Bexei Primus Triple-Axis Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

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“My first wristwatch was a triple-axis tourbillon” is a statement that would sound totally unbelievable even from a renowned watch collector – so how did it all work out when it came from then-29-year-old independent watchmaker, Aaron Becsei? The Bexei Primus triple-axis tourbillon is indeed the first wristwatch Aaron – the third generation in a successful watch restorer-repairer family – ever made, and we had the chance to take a closer look at the original piece he crafted at the time.

The article Bexei Primus Triple-Axis Tourbillon Watch Hands-On first appeared on aBlogtoWatch and was written by David Bredan.

Panerai History and Legend Exhibition at Ion Singapore ~ 26 Aug – 6 Sep 2015

The Florentine luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai will inaugurate the “History and Legend” exhibition on 26 August and will be open until 6 September 2015. The exhibition is located at ION Orchard, the exclusive shopping mall where the only Officine Panerai boutique in Singapore is based. It is a rare opportunity for watch enthusiasts to discover the brand’s rich heritage and to admire a selection of Panerai’s iconic timepieces representing the brand in different eras.

i love this gauge on the SLC… Pressure… Pushing down on me… Pressing down on you, no man ask for
[keep the song in your head or play it as u read the rest of the post please ;)]
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Venue: Singapore – ION Orchard

On from 26th August – 6th September 2015, Opening/Closing Time: 11.00am -9.00pm
Guided Tour: Daily from 27 August – 6 September, 3.00pm – 3.30pm, 5.00pm – 5.30pm
To register, please email Panerai Boutique ion.singapore@panerai.com

Visitors will be able to travel through time, discovering the origins of the design of Panerai watches in the 1940s and 1950s with a display that unfolds around a full-size prototype (7.5 metres long, 0.53 in diameter) of a “slow-speed torpedo”, a human torpedo also known as Siluro a Lenta Corsa (S.L.C.).

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The exhibition is also a unique experience to discover the master Panerai collection, which combines the pureness and authenticity of Italian design with the Swiss know-how of the Panerai manufacture based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The collection classification takes after the names of the watch cases developed by Panerai starting from 1936, the year of the first Radiomir model, up to today, and includes a selection of Radiomir 1940, Luminor 1950 and Luminor models. Visitors can discover Panerai’s collection through the display at the exhibition, which demonstrates the sophisticated function of Long Power Reserve, High Complications, Chronographs and GMT.


my pics and thoughts follow… 

the venue in front of Ion
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and the cool stuff follows. the vintages… tropical dial radiomir baby!

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Marina Militaire for the Italian Navy

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a watch from my personal collection :) just kidding this was an auction piece and a sibling of it was on display
no brand on the dial so folks won’t know where the Italian frogmen on an Italian submersible were from

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depth gauge… diving in style

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another angle for the MM… luverly

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wrist compass and torch light

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elux lite… 

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vintage egiziano

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and no… i didn’t have this on my wrist at the time 😉 

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suddenly out of nowhere a lady appeared before me and said ‘would you like to
acquire this piece sir?’ to which i responded ‘uhm i thought those weren’t for sale?’

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‘well if u agree to take a ride on the SLC for the next mission we 
might be able to work something out…’

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hmm… really… so i gave a more thorough inspection of the vehicle… propellors were in good shape

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good thing there was information on the military base’s wall with details on the different sections and functions

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this be a bomb port methinks… 

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i decided to brave the chilly waters for this mission

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and bade farewell to… Esther… She says her name is Esther (i believe, as i may have remembered wrong ~ 
sorry if u’re reading this :) [oh and if u didn’t get the nod to frank miller, then u didn’t get the nod to frank miller :) ]

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plumbing through the depths with my gauges on…

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i saw interesting things thru my periscope(UP Periscope) in the deeper waters… a timepiece!

