Checking out the new and improved Watches of Switzerland

During our trip to Sydney last week we met up with James from The Versatile Gent (Instagram @theversatilegent) who took us to a boutique watch store on George Street called Watches of Switzerland (located in the Four Seasons Hotel). They have described themselves as ‘Sydney’s premier watch specialist’ and they definitely didn’t disappoint. We were greeted at the door with a glass of Bruichladdich 16 – just one of the fine whiskeys that they had on offer. After this the real fun began.

We were shown around their newly renovated store which had only been reopened for just over a month after being given a completely new fit out. The store hosts brands such as A. Lange and Söhne, Hublot, Tudor, Breitling, IWC, Ulysee Nardin plus many more. After having a quick look around we were sat down and shown a few amazing timepieces and a couple that completely blew my mind.

First off we were shown the Ulysse Nardin Freak Cruiser (2056-131) and its unusual way of winding the Cal. UN-205. 19 jewels. Manual-winding-7 day carrousel, Flying tourbillon,”Dual Ulysse” escapement movement as well as setting the time. The one we were shown comes with a 45mm 18ct rose gold case and an alligator strap. As you can see from the picture below it definitely lives up to its name.

Next we got to see a timepiece that is valued at just over AU$380,000. This was the A. Lange and Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar, which was piece 88/100. The features of this piece include an off-centre main dial with hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds dial, tourbillon with patented stop-seconds mechanism, month ring, perpetual calendar with outsize date, retrograde day-of-week and leap-year display, peripheral month ring, moon-phase display, day/night indicator and 50 hours power reserve.

For more details on Watches of Switzerland check out their website-http://www.watchswiss.com/boutiques/sydney

While you are at your computer check out @watchthisspace11 on Instagram. Written by Craig Anderson.

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Meeting with the MB&F Horological Machine No.6 ‘Space Pirate’

“our craziest, most complex machine to date”

When I first saw the teaser pictures that were released to the public of the HM6 my initial thought was of ‘The Homer’. For you non-Simpson watchers, Homer designed a car for his brother back in the early seasons of the show. It had similar domes to what we could see in the pictures that were released by MB&F. I was worried I wasn’t going to like the piece and had mixed emotions in the lead up to its release date, but Homer Simpson must have been onto something because seeing this timepiece in real life really blew me away.

The concept of the watch came from Max Busser himself. Max used to watch a French cartoon called Capitaine Flam (Captain Future in English) who had a Spacecraft that consisted of two domes joined by a tube. Max had a thought of putting two of these crafts side by side and the initial seeds of the Space Pirate were planted. You may also notice that the watch has a lot of curved lines. MB&F states that “The curved lines of Horological Machine N°6 make it a softer, more organically shaped Machine than its predecessors. The inspiration for this came from the biomorphism art movement, which takes its cues from design elements based on the shapes of living organisms”.

I was able to meet with Charris Yadigaroglou from MB&F at The Hour Glass in Sydney to have a look at and talk all about their newly released creation. The thing that surprised me straight away with the timepiece was its weight. Just the look of it makes you think it would weigh a tonne but in fact it only weighs 75grams in total, including the strap and lugs. The size of the piece was another thing that I was taken aback by as pictures don’t do it justice. They seem to accentuate its curves and make it look oddly shaped and quite robust. I admit it is a peculiar design but when you have it on your wrist it doesn’t feel like it protrudes at all or that you have to worry about it sticking out or hitting it on things and scratching it.

Charris did mention that they knew this piece wasn’t to everyones taste and that going into it they were a bit worried about how the public were going to view it. However they have had mostly positive responses about the design and concept idea behind it. There are many different features to this piece that make it what it is. One really cool feature that I could not stop playing with was the shutter that covers the tourbillon. This was put in so that the wearer could open and close the shutter so that the sun didn’t oxidise the precious materials that make up the tourbillon. The crown for the shutter is on the left hand side and has three different settings as well as a clutch-like set up so that it cannot be over tightened and break. We also found out that it was one person’s job over the four to five year project to make and design these crowns. The strap is a hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium custom designed folding buckle, but the thing that caught my eye with this was that the buckle was spring loaded and snapped into place.

The team at MB&F had a few challenges in the process of putting the HM6 together. One of these challenges was in getting the ten domed sapphire crystal pieces made, but due to their strong relationships with their ‘friends’ at various companies they were able to get this done. The case on this piece was a challenge in itself as it is so thin and made of two solid ingots of aerospace grade Ti-6Al- 4V (Grade 5) titanium. The section around the domes is polished a different way but is the same piece.

