Saturday, 31 May 2008

JLC Dinner in Singapore... Celebrating 175 years of fine watchmaking

what follows are pictures from a very fun evening amongst friends, old and new, and some amazing watches... JLCs were aplenty of course and there were others too ;)

jaeger lecoultre master compressor extreme world chronograph steel titanium rose gold
what they were serving for dinner...
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yummy... could i have seconds (doh! the pun was not intended)
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valentino rossi 46 limited series
nice back
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benny singapore paneristi raphmeister timetapestry
and a rocking wrist shot of 2 dudes who clearly have good taste :) haha
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harry tan horlographer dick leong joseph koh jokoh
my fine dinner companions are up next... raphmeister with dick, joe and harry
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decksurgeon audi vagsg dr monique goh
new friends on the table were kee hwee, ju ming(decksurgeon) and monique
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zach toh horomundi zephy49 jsim jeffrey sim watchprosite
shot of zach, lionel(sorry bro, you're a bit blurry in the shot), dick and jeff
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and Harry again who put up with my banter most of the night
singapore watch bloggers united :) harry of course has the great
watchinghorology site and i've got my timetapestry blog
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memovox polaris 1968
now to the watches and the JLCs first... we'll start off with the "HOT" piece
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i like it in the metal... if it were fairly priced i may pull the trigger...
but i think that is not to be
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Linda telling me to stop nancying about and get my deposit in to be on the wait list :) haha... nah she didn't say that of course... thanks for modelling the watch Linda
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amvox 3 was burning hot too!!! let me stand next to your fire...
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move over rover and let raphy take over (all apologies to jimi)
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polo fields reverso squadra action... the squadras are not for me...
but i have this friend who really digs carbon fibre on the dial...
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tourbillon regulator
JLC tourby... you fine...
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The majority of JLC owners there had this watch on...an icon.. the reverso
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some sexy backs
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dirks prize and stefanos gorgeous rose gold piece
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an interesting vintage LeCoultre on Chee Hong's wrist...
nice vintage piece dude

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two friends had this gorgeous piece on... a simple and
nice tourbillon that won't break the bank...
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shots of dudes and dudettes all around... lets see ju ming, ch, zach, teck meng,
linda, russell, elgin, tjeng jaw, monique, stefano and phil
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guest, chee hong and dirk
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Xavier Dufoix was on top form in his presentation and for the quiz
that my table almost won but for 1 man who is apparently not only
a walking dictionary for iwc but knows his jlc pretty well...
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some shots of an excellent thai meal
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i love prawns
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the belachan was excellent ... very spicy, how it should be :p
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audemars piguet royal oak offshore arnold's all stars 48mm
There were several nice non-JLC watches abouts too...
this one is the mac daddy... this watch IS HUGE. i had difficulty holding it
in my hand... its 48mm and it makes my ROO feel so small ;) haha

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glashutte original swan neck balance cock
ooh nice back... 2 balance cocks are better than 1...
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goodies this round were a bag tag and this years catalogue
the watch didn't come in the goody bag
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richard mille rm10
to end off... this was my favorite wrist shot of the nite... thanks philip for holding so still and that shirt is just too funky man :) excellent stuff
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Thanks to all the fine folks at JLC and Jaw on Horomundi for a great evening and as always it was great catching up with old mates and meeting new people who share this passion of ours. Hope you enjoyed this photo-report.

Cheers
Raphmeister

Thursday, 29 May 2008

some excellent watch videos...

Rolex and 904L



Birth of a Legend ... Patek Phillippe 5960



Sports and Culture ... and Rolex



and a snippet of probably the best short film on independent watch makers entitled time piece by a very talented kat mansoor ... can be found here

Sunday, 25 May 2008

JLC Memovox Polaris ... how much did you say it was???

that was going thru my head when the kind lady at the boutique told me the possible price it may be going for. me baulking at the thought of forking out S$20k thereabouts for what appears to be a simple steel divers watch with an alarm is really because i had come to think of jlc as good value for good watches. it seems they are upping things in the price dept.

however i am not passing any judgement yet. I should be checking this out in the metal in the coming week and it may change my mind when i do see it and know more about its improvements etc... but for now, i don't see why... i guess their stand not to reissue any more than what they have stated for the 65 and 68 polaris will make these limited editions really be a once and for all thing...

hmm... they could have gone 2 ways with the re-editions. make it a regular production piece and price it reasonably or make it a limited edition thing and price it based on scarce supply(as dictated by the manufacture) and perceived projected high demand and they chose the latter path... it may pay off better i suppose.

Limited Edition of 768 Pieces in Stainless Steel and 65 in Platinum


1968 edition
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The case measures 42mm and is water resistant to 200 meters.
Movement is the automatic JLC caliber in-house 956, with 23 jewels, beating at 28,800 bph and with a power reserve of 45 hours. Functions are hours, minutes and seconds, date and alarm.

pic sources: jlc site and tz

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Embarking on a transatlantic crossing with IWC Schaffhausen

first off a big thank you to my wonderful hosts for the evening. Andreas, Vivien, Connie, Mike from IWC, Kong from the purists and the anyone else i missed out, hats off to you for a great night. it was a fun affair and i got to meetup again with other watch fiends, i mean, friends on a nice little quiet hill smack in the middle of town :)

fyi some list prices that i remembered... top gun chrono S$11,700. Davinci SS S$11,600. portuguese SS S$18,600.

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some of the usual suspects... heading for schaffhausen
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andreas... doing what he does best
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uh.. IWC model number 5070... oops i think its patek... how'd that get in here?
lovely ch27-70 with a finish level that tops my lemania calibre by a bit... ok a lot :)
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nice back on this JLC master control boutique ed
on moses' wrist that nite
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wrist shot of a couple of purists... don't ask who's wearing the rolex..
see the post below this one :)

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this one will set u back S$39,300 at list... the kurt klaus in SS. i somehow cant get
used to the new da vinci cases. they seem a bit odd to me somehow

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more top guns... wonder if it will impact prices of the doppelchrono...
time will tell ;)

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possibly my favorite of the reissues other than the portuguese.. the da vinci indices are really nice and the overall look of it is pretty unique and cool
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portuguese in plat... bauhaus but pricey
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mad grab of free watches for the night :) nothing of the sort actually
the kind folks at IWC just let us have a feel of the real deal
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goodies from a lovely evening
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and most importantly... very fine dinner companions
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once again, kudos to all the folks involved.

my shots of the iwcs of the nite really suck big time so do check out much better shots from zach tohs post of the dinner on the 1st nite and SJX's post of the 22nd nite too on purists and kok choons post on horomundi

cheers, raph

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