Yup, you know the drill. Every few weeks or so, we handpick a couple of quality vintage timepieces, at different price points, from this amazing marketplace called the Internet and present them to you. This time around it's no different. We have a chronograph, a dress watch, a steel sport watch and of course, our Unicorn Find (read on to find out) and this, is your Weekend Brunch Report Volume 15. Let's check them out!
Analysis: In Defence of Power Watches in Full Gold, Bracelet to Case (and How to Pull Them Off Gracefully)
High Risk, High Reward
Power watches in gold (yellow gold, rose gold and to a lesser extent, the more subtle white gold/ platinum), such as the Rolex Day-Date, are a weird breed. They are capable of yielding vastly different sentiments depending on whether you're the person wearing one, or someone who witnesses one on somebody else's wrist. While it most certainly gives the wearer tremendous pride and pleasure knowing the watch of choice tells the world at least something about his/her level of success achieved in life, there's almost always no saying how the general onlookers would feel about that.
You usually end up with a group who gets totally blown away in awe, secretly wishing to trade place with the watch owner. And then you have a group who either took it as a gold-plated Nixon, or simply not registered anything at all. Last but definitely not least, you have this jealous hater group that jumps on the chance to (again, secretly) comment against you on how showy, ostentatious and tasteless you must be in life, while conjuring up all kinds of lucrative and illegal activities you must have engaged in to gather the fund needed to purchase a vulgar toy as such. In short, donning a full-on power watch in solid gold (all the way from bracelet to watch case) is a risky business, to say the least.
But what's equally true, is that these watches made in precious metal do embody a sense of beauty that could not be easily replicated. Yes, they are very loud pieces and will always attract attention like a piece of magnet. But if made well and worn with confidence, they really are as majestic as it gets. And I mean, who can blame you for owning something beautiful as such? Sometimes, only gold would do. If you've worked hard for it and genuinely appreciate the appeal of it for what it is, then really, go for it. This will be the most satisfying, exciting purchase you will ever make.
And here in Lengbeau we want to offer several tips on how to best choose the gold watch to own, where and when to wear one and most importantly, how to properly carry one without looking like a 6-year old kid trying on his dad's business suit for the first time.
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.
Introducing: A. Lange & Söhne Richard Lange Pour Le Mérite, In White Gold and Black Dial (and Let's Talk Fusée-and-Chain)
Here in Lengbeau we don't cover a whole lot of new product releases because, honestly, there really isn't anything about a new timepiece that you cannot already read up about on 10 other watch publications/ websites. But today we'd want to stray from our usual practice a little bit and introduce to you a new watch from the always amazing A. Lange & Söhne that, despite being functionally simple (it does nothing more than telling the time), incorporates a little mechanism called fusée-and-chain which makes all the differences. We'd also want to take the chance to ponder upon this novel, hard-to-produce device that's as visually compelling as it's useful in enhancing a watch's accuracy. Read on to read about the watch and its mechanism.
In this episode of Weekend Brunch Report we are back with a good variety of market finds, ranging from a bad ass diver to some dress watches in precious metal and of course, our seldom affordable, always jaw-droppingly beautiful Unicorn Find.
Yes, you know what I'm gonna say next: let's check them out!
(New Column) My Watches and I: An Achieved Wealth Manager, His Unique Laurent Ferrier and A Journey of Collecting Independents
Ever since the inception of Lengbeau, we've made it clear that we want to become a blog that does so much more than just delivering product information and copy-pasting press releases. We believe in the notion that what makes horology truly an interesting subject to write about, are really, the people and stories behind it. The watchmakers. The human beings doing amazing things in their watches of choice. The craftsmanship. The connections between the watch community and the world at large waiting to be uncovered, and narrated.
And that's when we thought: why don't we create a column and invite watch collectors of all sorts to come over and share with us their personal experience and stories? Heck, we can even take a picture or two of their prized possessions so we can share all of these with our readers too. So we thought, and so we did. Today, we bring you our inaugural "My Watches and I" instalment with Alex Lau, a successful wealth planner cum watch collector who happens to have a really fine taste especially when it comes to collecting independent timepieces, certainly not the least of which a unique Laurent Ferrier he has help ed design. Our founder Jason Mai has recently caught up with him and below is their conversation and of course, there will be pictures. Read on and enjoy Alex's unique watch collecting journey.
It goes without saying that lavishly finished, delicately assembled superlative timepieces from top-of-the-line watchmakers easily appeal to everyone, including even those with just a passing interest in watches. After all, it is human nature that we appreciate and lust over beautiful objects. Sadly, these engineering marvels don't usually come cheap. Heck, they can cost more than an arm and a leg.
But to be honest, in a sense, given ample financial resources and expertise enjoyed by the largest watch companies, it shouldn't be a tall task or something out of line to ask of them to deliver the absolute best products they could muster. When we are talking about watches that set people back for north of say a million HKDs, we really do expect nothing less than perfection - the consumers have offered their patience and money and the watchmakers should fulfil their demands.
Because of that, I feel even more excited when I witness new offerings from that market that are modestly priced but nonetheless, promise to deliver exceptional quality and value within pre-defined financial headspace their makers were given. Anybody could create a perfect watch given unlimited financial support (and time), yet it is an even more respectable feat to dish out a great watch within realistic economic constraints. And in this episode of Analysis, we introduce to you three relatively budget new releases in 2016 that more than hold their own in the face of their higher-priced counterparts.
It's the weekend again and what better way to spend your day enjoying a selection of vintage watches currently available on the market featured in our very own Weekend Brunch Report? In this episode of WBR, we bring you a couple of interesting and rare-ish vintage pieces plus, of course, the Unicorn Find of the week that never really disappoints. Let's check them out.
Analysis: Understanding the Genius of the Late Gerald Genta, the Maestro in Watch Designing (Part 2 of 2)
In the first part of this two-part series, we've explored how Gerald Genta, the genius Swiss watch designer, has left his marks on the designs of some of the most important sport watches ever created in the 1970s. However, to stereotype Genta as a sport watch designer would be doing the great man a huge disservice, given he has in fact created dozens of REALLY iconic pieces in the dress watch category, too.
Today, we study three such watches from Genta and unlike the way he has infused easily identifiable, signature features in the sport watches he masterminded (e.g. strong bezel, exposed screws, integrated lugs etc), we have seen a wide array of approaches and aesthetics applied in his dressier creations. And we absolutely love the creativity displayed.
Let's check them out!
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