One of the main reason why I love mechanical watches is the attention to detail in every aspect of the time piece. Omega has been pushing the boundaries of watchmaking since the 19th century and continues to impress the horology fans with its products. One of their latest achievements is the new 18k rose gold called Sedna. “Sedna gold is the name OMEGA has given to a new alloy that stunningly blends three elements: gold, copper and palladium. It takes its name from a trans-Neptunian object which astronomers called Sedna – the same name as an Inuit goddess who is said to live at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean. ” (Omega)
In this video by Hodinkee, the former owner and CEO of TAG Heuer Jack Heuer explains the design and history of the Heuer Carrera. The Carrera is an important watch in the history of chronograph watches and Heuer brand itself and among the few watches I plan to get in the near future. Even though I am not a huge fan of sport watches, the Carrera has a certain historic appeal and detail that make it a must have. Check out the video for more info on the Carrera brand and a look at the new 50th anniversary Carrera.
Denim is never going old. I mean there was a time when some folks argued denim was out of fashion. Perhaps because of some ridiculous denim outfits, but the fabric is pretty much eternal. Something that only gets better with time… like a watch. Speaking of which, it’s rather rare to see a premium watch brand use denim as watch (band) material. Luxury watch brand Hublot has however taken a fresh approach to watch business with the self proclaimed first luxury watch line made with denim materials. I kind of like it. Hublot worked with an Italian denim producer for the fabric that’s sewn onto black rubber with beige contrast stitching and a steel buckle. Not to mention the stainless steel casing hosting Hublot’s automatic movement. Impressive watches, this time with denim straps.
Bamford Watch Department is what most would probably refer to as THE watch customizer. Their signature black coated customized luxury watches have gotten attention from watch enthusiasts ever since their start. Their latest work is one of last year’s more interesting watch releases. That is Rolex Sky-Dweller.
The solid gold watch that features impressive Saros system that not only shows two continent’s time on the same watch face also features date and month. The Saros system also recognizes the month so the watch can differentiate between 30 and 31 day months. But functionality aside, let’s talk about the custom look.
I have to admit I am a fan of the black rolex designs by Bamford Watch Department, but I am not sure what to think about the Sky-Dweller custom? Although I admire the stealth look of the watch but at the same time I am not huge fan of coating the precious metal. Coating stainless steel is one thing, but gold? Although it practically does not harm the metal, it makes you wonder why would someone coat gold? I guess some watch purists would cringe at such a bold move, but then again I don’t think these folks are huge fans of the custom watches in the first place.
A fine watch is an investment that will last from one generation to another but just like any fine piece of machinery a watch needs maintenance to ensure the timepiece remains the same. Naturally accidents happen and although modern watches are made to last, there are precaution one should take to keep the watches ticking. The latest episode of IWC’s “The Man’s Guide to Buying a Watch” features some very good tips on how to maintain one’s watch and ensure your timepiece lasts so that your kids can wear it.
It was exactly a year ago that I wrote about a newly found appreciation for and newly acquired vintage timepieces. I simply like watches. Hand crafted watches have a lot in common with premium denim. Like the fact that watches only get better with time, or so they say. Last year I acquired a 1970′s Omega Genéve and early this year my goal was to get one of my dream watches. That is a stainless steel & gold Rolex Datejust. A decent objective, something I should be able to achieve.
It took until December and plenty of discussion with Jeci Chao but I finally got the Christmas present I wanted, a 1990′s stainless steel, 18k gold Rolex Datejust with a champagne face.
It took a while (thanks to Malaysian post) but I finally got the new strap for my Omega Gèneve. My trusted watch from the 70′s that just recently got fixed back to its prime. Now fixed, the watch needed a new strap that would befit the classic timepiece. So I got in touch with our friends at Obbi Good Label to get myself an extra long custom leather strap that fits my wrist, and the watch.
I’ve had this idea of a black Rolex Datejust. The typical stainless steel and gold Datejust steel parts of which would be either IP/ PVD plated for that stealth black look. Mix that with the yellow gold fluted bezel, bracelet accents and the watch would have a rather stunning look. Or so I think at least. Naturally I would have to get a Rolex first and then take the initiative to go through such a process. Maybe one day. But in the meanwhile, I can at least adore the stealth black watches customized by Bamford Watch Department. Check out their latest short film below. Just in time for the holidays ey?
Since I got my watch back a week ago I have been looking into getting a new watch strap for my Omega Géneve. Big thanks to everyone who contributed on our Facebook Page.
Got my Omega Genéve back, which is nice. This whom have been following our adventures would remember that the watch landed rather rough resulting in breaking of the watch plexiglass crystal as well as the date plate which was the biggest concern. The 1972 Omega Genéve is a family heirloom, and has probably more sentimental than monetary value, so I do not mind spending few bucks to get it fixed.