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Clutter at Home is arguably desired

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in General | 1 comment

Clutter at Home is arguably desired

Clutter ? My home , my or our house, zen and clutter Chinese New Year is where almost all the Chinese community do some house , home , and clutter cleaning. Well , my clutter is both my peace with Zen and my home. I can’t clean it by anything over a factor of maybe 10%. With 6,700 of indoor area..erm that’s almost 2 to 3 sizes of most homes here…I wasn’t rich, just blessed with good friends who then in 1989, knew I needed a BIG place with a low price. They also knew I was sentimental. The man who will not sell his...

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Vianney Halter, Jules Verne rivets

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in General | 3 comments

Vianney Halter, Jules Verne rivets

That Jules Verne rivets and steel experience Vianney Halter and watch makers took 300 years to put rivets and make them so small, ant head size, to create that Jules Verne rivets and steel , steam punk aesthetic. More, it’s an experience. All three watches here are no longer made. Neither can any of the three be remade or duplicated at their original costs. How rare can things get, if you don’t go above $300,000 ?  ...

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12 Monkeys and SEIKO Chronographs TV

Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in General | 1 comment

12 Monkeys and SEIKO Chronographs  TV

12 Monkeys Time well spent indoors Television that connects fun and education by mental exercise to a high level. 12 Monkeys, serious contribution to history of how we went from writing on stone,  scrolls, paper and ink, to printing, to books, to literature, photos to film, to 12 hour , long seasons hour TV programming. What is a SEIKO watch but another small clock. But if frozen, with paper photos of where and when you were…in the far future. Have you and I done ANYTHING relevant? Or even relevant enough to change our minds, let alone...

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Cameras in World War Two ? New cameras Sony RX?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in General | 0 comments

Cameras in World War Two ? New cameras Sony RX?

Cameras ? Cameras ? Thinking of new cameras SONY RX or Leicas ? That’s me taking my own selfie now…by placing by camera, a Sony RX1 35mm with a hi contrast BW setting, manual focus to the support, an exercise rower, then placing the RX1 on it. But…Journalists were issued Speed Graphics till after the Korean War. Robert Capa used a HUGE camera, probably so, for his famous shots on Omaha Beach. Journalists used Speed Graphics till after the Korean War. There were also a lot of Graflex Speed and Crown Graphics cameras used by...

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Leica ? The rare brass Leica from TheHourGlass & watches

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in General | 2 comments

Leica ? The rare brass Leica from TheHourGlass & watches

Leica . More than a piece of desire. This Leica will not be easy to hide, or be inconspicuous at all.  It will be uncommon to see, if at all…  http://www.lhsa.org/raregallery/show/50/ and https://luminous-landscape.com/leica-m240-impressions/ Only thing is getting the right lenses with the right color…and vice versa, this brass lens is not going to be mounted aesthetically well but on a black body…hmm. Not a big issue…but a beautiful camera, which I suspect will hardly be used. I will never waste it…it will...

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My tourbillons have never gave me any trouble, not once. For the record.

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in General | 4 comments

My tourbillons have never gave me any trouble, not once. For the record.

You’ll hear it often: you need to when you buy a used watch is to send it to be serviced. This notion has reached the status of truth, questioned rarely, if at all. It is built on preconceived certainties and little else, I am not sure about the facts as they present themselves in practice any more. The bottom line is this: given the operating tolerances of finely assembled mechanical watches, maybe it is better not to open up a sophisticated device without reason. Legitimate reasons are running too fast or dirt or scratches. In my experience...

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The 2016 journey begins today with Leica, Rolex and Canon 0.95

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in General | 1 comment

The 2016 journey begins today with Leica, Rolex and Canon 0.95

I thought to myself, randomly…that this year is for family..all of it. My companions will be the titled ones above…with Greubel Forsey’s first early collections for any special days, and that would be 365 days for 2016.

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CHRISTMAS is LIFE, LEICA M240 and GREUBEL FORSEY is as good as it gets…but

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in General | 0 comments

CHRISTMAS is LIFE, LEICA M240 and GREUBEL FORSEY is as good as it gets…but

Realistically, these are simply VERY EXPENSIVE and STRETCH boundaries of what can be loved, desired…bordering on envy. So…I think I set an example when I bought some used, good, well looked after equipment for new Canon 5D prices… ERM..it doesn’t work so for the Greubel Forseys…those can be...

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Konica M Hexanon 1.2 modern CAD could offer a challenge to the twin Summiluxs made from 1960 to present day.

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Konica M Hexanon 1.2 modern CAD could offer a challenge to the twin Summiluxs made from 1960 to present day.

I would NEVER buy a fat Summilux with a built in slide hood…the damned thing blocks the view finder. Made for people who want others to KNOW they can afford one. I am not deriding those who like them, but for more noble reasons. Same for the RARE Noctilux, small barrel and looks for the world like the Summilux of 1960. Anyway..here is the Hexanon M, at 1.2 it presents the REAL challenge to Summilux after 50 years…at $3,600 it is a quarter of Leica’s price. It is not yet KING…but damned close…I like it....

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Rare Summilux Chrome on Brass 50mm & Greubel Forsey IP 1 Platinum 1 of 11

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in General | 0 comments

Rare Summilux Chrome on Brass 50mm & Greubel Forsey IP 1 Platinum 1 of 11

This lens was made from , approximately 1960 to 1961. Before the asphericals came, and lived till today, unchanged…and usually copied by ALL others in many small variations IF money were no object. Even though it is “flawed” by being not PERFECT…it will out deliver ANY modern lens today, even his own big, “Richard Mille” new money Noctilux. I laugh when people don’t bother about history. WHY Leica was made to be small, light, and good enough for Oskar Barnack. He was asthmatic. He loved out door...

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