Interchanged

1 10 2012

I debuted my GLYCINE Incursore on a trip to Universal Studios Singapore on 22 January 2012.

AT THE recent HUBLOT event, the guy who assisted me, Kelvin, Senior Sales Executive of The Hour Glass at their Tang Plaza branch, made a very astute observation as to the wristwatch I was wearing.  You see, I made a conscious effort to wear a brand that their store carries.

“That’s a GLYCINE, right?  But it doesn’t have its original leather strap.”

GLYCINE, fresh from The Hour Glass

 

I really adore the crown detail on the crown. Viewed a different way, it could very well be my initial – “E” for eNTeNG.

 

I dress up this watch with leather bracelets. Here, I stacked it up with a FOSSIL double–tour skinny leather bracelet. I took this shot on board the Circle Line on my way to a dinner at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

I brandished my timepiece as I launched to the story behind the change from the original deep dark brown leather strap to an all–stainless steel look.  The humidity in the Lion City could be unforgiving.  So as to preserve the original leather, I went on a frantic search for a suitable replacement – only a stainless steel bracelet would do.  Soon enough, I realized one thing – it is quite hard to look for something 24 mm in size, that doesn’t have the hollow voluminousness of tin can, and the ubiquitous look of Seiko.  (No offense meant to Seiko, as I do own several pieces from their Kinetic range.  It was just not the look I was going for.)

My search that covered the stretch of Bras Basah, all the way to the City Hall Area, and then to Raffles, culminated at ION on Orchard where I chanced upon one store that carries wristwatches from Denmark, pieces that exude “Scandinavian coolness and simplicity”.

I snapped up the one in really chunky, solid stainless steel that looked so cool and so simple, all the branding was on the timepiece’s 45–mm face and caseback – nowhere in the bracelet.  I thought to myself, all the more perfect for it to go incognito while attached to my GLYCINE.  And it is in the exact size I needed – 24 mm – not 22 that still makes the watch dangle somehow and certainly not 20 that calls attention to improvisation that should’ve been given more than just second thoughts.

I think I got props from Kelvin for my design and comfort aesthetic.  Though I do know that should I just want to satisfy my knack for contingencies, I could just go back to The Hour Glass and stock up on original GLYCINE leather straps I could place on order.

Here is the exact same GLYCINE Incursore, decked with an all–stainless steel bracelet of Scandinavian provenance – Denmark, by way of Copenhagen, to be exact.

 

A closer look at a somewhat transformed tick–tocker

 

I love how solid the bracelet links look and feel. It doesn’t hurt that they do remind me of chocolate bars. Haha!

 

The bracelet locks in place with a push–button clasp on a double deployant buckle.

 

The bracelet links are as beautiful at the back, here perfectly complementing the exhibition caseback.

 

See what I mean? It fits at a comfortably snug 24 mm.

I think that one of the best things about wristwatches nowadays is that it is easier to change straps.  And with the sound of the click that locks the lugs in place, a “new look” is heralded.  I think Philip Stein saw the huge potential of this feature when they came out with their wristwatches that not only have limitless options in straps – in terms of materials, textures, and colors – but also the ease of a spring mechanism to release or lock them in place.

Philip Stein Signature Large with its original lizard leather strap.

The craze over Technomarine, very early on, was warranted.  All you had to do was look at all the rubber/jelly straps on offer and you knew you wanted to have all of them.

Technomarine Apnea in red

 

Here is the same watch with a black strap.

 

Technomarine Raft Chronograph with a yellow face, in all–black

 

By the colors of the Italian flag

 

The same watch with the colors mixed and matched

 

The Technomarine Raft Chronograph, now in all–yellow

 

The exact same Raft, now really in all–yellow

 

Another one of my wristwatches that I’ve loved “playing” with is this nine–year–old Guess watch with an Art Deco face. I got it for a steal at ROSS in Folsom, California.

 

It originally came with a really supple black leather strap. But you know me, soon enough I was looking for an all–stainless bracelet. And I knew exactly what I wanted – mesh! Here is my feeble attempt at an “editorial” spread.

 

I really love the very Art Deco face. Well, hello gorgeous!

And at the HUBLOT Pop Up Store that day, I couldn’t be reminded any better by the wide array of choices for straps that could breathe life to that oft–heard expression, “like a kid in a candy store.”

See what I told you. I love putting my wristwatches in a V–formation.

 

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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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Puttin’ on the wrist

16 07 2009

I LIKE my wristwatches to have an attitude.  And it helps if I could find one that wouldn’t really have to cost an arm and a leg.  I have to tell you, all my thoughts about my “dream wristwatch” have just gotten to a screeching halt right at the first milestone towards getting it – “save paycheck.”  My only consolation is accepting the fact that most of the things I really aspire for are just so unreachable anyway.  Hahaha!

But as I have said, I just want my wristwatches to have an attitude.

Technomarine - Apnea Red Gel

Technomarine Apnea in red – the first one!

My work doesn’t require me to dress up really elegantly – or at least semi-formal – so I’ve always felt that to be able to give my smart casual get-ups an edge, I’d have to put something on that will break all the monotony.  And there’s nothing like a wristwatch to give the ol’ shirt-and-jeans look an edge – or at least a pop of color!

And that’s exactly what I’ve gotten with my Technomarine wristwatches.

Technomarine - Raft Chronograph Black Gel 01

Technomarine Raft Chronograph in yellow with black gel strap

 

Technomarine - Raft Chronograph Black Gel 02

The Technomarine Raft Chronograph standing right up

In the flurry that is the wristwatch industry, Technomarine got lodged in my consciousness because of its assertive position to not conform to the norms in high-end Swiss timepiece-making.  Against the backdrop of time-honored traditions, Technomarine broke new ground.  They married stainless steel, gel, and (sometimes) diamonds perfectly together in wristwatches that while appearing whimsical and playful, actually mean serious business that could take you even to hundreds of meters deep into the blue.

My love affair with Technomarine began with a gift from someone special.  I loved that the APNEA – like most Technomarine models – has interchangeable straps.  Depending on my mood (I tell you, I have a lot of these!), I swap between translucent / clear, red, orange, and black.

In the past year, I added at least a couple more to my Technomarine line-up.  I got reminded just how beatiful and functional these wristwatches are when I found myself contemplating just this week – with one of my really good good friends at work – to get at least one more!

Technomarine - Raft Chronograph Black Gel 03

A nice close-up shot, with my royal blue adidas bag at the background.

You can’t have enough Technomarine wristwatches.  They are form, substance and function that come surprisingly in friendly price points.  They are traditional and modern-day cutting-edge.  They are “technologie d’ avant-garde” embodied in precision masterpieces you can strap on your wrist.  What’s not to love?

Technomarine - Raft Chronograph Yellow Gel

Orange and lemons – Technomarine Raft Chronograph in yellow with yellow gel strap!