Sunday, 25 August 2013

Omega Co-Axial Exhibition at Paragon Singapore till 1 Sep


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Thanks to Omega for the invite down for opening cocktails. Do drop by to check out the co-axial exhibition at paragon if you have interest in horology and innovation. The co-axial escapement is a truly new escapement created by Sir George Daniels has been put into production by Omega.

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PRESS RELEASE: OMEGA CELEBRATES THE ART OF WATCHMAKING AT PARAGON SHOPPING CENTRE WITH THE ‘OMEGA CO-AXIAL EXHIBITION’ Singapore, August 23, 2013

Omega, the Swiss luxury brand, celebrated its pioneering spirit and dedication to the art of watchmaking with the official opening of the ‘Omega Co-Axial Exhibition’. Held in partnership with Cortina Watch, the event commemorated the state-of-the-industry technology found within Omega’s exquisite timepieces. The night presented over 200 guests the opportunity to discover the brand’s incredible history in innovation through a series of guided tours and dazzling displays of the watch movements widely considered to be among the best in the world. Venue The main atrium of Paragon Shopping Centre was transformed into a dynamic museum space to showcase the revolutionary movements and level of precision involved in creating the brand’s Co- Axial calibres. Guests were taken through an informational guided audio tour through the evolution of the escapement at the heart of the movements from its revolutionizing debut in the 1990s to its integration into present-day OMEGA Co-Axial calibres; they marvelled at some of the brand’s most important and iconic and historic pieces. Among these was an Omega Speedmaster that was fitted with an early version of the Co-Axial escapement by the inventor of the escapement himself, Dr. George Daniels.
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The emcee of the evening – model and TV host Stephanie Carrington, kicked the night off by inviting Mr Jeremy Lim, the Chief Operations Officer at Cortina Watch to the stage for a welcoming speech. This was followed by an address from Mr David Ponzo, President of Swatch Group, Singapore and Malaysia and Vice President of Omega, South East Asia, who explained the significance of the Co- Axial escapement in the Omega story. A stunning contemporary dance performance by the SandraHo Dance Academy raised the curtain on the exhibition as dancers paid tribute to the Co-Axial escapement with their precise acrobatic movements. It was a night of dance and melody as guests were then treated to a performance by electric violinist Lester Kong. Guests and friends partied late into the night and eventually said their goodbyes long after the festivities were over.

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Some additional pics from the opening and exhibition:

exploded movement
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ploprofs then and now... the modern take is great but I would have preferred more touches of the vintage to it personally. so red button, blue dial, bezel fonts on the old look better to me...
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Omega Speedy from 1963 with the 321 cal... a movement to be admired...
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timepiece modified by George Daniels and presented to the watch industry in the 1970s
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Co-axial launched in 1999 in a De Ville... the first of these presented to George Daniels
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some nice pocketwatches and movements...
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Sm120c Big Blue Seamaster ST 176.004. Introduced in 1971 and still gorgeous today... damn, I may have to hunt one down :)
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Saturday, 24 August 2013

it seems diamonds are a girl's best friend :) harry winston told me all about it ~ Harry Winston 2013 Basel Offerings

BLING IT ON! The fully set bracelet below features 372 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 5.45 carats) & every buckle is set with 33 brilliant-cut diamonds... that should be enough yuh? ;)
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2013 has been an interesting year for the Swatch Group. from not having much of a foothold in the jewellery realm or haute joaillerie, they acquired Harry Winston which is a premier name in jewellery which also has an established watch division. it will be interesting to see the integration of HW with the rest of the Swatch Group and to see what may come out with some cross pollination... but we'll give that some time :)  

The HWRT division is of course a focus year on year to see what amazing timepieces they come up with but I will not look at the Opuses for this post today and give some attention to the Basel 2013 range. I will be adding more information and hopefully retail prices soon once I receive them but for now do have a gander at some pics of them and marketing info provided by Harry Winston. My thanks to the team at Harry Winston for letting me spend some time with their 2012/2013 offerings. Ok let's start with some nice big watches for the boyz...   
 
