It was horologically and gastronomically satisfying evening for a small group of MB&F fans that was gathered to see for the first time in Singapore the new No.2 from MB&F. Irene Gan from the Hour Glass kindly modelled for me to show how it looks on a lady's wrist. With the trend in fashion, women are finding it much more comfortable with large timepieces than 5 years ago. For them, its a fashion accessory - not a watch.
Curious, some decades ago - during my mother's youth, jewelry watches had dials no larger than a small penny. Back then women were full bodied and watches were small. Now women are waifs and the watches are enormous!
On Sunday 18th November, the Hour Glass hosted a small dinner party at a Japanese restraurant with Max Busser and his MB&F No.2 as the guest of honour. I was kindly invited to photograph this monumental piece, the second from this new brand and already it has brought some acclaim with collectors from all over.
Max has again kindly agreed to model his watch for me and the image here is shared with great satisfaction. The MB&F No.2 is what I call a "simple complications" - a tautology of course but for me it accurately describes the retrograde minute movement with double moons. While each of the function it features do not rate as a high complication, altogether - in its form cannot be described as a simple watch. While it follows on from the toubillon of the No.1, this watch does not pale in comparison to its elder sibling. It features well on the wrist, comfortable but only for those who are able to deal with the attention it brings.
More to come in days ahead when I am able to complete the post processing of the images. So come back soon.- HT
Postscript - I recently published this Black & White Montage of portraits of Mr Maximilian Busser I captured during the launch evening here in Singapore. Click it to see the web version.
Kurt Klaus of IWC, the creator of the famed DaVinci perptual calendar movement was in Singapore this week to run a workshop on dissembling and assembling Caliber 95 movement as well as being the host of an intimate soiree with collectors and fans.
The image on the right are the hands of the master watchmaker himself.
Check out the report of the evening by Su Jia Xian (and photographed by me) at THIS LINK
Max Busser has once again created a watch that will no doubt arouse strong reactions. He is now in the process of unveiling the watch at different locations around the world, with Singapore scheduled for later this week.
Unlike the Horological Machine No. 1, the No. 2 does not offer any high complications. But it still makes a statement. For more on the HM2, click here
to see my report on PuristSPro.com.
On 31st October, Chopard and Sincere Singapore hosted a very tasteful yet grand dinner event for the world premier launch of the new LUC Chrono One. Held at the Reflections at Keppel Bay, check out the images of my photo report kindly posted by VL Kong, the moderator of Chopard Forum at ThePurists.com to appreciate the wonderful location for the dinner event.
The new Chrono One features a completely new chronograph movement developed by the watchmakers at LUC. I was kindly given the opportunity to photograph the watch at the site of the dinner launch before it was delivered to its new owner. Come back soon to check out the images I captured of this exciting new piece.