The finer details of the piece are below – from the MB&F website (www.mbandf.com) – so that nothing has been missed.

Case

  • Manufactured by Les Artisans Boitiers
  • Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5) titanium
  • Dimensions: 49.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 20.4 mm
  • Number of components: 80
  • Water resistance: 30m / 90’ / 3atm

Engine

  • Three-dimensional horological engine developed exclusively for HM6 by MB&F with David Candaux Horlogerie Créative
  • Flying Tourbillon with retractable shield
  • Iridescent green platinum 950 battle-axe automatic winding rotor
  • Twin aluminium turbines driven by winding rotor
  • Power reserve: 72h
  • Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz
  • Number of components: 475
  • Number of jewels: 68

Functions/Indications

  • Hour and minutes on separate semi-spherical aluminium indications
  • Crown to open/close tourbillon shield

Sapphire Crystals

  • 10 sapphire crystals: 9 domed (4 for the hour and minute indications, 4 for the turbines, 1 for the tourbillon) and one flat (display back)

Strap and Buckle

  • Hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium custom designed folding buckle.

The MB&F Horological Machine No.6 is limited to 50 pieces being made of aerospace grade Ti-6Al- 4V (Grade 5) titanium. There will be another 50 pieces that will be made out of other different precious metals as they have done for previous models, giving us one hundred in total. The titanium “Space Pirate” retails at just over $270,000 Australian Dollars so like many of MB&F’s timepieces it is out of reach for the average joe. If I could, I would definitely be wearing one of these on my wrist as a statement piece.

For more information on the HM6 and their other timepieces head to http://www.mbandf.com.

While you are at your computer check out @watchthisspace11 on Instagram.

Written by Craig Anderson

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WATCH GIVEAWAY!!

We have teamed up with Melbourne Watch Company to giveaway one of their Hawthorn models valued at $395.

Its pretty simple really, all you have to do is head to our Instagram page (@watchthisspace11) and follow both us and Melbourne Watch Company (@melbournewatch) and tag a few of your friends on the picture we put up that says WATCH GIVEAWAY.

Winner will be drawn on Friday the 17th of October. Have a great weekend guys.

Some crazy savings from Aether Watch Co.

Aether Watch Co. have been nice enough to give Watch This Space, Australia followers an offer that is too good to refuse. Their AE01 is normally priced at $1600 but for a limited time they will be selling it for $1200 and their Benzinger is normally priced at $3900 but they are giving it to you for $3100 (All prices listed above are in US Dollars). All of their pieces are both German and Swiss construction. The hands and movements are Swiss, while the cases and dials are German. The straps are all made in house from a variety of leathers including alligator, lizard, snakeskin, calfskin, bison, and many more, all with your choice of stitch colour. I’ll be honest some of the best I have seen. Head to their website http://www.aetherwatches.com! Make sure you mention Watch This Space to receive this offer!

Aether by Benzinger, made in Germany now $USD3100!

-42mm diameter

-316l stainless steel

-Limited to 25 pieces worldwide

-Sapphire crystal front and rear

-5ATM water resistance

-Mechanical, 17-jewel hand winding calibre by Jochen Benzinger

-46 hour power reserve

-Bespoke handmade strap

-Matte black dial with petite seconds dial at six o’clock

AE01, made in Germany now $USD1200!

This piece comes in five different styles so be sure to check their website to see which one is for you.

-42mm diameter

-Mechanical, 17 jewel hand winding ETA 6498 with Côtes de Genève decoration and heat blued screws

-Sapphire crystal front and rear

-5ATM water resistance

-Bespoke handmade strap

-Sunbrushed anthracite, sunbrushed brown, matte black, or silver dial with petite seconds dial at six o’clock

More information and to order head to http://www.aetherwatches.com or check out their instagram, @aetherwatches. Make sure you mention Watch This Space, Australia to receive the savings.

Photos taken by Christopher Morrison (www.christophermorrison.com.au) and also taken from the Aether Watch Co. website.

Written by Craig Anderson.

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Meeting with George Bamford of Bamford Watch Department

I have been a fan of what George and Bamford Watch Department have been doing for a long time now so when the chance arose for me to meet the man behind the brand in Paris earlier in the week I jumped at the opportunity. If you don’t know what Bamford do, they customise Rolex’s, Pateks, Audemars and many other brands by putting a PVD coating on the watch and using fluro colours and artwork to make your watch stand out from the crowd.

