Sometime back a few of us collectors had a small gathering and I personally requested that those who had a MIH watch to wear or bring it along. To my pleasant surprise, a large majority of us own a MIH watch. Each of us had different experiences with the watch and they all kindly agreed to let me have their feedback to my review questions, from their unedited replies I compiled the review. Consider it as an honest long term test report by a number of owners.
to read the YEAR 1+ Report
While I was conducting a back up and delete exercise of all photograph directory, I found the lost photos as a subfolder in one of the older folders of photographs - reported here earlier
How it images ended there is a mystery to me. Possibly a mis-click when I was processing the photographs with the Canon DPP software. In any case, better late than never. Here is the montage of the evening at the New York FP Journe boutique.
A deceptively simple looking three handed dial measuring 41mm in diameter with a discreet exhibition back that showcases its tourbillon cage with quality finish and workmanship and a new caliber that one would expect from top Swiss brands.
The Galet Classic features a “Tourbillon Double Balance Spring” which was conceived and manufactured with the master watchmakers of La Fabrique du Temps. The watch features a new escapement which has never been used before in a Tourbillon. It consists of two inversed balance springs which allow the movement to average out the negative influence of gravity by keeping the balance centred on its axis. One of the features of the hand wound movement is the highly accurate timekeeping for its 80 hours of power reserve.
As reported earlier, Ferrier will only manufacture only 20 watches a year and such the exclusiveness will cost S$270k for those considering this beautiful timepiece. Notwithstanding its prohibitive price the Galet Classic has won over influential fans to win them the coveted GPHG Men's Watch 2010.
Laurent Ferrier & Olivier Muller with the GPHG 2010 Prize
Today I had the great fortune of having a sumptuous lunch with Mr Laurent Ferrier who was in town with his colleague, Mr Olivier Muller. As Mr Ferrier spoke no English, Mr Muller kindly translated much of the conversation. Mr Ferrier started his new brand under his name this year having left Patek Philippe where he worked for 37 years. Being one of the more senior watchmakers at Patek, Ferrier worked on almost all the high end pieces of the renowned brand.
For his first Ferrier watch, he created the Galet Classic Tourbillon Double Balance Spring that has taken the watch world by storm. At the 2010 Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève Ferrier's first watch won the prize for the Men's Watch category
. But more about this watch later (check the next post).
The Ferrier atelier makes only 20 watches a year but it already plans to launch a new calibre at the coming 2011 watch exhibition in Geneva. In the metal, the Galet Classic is understated elegance and finished to a very high level. The first impression is very positive. Inspecting the watch in detail with a loupe, one can easily understand why the watch won the prize at the GPHG.
It's easily noticed that quite a few watch collectors are also fountain pen users or collectors. Is it because the motivation is that luxury pens are also status symbols or inherent investment value? Or are watch collectors also fervent writers who prefer to use the fountain pens as their instrument of communications?
There are many who believe that fountain pens are anachronistic remnant of the decades past - at least my children feel that way. With the keyboard and touch screens being the norm of the written word, why then is there a fervent and almost cult like following for fountain pens? The answer is probably in degrees of all of the above reasons. Myself, I am a fountain pen user who enjoy the feel and use of a smooth and well made pen.
Personally for me, while I believe communication levels have increased due to electronic connections, writing instruments are increasingly becoming rarely used. Being a child of the 70s, I was disciplined in the art of penmanship as was all school going child was in those days. However, I only began appreciating the craft and quality of good fountain pens in the 80s while I was in law school. Even before I forayed into the world of horology, I was drawn by the craft of fountain pen writing and calligraphy and pen making.
Regrettably, while I still enjoy the use of a good smooth flowing fountain pen, I find it a rare moment when I find myself needing to write with one. Now I find myself only wishing to write with one - actually with a few.
I still have my father's Parker 75 which I use to sign cheques, my Pelikan that served me through a thousand reams of A4 of note taking at law school (those days in England disposable pens were more expensive than bottled ink). Today, I have a few fountain pens that I treasure because they have significant personal value. Like the green marble Duofold Parker International that my wife bought for me at Harrods in 1993 which amazingly still looks like new despite being used regularly.
Here are come combination captures of a couple of significant fountain pens.
The Omas Arte Italiana & IWC Portuguese 2000
The MontBlanc Marcel Proust Limited Edition & Chopard XP
Will the new generation of watch collectors schooled in the 90s be drawn to the romance and joy of fountain pen use or even collecting? I wonder.....