Tuesday, 28 October 2008

the mb&f experience... and other space oddities

'theres a starman waiting in the sky...' ziggy stardust
HM3 Sidewinder and StarCruiser
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before I share with you some photos I took at the launch of the mb&f hm3 experience as it toured through singapore ;) just a couple of words…

I like MB&F and their horological machines… I also like what I hear about and from Max Busser and appreciate their philosophy… I like that each person involved in horological machines are given due credit and have their name associated with that part of their contribution and it should logically mean that they do their best work, put to the fore instead of behind a big brand name.. Max also commented that no shortcuts were taken and that the product is supposed to draw the level best from each of the involved parties in these collectives which is very cool and the right way about it in my books... the preview was a nice and tasteful affair and it was a pleasure meeting Max and hearing his views. kudos once again to the team at the hour glass that supported this event and was there and thanks to michael and his team for having me...

"Ground control to major tom... Commencing countdown, engines on..."
received the invite for the mb&f preview of the horological machine 3...
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i headed out fully armed with the vianney halter classic on my left wrist...
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and this on my right...(and no, i don't wear 2 watches all the time :)
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some of my friends and fellow space cowboys were abouts that day as well
commanders vernon, dirk and george
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commanders jeff, harry, jim, kc and chee hoong
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and there was a new face to me amongst the crowd... perhaps from a distant galaxy? why its maximillian busser ;)
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pictured here with rosemary from the hour glass
who manages the independents
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max had some fantastic machines for us to view...
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timeless futuristic designs mean that these watches won't ever look aged...
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and the latest machine just assembled off from the space docks
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what are my thoughts of the horological machines then? I like all of them. but as i
had a chance to see all of them in the metal i found that i liked the HM2 the most
followed by the HM3 Starcruiser and then HM1... all in rose gold for me

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wrist shot comparos of the hm2 (above) and hm3 starcruiser

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hm 3 sidewinder

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my vianney halter classic vs the starcruiser in the size stakes...

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one issue noted by some is on the difficulty in reading the time...
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other space oddities were sighted in this intergalactic zone...
a trio of vianney
halter classics... in the 3 metals its offered... white gold, yellow gold and red gold

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my favorite opus... opus v... the best thing that urwerk has worked
on so far in my
opinion... max involved in its creation when he was at harry winston

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my classic and bernard's antiqua... as u know, my grail is the rose gold antiqua

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an interesting space mobile from de bethune was spotted too...

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the starfleet commander was about, dr. bernard cheong
and he brought his horological marvels with him
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which leads to the most impressive table shot ever... i love all of them

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and a last shot of the starcruiser... flying off into the unknown...
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i hope u enjoyed the report ;) till next time, my intergalactic friends... cheers, raph

Saturday, 25 October 2008

the rolex milgauss... a classy beauty

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the rolex milgauss has some history... in the past when it was first launched, it wasn't the most liked model in the rolex range... and it didn't fare well sales wise. however the prices of vintage milgauss' in the antiquorum rolex revolution were pretty amazing... a 6541 similar as the one pictured below sold for close to US$200k wif buyers premium... and the 1019 white milgausses sold for around the US$40-55k range. thats some serious $$$ for an unappreciated model...

the unique thing about the milgauss is that it can stand up to 1,000 gauss (mil = 1,000), gauss being a measure of magnetism. what it basically means is that the watch is highly resistant to magnetism being protected by a faraday cage...

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fast forward to the newer productions and early 2008... the watches just released are HOT HOT HOT!!! and with most hot watches, the prices go crazy... they shoot to more than 100% over the list price for the gv (glass verte... fyi, verte means green) and 30-60% above list for the white and black dial versions...

the 3 variations
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but like all hot commodities or stocks, it was a bubble that was built up by perceived high demand and low supply. some folks speculating that the green sapphire was difficult for Rolex to produce... if that was really the case, Rolex seem to have solved those issues and recently more and more have come to the market... this has resulted in a fall in prices.. the white and black dials selling for list or discounted and the gv selling only for a slight premium... although some retailers are still pushing for above 50% premium in some markets...

whatever it is, i think this is a very nice watch. its construction is solid and it has
a strong appeal to me for a modern Rolex. live pics of a piece that i had in my
possession for the briefest of times...


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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Sunday, 19 October 2008

the one thing cartier got right in my books ;)

now as you know, cartier makes lots of jewelry stuff... it was one of the first to branch out from being highly exclusive and selling jewelry to the uber wealthy to selling a wide range of luxury aspirational products to a broader market under the les must de cartier line... they also have the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) for their serious watch line... to this day though, nothing they have done in their watches have appealed much to me as to me the whole brand is still about luxury and haute joaillerie and not a haute horlogerie one... even with cpcp i still find it a fashion brand trying its hand at serious watches... ok so why the post on cartier then? there is ONE thing the folks there have got right though and it is this... they have chosen a very beautiful lady/model/actress/celebrity to feature in their ads which make them then a joy to behold :)

Ms Monica Belluci in an older Cartier Advertisement
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lookin all hot and bothered... well maybe just hot :)
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the following are 2 of my favorite pics of ms belluci (choice bits have been
timetapestried out in case it offends more sensitive readers. in my eyes, this is beauty
(unlike covers of boy mags) and hope that it in no way offends ;)
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