HW Ocean Project Z6 Countdown Alarm
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Project Z6 Blue Edition ~ Alarm with overlapping disks – one displaying the primary time, and the other showing the time for which the alarm is set, each with separate day and night indicators. One of the most distinctive features of the Harry Winston Project Z6 Blue Edition is also the multi-level, vertical satin-brushed blue dial, which displays a number of sophisticated features and finishes, including a smoked sapphire glass effect over the alarm hour indexes, a blue sand-blasted applique at the center of the day/night indicator at 2 o’clock, and Côtes de Genève applied to the alarm subdial. The contrasting orientation and style of the finishes in different areas of the dial create a striking, memorable visual effect.
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 The Project Z6 Blue Edition shares the sophisticated implementation of the alarm function characteristic of the Project Z6 series, where the alarm consists of a minute repeater style hammer, which strikes a gong and produces a crisp sound. Designed to be seen, not only heard, the hammer is fixed to the ZaliumTM case to show the alarm ringing and enhance sound transmission, amplification and tone. This piece is offered in a 44 mm Zalium case, the hardness and resistance to abrasive wear of this material being enhanced by a grey DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) finish
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 Premier Excenter Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
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This year a deep blue smoked sapphire dial was introduced in the Ocean Sport Chrono line. The intricate workings of the black DLC treated automatic movement with a skeletonized chronograph module are clearly visible beneath the Super Luminova enhanced hands, distinctly pointing to the hours and minutes marked on the flange, and ensuring a perfect legibility of the time. A skeletonized date disk turns steadily in order to clearly display the date at 12 o’clock
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 Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Monochrome (250 LE) shows the time in two different time zones: home time and local time, wherever a traveler may be. Unusually, each dial has its own day/night indicator (in virtually all dual time zone watches this is either absent, or present for only home time). The large date display is also unusual in presenting the date, in two digits, in a vertical rather than the ordinary horizontal orientation. The dial is coated with a special layer of oxidized platinum which is then hand-brushed to create a patina
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 the 44mm case is made of Harry Winston's unique, proprietary alloy, ZaliumTM, composed of aluminum and zirconium. Light, highly resistant to corrosion, and with a particular gun-mental sheen unlike any other alloy, it is a sophisticated counterpoint to the pre-aged, hand-finished patina of the dial.
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 Black rubber strap with diamond point finish and Shuriken motif
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 and it looks great on the wrist ;)
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 The Harry Winston Ocean Collection introduces, for the first time, a combination of two sophisticated complications in a single timepiece: the Harry Winston Ocean Tourbillon Jumping Hour. Unlike many jumping hour watches, the Ocean Tourbillon Jumping Hour timepiece has a minute hand which has been specifically designed so that the hour window is never blocked.
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 The tourbillon in the Ocean Tourbillon Jumping Hour has a very unusual design. Instead of being located on the back of the movement plate, it is suspended from two gleaming, hand-chamfered steel bridges which seem to hold it free in space –seeming to move with no apparent mechanical connection to the rest of the timepiece
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Only sharp eyes will uncover its secret: the tourbillon is driven by a wheel geared to its outer circumference, which is nearly completely concealed by the minute track of the dial
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 Floating in between two panes of sapphire, the tourbillon's open structure contrasts with the rich opacity of the dial, which is also suspended from a system of meticulously hand-finished, open-worked bridges. Executed in black sapphire, the dial reveals the hour through an aperture at the 12 o’clock position, which "jumps" instantaneously once per hour
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 The Midnight Monochrome watches feature slate dials. In order to reproduce the unique structure of slate, the Harry Winston dial-makers developed a new technique far removed from the usual watchmaking finishes, honing it to create a plate with a truly slate-like effect. In addition to its mineral beauty, the dial thus guarantees a degree of longevity entirely in tune with the principles of excellence upheld by the House of Harry Winston. The sophisticated yet understated metallic grey dial of the men’s model is animated by the hours, minutes and date indications. The men’s model is equipped with a white gold case with a 42 mm diameter.
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 The silver white shade of the ladies’ model has been treated to a damask effect and makes a perfect match with the diamond-set bezel and lugs and the rose gold case. This 39 mm-diameter model is equipped with a quartz movement
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 Premier Feathers up next. The latest creations in what has become an iconic collection are once again touched by the grace of the unique skill exercised by Nelly Saunier. A gifted master plumassière, or feather artist, she is endowed with masterful and delicate expertise that enables her to tame feathers in such a way that they obey her creative purpose. As delicate as its raw material, this art is practiced by a rare breed of craftspersons who continue to perpetuate this ancestral ornamental art. Loyal to its vocation, Harry Winston wished to express itself in a unique register where poetry and sensuality merge to form an inseparable whole
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Each of the three new models issued in limited production features a marquetry created with the feathers of a bird belonging to an authorized species and specifically bred for this purpose. In addition to extreme dexterity, this skill requires excellent perception of volumes and above all of colors. Each dial thus crafted composes a nocturnal motif in shades of sky blue, turquoise, or sapphire blue, revealed by a touch of immaculate white or deep purple
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 These stunning creations are framed by a 36 mm-diameter 18-karat white gold case set with 66 brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the wrist in a flowing, sensual manner; while three iconic arches evoke the neoclassical façade of the Harry Winston flagship salon in New York City, and the diamond-set crown adds a further precious touch
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  Premier Ladies 36mm
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 Ocean Biretrogade ~ In inimitable Harry Winston style, the Ocean Biretrograde deftly blends elegant design with top-quality mechanics – expressly for Ladies. Nearly one decade after the launch of its Ocean Collection™, and seven years since the release of the first Ocean Biretrograde, Harry Winston now unveils stunning new dials for this collection
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 The three new dial colors underscore the femininity of the timepiece: creamy sanded white, dark slated gray, and warm, rich chestnut
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 HW1029 mechanical movement. This movement consists of 256 components that work harmoniously together to offer hours, minutes, date indication and the much-coveted retrograde seconds and day indications. Thanks to an annular balance wheel and flat balance spring, the timepiece offers 42 hours of power reserve. It is deftly finished with a gold skeletonized rotor, Cotes de Genève, circular graining and chamfered bridges – all visible through a sapphire crystal case back
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 In total, 16 different versions of the new Ocean Biretrograde emerge, with choices ranging from strap to bracelet, and from unset to partially and fully set. This collection offers women the precision of a complicated mechanical movement with double retrograde functions that literally seem to bring the dial to life with each flyback of the day and seconds hands. This constantly in-motion dial brings drama and intrigue to the forefront. A date aperture, with magnifier, at 6 o’clock, and three diamond indexes marking the hours also accent the dial
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hope you enjoyed the post and I assure you my next Harry Winston post will have Opuses ;) HAGWE! Cheers, Raph

