Wednesday

ROLEX DEEP SEA

So...after a long wait the Rolex Deep Sea finally arrived, 2 days after my 50th birthday, it couldn't be better ! LOL ! the best presents are those you buy for yourself is my thinking ! This solid piece of steel (215 grams to be exactly) is 'the' Rolex like I've always wanted it to be. Big but not to big after getting used to Panerais, IWC BP's, JLC EWC's etc.... it even doesn't surpass them in terms of visually bigness to be honnest. Quality and finishing is top level as you might expect from Rolex, the bracelet's glide-lock system is realy outstanding, all in all you can make the bracelet 45mm longer to have it fit over a wet suit. That probably wouldn't be the case in my situation as I don't dive but it's a nice thought you can go down for nearly 4 KM, without worrying about your watch ! :-o))), I just finished reading a test on this watch in a German watch magazine and it got a 6/6 quote, with the only negative point that it's hard to get! Even the price was considered fair if you see what you get, it's true ! compare this with other brands of a totally (most lower) level and you'd have to pay a lot more to have the same reliability that Rolex can offer. In the next time I'll try to make some decent pics in natural light, but since the weather isn't realy cooperating last days it will have to wait a bit ...







Sunday

JLC EWC "Rossi"

Sometimes unexpected things happen :)), during a visit a few weeks ago at my AD in Brussels, the owner presented me a second hand EWC 'Rossi' limited on 246 pcs. I allready wrote that golden watches where not my 'dada' in the first place, but there seems to be a virus that hitted me since I last bought my Pam 289 :))), I can't explain why but when I saw this golden EWC it just couldn't get out of my mind, promissing myself in the beginning of the year that I would only trade watches and wouldn't put up any cash any more became very difficult on this one......so okay let's make a tiny little exception for once, just a veeeery little bit of cash (+ trading a steel EWC and an IWC I only had for a few months :(( ) could save enough to bring in Mister Rossi ! Well I didn't regret, and the difference with the shinny steel version versus the rose gold is rather big on a visual point, no red accents here also, the whole gives a less busy view which isn't bad!






come to think of it this is the 3rd EWC I'm buying !! 3rd time good time ???


For more info on the "ROSSI" click here

1675 x 1760 res.

Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph “46”

Techical Specifications Reference:

- 176247V, Limited Production of 246 pieces Movement:

- Self-winding mechanical movement, the Calibre Jaeger-LeCoultre 752, made, crafted and decorated by hand - 28,800 vibrations per hour

- 65-hour power reserve - 279 parts - 41 jewels - 5.6 mm high

- 22-carat gold oscillating weight segment

Functions:

- hours, minutes

- operating indication

- date

- chronograph: hour and minute counters, central seconds

- world time: simultaneous indication of 24 time zones

Dial:

- black

- luminescent numerals

- 8 luminescent hour-markers

Hands:

- local hours and minutes: luminescent hollowed-out trapezoidal-type hands in gilt brass - others: white lacquered brass

Crowns:

- 1 crown at 3 o’clock to start the watch and set the date. Equipped with a compression key

- 1 crown at 10 o’clock for the city disc

- 2 push-pieces at 2 and 4 o’clock for the chronograph functions. Equipped with compression plates finished with black PVD treatment

Case:

- ø 46. mm in polished titanium and in brushed pink gold

- shock absorber

- lacquered engraving of Valentino Rossi’s number « 46 » on the base

- cambered sapphire crystal, hardness no. 9

- interchangeable strap system built into the case

- water resistant to 100 metres

Two Straps:

- matt black alligator leather with double saddle stitching and 18-carat pink-gold folding buckle

- black rubber with buckle.

I'M WAITING....

It appears that the first Deep Seas have landed at the AD's, the countdown and the premium price festival can begin now ! LOL !! I saw the first one selling for almost 11K !! can you believe this ?




TIME FOR SOME GREAT PICS

Nothing better than a great watchfriend and his photographic skills to make some great pix of my watchcollection ! Thanks Bruno !




















Wednesday

289 a dream come true ?

The last thread I wrote I was still in a state of hesitation if I would pull the trigger on an other gold watch, a year ago I wouldn't even consider a gold watch, but as in most things you have to grow on it (LOL) this year I'll be 50 and maybe that's as good a reason to buy one as .....whatever! Finally I have to say this 289 looks realy great, and believe it or not very discret thanks to the satin finish. The dial lay-out is classic and the P.2002 movement runs like +1s/d, I'm stunned !! for the moment I'm on the hunt for a gold plated buckle in 22 or 24 mm and that's not so easy to find it seems!! guess there's a market gap there !!!, in the meantime I'll post some pix of my new Pannie, some more will follow in the next weeks as I will wear it on the next holidays to come !!















THE P.2002 MOVEMENT



THE GMT FUNCTION



THE 3 SPRING BARRELS




THE ZERO RESET FUNCTION


Tuesday

PAM 289 ....a dream ?

WOW !!...this was the first word that came into my mind when I first saw this beautifull rose gold Panerai with inhouse P.2002 movement. I had it briefly on my wrist at my AD and the nice brown-greyish dial matched perfectly with the satin gold case and polished bezel! a real stunner! I tried to get it out of my mind as quick as possible but it just didn't want to get out of my imagination. In the meanwhile I sold my beloved IWC Perpetual, with tears in my eyes as I liked it very much but I mostly wasn't dressed properly to wear the watch enough, no need to keep a beautifull piece in the vault....so I sold it, together with the Panerai 213 rattrapante, also a nice watch but not 100% my idea of what a Pam should look like! Funds would be no problem for the 289, but helas I also have the Rolex DS waiting for me ! so likely another favourite of my will have to leave the house to acquire this 'goldy' !! Most Paneristi seem to like this watch a lot according to a little poll I had , and I can imagine why !! I'll give it some thought on what I should do with it.....buying or passing !! LOL !! I think I know the answer allready .....






