Saturday, November 29, 2014

Best of 2 worlds...

Top Gear and watches.... What more can I ask for...

Monday, November 24, 2014

Watch photography...

Trying out my Olympus EM10 with the 25mm lens and the Olympus Macro Converter MCON-P02. Learning process... trying out different aperture settings...

My Ranger wanna be... :)

With the Heritage Ranger...

The Heritage Ranger...


Have to say that I am impressed....

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A rose by any other name...

I picked this up recently and what an interesting brochure...

Yes, it is the Tudor brochure. It is more then a just a brochure. It is over 200 pages thick and lots to read and learn.

Interactive brochure. You will need to download the Tudor app to fully appreciate the brochure. 

Very cool indeed. Very happy that it is in English. :)

The contents... Covers most if not all the models in the Tudor's offering.

A bit of history...

I love the simple timeline charting Tudor's history...

1926 "The Tudor" brand was registered by the "Veuve de Philippe Huther" company on behalf of Hans Wilsdorf

1936 Hans Wilsdorf acquired "The Tudor" brand and registered it in his own name

1946 Montres TUDOR SA was created on 6 March Geneva

1947 Launch of the TUDOR Oyster model

1948 First advertisements exclusively devoted to TUDOR

1952 Launch of the TUDOR Oyster Price line

1954 Launch of the TUDOR Oyster Prince Submariner, certain versions of which would be produced for the US Navy in the 1960s and for the Marine national franchise (French Navy) from the 1960s to the 1980s

1957 Launch of the TUDOR Advisor model

1970 Launch of the TUDOR Oysterdate Chronograph

1971 Launch of the TUDOR Oysterdate Chronograph, nicknamed "Montecarlo"

1976 Launch of the brand's first self-winding chronograph, the TUDOR Prince Oysterdate

1998 Launch of the TUDOR Prince Date Chronograph

2007 TUDOR brand relaunch process began internationally

2009 Launch of the TUDOR Glamour and TUDOR Grantour lines

2009-2011 Collaboration with Porsche Motorsport as "Timing Partner"

2010 Launch of the TUDOR Heritage Chrono and TUDOR Glamour Double Date models

2011 Launch of the TUDOR Heritage Advisor and TUDOR Fastrider Chronograph models. Launch of the new TUDOR Grantour line and introduction of a Fly-Back Chronograph. Launch of the TUDOR Clair de Rose line. Launch of the "Watch your Style" campaign

2011 Beginning of collaboration with Ducati as "Timing Partner"

2012 Launch of the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay and TUDOR Pelagos divers' models

2013 Beginning of collaboration with FIA World Endurance Championships (WEC) as "Timing Partner"

2013 Launch of the TUDOR Heritage Chrono Blue, TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield and TUDOR Glamour Date 26mm models

2014 Beginning of collaboration with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as "Entitlement Partner" of what will now be known as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

2014 Launch of the TUDOR Heritage Ranger, a new version of the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay and the launch of the TUDOR Style line

And what is coming. 

Part of the interactive pages. I don't have the application, but I suspect this will bring you the video showing how the straps are made. 

The TUDOR Heritage Ranger...

The TUDOR Black Bay models..

Movement specifications... interesting use of words.... :)

The TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield. There is a section that covers how the ceramic case is made (in-house).

The TUDOR Style line...

Looks nice..

The TUDOR Clair de Rose line..

The TUDOR Glamour line...

If you want to learn more about TUDOR, get this brochure. 

Lume shot

It has been sometime since I last did a lume shot...

Anyone want to hazard a guess what is the watch?

A review of the watch in question will be up soon... :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Minuteman MM04

Minuteman would like to announce some exciting news about our new Minuteman MM04 Polished Stainless model.

Our Minuteman MM04 polished stainless steel watch model is now available for purchase.

We are very excited to release this new model. The watch features a high quality Swiss made ETA 955 quartz watch movement. As well as a high quality American made leather strap. In addition the watch features a sapphire crystal with clear type ant-reflective coating, luminous hands and dial, and a screw down crown. The watch is water resistant to 200 meters of depth. 

This watch carry's a 5 years limited warranty and we offer free lifetime battery replacement. 

25% of the profit from each watch we sell goes to charities that assist veterans and their families. 

Photographs: Minuteman

Product Description:

Built in the United States of America.

43mm width without crown.

