On the 16th of September IWC celebrated the opening of its newest boutique in Singapore with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the ION Singapore and a grand gala dinner at the Esplanade.
The evening's proceedings were kept a secret and guests were given several pleasant surprises including dining on the beautiful stage of the Esplanade Concert Hall - and having Ronan Keating sing to the guests.
For a detailed report by Jaw of Horomundi (with a contribution of photographs by me) Click Here
to read the report of the event.
The Lange 1 has been in the Lange & Sohne stable since the launch of the brand. It has succeeded as a model to bring the German brand to the upper echelons of high horology in terms of innovation in design and finish. One of the early pieces that was highly sought after was the Lange 1A - a yellow gold limited edition that had a yellow gold dial intricately guilloched as with this Japan LE.
The Japan LE version however features a beautiful blue moonphase that brings a nice contrast to the fine guilloche work. A beautiful and rare watch for fans of the brand. Click on the image above to view the other images I posted in a report on Timezone Lange Forum. I am sure you will not be disappointed with the details of the watch.
Come back soon to see and download the wallpaper of this watch.
Peter Speake-Marin was recently robbed in California of all his belonging during his world tour of Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore (see post below on his visit), Sydney, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver and Miami where he was expected to meet retailers and fans of his watches.
He had with him several of his prized pieces including one that was meant for his personal collection.
To read more about the crime, CLICK HERE
to read the announcement on Horomundi forum.
The new 2009 Zeitwerk
is a completely new caliber and direction from the German marque. By pushing its already revered mechanical movement prowess, Lange
designed a watch with large digital window display to tell the time. Each digit moves instantaneously
on cue - with renowned
German precision. The watch will be one of the catalogue models available in different colour dials and metals. Even before stocks are in, the order books are being filled. Click on the image above to download the wallpaper.
NOTE: your act of downloading indicates your agreement to respect and uphold my copyright not to use it in any other manner other than for personal use as a desktop wallpaper. No commercial use; amendments; alterations and editing work is permitted.
As mentioned earlier in my first Tourbograph post, I was invited by my friend Peter Chong, the Lange Moderator at Timezone to dine with other collectors and to photograph the evening's proceedings.
Peter has finally collated my images and filed a report on Timezone Lange Forum. To read and view the images for that report, click on the photo of Fabian Krone (CEO Lange).
The Singapore Peer Dinner was the kick off for a series of Peer Dinners around the world to showcase and introduce the Lange Zeitwerk and Richard Lange Pour le Merite (also available on hand were the Tourbograph and Cabaret Tourbillon - all to be featured here over the weeks ahead).
The Peer Dinners is a novel concept by any brand where apart from the host, no retailers, or commercial or industry watch people are involved. Lange elects to work with a friend of the brand, to host dinner. Arrangements like the guest list, logistics, venue, menu, wine list are left to the total discretion of the host.
The next Peer Dinner will be hosted in Hong Kong sometime in October.
Since the start of the decade, the tourbillon has become a necessary feature for watch houses to claim to be part of high horology. As a result, tourbillons are now are not as rare as was in the past. Unfortunately many of the tourbillons are not made in house but outsourced and very often they are added onto current designs as a module. Historically, the design, manufacture and assembling of a tourbillon was a painstaking process but with computer aided design and new materials with new tools available today, much of the complexity and design risk has been removed.
This is not to say that there is still a huge amount of work involved in crafting a top quality tourbillon finished to the Nth degree that Lange is famous for. Lange & Sohne has been revered by collectors as a watch house that does not compromise on quality and finishing.
Have a look at the high resolution close up of the Tourbograph's tourbillon cage here and see if it deserves the right to the claim as one of the most desired modern tourbillons today. Click on the image above to see the high resolution version.
Last week Fabian Krone (CEO of Lange & Sohne), together with Mr Peter Chong (Moderator of Lange Forum on Timezone) hosted a small intimate but gastronomically wonderful dinner at Iggy's Restaurant in Singapore. More of the event and food later (event report by Peter with the aid of my images). The highlight of the evening, as always at watch events are the watches itself and Lange's rare pieces are a delight to collectors to hold and inspect - if not to be acquired.
The exciting newly released Zeitwerk was shown in different metal guises. It is a new direction for the very conservative Lange & Sohne brand and the gamble, by measure of the responses from collectors at the dinner appears to paid off. But more about the Zeitwerk and photographs will be shown here later.
For now, I would like to share my desktop wallpaper of the very imposing and expensive Tourbograph (listed at over S$500,000). I hope fans of this watch will enjoy this wallpaper. Click on the image above to download a copy.
As always, your act of downloading indicates your agreement to respect and uphold my copyright not to use it in any other manner other than for personal use as a desktop wallpaper. No commercial use; amendments; alterations and editing work is permitted.
Early this week, Peter Speake-Marin was in town in a whirlwind multi-city tour to meet up with collectors and retailers (probably delivering some bespoke pieces too). He met up with five collectors for coffee and I was on hand with my trusty camera to capture Peter who as always, a right gentleman telling us wonderful stories and news happening in Switzerland and in the watch world.
Click on the images below to see the images in high resolution.