Most of us hear Wakmann and we say oh yes. A Wakmann. But once we hear Breitling it usually sparks a new flare of interest.
On the face of the watch it only says Wakmann Automatic . There is no mention of Breitling, just the information from the tachymeter, the days of the week, and the date window, and the hands of the watch. Six hands to be exact. Two hands to tell conventional time, two orange hands reflect the stopwatch features, there is an orange cumulative time counter in a sub-dial at six o’clock, letting you know the watch can time a 12 hour race and at nine o’clock, we have the seconds hand. In black. Continue reading “The Wakmann aka Breitling Regate 2 Chronograph” »
I’ve been wearing the Panerai Radiomir 1936 PAM 249 for two days now. It’s a watch that commands attention immediately in a simple but robust way. The matte California dial is plain and subtle, the hands are edged in blue steel, and are equally inconspicuous and the hours on the dial are sunfaded Roman numerals. At 47mm, it is a wide watch which conveys dominant wrist presence. Continue reading “The Panerist – PAM 249” »
We’ve all heard the slogan “You never really own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation”.
It is a classy and compelling slogan. One that gets you thinking. Thinking about your life; about those who came before you and the things they carried, that they passed on, that you now carry. Things covered in that filmy layer of time. Things that whisper stories and echo events long passed. Things that inspire you to go forth boldly and carry the torch high illuminating the way forward. Continue reading “These Have Been Patekularly Good Days” »
What do the names, Nemo, Neptune, Nautilus, Poseidon, Cousteau, First Sea Lord Nelson and Sea-Dweller all have in common. The sea.
Hemingway loved his boat, the Pilar. I think I can say he spent about as much time on it as in his villa in Cuba, Finca Vigia. Where he wrote the amazing books Islands in the Stream and the Old Man and the Sea. But it was on the Pilar that the real life action really happened, going far out to sea to hunt Marlin and Tuna, and other big game fish. The Pilar provided the inspiration. She fed his imagination deeply and generously. Continue reading “From Atlantis with Love * A Tribute to the Rolex Sea-Dweller” »
It’s a grey morning and I have already taken the dog out for a long walk. It was early in the day and there was a light mist hanging over the park, and as we walked, I noticed that the leaves had already begun to turn and fall off the big trees.
I instinctively looked at my watch, as if the time told the season. It’s a nice emotional desire, to hope that my watch would tell me the stage of a season, but instead it told me the time, and it also told me of time. Continue reading “Universal Geneve Compur Recipe” »
Watch, journal & pen. Foldable sunglasses in the background. The Smythson Journal has become indispensable. Leather-bound with wafer thin blue pages that take the ink from a fountain pen without blotting. It was given to me as a birthday present last year by a good friend. Today it is filled with scribbles and sketches and I am still writing in it..over a year later. Fits in the back pocket of my jeans with my wallet. I have come to really enjoy the Jaeger-LeCoultre Squadra Reverso. Continue reading “Le Weekend – A Photo Essay” »
The old colonial bungalow sat in the deep lush topical garden. High in the hills outside the sleepy capital city that lay in the deep palm lined bay of the big sea. The house was surrounded by a cool wide verandah, and the roof hung low and cast welcome shade on the smooth, well-worn terrazzo floors.
The verandah was littered with heavy old wooden plantation chairs, stained a deep tannic brown, but comfortable looking and welcoming. Each plantation chair had a small wooden table next to it, and the wood on top of each table had deep circular stains. Continue reading “Whiskey Tango 800” »
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