Friday, July 13, 2018

Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette T099.405.16.418.00

It's a Skeleton; It's a Mechanical; It's a Tissot






Beautiful isn't it? Complexity and Simplicity collided into a single body......  That is my impression on Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles Squelette; that is quite a mouthful..... I would just call it Tissot Skeleton. 


Saw this watch at the second hand section of a friend's shop. Apparently, it belonged to a guy who just broke off with his girl friend. He sold off all his belongings and moved on to other part of the universe.... Pretty devastating, pretty tragic..... My guess is the girl friend dumped him... I was dumped numerous times; yea pretty drastic, bloody irrational at the time.... Time never healed the wounds or the sorrows, it just make you forget with traumatic dementia! 





Maybe looking at the watch would remind him of the time they shared together.... every single moment that matters.... It no longer matters to her.... and to him, just maybe not able to love her every single second for the rest of her life........ It becomes just too painful, that he needed to get rid of this precious mechanical marvel. 


This watch is barely a year old, so everything is as new. The outer box is in flawless state....




Here the inner box and the waranty and manual booklet. 


The red and black colour combo makes it a very intriguing watch box.


Open the box, you see a nice mechanical art slumber on the white pillow. 


Be honest about it.... Under normal circumstances, skeleton watches are not really my cup of tea. You need to focus your eye lens real hard to read the time. All the gears, the screws, the jewels, the bridges, the moving wheels, the springs.... the non-existing dial is basically a kaleidoscope!


With the current trend of people fancying BIG watch, this 42.9mm diameter watch is considering moderate sized. The case is constructed using 316L Stainless Steel. 


Its case thickness is measuring at 11.1mm. The watch comes with dome shaped anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal.


This watch is pretty light; it is about 72gm. From the literature, it has a water resistant of up to 50m/165ft/5bar. Who in the right mind would shower with a casual dress watch? 


Tissot did a great job of Perlage (circular graining) finishing parts of the movement to make the watch more high class. The use of blue hands and blue roman indexes making telling time a bit easier. 


There is a Seconds sub-dial at the 9 o'clock position. I am not particularly fond of the crown of this watch. For me, it is slightly too slim despite being big enough. For a mechanical watch, the crown is very very important as you need to wind the watch. 


Also I think Tissot is too conservative in designing this crown. Since you want it to be an art piece and portraits your watch-making skills, what prevents you to be adventurous in designing the crown? But then again, Tissot is all about practicality and functionality.......  


The front and the rear of the case has the mirror finishing. The sides are brushed finish. 


One of the reason I coughed up money for this watch is because of the movement. This watch used the hand wound ETA 6497-1. Yes the very same movement that used by Panerai......


This 17 jewels movement has about 46 hours of power reserve and is vibrating at the rate of 18,800 per hour. 



The back case is a see through view all type. Tissot decorated the movement with blue screws to enhance its appearance.


This watch is supplied with a black calf leather strap. The strap is opened and closed using a push buttons deployment buckle. The buckle is signed with a big T representing Tissot. 



The art of watchmaking is truly portrayed through skeleton watches. Every components and every mechanical works are visible through naked eyes.   


The beauty of this watch lies in the revelation of its works, with further rich details demonstrating Tissot's 160 years of watchmaking legacy.


When I was young, I thought winding of watch is a tedious thing.... I preferred the watch that need little attentions and would work anytime.....


Now each morning as I wake up.... I start gently winding the watch and observing that it is working, that is a pleasure and a passion......





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Never Again and Never Will Be.... Titoni Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak


This is a proposal for a souvenir for a Sarawak State function.  This watch was supposed to be given by Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng to the honorable guests. 


The proposed is a Titoni Cosmo King 797-307 stainless steel watch. 



The project never got pass the table due to the cost factors. This watch is never going to be as TYT Salahuddin had retired in 2014. 
In conjunction with this post a greeting of Happy Gawai Festival to all the viewers from this land of Hornbills. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Seiko Chronograph 6138-0011: UFO Again.... Second Sighting....

Seiko Vintage Chronograph Automatic


If one day, you see an UFO, how would you feel? I never think about this probably because I am never a sci-fi fan. 



This post I am going to show you my another piece of the same watch but with a different bracelet. 


I have seen same watch in a broken state selling for RM2000 back in 2010. So I believe there is a market for all these vintage Seiko chronograph.


I never view watches as an investment. I am not into watch trading either..... I only love to collect and sometimes wear them a bit or appreciate their beauty from time to time. 


Back in the old days,  Seiko did make some marvelous and affordable watches..... 



I doubt this is the original bracelet for 6138-0011. I think this bracelet I sourced it from Seiko 5 most probably during the 7S26 period.


It matched pretty well with the UFO thou....



I would not fascinate about whether there is Extra-Terrestrial being out there somewhere.............. But I always wonder, if there is an Alien or a more superior being.... Do they wear a watch or multiple watches???  




Saturday, April 14, 2018

IWC Portofino Automatic Ref 3533

The Portofino Automatic From IWC
Conspicuous by Its Inconspicuousness 

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, a quiet little place that I enjoyed my first encounter with female species...... Not entirely true thou... I had a crush on my monitor in primary school, had an intense feeling for a sweet girl on the same school bus, had an infatuation for my secondary school teacher........ 



