This evening I was invited to photograph this watch by the local authorised dealer - The Hour Glass - that was already earmarked for a collector. I missed the chance of photographing the Observatoire at TEMPUS II so this time round I made sure I photographed one of the watches that made an impact on me at TEMPUS II last year.
The photomontage will be released soon but for now, here is a teaser poster for you to enjoy. Kari's work impressed me some years ago when he released his first watch - a chronograph that he completed at a very high level. Many collectors feel that only the Dufour watches are finished better. For me the draw is not just the finishing but the character of the watch that Kari has successfully created for his watches. Unfortunately the prices for a Voutilainen has reached near stratospheric levels and as much as I like them, it will be a long time before I am able to see one in my collection.
Click on the above image to see the full size version of the image.
Some weeks ago I was invited by a collector to photograph a pair of highly desirable Pateks - the 5070 and the 5980. The 5070 has reached legendary status with Patek collectors for how it has become one of the most sought after Patek chronograph. This watch is also one of those that fuels the belief that investing in the right pieces can reap high rewards.
While I prefer the 5070 and acknowledge that these are handsome watches and very well made, I personally do not feel the same level desire for both watches as the Patek collectors do despite having handled and photographed them. This is probably due to the very high premium placed on these pieces.
The images below can be freely downloaded for your use as desktop wallpapers. Please note that your downloading reflects your agreement to the condition that it will be for your own personal use and for your computer wallpaper only. Its not to be altered or edited in any manner.
Photo courtesy of flowtr
Harry published his excellent photomontage of the Gerald Genta Gefica some time ago, furthering the considerable interest in this long awaited watch. Finally the first few Gefica watches have begun to trickle into authorised dealers. A Purist in Hong Kong was fortunate to acquire one, thus becoming one of the first owners of the Gefica in the world. He shares with us some photos of the watch - click here to see the photos.
From left: Patek Philippe Grande Sonnerie, Audemars Piguet Star Wheel Two Faces, Patek Philippe Triple Complication
This sounds immodest, but I have seen many, many watches over the course of the past decade. But once in a while I encounter a watch, or a collection, that truly stupendous and jaw dropping, like the trio of pocket watches shown above. The owner of this amazing collection has kindly agreed to share his thoughts with us. Click here
to read the interview.
The Biretro is a watch that one could easily pass for it being another Genta watch. But closer inspection you will notice that it is a combination of tantalum and rose gold that draws the eyes to this watch. A typical Genta jumping hour watch but the details of the watch will show its a very well made watch.
Come back soon to see the close details in my photomontage. Meanwhile this wallpaper should whet your interest a little.
This very understated timepiece belies two revered complications - the tourbillon and a 10 day power reserve movement. A watch with an astronomical price tag but with an even larger following, this watch is quite a beautiful classic looking timepiece on the wrist. Having photographed it, I can understand why this particular model has such a strong following of collectors who have to wait for an very long time upon ordering. Hopefully for those who have a yearning for this watch, with this downloadable (1600x1050 - just click the image and download it) wallpaper and the forthcoming montage, it would suffice for the time being.
Come back soon to see the photomontage.
I am not sure why this watch looks this good. On paper, Sinn watches are considered workhorses or described at best - tool watches. Watches for the working man designed and made to withstand the daily grind and punishment. While the Regulator is not a new model, this rose gold model, just released this year is quite photogenic. The combination of machine guiloche silver dial with the tan crocodile strap simply works. On the wrist, this watch looks like it came from the well known watch marques.
Unfortunately, the price of this Sinn - and it appears as well for the new models coming out this year - is getting prohibitive. Almost to a point where collectors are forced to consider much more carefully of the alternative choices available. This is especially so when the movement on this watch is what I would consider pedestrian and the level of finish is not anywhere near the quality luxury Swiss watches.
Every successful brand goes through an evolutionary process and Sinn is no different. With the success of several of its models, Sinn has gotten bolder and more ambitious but I hope it does not speed along too fast ahead in its pricing as it could prove detrimental.
To view how much Sinn has progressed in its watch making quality, CLICK HERE
to see the Sinn Regulator. Consider for yourself, whether Sinn has indeed moved up in the ranks of watchmaking and whether this watch deserves the price tag it asks for.
It never ceases to amaze me how much attention my watch blog has garnered in just over 2 years. I was amazed back when I reported the site had 20k hits in six months
Just this week, sitemeter reports that my site has passed the 300k hits mark. What is more interesting is that out of that sum, there were 167k visitors, so I do have regulars returning to my blog. While this numbers pale by comparison to the top blogs of the world, I am nevertheless encouraged and proud that the site has the interest of those who are interested in high horology.
While I do not have any plans to ramp up the blog in any manner, I am glad to say that small changes to the blog to make it look fresh is under way. I will continue to develop my style of blogging with watch photography and hope that it continues to enrich the watch community at large.
Thank you for your kind support and a Very Happy Lunar New Year!
Alain Silberstein is a non-conformist. He makes radically stylised watches that the artsy community could only appreciate. With tuna can cases - tall and cylindrical, he succeeds in making them funky and funny as in this model. He uses the smileys to reflect the day of the week. The images above reflects Monday to Sunday.
Check out my images of the watch I published on ThePurists forum.
(Postscript - made a small amendment due to a kind reminder post that I mispelt Silberstein as Silverstein)