Collectors Get Together April 2011
Published Friday, April 29, 2011 by Harry SK Tan |
Watch enthusiasts never need a reason to gather to talk and enjoy sharing information, experience and watches amongst friends - with good food. We had one yesterday where 21 collectors met at Xi Yan Restaurant
located at Craig Road (Singapore) yesterday evening for a private 10 course dinner. Xi Yan is special because its a restaurant that allowed us to not only enjoy the whole floor (private dining arrangement) but it gave us the freedom to move around to converse with as many and as much as we can. Interestingly, the restaurant not only served food but is also an art gallery for diners to enjoy.
The food presented at the restaurant - owned by a new comer to watch collecting himself, Mr Thomas Choong is quite unique and avant garde. Study the following montage and you will notice each guest had a copy of the special menu prepared for the evening for "Watch Enthusiasts". The food was a very pleasant surprise and I am sure foodie Peter Chong will feature a review shortly in his blog.
This particular meeting was themed - Vintage Pre 1980s & watches below S$1000. Present were most intriguing vintage pieces especially the Seiko Crowns, Rolexes, IWC calendar, Omega Dynamics and even a miniature rectangle pocket watch. For the timepieces below $1000, inevitably the more popular Seikos and Citizens were present.
Also, on my request, a few collectors brought along their Reed Watches - made by Reeds & Co. See the image below to see the variants owned by collectors. The draw of the watch is the bespoke dial handmade by Reed himself. No two dials are the same and as you can see below, a collector even changed the straps to give each piece a different look.
Even though all who attend the evening agreed to the theme, two collectors brought along special timepieces which they had just acquired. One had in fact just received that afternoon from the JLC boutique the new 2011 JLC Ultra Thin Reverso Steel. I took the opportunity to photograph that watch as well and I will feature a wallpaper of this watch - as well as a pristine new from factory the Porsche Design IWC.
We are already planning for the next gathering and now wondering what theme will be.