Friday, 7 August 2009

a significant moment on any collectors' journey...the acquisition of a grail...the antiqua

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if u ever read love in the time of cholera (by gabriel garcia marquez and u should...) it speaks of a man's lifelong passion and love for a woman... he is unable to get her out of his mind. he has to be with her. he has to lie with her... he thinks of her and the life that she lives... married to a man different from him...and he longs for her...to hold her and to love her...

in life, we have passions that drive us other than the one of finding of our life partner... in our journeys, in searching for meaning, in our pursuits, we invariably come to points where we come across something special... and they connect with us, they call to us... for me my journey into horology began with questions of values and the perception of it in timepieces...somehow along the way, i woke up one day with a collection...

but the most significant highlights of the journey are moments such as these... i have quested for this, slayed fire-breathing dragons and spoken to kings in distant lands, sorcerors and wizards in my quest for the grail...(metaphorically speaking yuh :) and as i wipe the grime away from my blood stained brow and chain mail, a smile begins as the light of dawn gets steadily brighter... i have the antiqua in my hands...

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part II coming up soon... for all Singaporean readers, a Happy National Day :) cheers, raph

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You made me in love with V.H.! I never heard about this brand till I came across it from your blog. We don't have an authorized dealer here in Dubai which means I'm going to have to visit Singapore to see them in person ;)

F

Raphael Too said...

Hi F, i am happy to hear that you have been infected by me :) haha. theres so much lesser timepieces out there trying to pass off as art or something of value but so few offer anything truly substantive.

best to check with the The Hour Glass at Ion Orchard, if you are travelling down, what pieces they have available as they don't always have all the pieces and it would be a shame if your trip is one you don't get to see the ones you are keen on. You can call them and ask for Alan.

cheers
raph

Anonymous said...

Great watch pal. Your V.H. collection is really growing. Maybe someday I'll catch the bug too.

Chris

Raphael Too said...

thanks Chris :) He makes amazing watches and i hope more awaken to his and some other independents genius.

cheers
raph

darth-khips said...

congrats again mate....glad to see yoiu attain your grail watch....but something tells me there will be more to come!!!

Raphael Too said...

Thanks Darth :)

In response to 'more to come' i will use a movie quote(out of its original context)...

'there can be only one' grail :)

there will be more watches that come and go but just one grail timepiece and this is it :)

to use a few more movie lines... when i was questing for it i quoted this... 'it will be mine...oh yes, it will be mine...' ... 'it is inevitable' and the classic... 'it is your destiny' :)

cheers
raph

Josh Tong said...

Hello, i am a student, and i am struck by the beauty of your grail.

I never knew there was such a thing as horology till i stumbled upon your blog.

Cheers!

Raphael Too said...

Hi Josh

Thanks for your kind words. The Antiqua is a very special timepiece and I am happy that others enjoy its beauty in these images and that you have gotten to know about horology and this work of art through my blog :)

All the best to you in your future journeys.

Cheers
Raph

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