MOVAS or Movements of Asia - is a venture undertaken by a local group of entrepreneur partners led by Sean Wai, a Singapore PR, trained as an architect who moved into the world of product design. The entity MOVAS has been around for a few years having enjoyed some success with its first generation of watches. A simple Google of the brand will show up several reviews and forum discussion of Movas watches from around the globe. The first model it marketed was the Movas GMT which is has been sold out of its limited run. The brand now carries 4 models. While the offerings are being expanded, Movas intends to remain - at least for now a low production house - up to 100 units per design variation. Despite being a brand explicitly using movements and parts from Asia (not just China), it has been able to progressively improved its quality control and choice of materials sourced.
Most recently, on 29th and 30th December, Movas showcased at the Fullerton Hotel, all its current production pieces as well as prototypes for models to be launched in the coming months. Three new models have caught the eye of some collectors - the new Oceaner (shown above), the Diver II and the Mecha I.
Shown here on the wrist of my good friend, Massi Landi, from left to right, the Oceaner, the Mecha I and the Diver II. The final image in the bottom is the original Diver I.
On inspecting the prototype of the new models to be released in 2013, it was clear that Movas is taking design and quality control seriously and the watches are clearly well thought through. The aspect of original design cannot be faulted and clearly some of the models are fundamentally different from everything else being offered in the market today. However, there is one key issue about Movas that may be holding back the brand from further successes - it is the use of Seagull movement. China made movements still suffer some prejudice by collectors all over. Fortunately, there is assurance that Movas has chosen the most reliable calibre as well as reasonably clean movement as seen through some case backs. Further Movas is also planning to create its own calibre to be made at the Seagull manufacture. It is anticipated by Movas that this step forward will help the improvement of the calibre performance and hopefully assist in collectors to overcome their concerns as to quality - yet being able to keep the pricing of its watches competitive - despite the expected price increases in the coming year. For more information about Movas, visit their website here
As always, click on the images above to view them in higher resolution.
It has been several months since my last blog post and admittedly time has not been a luxury that allowed me to pursue my blogging though I have a phenomenal amount of watch images to process and report on. It may have been the self imposed demand of quality that stopped me from merely just publishing the events as well as candid snaps but I keep reminding myself that was not what I started out with this blog and as such will not compromise on image quality. Nevertheless, after months of being tied up with my primary profession, the Christmas holidays allowed me a short reprise for me to see if I can actually make use of the photographs taken over the months that passed. I decided to take the route in reverse and publish the more recent images working backwards.
As such, here is my photo report of already a well covered subject - the HM5 by MB&F. Fortunately the fact that so much has been written about this watch (even before its first of 66 to be delivered), it alleviates the pressure for me to provide extensive details about it. However it is worthwhile reporting that in my discussions with Max Busser over lunch about the HM5, the watch belies a genuine effort on his part to solve some of the mechanical hurdles. In particular the prism that had to be started from scratch when the first prototype just could not work - and the cost that goes into the production of it.
Having seen the images of the watch before I actually photographed it myself, inspecting it up close and even wearing it on the wrist. The immediate impression is that the watch is visually different in design from all other MB&F designs for its much more organic form. From the press kit images and other images from the net, one could easily (and mistakenly) conclude that this watch lacked the fine details of its previous models. However, I am happy to report that up close the HM5 has its own characteristics and most definitely polarises. There will not be middle ground opinions on this watch. Some will complain of its time window. While others will appreciate the mechanical and optical solutions crafted to overcome the issues. Regardless of which camp you are in, it seems according to the Singapore retail agent, the Hour Glass, the demand for the watch has been overwhelming - despite the sticker price of over SGD80K.
The collage below was created by my images and my personal thanks to Mr Alan Teo of The Hour Glass for being my model with the watch. Click on the image to view it in full resolution.