Thursday, 29 June 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Bell & Ross BR03-94 Aero GT Orange

Bell and Ross with it's aeronautics heritage did not shy away from collaborating with industries out of their core branding which is demonstrated by their involvement in Motorsports with the Renault F1 theme.

Pushing it one step further... 

They are glad to introduce you the newest timepiece launched in Malaysia: the BR03-94 AeroGT Orange, a limited edition of 500 pieces that enhances our focus on the motoring world. The BR03-94 AeroGT Orange follows the avant garde AeroGT concept launched last year in a new orange version.


This piece will carry an RRP of RM38,000
For more info head to Bell and Ross

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA WITH CERAMIC BEZEL REF:116500LN

Here is it... Finally a review of a piece that I decided to be the one to end my game... If you can even call it a game...
After a 13 month wait and wearing it daily since the day I got it... it's time for a complete review.


After spending a couple of years collecting watches, meeting great friends with similar interests and learning about horology in general... 
It reaches a certain point where you just want something reliable, bulletproof built quality but with finesse, a little history thrown in, brand cache, a daily wearable watch with as little or no problems with ownership experience.
Based on all those criteria, the 2016 launched Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Ref:116500LN ticks all the boxes for me.


I chose the white dial as it has the better looking black surround on the subdials which I feel is a better overall look.
The black cerachrome (Rolex speak for ceramic) is just awesome.
Precision laser cut etchings filled with platinum dust exudes quality as you would have expect from Rolex.


5 lines of text greet you on the top dial... some find it too much, some don't... and this is not including the red "DAYTONA" lettering on the bottom of the dial.
As with any new Rolex that is now subjected to in house testing to +2/-2 standards and a 10 year service interval with 5 year warranty, this is as good as it gets if you want to own a watch with a peace of mind.
My experience with the accuracy can be summed up with 1 word... OUTSTANDING... I sync my watches with exact reference to the atomic time and so far... it has been a few seconds fast.


I am glad Rolex did not "supersize" the case into the maxi case style now seen with Submariners and GMT Masters.
It still retains the svelte lugs which makes the watch abit more classy and refined rather than blocky.


The Oyster bracelet is polished on the centre links.
Some don't really like it as it scratches pretty easily.
It doesn't bother me though.
Although scratched, it still keeps it's shine from a distance.
It's not like I scrutinize every part of the watch all the time.
Just wear it and forget about it. It will still look good.
I am not one to baby my watches.


After experiencing countless bracelets and clasps from many brands, I still place Rolex bracelets and their Oysterlock clasp as the best.
Best in an engineering standpoint and also user friendliness and durability.
Construction and execution is simply flawless. No sharp edges or protruding buttons, all smooth to the touch.


One of my pet peeve with older Rolexes or watches from other brands is the inability to centralize the clasp especially for smaller wrists.
6 digit references now provide enough adjustments to make it just perfect.
Owners of 5 digit references and small wrists will know exactly what I mean.


As with most if not all Rolex watches, the caseback is left plain.
Good if you want to engrave something on it to make the ownership of the watch memorable to a certain occasion.
But make no mistake the Caliber 4130 behind the caseback is a one the best chronograph movements ever made.


The flatter caseback is one of the reasons I like this watch when it sits on the wrist.
It's also one the reasons of my fondness for the GMT Master II over the Submariner.


Legibility is no issue on the white dial model for me.
The hands provide enough contrast to make telling the time a breeze.
Another pet peeve of mine is the the alignment of the minute hand have to sync with the markers after the seconds hand makes a complete round.
I am glad to report that after wearing this from day 1, all the hands are still aligned just as I like them to be.


One small detail to clarify.
Although Rolex advertised this watch as being 40mm in width.
I measured it myself and bezel to bezel from 9-3, it's actually 38.6mm.
I always wondered why the Daytona always wears smaller in comparison to similar 40mm watches like the Submariner and the GMT Master II... at 1st I thought it was the maxi case that makes the difference (well it did in terms of visual impact) but the real reasons is the case does measure smaller.
Not that it bothers me anyway.


On the wrist, it just feels at home.
I love how the slimmer lugs just works with this model.
It makes the watch less squarish... more elegant and sublime in it's appearance.

Well, I have been indulging in watches since 2009 starting with a Tissot and slowly moving up til Rolex and up to Audemars Piguet.
Didn't have a taste for Patek, could not afford a Lange Datograph or any Richard Mille or more high end horology brand.
And now I have turned back to Rolex as my end game piece.
Why?
Although many have told me it's what most will do at one point or another. I didn't believe them.
But then... Here I am...
The whole experience have been fulfilling and rewarding in it's own way.
One thing for certain is that... Life already presents enough problems for one to handle... I don't need my watch to be one of the problem.
So, a Rolex is almost guaranteed to be problem free.
And THAT my friends... Is the peace of mind this RM48,130 (at the time of this post) watch provides you... and so much more....

Monday, 8 May 2017

THE ONE I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR 13 MONTHS

This is the piece I have been waiting for since Basel 2016.
After a 13 month wait, finally got it.
Complete review coming in due time.
Need to enjoy it abit more before I can genuinely write a review.


Most readers will know what watch this is... :-)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

CURTAIN CALL COMING...

After dabbling in the watch collecting hobby for a couple of years.
I believe I went in during one of THE most exciting times for the watch industry.
Fast forward to today.
Falling value of the ringgit currency coupled with some sombre releases from watch brands have made me reassess my priorities.

The flame of excitement sort of just slowly died down.
It was since last year actually.
And it was also the time when I put my name on the waiting list for a watch I believe is the proper one to be called an "end game" piece.
After a full year waiting, I should be getting my piece soon.