200 meter water resistant.

Polished Stainless Steel case.

Screw down Stainless Steel crown.

Swiss made ETA 955.112 quartz movement.

Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.

screw type case back.

Luminous hands and dial.

Free lifetime battery replacement.

5 year limited warranty.

American made Leather strap.

For more information:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Journey Through Time VIII

Starhill Gallery is playing host once more to Asia’s premier watch and jewelry showcase – A Journey Through Time. Endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, the annual event has firmly establishing itself in becoming well-known worldwide for bringing together the most prominent names in the global watch and jewellery industries.

Celebrating its eighth edition, A Journey Through Time VIII will be held from 21 – 28 November 2014 and is destined to be a powerful prelude to Baselworld with rare private collections, first-in-market editions and exquisite pieces from over 125 luxury brands, 5 of which are debuting in Malaysia, being featured during the eight day extravaganza.
In conjunction with the A Journey Through Time 8 showcase, daily programmes that will enrich your experience of sheer indulgence are also lined up. These include insightful talks, special workshops and presentations by prominent experts as well as specialists in timepieces and jewellery.

Featured speakers include:

Eric Ong
Eric Ong founded Bonfield Pte Ltd in 1985 as an independent watch restorer and appraiser in Singapore. With 30 years of experience in horology, Eric Ong started his career under the tutelage of esteemed German watch master Horst Frederic Wege in the early 1980s, which led to his extensive training with ETA and other renowned watch houses at their technical training centres located in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland.

Driven by a lifelong passion in horology and also trained in fine jewellery craftsmanship, Eric is a tireless advocate of fine workmanship in watch restoration. With his vast technical expertise, Eric has earned a well-respected reputation in the horology industry in Singapore and internationally. In 2005, American International Assurance (AIA), in recognition of his skills, appointed him as their official watch appraiser.

Over three decades, Eric has received industry accolades from publications such as Timecraft, The Peak, Tic Talk, Timewrekz and The Straits Times, and television coverage on Channel News Asia, Channel 5 and Channel 8. Together with his team of disciples, Bonfield offers a range of services from restoration to authentication and appraisal of timepieces for an international client base of watch collectors. 

Edward Kong
A renowned pioneer in the field of pearl cultivation, Edward Kong has always been an ardent cultivator of the Golden South Sea Pearl since 1994 when he was working at his father’s pearl farm near the diving paradise of Sipadan, Sabah. 

Edward Kong's pearls come in three major colours - white, champage and gold and its secondary hues. Being a pearl lover who is persistent in upholding his brand’s quality, Edward Kong’s successful pearl cultivation stems from combining Japanese, Australian as well as homegrown Malaysian methods. His pearls have since been exported to Japanese and Australian dealers who marketed them to international jewellery houses and sold under exclusive brands.

Thierry Gasquez
Thierry Gasquez is the president, editor and founder of the eminent horological French website He has picked the minds of many of the world's leading horological exerts and professionals in the timepiece industry. His enthusiasm for watches and his extensive knowledge of the different types and the intricate details that are put into crafting them is second to none, all of which combines to allow him to be able to ask all the right questions when it comes to exquisite timepieces.

Dr Bernard Cheong
Known as the only Asian who has presided over both the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie and Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Dr Bernard Cheong began collecting watches at the tender age of 15. He first came under the public spotlight in 1998, when he acquired the most expensive watch made by a then-unknown watchmaker, Vianney Halter which was priced at USD $98,000. Dr Bernard Cheong has gained a lot of influence and fame in the watch community through sharing his insights and unique perspectives online. Identified as a renaissance watch collector, he is highly sought after by watch collectors, connoisseurs, celebrities, law enforcement and banks to acquire and identify art pieces from the timepiece industry.

Viktor Moiseikin
Viktor Moiseikin launched his eponymous fine jewellery brand in 1993 inspired by Russian jewellery traditions, a passion for colourful natural stones and a great desire to express his own original ideas. By that time he had accumulated deep understanding and knowledge in the History of the Russian Luxury Art.

A descendant of skillful builders, designers and painters among his ancestors, Viktor Moiseikin managed to combine his artistic talent with brilliant education in International Management, Engineering, Physics and Economics.

Admission is free & open to the public for the talks and workshops.

Photographs: Starhill

The time is from 10am to 10pm, starting 21 to 28 November 2014.

A video of what to expect at the exhibition...