Thursday, June 27, 2013

Watch Strap - Exotic Skin & Colour

Black is an universal colour that matches well with any watch material eg Gold, Steel etc for any occasion. But it'd be dull if all your watches come in black strap. Moreover Patek mentioned 'Create Your Own Tradition'. Exotic Skin is beautiful especially Croc or Alligator. Snake, Ostrich, & Lizard are nice too. You'll be a class above.

Following are my Exotic Skin, Exotic Colour Collection:

Snake Skin, Cobra, for Year of the Snake 2013! The exotic skin shop in Bangkok didn't have the right tool to handle Rolex so i went to a watch service shop in Central World Plaza whom i know might be of help. Gosh! The mall was so big that although i remembered it's in the basement, I actually went to the wrong zone & got the wrong shop! Well that guy called Tang did a great job, & FREE he said. To repay his kindness, i bought him an organic drink. He does total Watch Service & Repair. You can look him up at Time Store, Central World, Zen Zone A, B1.   

Brown Monitor Lizard on a Givenchy Classic with Chinese Character Markers

Maroon Croc Skin on a Rolex Vinatge

My 1st Vintage Watch, Brown Croc Skin on a Longines Tank

The salesgirl told me the Green colour matches well with this Limited Edition Green Logo of Frederique Constant. Beautiful Grain of the Croc. 

How about White, Blue, Purple or Silver Strap? Take up the Challenge! Pink is ok too.

Happy Watching, 27/6/13, 6.00pm 


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Frederique Constant

16/6/13 is Father's Day in Singapore. I'm happy to enjoy the occasion by writing on my hobby.

About 18 months ago, heeling advice by veteran & serious watch collectors, I went for Limited Edition. And I found an impressive one within by budget. A relatively new & unknown brand to me. Decided to understand it better. The following findings convinced me to go for it.

1. Heart Beat Manufacture, Watch of the Year of up to 3000 euro by Horloges Magazine in 2005.

2. Produce Silicium Escape Wheel (1st introduced by PP in 2005) in 2007.

3. Create Silicium Escape Wheel with Tourbillon.

4. Since 1988, the Founders Ms Aletta Bax & Mr Peter Stas believed that:

a. to enjoy hi-quality & timeless yet classical watches at sensible prices.

b. each watch is hand-assembled & is checked & controlled over a long period of time - by both
    humans & special equipment to ensure optimal quality.

c. charity works.  

In addition to my Vintage Rally Collection, they've Manufacture, Ladies Automatic, Runabout, Carree,
Art Deco, Delight, Junior & Jewelry.

Mine comes in 1888 pieces world wide only. It has a beautiful big box & a vintage car in it. A cert signed by Mr Peter Stas. What else can I ask for? Some months later I was in an Exotic Skin Shop. Believe me or not, I saw a Green Croc Leather Strap that matched well with my Frederique Constant Healey Challenge's Logo! Although it can't fit with the original buckle, I don't mind it at all. The Green Croc leather strap brings out the Watch very well. The amount of onlookers & admirers double!

Panerai was relatively unknown but now is in great demand. Hope one day Frederique Constant will enjoy such success too. Haha! Buy now before that dream comes true!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

A Rolex Affair

Owning a Rolex is like living in Bukit Timah & drives Benz. Sure you can also live in the East Coast or drive BMW. Equally good. I ain't a Snob or concern of Status Symbol. I merely enjoy this 1905 creation by two Englishmen. 

According to reliable source, Italian giant Panerai used Rolex know-how when she moved into the commercial market! In my opinion, many Panerai watches looked like Over-Size Rolexes! In the resale market, Rolex commands the Best Value! Locally many 2nd hand shops trade in Rolex only! And in the Fake Watch circle, Rolex is widely Copied!   

My first Rolex was her Classic 70s Manual, OysterDate Precision. It's simple with Black Dial & 14k Gold Markers. 30mm. & the cheapest in the 2nd hand shop. haha. (nothing wrong with Used right?). Although the dealer gave it a new black calf leather strap, I felt it deserved better respect. Maroon was the colour i desired. So Rolex watch with Cartier Croc Skin strap! Awesome!

Two years later i'd this urge to upgrade my virgin Rolex. Rome isn't built in a day. Can't afford Gold, White Gold, Platinum, Diamond or Sports Models. Don't like 1/2 gold type, very common. A friend's friend who's in insurance trade, has no less than 10 Rolex watches!

After looking around for some time, also checked my wallet, i traded in for an Oyster Perpetual DateJust, early 1972-3, White Gold Bezel, Automatic, Rolex Buckle in new Black Calf Leather Strap, Dark Grey Dial. 36mm. No intention to change the strap colour for they matched well. Both watches originally came in Metal Bracelet & not strap. Too costly to have it in Bracelet. my no. 26.

I wore this to my recent bangkok trip. The Cobra Skin Strap tempted me well. Moreover it's Year of the Snake.   27/6/13, 7.25pm.

By now you might have noticed that I like Old Thing, haha. Well unlike a dear friend, i can accept any watches that come without Box &/or Cert. Shortly after the trade-off, in a Dream (I always dream of many things), a Voice told me to go for a OysterDate Precision! Hah! That's the model I owned earlier! I Respect Dream & will try to Fulfil it. 

This time round, I got my 2nd Rolex, also to Make Dream Come True! A 1969, Silver Dial, Original Stainless Steel Bracelet, OysterDate Precision! What else can I ask for! I also fulfilled Dream with Omega. Two other brands on the way. In the meantime let me Enjoy All My Watches. my no. 27. other collections in What's The Time,

In www.mastercheong.blogspot com, What's The Time & Timeless Treasure, more news. And if you wish to buy my Collection, please reach

Happy Watching. 7.08pm, 7/6/13.