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more visions came before me of submersible watches in the deeper waters

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and then suddenly i heard a frantic voice ‘Sir! sir! you are about to knock
over the SLC display!’ came through to me snapping me back to reality
she was happy to inform me though of…

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of a photo device to take a pic with the SLC(instead of mount it :)

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i checked some watches about the exhibition and while there were some nice contemporary pieces like this

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my likes still went towards the historic range… similar to the last Panerai i owned the, PAM 372 LINK acquired on my first visit to the boutique LINK

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which also happened to be my last port of call, this time to meet their watch servicer/maker, Mr Owyang Kaiming. he’s got the right watch on the wrist of course 😉

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some movements he had on hand… P2004, 3 barrelled (‘He can’t stay down with three barrels on him. … 
Not with three he can’t’ sorry i had to :) 8 days power reserve mono-pusher chrono

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P.3000 found in the 372 and other similar case sized time only pieces

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heading off to the future… i wonder what that will look like
noting some missteps in the recent years
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for me this is a worthwhile exhibition to check out if you are into Panerai watches or if u’re curious to know more about ’em and their history(provider of military equipment, selling watches in Florence and bought by Vendome after Sly Stallone’s help in getting them noticed which isn’t mentioned of course :) and in the Ion area but your mileage(on the SLC) may vary. hagwe. cheers, raph

Panerai History and Legend Exhibition at Ion Singapore ~ 26 Aug – 6 Sep 2015

The Florentine luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai will inaugurate the “History and Legend” exhibition on 26 August and will be open until 6 September 2015. The exhibition is located at ION Orchard, the exclusive shopping mall where the only Officine Panerai boutique in Singapore is based. It is a rare opportunity for watch enthusiasts to discover the brand’s rich heritage and to admire a selection of Panerai’s iconic timepieces representing the brand in different eras.

i love this gauge on the SLC… Pressure… Pushing down on me… Pressing down on you, no man ask for
[keep the song in your head or play it as u read the rest of the post please ;)]
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Venue: Singapore – ION Orchard

On from 26th August – 6th September 2015, Opening/Closing Time: 11.00am -9.00pm
Guided Tour: Daily from 27 August – 6 September, 3.00pm – 3.30pm, 5.00pm – 5.30pm
To register, please email Panerai Boutique ion.singapore@panerai.com

Visitors will be able to travel through time, discovering the origins of the design of Panerai watches in the 1940s and 1950s with a display that unfolds around a full-size prototype (7.5 metres long, 0.53 in diameter) of a “slow-speed torpedo”, a human torpedo also known as Siluro a Lenta Corsa (S.L.C.).

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The exhibition is also a unique experience to discover the master Panerai collection, which combines the pureness and authenticity of Italian design with the Swiss know-how of the Panerai manufacture based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The collection classification takes after the names of the watch cases developed by Panerai starting from 1936, the year of the first Radiomir model, up to today, and includes a selection of Radiomir 1940, Luminor 1950 and Luminor models. Visitors can discover Panerai’s collection through the display at the exhibition, which demonstrates the sophisticated function of Long Power Reserve, High Complications, Chronographs and GMT.


my pics and thoughts follow… 

the venue in front of Ion
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and the cool stuff follows. the vintages… tropical dial radiomir baby!

Photobucket

Marina Militaire for the Italian Navy

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a watch from my personal collection :) just kidding this was an auction piece and a sibling of it was on display
no brand on the dial so folks won’t know where the Italian frogmen on an Italian submersible were from

Photobucket

depth gauge… diving in style

Photobucket

another angle for the MM… luverly

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wrist compass and torch light

Photobucket

elux lite… 

Photobucket

vintage egiziano

Photobucket

and no… i didn’t have this on my wrist at the time 😉 

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suddenly out of nowhere a lady appeared before me and said ‘would you like to
acquire this piece sir?’ to which i responded ‘uhm i thought those weren’t for sale?’

