Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Broken Heart

Watches are like women... sometimes what your heart desire may never be yours... That is a sad fact in life. Something that you are powerless to change and truth that you need to swallow along with your pride and self-esteem. Whenever you see her photos or in personal contact, it will trigger your heartaches..... Even you try very hard to love and adore her.... using whatever means to earn her... at the end you will not feel the joy of love. Merely...the two of you are incompatible... not from the same class or you just cannot afford her....

My eternal love..... I may never have you... but you are always in my heart......

Vacheron Constantin Tour de I'lle

This watch is to mark the 250th anniversary of Vacheron Constantin. Initial priced at USD1.5 million, it is one of the most expensive watches around.  There are only 7 units in the world. There are 834 parts inside the Vacheron Constantin’s Tour de l’lle, a watch considered “the most complicated watch ever made” by some. This complicated double-face watch is made with a combination of horological complications and astronomical indications composing a list of sixteen different points including a minute repeater, sunset time, perpetual calendar, second time zone, a tourbillon device, the equation of time and the representation of the night sky. It also has the seal of Geneve showed at the dial. 

Patek Philippe Ref. 5002: Sky Moon Tourbillon 

Patek Phillipe, the grand master of watchmakers and the leader in the arts of watch making. The Sky Moon Tourbillon Ref. 5002 is the arguably the mother of all master complications, it is universally regarded as one of the most exceptional examples of watchmaking excellence in the world. It has a perpetual calendar, retrograde (flyback) date,  Minute repeater with tourbillon escapement , chime with two “cathedral“ gongs, and lists the lunar phase. A flip of the watch reveals a celestial view detailing the sidereal time and a skychart that traces the stars and phase and orbit of the moon. Its movement consists of 694 individual parts, some of which are microscopically small, all completed by hands. With an annual production of just two watches; the fitting, assembly, and regulation of the multitude of parts and micro-assemblies that make up a finished 5002 is a mind-boggling and time consuming task reserved for only the most experienced and skilled of Patek's master watchmakers. Ref. 5002 has both the Geneva Seal and COSC chronometer recognition. 
You can't even order a 5002 even though you are a cash cow!  Ultra-prolific Patek collectors (determined, of course, by the steady stream of new watch registrations that are indicative of the spending habits of a collector who has both a serious addiction and the bank account to support it in grand style) receive invitations to Switzerland to sit through an 'interview process' that ultimately determines the two lucky individuals who will have the distinguished privilege of buying a Sky Moon Tourbillon this year.

IWC Da Vinci Four Seasons Tourbillon

The hand-wound Da Vinci Quattro Stagioni (Four Seasons) Tourbillon Reference 3752 is a limited edition of twenty pieces introduced in 1999. The solid gold dial, painstakingly hand engraved by IWC master engraver Wolfgang Siegwart, features four allegorical figures representing Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - a fitting canvas for a perpetual calender marking the passage of time and seasons.

Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Edition prototype

The most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction was a “Paul Newman” Rolex Oyster Cosmograph “Daytona” sold at a Sotheby’s event in June, 2003. This prototype wristwatch, featuring a red dial and black sub-dials, was produced in 1979. It sold for £210,000—around US $350,000.

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