Saturday, 17 August 2013

so i ordered some tuna sushi from my fave sushi place today...

I'm not sure if they got my order right...

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play aside, the reason for the pics is because this Seiko model SRp453 is nicknamed the baby tuna and since it is blue.. hence the blue tuna :) will do a review another day, for now just know you can get them for around S$450 (plus minus S$20-30ish) and this with the blue seiko monster are pretty hot watches right now.
 

ouroborous or snake biting it's own a$$... WARNING: Pics of Germans wearing protection in this post

the Lange-risation of timetapesty 

Following on from my last post, I did talk about checking out more Langes and that is exactly what I did. I met up wif a mate who knows a thing or two about Langes(he has quite a sizable Lange family and some choice pieces) and so we found ourselves at the ion boutique fondling some Germans who were wearing protection ;)

some say he proposed to a watch wearing nothing but a very large watch polishing cloth...
and on valentine's day he wined and dined a grand complication before uhm... nevermind
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ouroboros right. I poisoned myself with my pics of the dato. the more I see em the more I want... nay... need that watch
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Based off wikipedia then: "The Ouroboros often symbolize self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return"
Don't google image ouroboros yuh coz some hentai manga thing will pop up in the results... [ Hey I said dont google it! ;) ]
 
In my case, no re-creation but maybe a constant return back to desire for the dato :) So following on from my previous post and because of the pix I took I have self poisoned myself(similar to a snake biting it's own behind in some ways). I want a datograph I need a datograph... Now I just need someone keen on my body parts/kidney etc willing to pay top dollar...

so apologetically crappy pics of some of the 2013 pieces first. excuse the plastic as they are worn for protection as these are pieces for sale... for more info though on these and other Langes do check out their catalog online, it is really cool -> LINK
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boutique edition with the blued hands... nice
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nothing wrong with all these watches. they are beautiful timepieces. but for me they, as with many/most/all Lange's offerings, are a bit too cool frosty for my liking but that is just a personal choice. so we come to the datograph up down...
they couldn't upsize it by 2mm (39 to 41mm) and not change other stuff as that would just be rather daft. so they add a PR and change some dial aspects... but not for the better unfortunately
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pesky plastic...
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and a quick wrist shot... not feelin it though the size at 41mm is better for me...
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So the verdict?
 
Easily the older and lovelier Dato. The Romans, spacing and positioning of everything just works. now all I need to do is find me a kidney buyer ;) kidding. hagwe!
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