Monday, 31 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
i won't say a lot more but just note that you can find out more about the issues at the site and you figure out if its of interest to you ;) i for one have determined that i like many of the concepts and images, expressions i have seen but do not consider a US$200 or more per issue price sensible. One of the more notable issues #18 came with a LV monogram portfolio and went from a US$75 to over US$5k so it got some attention ;) but other notable issues to many would be #24 Tom Ford's Light issue, #20 Comme des Garcons curated by Rei Kawakubo, #22 Chic the ultimate fashion scrapbook... the following images are from "Dreaming in Print: A Decade of Visionaire" which covers a bit about the first 38 issues from their first decade in print...
[ click to see more images of visionaire... expand or collapse ]
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Posted by raphael too at 12:36
Monday, 17 May 2010
What Goes Into A Vianney Halter Timepiece? A Peek Into The Magical World of Manufacture Janvier ~ Les Montres Vianney Halter
* Creating most of the watch's parts with machines in the manufacture...
* Hand engraving of the dial and case
* Crafting and manual bluing of the hands
* Making and finishing the case (eg. the case of the antiqua is made out of 6 different parts assembled by invisible soldering... and the finishing is pure perfection :)
* Finishing the watch movement, application of perlage and cotes de geneve
* Hand assembly
Thursday, 13 May 2010
for horology lovers who haven't signed up as yet and are in Singapore end of May, do go to patek.com/exhibition to book a slot for the guided tour...
In today’s world, where everything is made in vast quantities, individualism is hard to come by. As a consequence, the present watch is, by all means, not only a significant milestone in Patek Philippe's history of complicated wristwatches, but without a doubt also one of the world's most important wristwatches. With a pre-sale estimate of CHF1.5 – 2.5 million the model was met with an overflowing saleroom and a series of keen bidders resulting in this phenomenal result of CHF 6,259,000.
Posted by raphael too at 13:06
Monday, 3 May 2010
Posted by raphael too at 18:47
Saturday, 1 May 2010
nah there's nothing more i want... well except perhaps one of the best damn tourbillons out there ;)
and the second one up is the one with dead seconds. what does dead seconds mean raph? well u know those quartz watches that tick second to second? well thats what the dead seconds is about. instead of sweeping it jumps from second to second like uhm an analog quartz watch... but of course this is a mechanical wonder and art (said with no tongue-in-cheekness) after the second is up, it jumps to the next second so it should be ultra accurate to the second... u see comparo pics of the 1st and 2nd one below...
one thing to note about fpj is that he creates and prototypes them beautiful watches and once they are created fresh and new and working ok for awhile, he outsources production of all the bits and pieces that go into it. when these bits and pieces are made they ship to his shop and he has folks that put them altogether working for him in montres journes. so the quality of the watch then is dependent on the quality of the stuff his suppliers make. if they give quality stuff than u have a quality watch. if they give stuff that isn't up to it in terms of tolerances and fine-ness than well u might get a not so great ticker. [note: i believe as of 2006 most of the production has been done in-house. a source states over 90% is done in-house. note what this could mean is that Journe bought over or into the companies that supply to him the parts which is perfectly fine of course. some of it may be done in their own buildings though. i won't know the %s...so if your watch is made post 2006 and has issues, it means Montres Journe QC is not up to scratch] many fpj owners will be able to relate quality issues they have faced with their watches. also of repairs needed within the first year of ownership. dates that went past 31... power reserves that couldn't hold power... etc etc etc. now some folks would jump up and down if their $10k watch behaved this way. if their $50-100k watch behaved this way... well u get the picture...
so i would say fpj, and a fair number of the independent manufacturers who have small volumes and require specific parts, beholden to certain suppliers out there could be not the best choices for folks who can't accept that their exotic timepiece may require more tlc or more trips to the factory than say an eta/unitas workhorse at a fraction of its cost. how we suffer for our love of art ;) [side note... a bit of history... in 1989 THA had fp journe, denis flageollet of de bethune and one vianney halter working for it :) 3 french watchmaker buddies who worked in a movement concept company and did some astounding work before they went their seperate ways...]
Posted by raphael too at 15:38