TW Steel CEO Tech Multi Function Automatic Mick Doohan Limited Edition (CE4010)

“I love the way that all of the various elements have been fused together to make it relevant to me and my accomplishments” – Mick Doohan

A while ago now we were sent a package from TW Steel. This package contained some amazing timepieces. Since we have been so busy over the last month and a bit we have had to leave talking about these watches until now. You may have seen a few pictures floating around our instagram but over the next couple of weeks we will have several timepieces from TW Steel to show off and review.

The one we are starting with is my personal favorite and that is the CE4010 Mick Doohan Limited Edition. This watch is honoring the Australian motorcycling legend, five time 500cc World Champion (now MotoGP), Mick Doohan and is limited to 500 pieces worldwide. Mick Doohan became the ambassador of TW Steel in 2011. TW Steel has produced two other Mick Doohan watches, the TW Steel TW612 and the TW Steel TW613.

The story of TW Steel is quite astonishing. The Dutch brand started in 2005 with a simple four-watch collection, but since then has cemented itself in the market with over 140 unique executions in 2013. TW Steel is now available in 100 countries and has over 5000 retail outlets. They celebrated this feat recently by releasing a one of a kind CEO Tech Centenary Edition watch that had a price tag of one hundred thousand dollars and was sporting over 450 diamonds on the case. TW Steel boosts being “Big in oversized watches” and most of there pieces definitely make a statement with their innovative designs and individuality.

Now that we have got a bit about the company out of the way its back to the watch itself. The colours of the dial are actually very appealing but there is a bit much going on for my liking. The reason behind this colour scheme is that these colours (white, orange and red) all tie into the colours used by the Repsol Honda team that Mick has led to victory so many times. This is the reason that the 1,5 and 9 are blown and and shown in these three different colours. As I said before, the dial seems a little busy and they really only just fit everything on, with dials for the day, month, date and a power reserve dial as well as the hour, minutes and seconds hands.

This watch has a 48mm case, which actually fits very well on the wrist despite its size and is sandblasted with a matte black PVD coat. The bezel has a hammered pattern on it that is complimented with bezel screws that are designed to look like motorcycle shock absorbers. The movement in this piece is a Citizen Miyota 9100 Multifunction Automatic that has a sapphire case backing so that you are able to have a look at whats going on inside your watch. To finish off this piece, they have used a silicon rubber strap that matches the titanium colouring of the case and all for a very competitive price.

For more information about TW Steel go to http://www.twsteel.com or check out their Instagram @twsteel or @twsteelaus

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Harry Winston Midnight Big Date in Rose Gold

After Harry Winston’s father Jacob moved to America from the Ukraine he started a small jewelry business. Harry worked for years in his fathers shop. There is a rumour going around that at the age of 12 Harry spotted a 2-carat emerald in a pawnshop. He bought this emerald for 25cents and then two days later sold it for eight hundred dollars. If this is true, he had a keen eye for his trade from the start. The family business is where he would transform diamonds into beautiful works of art.

It wasn’t until 1989 that they made their leap into designing and manufacturing some of the timepieces that we know and love. Many would know their work from the Opus series. Every year since 2000, he has invited an innovative independent watchmaker to create a unique model for the collection. Some of these geniuses include François-Paul Journe (Opus One), Christophe Claret (Opus Four), Félix Baumgartner (Opus Five) and most recently Ludovic Ballouard (Opus Thirteen). Harry Winston’s timepieces are manufactured in Geneva.

While walking around The Hour Glass in Sydney it wasn’t an Opus Series watch I was drawn to but one from their Midnight Collection. The timepiece I am talking about is the Harry Winston Midnight Big Date in Rose Gold (Reference: MIDABD42RR0010). I really love anything in rose gold with a brown strap so this piece really took my eye. Some would say it was love at first sight. The case on this piece is made with 18K rose gold (42mm diameter) with a sapphire crystal case-back with a brown alligator strap and fits the wrist quite nicely.  It comes in three other styles. These include rose gold black dial, white gold and white gold black dial; I personally think the one we are looking at is the most eye catching and appealing of the lot.

The first thing I want to talk about is the small brilliant cut diamond (0.034 carat) that is placed just above the date function on the watch where the 6 o’clock would have been. Many reviews have said that this takes away from the masculinity of the piece or makes it less elegant but this was place in this piece for a reason. The reason behind the small diamond was because it was said that Harry Winston would carry a multi-million dollar diamond in his pocket. Not because he coveted diamonds, but to remind him from where he came and to keep his perspectives in line with his future.

The dial on this piece is quite stunning. You wouldn’t have thought with all of the different shaped circles it would come together so nicely. How they have put it all together makes it quite symmetrical giving it an amazing look. I really like the way they have chosen to do the numerals, giving it a somewhat modern look. The movement on this piece is a mechanical automatic winding with a 70 hour power reserve. The funtions include hours, minutes and a twin-aperature large date that is the feature of the piece.

