<HKD5,000 (for now): A Heuer Regatta Watch
A regatta watch is basically one that is designed to time a sailing boat's entry into a sailing competition. Imagine there is a sailing competition, you would quickly realize that it is almost impossible to have all the sailing boats line up perfectly in front of the starting line on the sea, due to unpredictable environmental factors such as wind and tidal waves, unlike sprinters who could hold their positions on a track waiting for the starting gun.
To assist skippers (i.e. the captain of a sailing boat) time their entry into a sailing match, regatta mechanisms are introduced to their timepieces. They come in a variety of formats but this Heuer certainly has the most visually dynamic one. Here is how it should used. Upon the announcement that there are 5 minutes left before the beginning the the match, the wearer would press the button at 2 o'clock and the 5 discs on the top of the dial would turn blue at once. The leftmost disc would have turned orange completely after a minute. As time goes by, the orange discs will replace all the blue discs after exactly 5 minutes. Ideally the skipper would have steered his boat and reach the starting line at speed at the 5-min mark. Timing is crucial here since premature entry could lead to serious penalty while a slow entry could put the boat at a disadvantageous position.
This circa 1983 Heuer Regatta watch comes in a modern 42mm case with the robust Lemania movement. Condition is not great, showing signs of wear but is well justified by its low price. As of now the highest bid price is around HKD3,100. Grab it here while you could!
HKD 5,000 - 50,000: A Gold Certina that Tells You if You're Going to Have a Nice Day (Maybe)
The biorhythm is a scientifical unconfirmed theory that claims that one's life is affected by rhythmic biological cycles and therefore can be calculated. These inherent rhythms are classically composed of three cyclic rhythms: the physical with a duration of 23 days, the emotional (28 days), and the mental (33 days). The interplay between the 3 cycles would decide if you're likely to experience a pleasant day or not. In order to make use of the biorhythm function on the Biostar you need to adjust your birth date by synchronizing the 3 cyclic discs inside the watch.
The ending of the story is, this specific feature has died along with the still unconfirmed theory and never really seen again. But here we have a great solid gold example with the rainbow-like representation of the 3 cycles which is guaranteed to be a nice conversation piece. Yes, part of the movement is electronically driven but Lengbeau would make an exception this time around. It is being offered here for around HKD 12,000.
HKD 50,000 - 100,000: A Beautifully Aged Rolex GMT-Master
Introduced in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master has been favored by pilots due to its ability to tell 24 hours from a selected timezone. It is characterized by its fourth red hand and the red and blue bezel also known as the "Pepsi" bezel. Judging from the scratches and signs of wear and tear of the case and the bezel, it is very likely that its previous owner has worn it on a frequent, or even daily basis - a one watch guy. All the parts are original and the dial has developed a nice patina ever so sought after by any serious collector. Bezel has also faded gracefully. A vintage Rolex like this really is what watch collecting is all about: you're collecting the stories behind the watch as much as the watch itself.
The watch is currently offered by Christie's for around HKD77,000 and according to the website, the movement is functioning with decent accuracy. Not bad for a 50-year-old watch!
HKD 100,000 - 150,000: A Dressy Perpetual Calendar from IWC in Platinum
The IWC comes in a 42mm rectangular platinum case which makes it a very dressy-looking watch on the hand without shyness of an early, small vintage watch given the larger case size. Using platinum as the choice of case material also entails subtlety given people might think it is no more than stainless steel judging from the appearance alone. But the wearer would have no doubt felt the weight of the metal and it simply adds to the fun of owning a low-profile, secretly killer luxury watch. The complications see themselves laid out around the 4 edges of the watch including day of the week, date, month and a moonphase indicator. There's even a nice little aperture at 10 o'clock that displays the year vertically. The movement is either based on a Piguet one or a JLC one depending on the production year. In any case, calibers from the 2 watchmakers are top-notch in every sense and you can be assured the watch will continue to run reliably with elegance.
The watch can be had for around HKD117,000 here.
HKD 150,000 - 200,000: A Dreamy F.P. Journe Platinum Octa Auto
What you see here is a perfect example of what F.P. Journe is all about: a perfect mixture of the traditional and the un-conventional. The finishing of the watch, including the finely sandblasted gold dial and polished platinum case is as traditional as one can get. But when it comes to the layout of the various elements on the watch face, it's anything but traditional. The first thing you'll notice is the off-centre time indication which sits nicely towards the right of the watch on top of a silvered dial, which creates a welcomed harmony with the creamy yellow gold dial that takes up the majority of the watch face. Both dials are adorned with the iconic F.P. Journe blue steel hands in tear-shape.
On the left hand side of the watch face you'd see the fan-form power reserve indication. The watch comes with a maximum power reserve of 120 hours which means you could leave the watch on your desk, leave for a 5d4n trip, return and still find your F.P. Journe ticking perfectly for you. This is not an easy task given the case size is only 38mm, making it tricky to incorporate traditional high power reserve mechanism such as double mainspring barrel. In fact F.P. Journe has specifically developed a new mainspring to store up enough energy to power the watch for a good 5 days. The watch also comes with a beveled rectangular window displaying the date with 2 individual digit, meaning each digit could advance independent from the other.
Vesper & Co. is offering the amazing watch here for around HKD200,000.