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Throwback Sundays: Six Recommendations for Luxury Sports Watches with Bracelets for Summer, from Our Archives

by Robin LimJune 28, 2020

The summer season is here again. For some, this means that it is time to head out for some sun. For others, it represents warmer weather and the higher propensity to sweat. Not a good thing for collectors who wear watches that are fitted with leather straps.

Hence, for this reason, many collectors have opt to swap for watches with rubber straps or metal bracelet especially during this period. For this week’s article, we have decided to take a look at the latter, with emphasis on the higher-end category. We have also excluded the trio of sports watches from the “holy trinity” to introduce more diversity in our picks.

Czapek & Cie Antarctique Terra Adélie

The genre of luxury sports watches is heating up, with Czapek & Cie being one of the latest participants joining the incumbents.

Named after an island in Antarctica, the Antarctique Terra Adélie is a tribute to the French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville. That concept was drawn from Xavier de Roquemaurel – one of the brand’s most active shareholders – during his family trip to Antarctica. The idea is to pay homage to the continent, as well as to draw more attention and emphasis to the environmental issues that is faced by nature – where the Antarctica had since become a preeminent symbol of environmental degradation.

The watch is fitted with the Calibre SXH5.01. This is a self-winding movement with a micro-rotor, and it [...]

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Throwback Sundays: Six Watches with Incredible Case Designs, from Our Archives

by Robin LimJune 21, 2020

Design is an important element, especially when it comes to watches. Good case design can bring out the personality of a watch, or even brings across messages or inspirations that the designer or watchmaker is trying to put across.

Over the last few weeks, we have covered many watches from independent watchmakers. One interesting thing that stood out was design, where we can see how these craftsmen can express the different design languages or philosophies without many restrictions to hold them back. The end result is amazing, to say the least.

Hence, the inspiration for this week (and perhaps, the subsequent few weeks) is to explore the theme of case designs. Specifically, interesting and/or unusual case designs. What have we selected for this week? Let us find out!

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200

When it comes to diver’s watches, there is a certain level of homogeneity amongst the pieces within the category. But the Omega Seamaster Ploprof is a little bit more special than the others.

Launched in 1970, the Ploprof is a collaboration between Omega and Jacques Cousteau to create an extremely water-resistant watch. The result is an extremely water-tight case that uses a monobloc construction, together with self-locking crown system and a patented bezel locking mechanism.

The modern iteration follows the same case aesthetic, with additional features such as a helium escape valve (HEV), extra water-resistance [...]

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Throwback Sundays: Six Incredible Watches from Independent Watchmakers, from Our Archives

by Robin LimJune 14, 2020

Over the last four weeks, we have channelled our focus on the independent watchmaking scene. We thought that we would like to round the topic up with a bang.

Hence, for this week, we are taking a look at what the independent watch brands can achieve, with the freedom and creativity that they are blessed with. The results, as some might have already known, can be rather amazing indeed without the limitations and constraints present.

Singer Reimagined Track1 Geneva Edition

For car collectors, Singer is certainly a brand that is instantly recognised by many. The California-based car restoration workshop is known for its works on classic air-cooled Porsches, and it has now teamed up with others to bring its philosophy into timepieces.

The Track1 is Singer’s first attempt at creating a timepiece. The theme of the watch seems to draw its inspiration from the 70s, in which its tonneau-shaped 43mm case reminding us of both the Omega Speedmaster Mark II and the Heuer Autavia. The Geneva Edition – a gold version launched in SIHH 2018 – further exudes the classic vibes.

But the watch is not just a pretty face either. The Track 1 is fitted with the AgenGraphe – a 67-jewel, 477-part movement that has a minimum power reserve of 60 hours and operates at a traditional 3 Hz beat rate. It is a well-crafted movement, with an equally attractive level of finishing.

Priced at CHF 72,000 (approximately [...]

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Throwback Sundays: Six Watches from Independent Watchmakers for Under S$250K, from Our Archives

by Robin LimJune 7, 2020

For the fourth instalment of this series, we will be taking a look at some of our favourite (and sometimes, lesser-known) watches from independent watchmakers.

In the first three instalment, we covered six watches that were priced below S$25,000, S$60,000, and S$125,000. For today, we will be looking at an even higher price point of under S$250,000. Scroll down to take a look at what we have selected today!

Charles Frodsham Double Impulse Chronometer

Charles Frodsham & Co. is one of the longest continuously trading firm of chronometer manufacturers in the world, and are synonymous with precision timekeeping instruments of the highest quality. However, due to its extremely low production numbers, is not a familiar name to many.

The Double Impulse Chronometer, notably, is one of the brand’s most fascinating piece of work. Beneath its subtle elegant appearance, the watch features a movement that was developed from the plans that were drawn up by George Daniels. As its nomenclature suggests, the watch features a dual train which are powered independently by its own barrels. This supposedly helps to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the mechanism.

The construction, from the dial to the movement, is superb. There is a high degree of independence, with majority of the components built in-house. In addition, the finishing of the watch is stunning especially with its frosted finishing and the use of a special [...]

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Throwback Sundays: Six Watches from Independent Watchmakers for Under S$125K, from Our Archives

by Robin LimMay 31, 2020

For the third instalment of this series, we will be taking a look at some of our favourite (and lesser-known) watches from independent watchmakers. This includes some of the up-and-coming watchmakers, who will continue to carry the torch for the industry in many years to come.

In the first two instalment, we covered six watches that were priced below S$25,000 and S$60,000. For today, we will take it up to another level at under S$125,000. Scroll down to take a look at what we have selected today!

Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire

Hailed from the Dutch town of Oldenzaal, the Grönefeld brothers first tasted fame with the award-winning Parallax Tourbillon. Motivated with the GPHG award, the brand had went on to create more wonderful creations – which got the industry to start looking at their direction.

The 1941 Remontoire is another timepiece in the brand’s repertoire that won the 2016 GPHG prize. Featuring an eight second constant force mechanism, the watch follows the old system where the force serving the balance wheel does not wane – through a small spring in the wheel train that provides constant torque as the mainspring winds down.

Similar to other Grönefeld watches, the movement of the eponymous brand is finished with a myriad of techniques. This includes the brand’s signature frosted bridges, combined with traditional techniques such as anglage and hand-polishing. We particularly like the contrast [...]

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