The timepiece goes for around AUD$32,000 and would be at home in anyone’s collection. I think this piece has a certain charisma that most people would gravitate towards. If you were to wear this to a function you would be constantly answering questions about it. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a show stopper!

To see all of the Harry Winston range go to  www.harrywinston.com/landing/timepiecesor check out their instagram at @harrywinston.

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All photos are taken by Christopher Morrison. His details are as follows. Instagram- @_christopher_morrison

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Q&A with The Watch Designer, Jason Sarkoyan

A few weeks ago we approached Jason Sarkoyan who most of you would know by his Instagram tag as @thewatchdesigner and asked him if he would be able to help us out and do an interview for WTS. We loved the fact that he is a younger person in the field with so much passion and creativity. Jason and myself have been in contact for a while now and our common interests go beyond that of watches. It was great to sit down and get pen to paper and get what I know about him out to the world. We asked him for a few pictures of his watch designs as well and they did not disappoint. So here goes!

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Jason Sarkoyan, I am a young and I am a watch designer. I am currently 19 years old with a huge passion for the art of watchmaking. I started my journey in the watch world at 10 years old. At that age I was studying mechanical movements and taking apart movements myself as I studied along the way. By the time I was 13 I had started sketching my own watches for fun. Well to be honest my art teacher in high school was sick of my talking about mechanical watches, so he told me instead of talking about watches all day I should draw what I talk about on a piece of paper. That’s when I started to take all my architectural designs and mechanical inventions and put them on paper. That’s how my designing career started.

How long have you been in the watch making game?

I have been designing since I was 13 years old but I have been actively working on projects since I was 17 years old. No one took me seriously for a long time because of my age, even though I showed more passion, talent, and knowledge then most other people in the watch industry. No matter how hard you try no one will give you their attention until you really do something to shake the floor beneath them. Until you do, you will never be taken seriously. Unfortunately that’s how this world works.

You seem like a very motivated individual, what gives you your inspiration?

My inspiration comes from many things for example architecture, paintings, and movies. Most of my inspiration comes from my passion. I really don’t need to be inspired by anyone or anything to be creative. I mean sure architecture gives me creative inspiration at times, but there is more meaning to the word inspiration. As I was saying I don’t need objects or things to inspire my creative thinking. Not to be pretentious but I’m naturally creative. What inspires me is people like my Father or Kanye West who fight to do what they love. That’s my inspiration and fuels the fire in me, people who fight to prove a point or fight to show the world their honesty, passion, and natural creativity to change the world.

Watch making isn’t what every young boy wants to do when they grows up. What drew you to this career path?

Well my cousin Paul (www.instagram.com/watchpolisher) is the one who really got me into the art of watch making. He is a watchmaker and has a lot of passion for watches as well. Every time we would hangout all he would do is show me pictures of watches he polishes or takes apart. I slowly started to understand the beauty of watch making, and the true art behind making mechanical movements at 10 years old. So I took it to an extreme level and really studied day in and day out, about the art of watch making. That’s where my passion grew to a whole other level and that’s when I finally realized that this is what I wanted to do in my life. I knew I wanted to be in the watch industry, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do in the field until I started designing. It took a lot of practice, hard work, and sacrifices.

What projects do you have in the works?

Currently I am working on a project with some of my friends who are watch designers as well. I am working on launching a few new brands with my friend Nicolas Lehotzky, who is a Swiss watch designer. Nicolas and I have been close friends for a long time and have had the same passions and understanding to work as a team over the years. We have both been through a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, so we are now taking things to a whole other level and starting a few brands together.

I am also starting another brand with a friend of mine Aldis Hodge, which Nicolas will be involved in as well. Aldis Hodge is an amazing actor and watch designer with very creative designs. Aldis and I have the same passion, motivation, and desire to really shock the watch industry with our designs. I can’t publically disclose the brand name yet, but we are aiming to create and develop one of a kind watches for exclusive clients. It’s going to really change the watch game and bring out all our true designs and passions to peoples wrist.

Last but not least I am working on developing a few watch concepts with Christophe Claret. It has always been my dream to work with him and if all goes well you will be seeing some crazy designs. But if I could say anything about Mr. Claret, it is that he is nothing less than amazing. Mr. Claret is so smart, humble, innovative, gifted, open-minded, and most of all, a stand up guy. He is always considerate of others’ designs and creations. He gives the best advice and nothing less. He makes sure to inspire others and keep their passions alive. If it was not for him I would probably have given up on my passion for watches years ago. But Mr. Claret keeps the passion in me alive, day in and day out.

Where do you see your self in five to ten years time?

To be honest I don’t have the answer to that, I can say I see myself in many other places and doing many creative things. I still think from time to time that I want to explore other things; I mean I’m only 19 years old. I still have a long time to figure things out I guess, but I still push myself all the time to be proactive. I hardly sleep at night sometimes because all I do is think about the things I want to create or do in the future. I have passion for many other things besides watches, so maybe I could see myself growing in those other fields as well.

