Posts by Bernard Cheong

Never do anything in moderation, it poisons and wastes your time. Looking back…

»Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in General | 3 comments

Never do anything in moderation, it poisons and wastes your time. Looking back…

I guess I have been always this way with TIME. It is biblical. Of course, on reflection, there were rare times that I did take a moderate path, but it was never out of choice. I did do Everest, the supersonic flight and all things rare and enviable before I turned 33. It was GOOD. I was prepared to give, not take , before I was 43. It is NOT an achievement, that would minimize it to self strength…. It was provenance, the greatest of good luck for most observers. It is the gift and kindness I received from God, the God of the Bible from the story of Jesus Christ. Spend money on people who needed the money. Time and your work. I have the philosophy that “I am given a chance to do my work, I am grateful and I do my utmost best”. Most people will...

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Perspectives. Value. 1st look at watches from $100,000USD to $1,000,000 USD. Patek vs Lange vs Greubel Forsey.

»Posted by on May 3, 2017 in General | 3 comments

Perspectives. Value. 1st look at watches from $100,000USD to $1,000,000 USD. Patek vs Lange vs Greubel Forsey.

Perspectives. Value. These are CREATED by culture, we must respect the media. TRUMP is wrong to slay the media who actually created him. People see Lange and Patek. There was the 2005 to 2007 period when retail had to BEG customers to buy a Lange. But not a Patek. I respect that. The values created by the media have been used by me among many….with good intent. I want, like anyone, to win over arguments but not over the barrel of a gun. Greubel Forsey created the FIRST wave of 1,000,000 USD watches. They are only NOW, 2016 actually, being recognised. Good well done media like the Japanese Chronostime since the 1990s….and many grew in later…give better insight to WHAT a Greubel Forsey is. It is a Porsche 911….sublime and impeccable. The...

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SIHH 2017 a first reflection, what makes any purchase “good” and “probably the best”.

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in General | 2 comments

SIHH 2017 a first reflection, what makes any purchase “good” and “probably the best”.

  “Good” and “probably the best” by 2017 Looking back at decades of buying my stuff, and cleaning house in 2011…what is the best? It is the watch that I find most fascinating to photograph and use as a tool to share with the curious what makes it “good” and “probably the best”. Yes..Basel will be part 2. But in 2004, Greubel Forsey launched the DT30. Better known as the Double Tourbillon 30. Over the years, I could not with clear conscience say it, until I could afford to buy it. Greubel Forsey know it took me 12 years to save and pay for it. Looking at the few pictures below, unretouched, under normal office light….the 2004 DT30 platinum IS the most beautiful gender free watch ever made since...

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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919

»Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919

Patek has 37 Calatrava models The Calatrava 3919, small but strangely wearable. Coming from me..wearing AP offshore and MB&F 1, this may sound strange. I enjoy wearing my 1986 Calatrava 3919 in white gold serves me well and marks the year of my company’s birth. 1986. Like my business, or profession, medicine…the 36mm 3919 is alive, well, enjoyed almost daily and aged zero. This picture shows you what it is today…nearly 30 years without a service. Look for a Patek Calatrava 3919 They are, these Calatrava 3919 getting more rare since 2014. I have been hunting and buying another 3. I have daughters. These are reliable, and easy for them to resell. Small and...

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Tourbillons, cost in efficency, huge increases in long term resales IMHO

»Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Tourbillons, cost in efficency, huge increases in long term resales IMHO

Tourbillons Tourbillons will always cost as much as 3 x to 10 x the price of the closest related watch in the brand. Efficiency  will take a small 5% hit. It’s because of the extra parts and mass. Long Term Resales Over any one’s guess, mine is that from 2002, to 2016…you will find GOOD buys in the used market. I bought 12 tourbillons over the last 8 years. Only 3 were brand new. I am sure of my moves. I never ever buy with INVESTMENTS as a motive. That is the secret of using your tastes, emotions and IQ to make the RIGHT choices. Buying NEW watches NOW has a place: My guess is to go conservative if you are new, less than 1 year into this hobby. I don’t run any business that involves watches, trading or selling. A nice Rolex in their...

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