Posts by Bernard Cheong

Part 8 See how NEAT the german Swiss are?

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in General | 0 comments

Part 8 See how NEAT the german Swiss are?

These are NOT pres trips, but personal visits. So the images are REAL. The german and French Swiss make different watches. It takes an eye to tell them apart. For the MOST part…the Germans are much more purpose orientated. Less decor.

read more

Part 9 Assembly of a German Swiss watch…99% engineering, 1 % aesthetic in 2002

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in General | 1 comment

Part 9 Assembly of a German Swiss watch…99% engineering, 1 % aesthetic in 2002

10 years ago, IWC was NOT the superflous and brand, name dropping, ridiculous Hollywood watch it is today. BUT…there are, and they still make, GOOD watches. The caliber 5000 is the ONLY one. And posibly the skeletal minute repeater. The pilot watches are jokes from Peter Pan.   However, the German attention to assembly and design is still present. Until the current boss who has sales in mind, more than a product…one cannot blame him. He is after all, just working there.   But in the days prior to his appointment, when Gunther Blumlein was alive…things were as you see here. HONEST good work. Good value. Minimal $$$ spent on dishonest misrepresentation of what I do not see as relevant to a pilot’s watch, besides the movies.  ...

read more

Part 10 The most economical, yet pure, tourbillon…just $110,000 sgd

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in General | 0 comments

Part 10 The most economical, yet pure, tourbillon…just $110,000 sgd

I say this in all seriousness. This is an ugly looking fellow, but nonetheless..a tourbillon. Tourbillons are for status. Nothing else. Unless you believe in Harry Potter. There is nothing wrong. Status is a critical web of society. Those who wear tourbillons on the back, are simply more discreet. But nonetheless…it only takes a pointed question to reveal the desire for status. The IWC tourbillons are the most “innocent”…relatively inexpensive for the delicacy…a bargain Rolls Royce. Price…not too far apart really. One has to consider the delicacy of the entire...

read more

Part 11 A completed watch. Ready for delivery.

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in General | 0 comments

Part 11 A completed watch. Ready for delivery.

Croco or aligator straps, depending on status…are added on after…at the retailers. Some final water proof testing. I have detailed pics of how cases are soaked in salt water for...

read more

Part 12 THIS is why some watches are soooo expensive.

»Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in General | 0 comments

Part 12 THIS is why some watches are soooo expensive.

Others can cost more…but it may be that you are paying for “something else”…just as important. But at some companies…IWC, UN, SEIKO, Rolex, Omega… You get engineering quality: You are looking at views of the BALANCE spring, the pendulum of a grandfather’s clock. It swings the balance wheel, seen in the first picture, back and forth 28,800 times a min. 365 days a year. Yes…it IS the heart. Cheap mechanical watches will not have the cleanliness and total dedication to conformity. And a good piece…will last 300 years without a service…using today’s oils. This one…will last 10,000 years....

read more
Page 5 of 20« First...34567...Last »