For example I have a huge passion for surfing, scuba diving, film production, and also helping others. I have a huge attachment to the ocean and the beauty that is in the water. I am possibly planning on getting into marine biology, as I am already a certified master diver. I want to not only change the watch industry, but I also want to help change the world in any way I can. I want to clean up the ocean, or make sure that the animals/marine animals get to live in a healthy environment. I want to use my passion for watch making to bring life to all aspects of the world. If I can some how figure that out, it will mean more to me than anything else. Watch making is my biggest passion, but that does not mean I have to limit myself to only being creative in that field.

What do you consider your greatest achievements?

Although I have can say I have been through a lot of things in my life, I’m still young. I have a long way to go and I don’t think in my opinion I have achieved much. I guess to make things simple, I don’t know if I have achieved anything significant in my eyes. Others may say I have achieved a lot, and that’s their opinion and what they see from the outside. Some people look up to me and compliment me all the time about the things I’m doing, and that’s very humbling to me. But I can’t find anything significant that I have achieved yet through my eyes. Like I said others see me differently then I see myself. I feel like this is just the beginning of my life and all the goals I want to achieve. The most important thing for me is just to be me, stay focused on doing what I do best, and never give up. But, the best is yet to come.

And last but certainly not least. What is your favorite watch? Either one you have owned or dream watch.

My favorite watch would probably be a tie between my personal piece of the Christophe Claret Tourbillon X-Trem 1 and the Greubel Forsey 24 second Tourbillon Contemporain that I will soon be adding to my collection. I have the Claret X-Trem but soon will be getting the GF Contemporain.

Written by Craig Anderson and Jason Sarkoyan

All photos and drawings by Jason Sarkoyan

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Review on the “Moonmachine”

Be Warned- If you kiss the frog under a full moon, anything can happen!

 

The “Moonmachine” is a collaborative piece by Maximilian Büsser and Friends (MB&F) and Sarpaneva. It is a mix between MB&F’s Horological Machine Three-The Frog and independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva’s “Moonshine”. The media release described the Moonmachine as being  “forged from the creative collision of two worlds” and I tend to argee with this. I was extremely excited when we were able to view and try on this amazing timepiece. I have been following MB&F’s work for a while now and they are right up there in being one of my favourite brands.

 

Before we start with what we have to say about the watch we will give you a bit of a background into each of the company founders. Maximilian Büsser has a master degree in micro-technology and has worked for companies such as Jaegar-LeCoultre and Harry Winston. However, in 2005 he put all of his life savings and more into MB&F and has made the brand into what you see today. Stepan Sarpaneva has worked for brands such as Piaget and Parmigiani working alongside of greats such as Kari Voutilainen and Christophe Claret before launching Sarpaneva in 2003.

 

This piece is in no way what the set up of a conventional watch should look like. They go outside the realm of simply telling the time and give the owner a work of art on their wrist. This is in fact the fundamental idea that MB&F is based on. That is, to design and craft a radical and original horological masterpiece focusing on the micro-mechanical sculptures and keeping the timekeeping in the background. The moonmachine is set up with two domes; one that gives you the hours and the other that gives you the minutes. The rest of the timepiece is a section that shows you the orbit of the moon displayed by two moons rotating under a Korona ring.

 

This piece is one of only eighteen made and comes with a titanium case, white gold moon faces and a light blue sky. There are two other models that are limited to eighteen pieces and they are a red gold case and a black titanium case. The dimensions of the case are 47mm X 50mm X 19mm. After only seeing MB&F pieces in pictures I was a little worried that it was going to look too big on my wrist or be uncomfortable but I was surprised when I put it on as it fit perfectly.

 

Personally I would love to own this piece but at just over AUD$100,000 it puts it out of reach for the majority of punters and is only reserved for the extremely wealthy. However, I guess that’s what they were going for when only making so few numbers. The piece itself is quite exquisite, with the detail in the moons face (Sarpenava has tried to make this resemble his own face), the white gold section that has been blued with the stars laser-cut out so that you can see the workings underneath. These stars are not placed at random and actually form the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.

 

Max is one of the first watchmakers to openly go out of his way to acknowledge every single person involved with a piece; this is why the words AND FRIENDS is part of the companies name. Several people have mentioned about meeting him and how they loved every minute of it, so I am looking forward to when he is in Australia next and hopefully we will be able to have a chat with him. The sky’s the limit for both of these companies but we are especially looking forward to seeing where Max and his friends take the brand. With the LM2 recently coming out, it is looking better and better.

To see all of MB&F’s pieces go to www.mbandf.com or check out their Instagram at @mbandf.

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All photos are taken by Christopher Morrison. His details are as follows. Instagram- @_christopher_morrison

Website- www.christophermorrison.com.au

Email- [email protected]christophermorrison.com.au

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