In an earlier post I commented on the development of how some high end watches are moving toward dialess watches. Over the past few weeks I saw two adds which, for the longest time reminded me of something but I could not put my finger on it. Then it struck me that they actually reminded me of each other.
On the left is Raymond Weil's Don Giovanni and the right is the new Rolex Cellini Prince. They are both rectangular cases with two subdials. I think this design is very classic and attractive (if you troll through Google Image search and look at some of the 1930 Rolex models).
In Basel 2005 - there was two distinct developments from watch makers. Those who continued to push complications to an all new level (multiple tourbillions on a watch) and those that returned to simple classic designs. The Prince is an exciting development and the return to a very classic line from Rolex.
The Seiko Watch Corpn has come up with a prototype watch that incorporate an exciting new technology using a microcapsule-type Electrophoresis display module. The new technology for the watch company is the result of a joint development effort, combining 'Electronic Ink' technology developed by E Ink Corporation in the USA and Seiko Epson's advanced display manufacturing and electronic circuitry techniques.
Seiko has named this prototype series 'Future Now' timepieces which will continue to underline SEIKO's commitment to innovation, and push forward the boundaries of watch design and functionality. The new technology features several new advances. The display will be ultra thin, will use very little energy and will be flexible. Interestingly, E-Ink technology is been considered for all kinds of applications from E-Books to Very large TV displays.
To read more about the new technology, click on the link below.Epson Corporate: Newsroom
- an interesting watch company - was introduced to me by Tony Lemalu of New Zealand. With an innovative concept of a single watch that provides the advantages of both analogue and digital technologies. Simply described, the Biformeter engineered as a mechanical diving watch comes with a detachable digital instrument that attaches onto the watch dial face. The instrument provides functions similar to the Tissot T-Touch - Barometer, Altimeter, Compass, Chronometer, Pulse meter, Thermometer and a Log Book. With the instrument detached, the Biformeter appears to be a well made diver watch for work or weekend. With the instrument attached, the watch becomes a veritable computer on the wrist that provides all kind of useful information for the sportsman in the field or out at sea. To find out more about the watch, click on the name above.
Vacheron hosted a wonderful day at Changi on Saturday 22nd Oct. It was a private party for Purists in Singapore and a host of activities was organised for VC supporters. Click here
to see the Photo Report.
Below is the beautiful VC Repeater Skeleton. Photo taken at the VC Fun Day event. Its dimunitive size (estimate about 38mm) belies the complex movement. The fine and elegant work on the movement is breathtaking in the flesh. You can see more of it in the photo report link above.
I managed to pull together a few oppurtunistic photographs taken recently at IWC's Launch Event at Sepang Malaysia and create a short photomontage.
These three watches were worn by renowned Purists Jaw, Wei Koh and Jim Seah. I am so glad at least a few of the photos actually turned out well.
Photos taken with a very compact Canon IXUS40 at the KLIA Pan Pacific hotel lobby's marble table outside the restaurant.
To see the photomontage, CLICK HERE
or at the link on the column on the right.
It took awhile but with great pleasure I was able to finish and publish online my first impression review of the U1. The Review itself is merged with the U1 Photomontage so to read it, simply either click on the "U1" photo below or the link here "Sinn U1 1000m Review & Photos
" or on the same named link on the right column here. Hope you enjoy the review!
Last year Richard Mille's
new range of blue torneau shaped dialess watches took the watch industry by storm raising the eyebrows of many conservative watch houses. RM's watches is both sylish and innovative and it was not long after that there will be watch houses that will borrow the concept. The first was CVSTOS
which appears very close in design. It appears that this was the beginning of a new trend. An industrial cut look that bares the movement of a watch but it does not have the skeleton movement look. Plates and bridges are all intact without cutaways.
This year we saw the launch of Breguet's new La Tradition line of watches (right watch in photo) and Blancpain's new tourbillon. Will this new trend of watches for high horology catch on? I think its inevitable. Watch manufacturers know that the core attraction of their watches is in the fact that their movement is mechanical and that the demand for exhibition back watches has established itself as a means to showcase the manufacturer's capability to deliver a beautiful movement. Exhibition backs are now deriguer and closed backs are now only almost left to pilot (for antimagnetic properties) and diving watches. Many collectors had reflected to manufacturers that the exhibition backs were as beautiful if not more than the dial. Its only evolutionary (rather than revolutionary) that the dials now appear like the backs. So when the next time you spot someone staring at his or her watch, its likely to be a dialess watch!
