Friday, April 24, 2009

Omega Speedmaster Professional

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch picture
I mentioned in my first post I would feature this watch and here it is. Behold, the Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph, also known as the “Moon Watch”. I love the look and the history behind this beautiful timepiece. This particular watch belongs to a friend of mine, which I have gotten to wear and experience and I have to say, it is an amazing watch. It is a 42mm that features a manual-winding chronograph movement, hesalite crystal, solid case back and is water resistant up to 50m. However, there is a variation with sapphire crystal and a transparent case back, which is the 3573.50 model. Aside from precision and reliability, the history of this watch is what makes it truly special.

NASA had taken several different chronograph watches to see which one would be suitable for its astronauts on their space missions. These watches had to stand up to rigorous tests that included passing grades for extreme shocks, vibrations, and temperatures ranging from -18 to +93 degrees Celsius. After undergoing two years of extensive tests, in 1965, NASA declared that the Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph was officially "flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions". As a result, on July 21, 1969, the Omega Speedmaster Professional became the first watch to ever be worn on the Moon, hence earning the nickname, “Moon Watch”. Omega watch reference: 3570.50.00

Friday, April 17, 2009

Chanel J12 Intense Black

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Being a watch fan, I love learning more about unique or new and upcoming watches and this one really caught my eye. I happen to come across an article not too long ago about a Chanel watch that is covered in black baguette cut ceramic stones. As I continued on I found out that for this particular watch Chanel had partnered up with one of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world, Audemars Piguet. This sporty yet classy watch is called the Chanel J12 Intense Black.

It uses the Audemars Piguet 3125 automatic movement and is covered with 724 of the black ceramic stones. The 3125 movement is the union of the AP 3120 and the ceramic of the Chanel J12, which Chanel has redesigned the balance bridge and made the rotor out of black ceramic. The J12 Intense Black is 18K white gold with 502 ceramic stones set in the bracelet, 48 in the bezel, 96 in the dial and 78 ceramic pieces set in the watch case. Unfortunately, Chanel only produced five of these exquisite timepieces and exclusively available at Chanel stores. Maybe one day I will have the luxury of crossing paths with one of these black beauties. Luxury watches, Designer watches, watches

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Patek Philippe: World Time

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A couple weekends ago, trying to think of what to do on a Saturday night, my girlfriend and I decided to drive down to “America’s Playground”, Atlantic City, with some of our friends. We hadn’t felt the excitement of legal gambling in a while, so we headed for the Borgata casino. Normally we would go to play Texas hold ‘em, but this time we decided to head over to roulette. After playing for thirty minutes a man dressed in an Armani suit comes over to join us. He is a Borgata black card holder, a high roller and one of the poker tournament winners from the day before who was trying his luck in roulette. Everything about this guy was vain. From the language with the waitress, the bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label he ordered and to top it off, he announced to the table that he would be starting with $5,000. As he goes to pour his top shelf scotch, I’m blinded by a reflection of light. It was the crystal from one of the most distinctive watches I have ever seen, the Patek Philippe World Time.

I have never seen the World Time watch in person, just in pictures. Also, this wasn’t the older World Time with the Guilloched dial; this was the new 2009 model with the “Europe/Asia” dial. This watch had a classy, black leather band with a fold-over clasp closure and could tell you the time of 24 different time zones. Only being five feet away from this exceptional $40,000 watch, the man noticed me looking at it. He said, “Nice huh? I just got it a month ago”. After telling him I had never seen a Patek Philippe in person, to my surprise he took it off and handed it to me saying, “Have a look”. As we started talking about the watch, he was surprised as to how much I knew about it and at the same time he liked the similar interest we both shared for the watch. He then asked the waitress to bring over an extra glass with ice in it. As we were sitting there sipping on JW I had brought up the watch blog I started up and he was very intrigued. Unfortunately, I did not have my camera to take pictures of the watch, but I told him I would be posting a story about this. Needless to say, even though I didn’t have a lot of luck in roulette, I got to experience one of the most elegant and carefully crafted timepieces in the world, the Patek Philippe World Time. Patek Philippe reference: 5131G

Friday, April 3, 2009

Omega Planet Ocean

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As many of you might know, Omega watches are built like tanks and have delivered precision timing for many years. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is the watch of choice of Mr. Bond, James Bond. The Planet Ocean is featured in the newest Bond movie: Quantum of Solace. Omega was also the brand chosen by NASA when deciding on a chronograph that would be suitable for the astronauts on their space missions. Even though the “Moon Watch” was the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph (which will be shown in a later post), it is a great honor for Omega watches.

Getting back to the main topic, the Omega Planet Ocean is a very spirited divers’ watch, which is often compared to the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The model that I featured is 42mm, Automatic Co-Axial movement, official chronometer, stainless steel case and bracelet, unidirectional rotating bezel, helium escape valve and is water resistant up to 600m (2,000ft) (the highest resistance offered by Omega). Even though I do not personally own this model, I love the new look of the Omega Seamaster, especially this model showing the orange numbers. It also offers the very attractive big arrows on the hands, the date shown at the 3 o’clock position and has an impressive power reserve of 48 hours. Omega watch reference: 2201.51.00