Posts by Bernard Cheong

MB&F machines

»Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in General | 0 comments

MB&F machines

MB&F machines MB&F I am a firm believer. Why? Because I believe in the people who trusted me when I was a nobody. Max trusted me, just as Vianney Halter, DuFour, IWC’s two Asian MDs, Rolf and Blumlein, when I had no money to buy their watches. I had no advertising leverage in those days. I owe a lot to TheHourGlass. It was a time when the MOST expensive watch I could buy was the Freak and the Antiqua. Greubel Forsey was being handled by another retailer, now gone down.   Today, I am buying both used old watches, second hand watches, at market prices. Not because I don’t want to buy new….fact is, for me, it is easier and just as inexpensive to buy new…but because of the leverage of a dynamic created by luck, of my owning a...

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Show us the money since 1998

»Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Show us the money since 1998

The Money and from 1998 ? Billions ? The money? Nah…no body made that much. Used that much? Yes. Billions of money are spent making good things that don’t go out of date or even die, rot or fall. Yes. Watches will last forever. They are carefully made to supply what the industry feels will buy and keep and even sell to others…and then buy again! Nobody can help but cheer for the ONLY industry that makes things to last…and even survive and grow healthier in value. Ok. Maybe a Leica. Art does not count, they make one off products, with basic values that are doubtful at worst. The money is well spread to other industries. This industry does not even make really new and better models. Incredible. It did not go to one or less than 10 companies....

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Artifacts of 2001 to 2038

»Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Artifacts of 2001 to 2038

Artifacts “Artefacts” of an era 2001 to 2038 mean a very different thing from any encyclopedia’s description to both you and I. In our modern, present and possibly future world, I dare say 2038, we may think only of a narrow definition of “what is an artifact”. What makes a 2001 to 2038 artifact? I have a very narrow description. It has to define what shaped that economy, politics and the main objects of desire and industrial demand. It was once the car, the television, even an entire home with all of what defined its occupant owners. What changed ? After the world’s greatest series of catastrophes which happened so close to each other, WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam…an era of illusionary peace made us all wonky. Yes. After...

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Grand Eras of Great Value

»Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Grand Eras of Great Value

“Grand” and “History” The words “grand” and “history” come often together. Value is not always automatically linked or followed, but is without exception, but only with degree, compulsory included. Great Eras of the automobiles, travel and architecture have passed. The FIRST great era of watchmaking has finally ended…not the last chapter, but certainly one. From 2003, I had a great, certainly grand, invite to be a moderator for a “Mission Impossible”. I was invited, by both The HourGlass of Singapore, no small company, it was wisely listed on the main board. Max Busser, 3 years before he was to become a historical figure of MB&F. In 1998, I had set my hobby’s gunsights, a twin barrel...

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Leica Sonnetar , a lens by MS 1.1 50mm for Leica M240

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Leica Sonnetar , a lens by MS 1.1 50mm for Leica M240

Leica Sonnetar What on earth has Leica to do with a Sonnetar or any M S lens? I enjoy the MS Sonnetar on my Leica 240M-P The use of VERY challenging, yet rewarding lenses, the MS Sonnetar is one. On the maestro powered M240 Leica. Not for everyone. But… http://www.japanexposures.com/shop/camera-lens/ms-optical-sonnetar-50-1.1.html All these are by the 2 named equipment today, 6 hours ago. The pic of the Leica and Sonnetar are by a Sony A7. http://eyescoffee.com/collectcamera/msoptical/index.php   See: http://photorumors.com/2012/02/22/ms-optical-sonnetar-25mm-f1-1-lens-for-pentax-q-mirrorless-camera/ Leica Sonnetar It needs personal calibration. The aperture ring will turn when used. The focus will turn and change the aperture. In other words,...

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