Amazing grays

19 09 2011

A wall of clocks, ArtBox, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

“GRAY’S ANATOMY initially appealed to me.  However, I later realized that none of the pieces I captured on stills for this post has a sapphire crystal exhibition case back – unlike the Hamilton Automatic I had since handed to my youngest brother a couple of weeks back.

But “Amazing grays” does sound appropriate and succinct.

This is only my third post since I decided to rise from above the ebb that was my couple months’ hiatus from blogging.  I thought that the last one (all about my fixation with Formosa Delightstomato noodle soup) had taken care of the “Munch” part of what my blog stands for when I conceptualized it.

To really signify my return, I think it’s high time to talk about – what else?! – Time!

I have been so blessed and so grateful to be able to indulge in my passions.  And while we can never attach any material worth or price tag – yes, this is your cue to sing “that song” – to all the things that really do matter in life, sometimes we need something tangible, concrete… something we can perceive with three or four of the five senses, to help us mark the moment.

I do that through wristwatches.

Here’s a reveal of what I have chosen to mark my move to Singapore.

I shall never forget the circumstances, the sentiments, and the sleepless nights that went with each purchase.  I won’t admit to any of these being an impulsive buy – except for that one wristwatch that I saw on someone on board the MRT ride to Somerset.  Right there and then, I just had to have one for myself.

Here’s my first ever investment timepiece that I bought on my own – the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King in all-stainless steel.  It costs right around how much I was willing to fork over for my first real luxury wristwatch.  The “Air-King” is sought after for its history, reliability, movement, classic design (I love the simplicity), and of course as with ALL Rolexes, collectible value.  I made the purchase at The Hour Glass at Takashimaya S.C. on Orchard Road.  Days after, I received in the mail a personal letter from the store, signed by the manager and the sales associate who attended to me, thanking me for my purchase.  Let’s just say that they’re now on my Blackberry contacts list.  Hehe.

I could hear and feel my heartbeat when I laid the box out to open it for the first time at home.

 

Be still my beating heart...

 

I love all the paperwork that goes with a wristwatch.

 

Now it's really getting closer to the reveal...

 

Meet my new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King! Ta-daaaahhh!

 

This one deserves a closer look.

 

A tight shot of a thing of such beauty.

I saw this next one on someone’s wrist on board the short train ride from Dhoby Ghaut interchange to Somerset.  I was initially attracted to the very Franck Muller Hindu-Arabic numerals on the white dial.  Once off at the station, I frantically searched for a watch store that has this brand’s counter.  It’s one of those ‘I’ve got to have it!’ moments.  Hahaha!  I found one at Eastern Watch, on the ground level of 313@somerset.  Sadly, they – as with most, if not all, other watch stores on the island – didn’t carry this style in their usual store display.  So what was left to do?  Get it on special order, to be delivered overnight!  So here it is, my Tissot Heritage Prince I wristwatch.  This was first released in 1916, noted for its curved body that hugs the wrist snugly but comfortably.  It was re-issued in 1991 as the Classic Prince, and now, as the Heritage Prince I.

My new Tissot Heritage Prince I!

 

A closer look... I do love the very bold numbers on the dial! It doesn't register well on this print but the hour and minute hands are in a nice shade of blue.

 

This gorgeous timepiece has a luxuriously stamped genuine leather strap and snaps in place with a deployment clasp with buckle.

 

I think this shot somehow captures the "blue-ness" of the hour and minute hands. I love this wristwatch!

Before making this move to the Lion City, I decided to let go of most of my wristwatches.  I don’t think I needed all of them with me.  By the time I hopped on that flight in late June, I had only decided to keep a few pieces, those with sentimental value.

Here’s my three-year old Philip Stein Signature Large – my first of four – fitted for the first time with an all-stainless steel bracelet, sourced for me exclusively by the wonderful team at Chronos in Alabang Town Center.  The bracelet is meant for use just on my wrist but it cost me an arm and a leg.  Hahaha!  It’s well-worth it, anyway.

My Philip Stein Signature Large sports a new look with an all-stainless steel bracelet.

 

The new bracelet locks with a double deployment clasp.

 

The beauty and ease of Philip Stein bracelets and straps is that you can replace them with just a quick and simple (sidewards) pulling action on the clasp that is underneath the strap.

The oldest piece that I carried with me – I’d already handed down to my nephews my first three Casio wristwatches (a Classic, a Data Bank, and a Solar battery-operated one) – is this Swiss Army Automatic, with the beautiful sweeping second hand in orange.  This one is easily about a couple of decades old.

My decades-old Swiss Army wristwatch! I brought it to Singapore, from home, the last time I went back. My brother had it go through maintenance check with his trusted jeweler-horologer friend.

 

This watch has a "paper" face. So classic.

 

I love the orange sweeping second hand. (I didn't realize I captured it here at the 12 o'clock position. Nice.)

And that to me really is the allure of timepieces.  It is with you as you make your travel through time.  More than their monetary value, the appeal of wristwatches that have lasted through time is more emotional.  It’s like a real, trustworthy, will-never-leave-you friend.

And clearly here in Singapore, there’s more room in my life for them.

Me and my Rolex, on board a Singapore Airlines flight, September 2011.

