Image Courtesy of Bell & Ross
Bell & Ross announced
that for Basel 2008 they will be releasing a new range of rectangular timepieces. Clearly Bell & Ross is making a real push to move with some force into the realm of high horology with complications that has an identity. B&R has had great success with the BRO1 Instrument series (large pilot watches encased in 46mm square cases) and are now venturing to extend that series for their 2008 watches in rectangular cases.
For me, the case immediately brings to mind the MB&F No.2 and the Hautlence watches. There are distinct differences but clearly the two other brands had stolen the thunder from B&R by having launched and sold the watches with horizontal rectangular cases since last year. More so for the MB&F as the visible screws on the case are quite similar.
However, is this a new trend for the coming years? Horizontal rectangular cases to allow for a greater variety of movement expression?
I learnt of this GS Limited Edition Handwound some years ago from SteveG of who has a wonderful site called ninanet.net that shows off his collections of very desirable watches with photographs of phenomenal quality. I was invited to photograph this watch at a mutual trade and this was conducted in a basement coffee joint at a shopping centre. The watch is one of only 300 ever made and as expected the quality of the dial and finishing but was top notch but I was especially enamoured by the blue hands and how the watch as a whole sits wonderfully undersated on the wrist. This watch was probably manufactured in 2001 (according to SteveG's rating certificate) and as such showing the first signs wear. Nevertheless, the blue hands looks as good as new and against the egg white dial its quite mesmerising. The watch may be cased at only 36mm but it looks bigger due to the thin bezel.
I presonally would hope to see this watch in my collection someday - if I can find an owner who would willingly part with his. To view any of the individual images above, simply click on it to pause the slideshow using the popup toolbar.
Last evening I was invited out to dinner by a group of Patek collectors and two of them (who asked to remain anonymous) were wearing their yellow gold Aquanauts of different sizes. Not wanting to let the opportunity go without photographing them together, I asked and they kindly agreed to let me photograph them together.
You can see from the images that these are serious users of Pateks who wear them proudly and not have them stored in some dry box or bank vault. Despite the scratches, these clearly are handsome timepieces.
Now - what surprised me while I was processing these images was - that both watches were adjusted to the second in sync. I have not seen this happen before by two different owners. I am not sure if it speaks of the precision and accuracy of the watch or the attention to the precise time by the owners - probably both!
To view the other images of this pair in full size - CLICK HERE.- HT
As an alternative to my usual detailed photomontages, I thought to give this a try - a slideshow format of the various watches by Silberstein viewable within WatchingHorology site itself. To stop the slideshow, simply click on the image to activate the control buttons to pause the show.
Clearly the watches has an identity of its own and a special look and feel to it. As I described before - with a sense of irreverance for the mainstream watch market and appeals to the contrarians and those who wish to have a fun looking timepiece.
I've just completed a review of the Grand Seiko GMT. Click here to read it.
In anticipation of fans asking me for wallpapers of this watch, here is one that I created based on the images published below (just click on the image above). Later I may put up one of the moonwatch on a moon image but I have to figure out how to do this creatively without replicating others that has been published.
As always, do use the image with due regard to my copyrights.
I have photographed several iterations of the Omega Speedmaster but this one is special - it belongs to me. The Speedmaster for me, is a true collector's watch. While the model has probably sold millions since its launch (in various derivations and limited editions), this watch for me represents one of the crucial stages of human development - space exploration. It succeeded the NASA tests to be used in space and continues to be the preferred watch for astronauts by NASA - which clearly says a lot for a watch that has been around for over four decades.
Its not a perfect watch by any means but the design is clearly a classic withstanding the rages of time and the cycles of watch fashion. It continues to enjoy an important position at Omega for what it represents and it will continue to do so for a long time.
I wanted to share here three images of the watch with a third party strap to show how good it looks on a strong thick waterproof strap and to show how beautiful and intriguing the movement looks. Clearly the complexity of the movement is no reflection of its price (at least in today's prices but there are rumours that Omega plans to raise prices across the board on all its watches).
To view the full size of the images here, simply click on them.