My Watches and I: Ed Scheckler, An Engineering PhD Turned Fun-Loving Watch Aficionado (Who's Been Bitten Particularly Hard by the F.P. Journe Bug)
This is a really, really fun one to write about. It's quite long, but it's absolutely worth the effort.
After launching our inaugural "My Watches and I" episode, I've been asked more than once about the whereabout of a second episode (so, I hope that means the decision to start this column is a welcomed one). Naturally I looked to watch lovers I'm personally close to - who are also kind enough to let me play around with their prized possessions - in search of my next interview subject. Luckily, during my short-but-eventful stint as a watch blogger, I've had the pleasure to meet and become more than acquainted with a number of them. Amongst them is Mr. Ed Scheckler (you can follow his Instagram here; just go and hit the follow button, you won't regret it), who got bitten hard by this haute horlogerie bug when he moved to Hong Kong some 8 years ago, citing the abundance of watch-related exposure the city has to offer.
Since then, watches have become more or less a voluntary addiction for him, resulting in a 20-something-strong watch collection spanning from the most revered independent pieces to the funkiest quartz numbers one can imagine. We took the chance to catch up with him and had a conversation on all things watches. And this, is Ed Scheckler's watch story. Paired with very nice pictures taken by our own Mario Cheung. Let's get right down to it.
On the Wrist: The Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer (Or Simply, Another Omega Watch to Own)
The idea of owning and appreciating an "everything" watch has always been fascinating. Yes, we watch lovers certainly rejoice witnessing our collections growing wide and diverse. But I'd bet that secretly, from time to time, we all yearn for a wristwatch that fits the bill under any circumstances. I mean, who wouldn't love the peace of mind that comes with knowing that every time you put on a wristwatch, it simply cannot go wrong? Regardless of why and when and where you're wearing it to? Absolutely nobody.
Luckily for us, there are quite a few strong options in the market that fulfil that desire rather beautifully. You have your foolproof Rolex Explorer I. Or maybe an IWC Pilot Mark XVIII for the sportier amongst us, just to name a few. And it is by chance, after a friend has made a purchase recently, that I discovered Omega has an offer that presents itself as a very legitimate contender in this space: the 2015-released, Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer. Unsurprisingly, I met up with my friend and had a look at his latest acquisition. And after spending some time with it, it's fair to say this could well be the second Omega one should consider owning (after the unmistakable Speedmaster Professional, of course) And this, is your On the Wrist report on the Omega Globemaster.
We told you earlier that an ultra rare Patek Philippe ref. 1518 in steel is going to go under the hammer in the upcoming Geneve Watch Auction: Four hosted by Phillips, the leading auction house for watches. Guess what, we've received more updates from Phillips on the watch and the auction itself AND we're teased with a few more very cool pieces which will change hands in the same event. We've selected a handful truly expectational watches to share with you here. Let's check them out.
Analysis: Twelve Legendary Watch Families that Defined Modern Horology (and What Makes Them Awesome)(Part 1)
When Lengbeau was first founded some eight months ago, there was a specific feature we were particularly excited to do: to introduce to our readers what we believe are the twelve most iconic, important mechanical watch models from twelve different watch manufacturers, and hopefully in the process of doing so, quickly familiarise you with the quintessential timepieces and watch brands that you cannot afford to not know.
Started off as an idea in which we'd wish to produce a full-length coverage of each of the twelve pieces (in fact, we did manage to do one, for the Rolex Submariner), we quickly realised this might not be the most efficient way to go about this. As a result, we are coming back with this very feature to introduce all these legendary watches to you in two parts, so you could have a quick, good sense of what they are and what make them great. And at the end of this feature, you should be able to at least name ONE signature watch from the likes of Rolex, Audemars Piguet or Heuer.
Ready? Let's meet the legends.
It's the weekend again, and you know what to expect. Yes, Weekend Brunch Report is LIVE!
This week, we are coming back with a handful of outstanding vintage pieces from 40s to 70s and of course, our Unicorn Find (to be revealed later in the article). Let's check them out (and have a great weekend)!
Weekend Brunch Report Vol.4: From a Cool Seiko Chronograph to an Early Sample of Rolex Milgauss in Great Condition
It's the weekend again and what does that mean? You guess it right, Weekend Brunch Report is LIVE! This week we have some truly interesting and outstanding timepieces to share with you ranging from a cool Seiko chronograph to an insanely mint Rolex Milgauss. Let's check it out.
News Update: Omega recently unveiled the second re-issued Speedmaster reference based on the "The First Omega In Space" worn by USA astronaut Walter Schirra who orbited the earth six times on October 3, 1962.
The 18k Sedna gold (an alloy created by Omega) case has a diameter of 39.7 mm and, like the original, features symmetric lugs. The caseback is characterised by a Seahorse medallion with the engraving "The First Omega In Space, October 3, 1962."
Although the Omega Speedmaster “The First Omega in Space” Sedna Gold is not a limited edition, each piece will be numbered. Matched to a brown leather strap with beige stitching, it has a retail price of Euro 14,600 / US$ 18,000.
To learn more, omegawatches.com
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