So, to all my blog's followers,
Thank you so very much for your support and visit.
It was great being able to share the knowledge of the watches I have had the privilege of owning and having them loaned to me.

It has been a great couple of years and my last update will most probably be the piece I considered my "end game" piece.
Special thanks to my good friend Prof Alex and also to Kevin, a true professional and a man of his word.

Although alot of my friends also tell me never to say never... I do believe this chapter have to be closed to make way for a new phase.
I will still keep my eyes open for future watch release announcements during SIHH and Baselworld.
Who knows? All it takes is just one single piece to sing to me to jumpstart the whole journey again.

Until then...

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

BELL & ROSS BR126 SPORTS HERITAGE FLYBACK CHRONO GMT

Today I am going to talk about a watch that I considered an itchy butt purchase last year.
Yes... last year.
I have these pictures taken but did not have the time to post it up.
It's the BR126 Sports Heritage Flyback Chrono GMT.
The name itself is a handful.


As you guys can see. The dial is a bi-compax layout with the left subdial showing GMT time.
The little button on the 10 o'clock advances the GMT time by hourly jumps.


Dial is clean and balanced with the rose gold accented markers and hands lending a vintage/heritage feel to the piece.


The case profile is very nice and is polished nicely.


Piston style chrono pushers and a "&" logo on the crown for a nice touch of quality.


The case itself is slim but the conical bezel and also domed crystal adds to the thickness.


I believe the movement is and ETA 2892 with a Dubuis Depraz module piggybacked on for the GMT, Chrono and Flyback functions.
Nothing wrong with it. Helps keep the price accessible.


The date window is abit on the small side... and I mean really small.
Could've missed it...


Close up shots reveal the details.
The "airplane" chronograph totalizer hands means only one thing.
Which is the chrono function mirrors that of those Lemania chronographs of old.


Very confortable on the wrist,
Highly wearable and for the price point, offers quite alot of watch for the money.

Monday, 1 May 2017

JAEGER LE COULTRE POLARIS

Hello guys,
Apologies for the lack of updates again.
Been really busy lately and also going thru a very difficult time in my life.
Anyway, this is a simple review of a watch I worn on loan from a friend.
The JLC Polaris.



The watch itself is pretty cool and oozing with vintage charm.
Very wearable 42mm size and a domed sapphire crystal completes the package.



The dial is highly legible with minimal clutter.
The centre dial is of course a disc with the triangular pointer setting the alarm function.
Total of 3 crowns with one for time and date setting, one for setting the alarm and one more for winding the alarm function (it needs power to vibrate and create a buzzing sound after all)



No fancy engravings on the crown.


As I mentioned earlier.
The super dome crystal.


The caseback is hollowed out with some holes to amplify the alarm buzzing.


Details on the dial is nice and crisp....


Except on the close up picture of the 12 o'clock marker... looks pretty sloppy. and also the luminescence on the alarm triangle encroach out of line.
You won't be able to tell with the naked eye... So I might be nitpicking here.... 


The 9 o'clock marker done right.



Very comfy on the wrist.
Good watch for a daily wear with the alarm novelty a conversation starter.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

TUDOR PELAGOS REF:25500TN

Some of you might have noticed that this is my 2nd post on the Pelagos.
The 1st is way back in November 2012.
That was when I am still considered a noob in the blogosphere and what was written are just initial impressions.
After helping a friend refinish his Pelagos, it is only right that he allowed me to test it for a week.
Gave me a better perspective of overall experience regarding the watch.


The Pelagos the 1st watch from the House of Rolex/Tudor that is made entirely in Titanium sans the clasp.
Good choice in my opinion.
Watch is light, easy to wear.
42mm size is almost the standard nowadays.
Powered by a tried and tested 2824 modified by Tudor, timekeeping is accurate and service and parts are not an issue.


As a dive watch, legibility is awesome.
There is even lume inside the matte ceramic bezel, something even big brother Rolex have not done yet.
Bezel clicks reassuringly and confidently.
Almost no play.


The clasp is where I truly believe Tudor knocks it out of the park.
It features a clever spring loaded clasp that will allow the clasp to fit well when the wrist expands in girth during hot days and contract during cold days. Absolutely fabulous and really practical piece of engineering.


The bracelet is reminiscent of the Rolex Oyster bracelet.
But with the bracelet being made from titanium, it's lightweight, comfortable and precise.


Being a dive watch rated to 500m, I guess a Helium Escape Valve is inevitable.
Placed on the case side at 9 o'clock.


Titanium is known as a pretty tough material to work with.
That is why I admire every curve, every bevel.
Done with precision.
I would not expect less.


The crown is big enough for a firm grip.
The crownguards are also nicely done.


After wearing it for a week, I feel that Tudor really created a value for money proper dive watch.
I cannot find fault with it even if I wanted to.
Many WIS friends consider this the Rolex SeaDweller that never was.
Good news if you ask me.
If this watch is slapped with a Rolex Logo, it would be priced at a higher level.
Today, when friends ask me what watch should they buy with a mid range budget, my answer is look at the Tudor Pelagos.
I can only wish I started with one...

Now the Pelagos have been updated with Tudor's own Manafacture movement.
So those people that used to complain about Tudor using generic off the shelf movements?
Time to put the money where your mouth is?

Either way, in house movement or not, the Tudor Pelagos is a watch I would recommend for 1st time watch buyers looking for a practical, robust and reliable watch for everyday use.

With the rate Tudor is going, I won't be known as Rolex's little brother for long.