Photobucket

‘well if u agree to take a ride on the SLC for the next mission we 
might be able to work something out…’

Photobucket

hmm… really… so i gave a more thorough inspection of the vehicle… propellors were in good shape

Photobucket

good thing there was information on the military base’s wall with details on the different sections and functions

Photobucket

this be a bomb port methinks… 

Photobucket

i decided to brave the chilly waters for this mission

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and bade farewell to… Esther… She says her name is Esther (i believe, as i may have remembered wrong ~ 
sorry if u’re reading this :) [oh and if u didn’t get the nod to frank miller, then u didn’t get the nod to frank miller :) ]

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plumbing through the depths with my gauges on…

Photobucket

i saw interesting things thru my periscope(UP Periscope) in the deeper waters… a timepiece!

Photobucket

more visions came before me of submersible watches in the deeper waters

Photobucket

and then suddenly i heard a frantic voice ‘Sir! sir! you are about to knock
over the SLC display!’ came through to me snapping me back to reality
she was happy to inform me though of…

Photobucket

of a photo device to take a pic with the SLC(instead of mount it :)

Photobucket

i checked some watches about the exhibition and while there were some nice contemporary pieces like this

Photobucket

my likes still went towards the historic range… similar to the last Panerai i owned the, PAM 372 LINK acquired on my first visit to the boutique LINK

Photobucket

which also happened to be my last port of call, this time to meet their watch servicer/maker, Mr Owyang Kaiming. he’s got the right watch on the wrist of course 😉

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some movements he had on hand… P2004, 3 barrelled (‘He can’t stay down with three barrels on him. … 
Not with three he can’t’ sorry i had to :) 8 days power reserve mono-pusher chrono

Photobucket

P.3000 found in the 372 and other similar case sized time only pieces

Photobucket
heading off to the future… i wonder what that will look like
noting some missteps in the recent years
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for me this is a worthwhile exhibition to check out if you are into Panerai watches or if u’re curious to know more about ’em and their history(provider of military equipment, selling watches in Florence and bought by Vendome after Sly Stallone’s help in getting them noticed which isn’t mentioned of course :) and in the Ion area but your mileage(on the SLC) may vary. hagwe. cheers, raph

Panerai History and Legend Exhibition at Ion Singapore ~ 26 Aug – 6 Sep 2015

The Florentine luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai will inaugurate the “History and Legend” exhibition on 26 August and will be open until 6 September 2015. The exhibition is located at ION Orchard, the exclusive shopping mall where the only Officine Panerai boutique in Singapore is based. It is a rare opportunity for watch enthusiasts to discover the brand’s rich heritage and to admire a selection of Panerai’s iconic timepieces representing the brand in different eras.

i love this gauge on the SLC… Pressure… Pushing down on me… Pressing down on you, no man ask for
[keep the song in your head or play it as u read the rest of the post please ;)]
Photobucket


Venue: Singapore – ION Orchard

On from 26th August – 6th September 2015, Opening/Closing Time: 11.00am -9.00pm
Guided Tour: Daily from 27 August – 6 September, 3.00pm – 3.30pm, 5.00pm – 5.30pm
To register, please email Panerai Boutique ion.singapore@panerai.com

Visitors will be able to travel through time, discovering the origins of the design of Panerai watches in the 1940s and 1950s with a display that unfolds around a full-size prototype (7.5 metres long, 0.53 in diameter) of a “slow-speed torpedo”, a human torpedo also known as Siluro a Lenta Corsa (S.L.C.).

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The exhibition is also a unique experience to discover the master Panerai collection, which combines the pureness and authenticity of Italian design with the Swiss know-how of the Panerai manufacture based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The collection classification takes after the names of the watch cases developed by Panerai starting from 1936, the year of the first Radiomir model, up to today, and includes a selection of Radiomir 1940, Luminor 1950 and Luminor models. Visitors can discover Panerai’s collection through the display at the exhibition, which demonstrates the sophisticated function of Long Power Reserve, High Complications, Chronographs and GMT.


my pics and thoughts follow… 

the venue in front of Ion
Photobucket

and the cool stuff follows. the vintages… tropical dial radiomir baby!

