2015年03月20日

UBoat C The Carbon Stallion

Personally I love Lagavulin, with its unapologetic taste of smoke, salt and inhibition smashing alcohol, but I appreciate that it s not to everyone s taste. Actually I don t appreciate anybody disagreeing with aaa replica rolex me, especially on whisky, so I mostly think of these individuals as lesser men. This philosophy is very much present in my feeling for U-BOATs. I think that like Islay single malt whisky, it s a brand that creates lovers and haters so it s only fair to share a piece of theirs that graced our hands (and wrists) recently

The limited edition Carbon Fibre Chimera has a self-assuredly masculine 46mm case that weighs next to nothing. Normally I find the weight of a U-BOAT one of its selling points. In the unlikely event of being involved in a 1970 s style bar brawl then a U-42 doubles as a pretty useful weapon, but in this case the light weight is refreshing. The chronograph pushers stand out from the forged carbon fibre case because, like the five rods that lock it in place, they are sculpted from titanium. There s something about titanium that just makes it sound bad ass, as if it should be on the wrist of a comic book hero. Somehow comic book hero seems a little too kitsch though, almost like a costume.

The movement inside this embodiment of Italian machismo is a continuation of U-BOAT s attention to detail and borderline Asperger s devotion to unusual materials. This is a company that has, to date, made watches in sterling silver, titanium, PVD, and bronze, black titanium, ceramic and now carbon fibre. I understand the horological purists when they say replica breitling avenger this is just a distraction from their lack of in-house movement, a case (pun sadly intended) of misdirection. My argument is let me enjoy the distraction. The same way I d rather watch the scantily http://www.mrjack.co.uk/breitling-certifie-watches-uk.html clad magician s assistant then the creepy guy with the goatee who s sawing her in half. Regardless of this the top soign is customised for the left hand crown and the sterling silver auto-weight is fixed with blued screws. All of this is visible through the smoked glass exhibition window. The Valjoux 7750, though used with alarming regularity by so many brands grasping for the Swiss Made badge at an efficient price for their mechanical chronograph pieces, is still a movement of note.

The strap is made from distressed calf leather with a titanium buckle. Tell me that doesn t sound reassuringly manly in a vaguely futuristic way. Essentially that s what U-BOAT have produced, the kind of watch you would expect Burt Reynolds to wear if he was in a sci-fi movie. With Italian subtitles.

I m sure that Freud would say that both U-BOAT and I are worryingly concerned with projecting our masculinity. In our collective defence though, Freud was a cocaine addict obsessed with people fancying their mothers, so I don t really care what he would have said. Plus, he didn t drink Lagavulin :)

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2015年03月19日

Watch Spotting at the Villa d Este Concorso d Eleganza

When a brand like A. Lange & S?hne invites you to a weekend in Lake Como to attend one of the most exclusive annual historic car competitions, you d better attend.

A home away from home for the likes of George Clooney and Richard Branson, the picturesque shores of Lake Como also host one of the most important annual classic car http://www.mrjack.co.uk/breitling-navitimer-watches-uk.html competitions, the Villa d Este Concorso d Eleganza.

To give you a bit of background, the Concorso d Eleganza Villa d Este is one of the most prestigious and opulent historic car events there is, dating back to 1929. A competition where cars are judged by beauty and elegance instead of speed and performance, the Concorso brings together some of the rarest and most impressive cars, this year going as far back as 1908. From the hundreds of cars that apply each year, only a total of 50 make it as contestants, which goes to show you just how exclusive the Concorso d Eleganza is.

Let s start with the winner of the Copo d Oro that received a unique A. Lange replica breitling chronomat & S?hne Lange 1 Timezone Como watch, the Maserati 450 S from 1956.

A favorite here on Watch Anish was this Rolls replica omega seamaster Royce Phantom II from 1934 with a wooden boat-tail inspired by the sumptuous Riva boats you ll find all over Lake Como.

Accompanying the ultra-rare (and sometimes one-of-a-kind) cars were some equally impressive pieces of wrist candy. What totally took me by surprise however was the sheer number of A. Lange & S?hne watches we spotted on the wrists of car owners and guests in attendance. As a partner of the Concorso d Eleganza A. Lange & S?hne has been a partner of the Concorso d Eleganza Villa d Este.

But I ll get to those in a bit. First, I d like you to meet the horological star of the Concorso, the unique Lange 1 Timezone Como edition. On display for all to see at the A. Lange & S?hne showroom that was setup in the Villa d Este hotel, the Lange 1 Timezone Como is a unique edition of the brand s world-time watch, featuring Como as one of the time-zones and an engraved hunter case back bearing the Villa d Este crest.

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2015年03月16日

James Dean s Elgin Pocketwatch Sells for $42,000 at Auction

James Dean s lucky pocketwatch was one of the main attractions at Antiquorum s June 22nd Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces auction held in Hong Kong. As we reported two weeks ago, the piece s estimated price was around US$5,000, but after several bids from around the world, the watch sold for eight times that estimated value at about $42,000 (HKD $325,000). The watch was made circa 1889 by Standard USA, featuring an Elgin movement and the initials JD engraved on the front cover.

Among the replica breitling navitimer other top lots was a Patek Philippe Ref. 5029, minute repeater in 18K pink gold, of which only 10 limited edition pieces were made to commemorate the inauguration of the new Patek Philippe manufacture in Geneva in replica breitling chronomat 1997. The watch sold for HKD$3,270,000.

The auction also saw the sale of a rare A. Lange & S?hne Ref 702.025F Tourbograph Pour le M rite No 35/51, split-seconds chronograph with one-minute tourbillon regulator in platinum. The watch was made in a limited edition of 51 pieces in 2007.

Kobold Offers Made-in-Nepal Soarway Transglobe Watch

On its newly launched website, koboldwatch.com, Pittsburgh-based Kobold Watch Co. is offering the new Soarway Transglobe to existing Kobold clients for only $2,650 (offer expires June 30th). Made in Nepal, The Soarway Transglobe was designed with the help of explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

The watch features a second-time-zone indicator that displays hours as well as minutes, designed with countries like India and Nepal replica omega seamaster where time zones may have differences of 15-30 minutes, instead of the usual full hour in mind, The watch also has a day/night indicator synched to the second time zone. Its stainless steel case houses a modified ETA caliber 2892-A2, which Kobold has renamed Caliber K.793.

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