total 58 baguette diamonds = 4.68 Ct. Estimate USD 110,000 - 210,000

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and if i could just get one piece from the above? ah let's not think about that :) hope u liked the post and do check out the catalog as there are lower priced nice pieces and the pricier ones of course. cheers, raph

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Trip to Japan ~ Jun 2015

random images from my recent trip to Japan. the typical family shots won't be posted up. first time i've been back to Tokyo since staying and working there for a bit before the 3/11/11 earthquake. it was very much the same as before but maybe a bit more insular in some cases. 

morning
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coffee in ny
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train a comin
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i spy with my little eye...a marc newson atmos... 
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uniforms anyone?
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bourdain made me do it... ROBOT RESTAURANT!
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Domo Arigato Mister Roboto
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weird spider fairy riding a spider fighting off some witch... what's not to like? ;) 
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a show like no other ;)
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super furry animals...
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lovely day in Omotesando
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a skytree view
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we have liftoff!
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"Ok now point to the sky!"
'No! i want to point down!'
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a stroll down takeshita dori
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candy girl
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graffitti
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walkin the dog
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catching the performance

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flying colors
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the Queen
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Gundam Protecting Humanity [1:1 scale glory in Odaiba]
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