Photobucket

Marina Militaire for the Italian Navy

Photobucket

a watch from my personal collection :) just kidding this was an auction piece and a sibling of it was on display
no brand on the dial so folks won’t know where the Italian frogmen on an Italian submersible were from

Photobucket

depth gauge… diving in style

Photobucket

another angle for the MM… luverly

Photobucket

wrist compass and torch light

Photobucket

elux lite… 

Photobucket

vintage egiziano

Photobucket

and no… i didn’t have this on my wrist at the time 😉 

Photobucket

suddenly out of nowhere a lady appeared before me and said ‘would you like to
acquire this piece sir?’ to which i responded ‘uhm i thought those weren’t for sale?’

Photobucket

‘well if u agree to take a ride on the SLC for the next mission we 
might be able to work something out…’

Photobucket

hmm… really… so i gave a more thorough inspection of the vehicle… propellors were in good shape

Photobucket

good thing there was information on the military base’s wall with details on the different sections and functions

Photobucket

this be a bomb port methinks… 

Photobucket

i decided to brave the chilly waters for this mission

Photobucket

and bade farewell to… Esther… She says her name is Esther (i believe, as i may have remembered wrong ~ 
sorry if u’re reading this :) [oh and if u didn’t get the nod to frank miller, then u didn’t get the nod to frank miller :) ]

Photobucket

plumbing through the depths with my gauges on…

Photobucket

i saw interesting things thru my periscope(UP Periscope) in the deeper waters… a timepiece!

Photobucket

more visions came before me of submersible watches in the deeper waters

Photobucket

and then suddenly i heard a frantic voice ‘Sir! sir! you are about to knock
over the SLC display!’ came through to me snapping me back to reality
she was happy to inform me though of…

Photobucket

of a photo device to take a pic with the SLC(instead of mount it :)

Photobucket

i checked some watches about the exhibition and while there were some nice contemporary pieces like this

Photobucket

my likes still went towards the historic range… similar to the last Panerai i owned the, PAM 372 LINK acquired on my first visit to the boutique LINK

Photobucket

which also happened to be my last port of call, this time to meet their watch servicer/maker, Mr Owyang Kaiming. he’s got the right watch on the wrist of course 😉

Photobucket

some movements he had on hand… P2004, 3 barrelled (‘He can’t stay down with three barrels on him. … 
Not with three he can’t’ sorry i had to :) 8 days power reserve mono-pusher chrono

Photobucket

P.3000 found in the 372 and other similar case sized time only pieces

Photobucket
heading off to the future… i wonder what that will look like
noting some missteps in the recent years
Photobucket

for me this is a worthwhile exhibition to check out if you are into Panerai watches or if u’re curious to know more about ’em and their history(provider of military equipment, selling watches in Florence and bought by Vendome after Sly Stallone’s help in getting them noticed which isn’t mentioned of course :) and in the Ion area but your mileage(on the SLC) may vary. hagwe. cheers, raph

Panerai History and Legend Exhibition at Ion Singapore ~ 26 Aug – 6 Sep 2015

The Florentine luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai will inaugurate the “History and Legend” exhibition on 26 August and will be open until 6 September 2015. The exhibition is located at ION Orchard, the exclusive shopping mall where the only Officine Panerai boutique in Singapore is based. It is a rare opportunity for watch enthusiasts to discover the brand’s rich heritage and to admire a selection of Panerai’s iconic timepieces representing the brand in different eras.

i love this gauge on the SLC… Pressure… Pushing down on me… Pressing down on you, no man ask for
[keep the song in your head or play it as u read the rest of the post please ;)]
Photobucket


Venue: Singapore – ION Orchard

On from 26th August – 6th September 2015, Opening/Closing Time: 11.00am -9.00pm
Guided Tour: Daily from 27 August – 6 September, 3.00pm – 3.30pm, 5.00pm – 5.30pm
To register, please email Panerai Boutique ion.singapore@panerai.com

Visitors will be able to travel through time, discovering the origins of the design of Panerai watches in the 1940s and 1950s with a display that unfolds around a full-size prototype (7.5 metres long, 0.53 in diameter) of a “slow-speed torpedo”, a human torpedo also known as Siluro a Lenta Corsa (S.L.C.).

