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Click on the image above to download the wallpaper of this watch.

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.

-HT

 


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Click on the image above to download the wallpaper of this HM2.
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.
-HT

 


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This handsome IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater features white gold case with grey slate dial. This is a relatively new combination of a model that has been around for a few decades. Featuring the renowned and stable Caliber 95 (seconds dial at 9) with the repeater module added on. Collectors who prefer austere dials will find this piece endearing although the model may put collectors off with the street price which is in the vicinity of S$100K (however, due to the complexity of minute repeaters, new pieces today are now retailing at much higher prices).

This recording was made at the Hour Glass premises which unfortunately also picked up ambient sounds in the shop notwithstanding the use of an external microphone. Do note that the sound is amplified by the microphone and that repeaters generally do not chime at this volume.

You will hear three distinct type of chimes. The first set will represent the hours (11), the second represent the quarter (3 double chimes reflecting that the time is after 45minutes) and the third single chime will count the minutes (10 minutes after 45). Hence it tells the time by sounds - 11.55.

-HT

(my thanks to Hour Glass Millennia for allowing me to record this video on their premises)

 


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Since the launch of the brand, MB&F has already made public three of its designs. All of them quite radically different from the previous. Max Busser's team of friends who work on the various horological machines wanted edgy products that will have the attention from those who wanted radical designs. In fact, he said himself that he will be worried if any of his products receive wide appeal because it would not be edgy enough. Interesting marketing plan and to some degree it seems to have worked as the collectors I know are polarised about the MB&F watches.

See the photomontage for yourself and decide whether you love or hate the HM No.2. In this series, I captured the two latest versions - the ceramic titanium and the ceramic, titanium and rose gold versions. The third, all white gold case is Max Busser's own personal watch he also allowed me to photograph.

From the current crop of designs from MB&F, I think functionally the HM2 is probably the easiest to read the time. But I had been reminded, that the MB&F watches are not for telling the time but to be seen with - on the wrist. Fortunately for me, I am still a conservative at heart and I am at no risk of having art works on my wrist. At least for now.

To view the photomontage, click on the image above.

- HT

 


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Click on the image above to download the wallpaper of the Rose Gold Sidewinder HM3. Probably the most gratifying capture of this year to date. While I am not a fan of this watch due to its overly large proportions, almost unintelligible time display, extreme height and price - its nevertheless a watch paradoxically a challenge as well as a joy to photograph with so much detail and design features.

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.

-HT

 


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On the evening of Friday 3rd April, a group of my watch collecting friends gathered once again to chat with those who just returned from Basel about their thoughts and impressions on the watches seen at that fair. I took the opportunity to ask those who own a MIH to bring along their watches so that I may do a group shot of the watches.
To my surprise, from our close network of about 30 collectors, there were 10 of us who have this special watch.
While I did not photograph each and everyone of the watches brought to the gathering, I did a few group captures which was in aid of my hope to publish a long term ownership experience of the watch by those who have these watches. I hope to have that article ready some time the end of this month - so watch out for it.
Meanwhile, to view some of the photographs taken by my good friend Mr Zach Toh (moderator at Horomundi.com) check out this LINK to view his report.
- HT

 


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Click on the image above to download the wallpaper of the Starcruiser HM3 in White Gold. The HM3 wallpapers are captured to reflect the inspiration of the design - space ships flying through space.

Come back next week for the Sidewinder Rose Gold version and decide which of the two wallpapers you prefer.

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.

-HT

 





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