 

 

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Ticktock

15 12 2010

A little effort to wrap happiness in a small box... to make someone happy.

SOMEONE REALLY important to me deserves the best gift I could give – the gift of time.  My time.  (I’m surprised I’ve managed to keep a straight face while writing that opening line.  The cliché wasn’t seeping at all.  It was gushing.)

But seriously, you will know just how much I care about you the moment I give you a wristwatch.  Of course I espouse the concept of giving my time, of “being there” for someone.  This is something that has been inculcated in me, in part, by an essay I read in Reader’s Digest as a kid.  But just the same, I also believe that it wouldn’t hurt to give special people in our lives a tangible reminder of that commitment.  And it doesn’t matter what brand because if there’s anything at all that makes a gift – or a hand-me-down – really thoughtful, it is that it is something the recipient will really appreciate.

Through the years I’ve amassed a sizeable – no, just ‘decent’ – loot of wristwatches.  And through the years, I’ve let go of a lot of them to new owners who were/are quite special to me.  And back in the day when “Wish Upon an eNTeNG” was still a tradition, I’ve given away those that I knew were the most fervent desires of some people.

Here’s a look back on timepieces that have, at different points in time, found themselves ticking away strapped on my wrist.  Then, on other people’s.  I’m throwing in snapshots of some that were not mine, but caught my fancy.  Here’s to time and to sharing it with those that we do love and care about the most!

Two Philip Steins – Green Lantern's and eNTeNG's.

 

Two Technomarines – Bom's and eNTeNG's.

 

Two Tag Heuers – IronMan's and eNTeNGs – and a Technomarine!

 

Swiss Army and Tag Heuer

 

Presents from Italy! Chocolates and a Morellato all-stainless steel Master wristwatch from Brother!

 

A really beautiful face for a wristwatch!

 

Philip Stein and Morellato Master formed as if "arms raised in a 'V'"... as Eddie Vedder would say.

 

Piled 'em up!

 

Another pile! From this group, two had gone to Superman, one to my brother, one to a photograher-friend, and one to Green Lantern.

 

Four in a row – my Philip Stein and Technomarine with The Tycoon's Tag Heuer and IronMan's Kenneth Cole.

 

Partner's Omega Constellation and "Return to Tiffany" silver bracelet, and The Boy Wonder's Shrek and Fossil wristwatches.

 

Lovin' this Fossil on The Wonder Boy's wrist.

Wearing a Swiss Army and political colors.

Really elegant Philip Stein!

 

I'm not familiar with this one, but I love it! Saw it on our Finance Manager's wrist. He said it is his son's!

 

My good friend Tenz's blue Fossil.

 

Look at the stars... Look how they shine for you... They were all yellow...

 

Totally unrelated to this post – oops, not entirely (see wrist!) – but I'm so lovin' this solo shot, taken by Rey Floresca at our company Christmas party. Thanks a lot, Rey!

 

 

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Yellow

13 05 2010

LOOK AT the stars,

 Look how they shine for you,

 And everything you do,

 Yeah they were all yellow…”

– from the song “Yellow” by Coldplay

 

"Tie a yellow ribbon 'round that old oak tree..."... somewhere at Alabang Town Center, 2009.

 

Nike yellow baller ID, together with a blue and an orange one.

 

Yellow ribbon, yellow Guess? Jeans "DIVE IN" shirt, and yellow Technomarine.

 

Yellow ribbon 'round a Joseph Schmidt Carrot chocolate box.

 

Nike yellow baller ID, together with a blue one, and a Philip Stein on a friend's pink day.

 

Royce' Nama Chocolate in Banana (seasonal)

 

Yellow Technomarine

 

Technomarine Raft Chronograph with Yellow Gel Strap, orange and yellow baller IDs.

 

Swiss Army automatic wristwatch with yellow and blue baller IDs.

 

Yellow and blue, a good combination.

 

Yellow and blue, with a Morellato.

 

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2010

4 01 2010

IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHTwhat a morbid conditional statement to kick off the year! – no other year in the past decade was quite as challenging as 2009.  Even the financial and economic crash in late 2008 paled in comparison to the convolution of natural and man-made disasters in the past year that I hope, would not make 2009 live forever in infamy.  We’re done with it and that’s it.

Christmas to New Year’s eve saw me really bidding the year with a bang – I had acute tonsillitis on the 24th and stayed in bed watching “A Walk To Remember”…  twice; enagaged in a Mandalay Bay-caliber bout with gastroenteritis on the 28th to the 29th; and in the revelry to get 2009 over with, ended up as a statistic under the header of “firecracker-related” injury.  But they’ve all passed, and in the wise words of Stavie, 2010 should be all about happiness.

WE USHERED in the new year at my youngest brother’s family’s new house in Las Piñas.  And what will an occasion be with me without some of my favorite wristwatches.  So, here they are.  Happy new year!

All my wristwatches are wound 30 minutes ahead (so these ones were at 10 minutes to midnight). It's one of my quirks. I can't deal with a ticker that's wound any less or any more than that. Notice that the Technomarine says "THU" still when it should've been "FRI" already. I don't know but the day part of the "day-date" aperture feature lags by half an hour.

 

Once more with feelings!... A shot that includes the (vintage) Swiss Army automatic I was wearing on my right hand.

 

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