Photobucket


The exhibition is also a unique experience to discover the master Panerai collection, which combines the pureness and authenticity of Italian design with the Swiss know-how of the Panerai manufacture based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The collection classification takes after the names of the watch cases developed by Panerai starting from 1936, the year of the first Radiomir model, up to today, and includes a selection of Radiomir 1940, Luminor 1950 and Luminor models. Visitors can discover Panerai’s collection through the display at the exhibition, which demonstrates the sophisticated function of Long Power Reserve, High Complications, Chronographs and GMT.


my pics and thoughts follow… 

the venue in front of Ion
Photobucket

and the cool stuff follows. the vintages… tropical dial radiomir baby!

Photobucket

Marina Militaire for the Italian Navy

Photobucket

a watch from my personal collection :) just kidding this was an auction piece and a sibling of it was on display
no brand on the dial so folks won’t know where the Italian frogmen on an Italian submersible were from

Photobucket

depth gauge… diving in style

Photobucket

another angle for the MM… luverly

Photobucket

wrist compass and torch light

Photobucket

elux lite… 

Photobucket

vintage egiziano

Photobucket

and no… i didn’t have this on my wrist at the time 😉 

Photobucket

suddenly out of nowhere a lady appeared before me and said ‘would you like to
acquire this piece sir?’ to which i responded ‘uhm i thought those weren’t for sale?’

Photobucket

‘well if u agree to take a ride on the SLC for the next mission we 
might be able to work something out…’

Photobucket

hmm… really… so i gave a more thorough inspection of the vehicle… propellors were in good shape

Photobucket

good thing there was information on the military base’s wall with details on the different sections and functions

Photobucket

this be a bomb port methinks… 

Photobucket

i decided to brave the chilly waters for this mission

Photobucket

and bade farewell to… Esther… She says her name is Esther (i believe, as i may have remembered wrong ~ 
sorry if u’re reading this :) [oh and if u didn’t get the nod to frank miller, then u didn’t get the nod to frank miller :) ]

Photobucket

plumbing through the depths with my gauges on…

Photobucket

i saw interesting things thru my periscope(UP Periscope) in the deeper waters… a timepiece!

Photobucket

more visions came before me of submersible watches in the deeper waters

Photobucket

and then suddenly i heard a frantic voice ‘Sir! sir! you are about to knock
over the SLC display!’ came through to me snapping me back to reality
she was happy to inform me though of…

Photobucket

of a photo device to take a pic with the SLC(instead of mount it :)

Photobucket

i checked some watches about the exhibition and while there were some nice contemporary pieces like this

Photobucket

my likes still went towards the historic range… similar to the last Panerai i owned the, PAM 372 LINK acquired on my first visit to the boutique LINK

Photobucket

which also happened to be my last port of call, this time to meet their watch servicer/maker, Mr Owyang Kaiming. he’s got the right watch on the wrist of course 😉

Photobucket

some movements he had on hand… P2004, 3 barrelled (‘He can’t stay down with three barrels on him. … 
Not with three he can’t’ sorry i had to :) 8 days power reserve mono-pusher chrono

Photobucket

P.3000 found in the 372 and other similar case sized time only pieces

Photobucket
heading off to the future… i wonder what that will look like
noting some missteps in the recent years
Photobucket

for me this is a worthwhile exhibition to check out if you are into Panerai watches or if u’re curious to know more about ’em and their history(provider of military equipment, selling watches in Florence and bought by Vendome after Sly Stallone’s help in getting them noticed which isn’t mentioned of course :) and in the Ion area but your mileage(on the SLC) may vary. hagwe. cheers, raph

