Thursday, 28 January 2010
A Singapore based watch forum Wristlounge("WL") recently got round to doing a forum watch together with a local Singapore watch company that manufactures and sells Swiss Made watches, Azimuth... I was unable to stay for long but it was nice to see the efforts of the mods to get something unique and fun out for their community. my congrats to all the owners of their 1st forum watch :) to join in the forum and discussions, pop by http://www.wristlounge.com/
oooh i wonder if anyone will know if i just snagged one of em luvlies ;)
azimuth's newest watch dealer ;) kidding... its a WL mod with pretty varied taste in watches... amongst other things...
azimuth founders and owners alvin and chris sharing about their latest watches and projects and it looks to be an exciting year ahead for them... wishing them all the best in their ventures...
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Reap the Whirlwind...
one of the pieces i like... the tempusvivendi dragon... with retrograde jumping hours and retrograde minutes... the crown has an activation button to make the hands jump to the time, and on pressing it again, they go back to their original position at the zeroes as shown...
and in the tempusvivendi series, these appeal too...
u know wat they say, behind every successful samurai
is a gorgeous lookin geisha... and behind her... is his wife ;)
Thomas came by Singapore for a couple of days before the Tokyo Watch Fair to meet up with collectors and enthusiasts here. One of the watches that he brought with him is his latest creation, the Mysterious Automatic Double Axis Tourbillon... [to read up more about him and his beautiful timepieces, do drop by his site... www.prescher.ch ] a high level of customisation is catered for with his pieces and a lot of hand craftsmanship by Thomas in the making of them...
an innovative timepiece with the movement parts hidden in the case... the parts that are visible are the time, the double axis tourbillon with constant force and the oscillating weight which very cleverly has the date on the front of it...
and the piece number for this limited edition on the back...
i would just like to mention that all watch lovers & folks who appreciate fine watchmaking should drop by the Tokyo International Watch Fair from 27-30 Jan 2010 (click this link for more info). Four AHCI members are presenting their pieces there this time, Thomas Prescher, Svend Andersen, Frank Jutzi and Pita and you should definitely check what they have to display and to meet with them.
To the rest of the photos then (warning its A LOT of photos) click below..
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Sunday, 24 January 2010
13+ years ago that is... The Mare Nostrums...
the more funky / derivative / contrived stuff they come out with the more i look at the older releases... here's one that came out Pre-V, followed by Pre-A & A. [the V in Pre-V is for Vendome which bought over Panerai from the family in 1997. Vendome is now the Richemont group and the A is just somehow seen as the 1st series of Panerai that was released by Vendome in 1998. So the Pre-As are panerais that they released prior to the A series ie sometime in 1997. Part of the pre-A lineup consisted of a chronograph model with 3 different colored dials, blue, white and black, the pam6, pam7 and pam8, the mare nostrums (latin for our sea, which is what the Romans called the Mediterranean sea)... all in about 400 of these were made in all.
photos don't do these watches justice... in the metal and with a good patina going, these watches KICK A$$!
it was made with deck officers in mind for wwii. the proto was 52mm... and well they came out with one this year thats... 52mm... but 52mm is pretty damn big even for big boyz so the 42mm that these ones were at just make a whole lot more sense...
Pre-Vendome... differences between this and the A and Pre-As is the flat bezel, the km/h instead of tachymetre, fonts and indices... both though are really really nice :)
i would like to thank the owner of these watches for sharing them with me over a meal and good conversation... its always nice to meet other cool folks along this journey and there are some fine ones indeed in the paneristi crowd... shout out here to Gabriel... a cool watch/panerai collecting dude indeed... starting out young too :)
all current or future classics impo ;)
the G11 takes on the F31fd and a DSLR??
The Canon G11 is the recent release in the G line for Canon. The G series has more or less tried to sit between the compact p&s digicams and the full featured DSLRs and had been the go to choice for many a photog who wanted something more portable than a DSLR but not sacrificing too much control and image quality in the process.
Canon though didn't foresee the rise of the panasonic LX3 which more or less took up a huge piece of the market share of folks interested in the G10 (at the time it launched). There are rumors the LX4 will be coming out in Feb 2010 but not sure if its true. What i do hope is that the LX4 will have a slightly better focal range, a proper lens cap and better high iso results(one can hope :)
So we come to the G11... Canon launched this and the S90 after the LX3 came on the scene so they should be LX3 beaters no? [less megapixels so more of the sensor is used for light gathering] Its a game of one ups-manship with the camera companies so one would expect this to be the case. but are they? unfortunately at this time i do not have an LX3 handy to do a indepth head to head with it (sorry boyz) but that may change in time and i sold off the s90 for the G11 after looking at all 3 of em (read about the rationale here)
Ok so what do we have here today? a head to head of the G11 with a once 'king of the hill' point and shoot the Fuji F31fd and my Nikon D90 with 18-105 kit lens...
Some key specs(in the following order) - focal range(35mm equivalent) ~ aperture range ~ sensor size ~ megapixels
1. G11 - 28-140mm [6.1-30.5] ~ f/2.8-4.5 ~ 1/1.7" ~ 10MP
2. Fuji F31fd - 36-108mm [8-24] ~ f/2.8-5.0 ~ 1/1.7" ~ 6.1MP
3. Nikon D90 with kit lens -27-160mm [18-105] ~ f/3.5-5.6 ~ 23.6 * 15.8mm ~ 12.3MP
so to the different scenes then... (all pics here have had no post processing done except rotation and cropping if needed.
(A) Widest view from the same spot (resized to 880 pixel width) Bright day - In order of goodness to me, its D90, G11, F31 and as below...
D90 [1/640" f/5.6 ISO200] the DSLR showing why its worth the $$$
G11 [1/640" f/4 ISO160] very good result... checkout the dynamic range
F31fd [1/500" f/5 ISO100] as u can see still a contender :) just not wide enough starting at 36mm