So I was living at Overell Street, and would always walk down to Sandy Bay for groceries. Holding hands, caressing sweet little talks, with my first official girlfriend, Miss Green Green...... As we walked by  this little white house on King Street, an old gentlemen inside would smile and wave at us. As usual he would have his magnifying loupe on his left eyes...... 


He was my watchmaker during my college years. He was the one that sparked my interest on IWC (International Watch Company).... He told me, Rolex is an overpriced commodity... I was a naive and ignorant young man who think Rolex is the best..... He educated me and told me IWC is a superb Swiss watchmaker with no nonsense attitude. Their production are always above pars........ I can still vividly hear him saying, "You have one IWC, that is enough"........ 


Many years later, when I wanted to buy my first luxurious watch, IWC became the only choice. April 2004, I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for my Master graduation...... I took the liberty of window shopping for IWC watches.... Boy, I was freaking nervous visiting watch boutiques as lacking of confidence.... hahahaaaaaaaaaa mostly I didn't have a deep pocket......

So we (me, my one year old son, and my wife.... no, no, NO.... no longer Green Green or Red Red) were at this KL's landmark, the twin towers shopping centre; Suria KLCC.....


I was randomly walking into watch galleries and boutiques.... before setting foot in the Sincere Fine Watches. I was greeted by a serious face, tall, slim gentleman with old fashioned, black framed glasses. His name is Henry. 



I was pretty bold..... I straightly asked him, "What is the cheapest price you can give me on IWC Portofino?" He puzzled a bit and started pressing his calculator. He showed me a number that was by far the friendliest in the market...... Ever since, he has been one of the few, I will consult before hunting for an exotic watch.




Being a poor man, this is the cheapest IWC around and the entry level that I can afford. This is my first brand new luxury watch; IWC Portofino Automatic Ref 3533. Consistently popular since its launch in the 1980's, the plain, simple Portofino line furnishes conclusive proof that the essence of being touch with the times is timelessness itself. 


The name Potofino also stands for hand-crafted perfection in an elegant guise. This 38mm diameter Portofino is a classic with a clean and simple line. The thickness of the stainless steel case is only 8.6mm. 


The watch has a convex sapphire glass and it is water resistant to 30 meters. The sapphire glass is anti-reflective coated. It is a dress and everyday office watch. 



Three hands and a discreet date display-the epitome of good taste, it needs no more. This watch is all about functionality; that is to tell time. Nothing complicated, everything just for you to know the time accurately. 


A portofino on your wrist gives you the reassuring feeling of having chosen a wristwatch that rises above all pretension. 


There is no locking mechanism on its crown. Is just the plain pull and adjust. The crown is signed with Probus, IWC, SCAFUSIA.... Probus from Probare; Scafusia is the Latin name for Schaffhausen. It means Good Thing from Schaffhausen. There is somewhat like a fish symbol in the middle encapsulating IWC wordings to signify that this watch is water resistance. 


This one I bought is with the Milanese mesh bracelet in stainless steel. It is made of a fine wire mesh weave and, as well as being extremely robust, fit snugly around the wrist. 


The fine stainless-steel Milanese bracelet gives this Portofino Automatic a very special appeal. Portofino Automatic does come in leather strap as well. 


The mesh bracelet is very well constructed and is very comfortable in wearing. It does not add too much weight on your wrist.......


The bracelet used hidden clasp that is signed. 


Inside the clasp, it is stated Stainless Steel and Swiss Made. 



The case back is plain and simple with 4 tiny screws. It has a serial number at one end. I have not wore this watch much, so you can still see the original IWC sticker there. 


Individuals who choose to wear a Portofino do so in the knowledge that its discreetly simple exterior contains a mechanical, automatic movement in which they can have complete confidence at all times.


The IWC Portofino Automatic is powered by Calibre 30110. This 23 jewels movement is based on ETA 2892-A2 and enhanced by IWC. Back then, IWC bought only the best breed of ETA 2892; the so-called Chronometer grade. IWC only bought the incomplete movements and assembled it in house with better and more expensive components.


Nearly all critical components along the path from the escapement to the mainspring are replaced with corresponding components from IWC own manufacture. These included the mainspring, the barrel, the escape wheel, the pallet fork and the complete balance including the balance spring. It is a total revision of the movement. The movement is also nickle plated.
Calibre 30110 besides being used in Portofino, it is also used in Ingenieur, Pilot watch like Marks and Aquatimer. Calibre 30110 has a power reserve of 42 hours and beating at a frequency of 28,800 bph. 

After early 2000's IWC started using ETA 2892 that is made to IWC specs; i.e. they no longer modified in-house. Lately, the ETA 2892 is replaced with the generic Sellita SW-300. 



IWC Portofino Automatic Ref 3533 is a very fine watch. What's more, the clear, simple lines of the case conceal a mechanical, self-winding movement in which you can have implicit trust. I guess my Hobart's senior watchmaker (who had retired in 1996) is right.... IWC is a good watch... and now I set eyes for the more refined IWC watches with its in-housed movements....