Tag Archives: Watches
Posted on 29. Oct, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Charlie Sheen discovered his Patek Philippe watch was missing and tore apart his hotel room at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. A known watch collector with millions of dollars worth of watches, Charlie Sheen was lividly trying to locate his hard-to-get Patek Philippe Ref. 5970 watch. Collectors love the classic high-end Patek with a chronograph, perpetual calendar, and moon phase indicator. It is worth well over $100,000.
The media calls it a “Sheen Meltdown,” but he was really just looking for his timepiece that went missing on October 28th. The story goes deeper, though. Sheen blamed his “date” that night Capri Anderson for taking the watch. The two apparently met earlier in the night and ended up back at Sheen’s hotel room where things got a bit out of control. Drugs and alcohol are obviously implicated – and Capri is said to have quickly become afraid of the 45 year old actor before locking herself into a bathroom. Forget the girl, at this point Charlie couldn’t find the watch. Later taken to a hospital, Sheen’s Patek was still on the loose. Does the porn star have it? The bell hop? Someone else? Sources are unclear about the events that led Anderson to Sheen’s hotel room, and there have been suggestions that he was back to his old ways of paying for sex. Let’s just hope that Sheen didn’t inadvertently hock the watch at a pawn shop to pay for Capri’s “fee.”
Posted on 22. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Montreal-based design trio, Mike Giles, Daniel Julian and Aaron Daley teamed up to launch new timepiece label called Neuvo. Their first release under that brand is an 80s inspired time piece called “The Prospector”. It is made of metal, comes in 4 different colorways, and very competitively priced ($45USD). Be quick because there are only 200 pieces of each color way made.
Posted on 19. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
The recent history of Jacob & Co. is arguably more interesting than their recent watches. With the brand’s founder Jacob Arabov in jail, the brand’s relevancy in the luxury market has more or less plummeted to irrelevancy. Especially in times like these when style, grace, and value are more important than showiness, excess, and being ostentatious. Just about dead, I assumed no life would be breathed back into the brand which defined bling until Jacob himself was free again.
Suddenly I get news that Jacob & Co. will have a new COO, and that it will be Yvan Arpa – whom I’ve discussed many times. With his hands already full with Black Belt, Artya, and Volna, does the Swiss watch designer, and all around free thinker have the time and insight to lead the once powerful urban wealth brand? Perhaps he will usher in a new era for Jacob & Co., giving its staid image a new direction. Seen here are two new designs that I believe are products of Arpa’s leadership. I admit that they are much more tasteful and held back than previous Jacob & Co. pieces, and display Arpa’s signature penchant for large, interesting watch cases. Both models feature tourbillon complications and totally jewel covered cases. Interestingly enough, the name of the brand is left off the dials, in favor of subtle logos built into the tourbillon carriages. At least one thing is for sure, Jacob & Co. isn’t going downmarket at all. I look forward to meeting with Mr. Arpa to learn the details of his new position at Jacob & Co, and what he has in store for the brand. Jacob & Co. could see it self in headlines once again.
Posted on 16. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Maximilian Büsser & Friends – is a creative label based around one very simple and fundamental ideal: to assemble dedicated. Only 30 pices of every watch will be built per year, limited to a total of 100 models ever made and prices exceeding $100,000.
Posted on 14. Aug, 2010 by AllPurpose.
While this watch may look like a man’s watch, it is… well sometimes a man’s watch. Union Glashutte creates a “boyfriend watch” in a woman’s size. But a man who likes more “classically sized” watches will wear this new Sera timepieces from Union Glashutte as well. With its 36mm wide case, the timepiece is sized under what most men’s watch are today, and about what most women’s watches are sized at. UG calls it a business watch – implying that it is meant to be slim and demure. That may be, but the aggressive hands and hour markers remind me of Ball watches, and they aren’t exactly the opposite of bold. This watch does have legibility going for it, and the steel case with is sapphire crystal and Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement are plus factors as well. The watch is available in a few dial colors (silver, black, silver with gold toned hour makers and hands), and is also available on a metal bracelet in addition to the leather strap. Ladies (and gentlemen) interested in this piece can expect to pay about 1,350 euros, when it is available soon.
Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 by AllPurpose.
While not exactly unique, these are classic in style. Given the watch industry’s big backward turn this year – as dozens of “throw-back” and traditional style pieces are released – Raymond Weil is trying to get their fill with some good ol’ Breguet style dials. That means guilloche machined engraved metal and blued steel pomme hands. In addition to being attractive, this dial design benefits from being quite legible as well. The soft curved steel cases are 39.5mm wide, and quite thin at just 9mm thick. Dials have either Roman or Arabic numeral dials, and attractive engraved patters on the dial interiors. While dozens of brands have watches like this, few of them have the large distribution network that Raymond Weil has.
In addition to the central seconds models, there is also a subsidiary seconds version. As the name suggests, the watches contain Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movements. The Maestro collection features a style that won’t quit, and is relatively timeless. If the price is right, I imagine they will do well in sales. Look for them soon.
Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by AllPurpose.
Face time with the Linde Werdelin Oktopus Moonphase watch yields good results from the superhero dive watch with a moonphase indicator from one of the edgiest upcoming brands out there today. For detailed specs on the piece you can refer to my seminal article on the Oktopus Moonphase here. The watch is water resistant to 888 meters and is the chunkiest of the Linde Werdelin line (non moonphase Oktopus watches are water resistant to 1,111 meters). It has larger-than-life hands, and a grippy rotating diver’s bezel. Unique is an interesting moonphase indicator that uses newsprint styleimages of the moon on a moving disc. The complication is potentially quite useful as well, given the need for divers to be aware of tides, and the moon’s influence over the tides.