Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rest In Peace Sir George Daniels

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truly a great watchmaker and someone who made most of the parts of his watches that could be made with his own hands. i wrote about him before here and i do suggest u visit that post and hear the interviews where he spoke about his passions and his views on horology. a man who made exceptional timepieces... a huge loss to the watch community

but his work lives on in the pieces he's made and the work he has inspired(many great independent watchmakers), his book which made every horology enthusiast believe for a brief moment that they too could become great watchmakers, his co-axial movement in the Omegas and in his fellow Isle of Man watchmaking talent, Mr Roger Smith. and those are good things indeed...

Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones...

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

What A Machine... What A Masterpiece! The Legacy Masterpiece 1 by MB&F

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The official name is Legacy Machine 1... unofficially i will call it the Legacy Masterpiece 1 ;) the horological machines birthed from the mind of Max Busser and realised by a great team of artists and artisans have always been a marvel to behold. the best person to introduce the Legacy 1 though is Max himself so do follow the link that follows to a great video where the man shares about horological machines and legacy machines and some of the genius behind this piece... LINK

the guilty parties names can also be found on the barrel-less movement!
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there are also fantastic photos of this watch on the site but for me it has always been about that first hand experience of holding that fine watch and knowing what its like on your wrist and in the metal... so some of my photos to share with you here of a wonderful amazing timepiece... Thanks to Max and the people who work with him in realising horological masterpieces and fantasies! & thanks to Michael and The Hour Glass for bringing it in to the watch lovers in Singapore :)

one barrel comin up... (thats a jaws moment right there but i digress) two dials and two different times that can be set independent of each other... many gmt/dual time watches only show another time in hourly or half hourly differences from the main time. with this you can set it to entirely different times... one for earth other for the far side of the moon perhaps? ;)
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the power reserve rises from the dial... it's stirring to see it rise as i powered it up ;)
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floating in space...
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any movement with kari's name on it has got to be... magnificent...
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wristshot!!! they had to pry it off me to give it back to them...
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mb&f logo on one crown
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& world logo to signify its dual time function on the second crown...
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it says machine... i says MASTERPIECE!
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hello old friend...

in 1999 a pretty average movie with a future governor of California doin what he did best on film (ie kickin a$$) came out about the end of days... the title of the movie was uhm... the 'end of days'... while the movie is jus another forgettable actioner with the biblical end of the world thrown in, it did produce something good... the watch on the governators wrist for the movie was a beautiful black pvd timepiece with yellow numerals... ahead of its time for sure as there weren't many pvd'ed or black steel watches back then and the royal oak offshore was seen as a sizable watch at that time too... a decade later, large watches are everywhere and there are many black or 'blackened' watches...

a seminal piece then and for this sports watch lover, a memorable watch from an unmemorable film...

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