Thursday

IWC's Ceramic Pilot Watch

Surely that black watches aren't everyone's taste, but I have to admit this hated or love it 'Top Gun' is much better looking in real than on a picture! with 44mm a perfect size for me, quiet light weight compared to steel versions. I would have preferred a wider buckle at 20mm instead of 18 but at least it's a problem that I can solve by putting an other strap on it...











Saturday

IWC Chrono Top Gun

First I loved it, a bit later I had my doubts on it, and now I'm back to loving it !! what happened ?? when I first saw the ceramic flieger I wanted one, but helas the limited edition rattrapante (44mm) was sold out, and I wasn't ready to buy at a premium price. A few months later the 46mm Top Gun version came out and I had the chance to see the watch on my wrist at a local dealer and I started to hesitate, the price was hefty (9.200 Euro), the logo wasn't exactly my thing, and the comparison with the BP at only a fraction more of the price and receiving a manufacture caliber, made me choose for the BP at that moment.
Nearly a year later now, I walked by my AD and was stunned to see the new 2008 chrono ceramic in the window, I entered just to have a look, not nearly knowing the price of this piece, and.....oh wonder,.....I was surprised to hear it's cost was almost 30% cheaper as the rattrapante for the same watch (ok it's 2mm smaller !!) I got out of the store and started thinking (that's always the bad part !) this was a great opportunity to have a cool ceramic watch
at an honnest price blablablabla......so I made a reservation and in a few weeks I'll post some real decent pix!!!

Thursday

WISHLIST 2008


A re-edition of the Pam 26 not PVD'd but DLC'd (Diamond like coated) and a special edition of 1000 pc. at a price of 5.900€ still affordable !




Okay I'll be blunt, this is the Rolex like I would have it to be look like, almost.....,I mean a bit less text would be much nicer, and Deep Sea without Sea Dweller on it had of been ok for me also !! but at 43mm this will surely been one of the most bestselling Rolexes for the next years to come !! and one is reserved for me allready !!







A watch developed for extreme depths, guaranteed waterproof to 3,900 metres (12,800 feet), the Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA required the design of a case with a unique architecture, the RINGLOCK SYSTEM. This innovation patented by Rolex consists of a combination of three distinctive features: • The high-performance ring Set inside the middle case of the watch between the crystal and the case back, the high-performance nitrogen-alloyed stainless steel ring withstands the pressure exerted by water on the crystal and the case back. The middle case is made from 904L steel. • The sapphire crystal To resist pressure, the synthetic sapphire crystal is slightly domed and substantially thicker than the crystals of other Oyster models. • The case back The case back is made of a titanium alloy, an extremely resistant stainless material. It is held in place against the high-performance ring by means of a 904L-steel ring. The helium valve is made of high-performance stainless steel. Its size is adapted to the dimensions of the case to achieve optimal waterproofness. The helium valve is a safety feature which, during the decompression phase, releases the gases that infiltrate into the watch during caisson dives.



The Triplock winding crown, equipped with three seals and screwed onto the case, completes this ingenious waterproof system.The Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA is equipped with a unidirectional rotatable bezel with a 60-minute graduated black CERACHROM disc that allows the diver to precisely track his dive time. Engraved in the CERACHROM, the numerals and the graduations are filled with platinum through the use of a PVD technique patented by Rolex. The zero marker of the graduated bezel, represented by a triangle, is visible longer at night or in the depths of the ocean thanks to a capsule containing a new luminescent material that emits a blue glow. The dial To enhance legibility, the gold indexes and hands are wider and partially coated with the same new luminescent material and also emit a blue colour. The movement The Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA is equipped with calibre 3135, known for its chronometric precision, its reliability and its robustness; it also features a PARACHROM hairspring with high resistance to shocks and magnetic fields. Certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the movement has a 48-hour power reserve.

Tuesday

COLLECTION STATUS

This is what my collection looks like for the moment, and probably ;) will stay till fall 2008 !



Sunday

Jaeger-LeCoultre Extreme World Chrono, one more time !!

Without a doubt this is probably the only watch in my life that I bought 2 times ! The 1st EWC that I had arrived on the last day of 2006 and altough I had some technical problems with it in the beginning, I can say it got a lot of wristtime, more than all my other watches. So at the end of last year I had the opportunity to buy the IWC Perp. but this meant I had to sell my EWC, with regrets of course, but I knew that I would buy one again when possible, so last week I swapped my Panerai Sub 1950 added some cash and here came my 2nd EWC, I'm realy happy I did this move! I still had a lot of straps that I had made for it and the quick release system is so fine that this gives an extra pleasure to have this watch !


WATCH SWAPPING PART 2

This week Bruno and I took our 'goldies' out of the vault and made a switch, he got my IWC gold rose Perpetual Calendar and I took the Lange Timezone for a ride ! even if the Lange is 2mm smaller on the wrist it still looks a big watch, probably the dial color has also to do with that! the finish of the German watch is absolutely top notch and if it wasn't for the money and the fact that I rarely wear a dress watch, I'd certainly wouldn't hesitate to buy it! meanwhile I got this one 'for free' ....at least for a week :) !!