This is Genta's latest complication offering - a Titanium Perpetual Calendar. A honoured and respected horological complication given a funky treatment. I have to admit immediately that I would not wear this watch for its over complicated dial - purely because my ageing eyes have great difficulty in reading crowded dials. But I can see how this watch can be attractive to a select crowd of collectors who can carry off the ultra bright red strap and the high contrast dial.
On the wrist, its comfortable and light - and its a watch to be noticed. Click on the image to see a few more.
Details emerged in a writ of summons filed by Cortina's lawyers in the High Court recently that the total street value of the watches stolen by Jerry Ee over Christmas 2008 amounted to nearly S$13million dollars.
It was reported in Straits Times
that Jerry Ee allegedly took 386 timepieces from six designer brands - Audemars Piguet, Girard Perregaux, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Vacheron Constantin together with 194 pieces of accompanying guarantee cards. All total at $13,225,383. Jerry Ee was also alleged to have taken $27,137 from the store safe. While the net cost of the theft was reported at 7.9 million, clearly the store was meant to enjoy a six million dollar profit from the sale of the watches.
Clearly the filing of the writ is purely administrative at this time as Jerry Ee is suspected to have left the country and would have expected to have disposed of the watches to fund his lifestyle overseas. Even if Jerry Ee is caught by Interpol its doubtful that Cortina would be able to recover a majority of the claim against him.
A word of warning for those in the market for used watches or New in Box watches whose brands are listed in the report. Make sure the guarantee card comes with the watch and if so, its not stamped with the Cortina mark. The watches are now listed in Interpol as stolen goods. If a buyer of these stolen watches sent them for servicing or repair to the brand service centres, they will handed over to the police or interpol.
Here is an interesting Speedmaster watch. A watch designed to withstand the rigours of extremes of very cold and very hot temperatures. Omega created a red aluminium housing that not only protects the watch bue also allows for the wearer to use the chronograph even in punishing temperatures.
The housing can be dismantled easily for use without it. With the housing on, the watch looks like a monster sized watch that would please any big watch collector. Alternatively, collectors can use the watch without the case if they so prefer.
Click on the image above to see more of this unique limited edition time piece.
Finally after some years of trying to track down an Atmos, I have here a selection of captures of Mr Eddie Sng's beautiful Atmos clock.
I find these clocks truly mesmerising and having photographed it, I am not disappointed at the level of quality that goes into these clocks. These were meant to last for generations and I am sure with proper care, it will.
Click on the image to view the images.
Here are three variations of the Little Portugeisers - the Ref 3531 in steel with black dial, steel & white dial with gold markers and hands and red gold with white dial. It measures at only a diameter of 35mm and thickness of 8mm.
The Ref. 3531 shares with the original Portugieser (below) the styling of the dial, which is almost identical in every detail and the sapphire back. What it does not share is the movement. The movement of the Ref. 3531 is a Jaeger LeCoultre calibre 891/2, as currently used in the JLC Master Day Date.
Even though this watch is quite small in today's big watch climate, it still have some sense of presence. While the 3531 is not a limited edition, pieces of it being traded are few and far between. Together with the Portuguese Limited Edition, the 3531 will be remembered as the smaller sibling to the original classic.
Click the image on the right to read the brief report I put up on the horomundi forum. Apart from the group shot of all the wrist watches present, there are photos of Dirk Jansen's wonderful IWC pocket watches and Eddie Sng's collection of watch movement cuff links.
Come back soon as I shall be posting high resolution group shots of a set of the Portuguese Jubilees as well as another set of its little brother, the Portuguese Automatics (36mm).
Postscript - Forgot to mention earlier that the photo on the right was taken to show collectors that the original first generation Portuguese watches (and the Jubilee) were in fact watches with pocket watch movements. IWC kept to its roots and history when they launched the 1993 Jubilee. So IWC had sold these watches back in the mid 1900s - at a time when it was unfashionable to wear big watches.