A friend of mine, Su Jia Xian shared information on this watch brand on The Purist
Forum and I thought its well worth posting here. Its quite hilarious and as its Japanese, its understandable why that name can still possibly work in Japan. It truly exists and featured on the MocoLoco
site. At MocoLoco, you will find explanation how the watch works. But before you click on it, just try to figure it out first.
BTW - at the Pimp site (click on the photo) you will find it being featured by international magazines as the must have gadget. Will this be a new fad of wristwatches?
The U1 continues to be the focus of my personal collection at this time which compelled me to published a second tribute montage - this time with two specific themes - one to provide a nice layout shot and the other to have extreme closeups of various parts of the watch. Hope you enjoy it...
Received several requests for this and I am happy to accomodate. Click on the logo below to see a short movie of how the watch looks on the wrist.
Here is a rather fetching pose by 7 models with the winner (who has asked to remain anonymous!) of the quiz competition at the Sinn Party. He won a 356 Flieger Chrono. Lucky chum.
Sinn's CEO Lothar Schmit was in Singapore to host Sinn's first launch party that was held on Wednesday 5th October 2005. Nearly 200 guest was present and it was there that I managed to find on another wrist the rare U2. Here is a scan of the U1 and U2 together taken at that party. They are similar yet so very different - note the hands and the UTC function. The U2 is rated for an amazing 2000m! Apparently the names U1 and U2 are intended to reflect their depth rating (or is this coincidence?). Click on the picture to see a larger copy of the scan.
Today I received from my regular watch supplier, the Hour Glass the watch I had been waiting for some long months - the Sinn U1. I was so very pleasantly surprised how good the watch felt on the wrist and that it truly looked better than its publicity shots on the official website. Have a look at my photomontage to see how the watch looks from every angle. A first impression review will be published shortly.
I chanced on this watch while reading a magazine today. Curious I went to the website: Nixon Rotolog Watch
. Seeing the web image I cannot help feeling nostalgic and being reminded of woodpaneled furniture by Herman Miller - especially its famed lounge recliner. The nostalgic effect is completed by the digital display with the use of discs. I am not sure how it will look on the wrist but it certainly has lots of character, warmth and aesthetics.
FA Jones was the founder of IWC.
Mr Ng Tjeng Jaw wrote a nice piece on the history of FA Jones here which is well worth reading. Click on this link: FA JONES - 1841 – 1916
The IWC FA Jones launch event was covered pictorially by me in a montage. To view it, click on the link here, sit back and enjoy it! The IWC FA Jones Launch Event at The Fullerton, Singapore Photomontage
Also Mr Michael Friedberg, the moderator of the official IWC Forum was here in Singapore to show and tell us more about the Jones calibre. Here is another montage showing the heritage of the watch - from an antique Jones Pocket watch, a Portuguese Jubilee and the gold FA Jones. The FA Jones Heritage Photomontage
The exquisite movement exhibition back on the FA Jones. Easily recognisable as a pocket watch movement on a wristwatch. Will this become a new must have watch of this decade like the IWC Jubilee was? Very possible. Just as the original Jubilee which did not take off immediately, the Jones could have the same impact on the market.
IWC FA Jones Calibre was launched in Singapore on 27th September 2005 at a very swanky and private affair at San Marco's Restaurant in The Fullertron. All three versions of the watch was featured and the 50 guests all attended wearing their IWC watches.
Will the FA Jones be a successful watch? Its quite an interesting and important piece for IWC. Its an important commemorative watch to honour the founder of the company as well as a move by the watchmaker to return to its roots of basic watches without complications. The delivery however is not basic with all the best materials and latest manufacturing techniques being adopted for its production. Unlike the original FA Jones pocket watch that this was modelled on, the new wristwatch will feature sapphire crystals on both sides and a faux enamel dial. While it harks back to a more romantic feel for the classic watch feel, this watch will probably last a very long time for its owner. Looking at the movement, its a simple Calibre 98 with huge balance wheel and large jewels - two very distinctive features. The most distinctive being the regulating adjustment arm. This watch is truly quite a draw on the wrist.
This is a personal blog on all things pertaining to Watches and Clocks - photographing, news, exhibitions, events, developments and collecting watches from all over the world. I hope you will enjoy visiting this blog on a regular basis to keep up with the developments in the watch world.