Patrimony as a term means something that is inherited through one’s father – a fitting title for something in the high-end watch industry that is so concerned with tradition. As a modern watch, Patrimony models nevertheless take a lot of inspiration from the past, something that Vacheron Constantin clearly relies upon as a selling point.
After 4 weeks around the world I managed to convince six retailers and they actually ordered and paid me 1/3 in advance. Since I had no plan B, if that had not worked the story would have died before it started, I would have lost all my money and I would have had to go and find a job. But you can’t think that way. You have to think that ‘even if I lose all my money and I have to go and find a job, I have to do it!’
It is pretty much common knowledge that products online are (at least today) less expensive that in many stores. But of course, that isn't always the case. You can also get used watches for less than new ones a lot. Again, this is obvious to most people. When it comes down to do it many really nice watch brands have priced themselves out of reach of normal people. That is just a fact. Having said that, there are some fantastic brands which are less expensive. So rather be upset over what you can't get right now, focus on the best of what you can afford and always keep that list around of what watches to buy if you get rich.
It took a few years but Chinese brands are starting to follow my suggestions, though more than likely I was simply predicting the natural course of what was to happen. The only way to take a Chinese high-end watch seriously is if it is proud to be Chinese. One front runner in this is a new brand called The Chinese Timekeeper. Run by a European, the brand is working to promote a several thousand dollar range of watches which are entirely built in China with Chinese character. Though their prices are still a bit high compared to what you can get for a few thousand bucks.
Additionally, a highlight of the event several months ago was the live transmission with Laurent Ballesta, currently in expedition with Blancpain in South Africa to encounter the famous living fossil, the coelacanth.
As I mentioned, Panerai, like many other watchmaking brands and for a variety of reasons, had a discontinuous history. The company started in Florence (Firenze) in 1860 where Giovanni Panerai setup a watchmaker shop and sold maritime equipment. In the early part of the previous century Panerai's roots in horology were cemented as they became the supplier of watches for the Italian Navy. At that time, Italian frogmen would use their watches to time and synchronize attacks and in some cases even mount torpedoes that they would navigate to bring down docked enemy ships. Having a personal time instrument that you could wear and see underwater was a must for these operations and Panerai provided just that with their large watches which included a patented luminescent radioactive material: radiomir.
I met the chaps behind new watch brand Morgenwerk in Hong Kong of all places, though this is not an Asian watch brand. Morgenwerk comes from the people responsible for a small brand called Neolog out of Germany. What they showed me was damn impressive, and is officially THE watch my inner gadget lover craves this year - it is also affordable. There is a lot to say about the simply named Satellite Precision (SP) collection of watches, I will begin by mentioning a very cool feature which will make these timepieces more accurate than your mobile phones or computers. In fact, the SP collection as a whole is full of redundant features to promote accuracy - in a refreshingly obsessive style.
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The Black Monster is known for their lume, and since the Casio Pro Trek has both lumed hands as well as an LED light, a comparison had to be done. In the near pitch black (of my bathroom) you can see that while the Casio’s lume is serviceable, the Black Monster is much brighter. This is coming from a watch that is at least five years old, so the famed Seiko lume reputation is well earned. The LED light function, when activated, glows very brightly from the bottom of the dial and makes the watch hands extremely easy to read. The problem with this is that there is only one LED, which creates shadows on the dial, making the LCD screen almost illegible. Still, if one were to need to know the time hours after it got dark, the Casio Pro Trek would be up to the task.
For the detail obsessives amongst us (and which watch-nerd is not detail obsessive?) this is a fun way to enjoy the tremendous work that goes into producing all the disparate elements of the watches that we love. It is also a great excuse to add to your watch collection with the endless number of niches to fill, be it colour, metal or style, and, working for a watch auction house, that is something I can only be in favour of.
So my bronze Zhuke is starting to look like some type of vintage instrument. In a strange way it is cool, but I can't seem to pinpoint why. The patina doesn't quite look "dirty" and as I run my finger over the case it still feels smooth and pleasant. I could get behind this bronze thing - but certainly only for a select number of watches in my collection. The bronze appeal is real, and perhaps each person whose collection of divers is large enough might want to strongly consider something like the Longio Zhuke.
While some other watch or luxury publications have a vested interest in showing you what they want or curating content to try and frame what is cool, we have a different philosophy. That's because I think the readers inherently have good taste and know what they like without needing to be herded. If you don't have enough confidence in your own taste and are reading this - experts like me will agree that you probably actually have good taste. The aBlogtoWatch crew is gonna show you as much as possible, but you are gonna be in control of what we focus on most. We will be your eyes and fingers touching and testing the stuff hands-on with the watch makers and brands next week. Keep in touch watch lovers...