Blancpain Art de Vivre event ~ August 2015

kudos to the awesome team at Blancpain for a cool event sharing on it’s Métiers d’Art ramge and it’s Shakudo models. twas great to learn more about the art that goes into these pieces and meeting an artist that does these wonderful engravings. sharing some pix from the nite below and thoughts along the way. a standing dinner was served as well and the food was good but i didn’t get round to taking pix of the food as it came was gobbled up very quickly.  

first off the venue selected was pretty cool… exploration mode on!
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oh what do we have here. nice bungalow with pool and blancpain in lights
on the facade… so this is how the other 1% lives 😉
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this was on the grounds and was pretty cool as i was thinking just then 
‘how do i get a-head in life…’ hmm
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Dimitri Aubert who recently joined the team as Area Sale Manager shared about Blancpain [oh can also see Jene
 and Jenny giving directions in the back]and their Metiers DÁrt pieces and Shakudo process
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which got me interested to try it for myself… & after ruining a few S$100+k pieces
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 the pro stepped in and told me that a professional career as a graveur was
 not on the cards for me… introducing Ms Caroline Kukielczynski
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she’s got the steady hands
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these wonderful sketches done by her for as potential designs for customers to select from
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a sketch for the Shakudo coelacanth series
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a look at the engravings… what u see through the microscope
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and the right brand for the microscope I might add 😉
 they made these before they did cameras
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the great wall of China 
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Artwork for Ganesh
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tools of the craft… burens being the main tool for engravers
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some random shots about the event venue (apologies for overall quality as i was playing around with 
a new lense and still learning how to use it better)
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which had some nice pieces on display as well
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some watches… tourbillon
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openworked pocketwatch

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snake from the zodiac series

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Stefano getting a closer look

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i conversed with Caroline, badly, as she is fluent in French and i only speak the English. i believe
working at blancpain is her first job after years of training(i believe it was 6years) in the arts
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a very nice event overall. and my thanks to Jenny for the invite down. folks would know that she has been 
working in the watch industry awhile now and has done a lot for the previous brand she was at and will 
no doubt bring that same verve and excellence with her to Blancpain
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and a parting shot with Dimitri and Caroline before i had to scoot off
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my best wishes to the team there(didn’t manage to get pics with or of all of ’em) for the cool evening. i will try to shoot some other watches from them some time soon if that can be arranged :) cheers, raph 

BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends August 28, 2015

Mickey-Watchmaker-service-repair-12

We begin this round-up with a feature story on watch servicing and repair. Servicing aside, we are also taking a look at the history of chronographs, in particular, the monopusher kind. Last but not least, what’s a round-up without some new watches? This time, we are taking a look at new watches from Cartier, Montblanc, Patek Philippe, and Richard Mille… Plus more entertaining watch content from around the web.

The article BEST FROM: aBlogtoWatch & Friends August 28, 2015 first appeared on aBlogtoWatch and was written by Kenny Yeo.

Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I Watch With New German-Made Movement

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Today, German watch manufacture Sinn has announced its new proprietary movement inside the Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I watch. Sinn, a renowned manufacturer of tool watches designed primarily for divers and pilots – as well as of some other, less specialized watch collections – will now debut a rather more formal looking timepiece.

The article Sinn 6200 Meisterbund I Watch With New German-Made Movement first appeared on aBlogtoWatch and was written by David Bredan.

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph Watch

With the new IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher chronograph, “IWC presents its first-ever model with an ingenious single push-button chronograph” for Watches & Wonders 2015 (essentially SIHH for Asia, taking place in Hong Kong this Fall). The timing of this debut, perhaps not without a hint of irony, is fortunate, as it comes shortly after we have discussed at length this particular complication in our recent “Why Monopusher Chronographs Are Primitive & A Brief History Of The Chronograph Watch Complication” feature article. With all that’s been said there, but no prejudices on our mind, let’s see how this latest addition to the IWC Portofino line is new.

The article IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph Watch first appeared on aBlogtoWatch and was written by David Bredan.