We met at Hotel Costes on Rue Saint-Honore for a bite to eat and to talk all things watches. George talked me through how the brand started and the history behind it. I was amazed to find out that Bamford Watch Department was started eleven years ago due to the fact that George wanted to stand out and be different. When he was younger he was given a Daytona and thought it was the best thing ever. He attended a dinner party and realised that most of the people there were wearing a Daytona or something similar to that. His family owns a mining/construction company so he set out to make his Daytona stand out from the rest, working with the engineers to create a coating that would stand the test of time. Later that year he went on a holiday and within the three week stint he had 25 people ask him if they could buy one of his watches. And just like that Bamford Watch Department was born.

This thought process of being different or having something of your own that isn’t mass produced has also lead to the creation of Bamford Cycle Department. The thought process behind this venture is that you are spending thousands of dollars on a bike so why do they have to splash the brand name all over it. Why cant we just have something that belongs to you and is yours?

After a while I got to see what I had been waiting for. George pulled out a case that was full of Bamford watches. There were a couple of Daytonas, DateJusts and a Yachtmaster II just to name a few (That wasn’t meant to sound like a Dr. Seuss book but it kind of came out that way). The watch that had caught my eye and the thing I spotted as soon as I walked in and saw George was the black and red Skydweller he was wearing on his wrist. At the moment my favourite watch is the Rolex Skydweller in Everose gold with the chocolate dial but this customisation just seemed to work. It popped! Due to the weight of the Skydwellers he chooses to wear it with a red Nato strap to add to the customisation.

As I had never been to Paris before George walked me down to a few local watch boutiques. It was crazy to see that within one stretch of road you had Rolex, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet, Hublot and many more. This is definitely something I’m not used to in Australia. All in all it was a great day. Great food, wine and watch talk. The only thing is I wish I got to leave with a Bamford Watch Department timepiece on my wrist.

Check out Bamford Watch Department at www.bamfordwatchdepartment.com or on Instagram at @bamfordwatchdepartment.

While you are at your computer check out our Instagram at @watchthisspace11.

As always, Watch This Space!

Written by Craig Anderson

Interview with Pierrick Boyer. The Man, The Pastry Chef, The Watch Lover!

We first came across Pierrick on Instagram and were amazed by his love of watches and especially his love of Panerai. At first it was good just to converse with a like-minded person but after digging deeper and looking into what watches Pierrick has and also where his career has taken him so far we thought it was necessary to talk to him formally and let all of you know what he has to say.

Would you be able to tell us a bit about yourself and your history, both personal and professional?  

I grew up in France, near Paris in a lovely area near Versailles. I started working at 15 and left home at 18 to live in Strasbourg, Brussels, Reims and Bordeaux all for a year. At the age of 20 I did one year in the army and spent 6 months in Croatia with the United Nations as a peace keeper. After that I was off to Southern California for 5 years, 1 year in Boston and then a year & half in Paris at the Plaza Athenee. Now I have spent almost 10 years here in amazing Melbourne, Victoria.

I remember my first great watch was given to me at my Communion by my God Father, a gold manual watch, but I have no idea where it is! As well a Citizen watch with the squadron logo on the back of the watch that given at the end of the service. This one was stolen! Then later at around 23, I bought myself a Breitling B1 while in Palm Springs. Only in the past 6-7 years I have bought a Panerai 270 10 days GMT and then for my 35th birthday an IWC big pilot. Then a Chopard Mile Miglia power reserve, a Rolex deep sea, a Panerai Pam382 (Bronzo) and then a Pam323 Radiomir. In a week or two I’ll get the Pam532, Paneristi Forever! As I adore history in general it’s a tribute to Panerai history & to all my Paneristi Brothers & Sisters that I have meet along the way. I have meet incredible people and it’s a very unique & close bond that we share. It’s excellent.

Where did your love of watches come from?

My love of watches started from an early age. First it was what they symbolise. Then the craftsmanship that is fundamental in my line of work. I admire all kinds of work like wood craftsmen and stonemasons for example.

What watches do you have in your personal collection? 

At the moment I have a Panerai 382 Bronzo which is my favourite child! I also have a 323 I cannot wait to get the 532. These are three very different watches all in the same family.

What is your dream watch? 

I would say the Holy Grail would have to be an automatic, skeleton Panerai (part visible, don’t have to be the whole face!). I’ve seen the Pam528 recently in Singapore and posted a little video on Instagram. It is absolutely incredible! For the first 2 minutes I could not take my eyes off of it and had watery eyes. As I said it is incredible but I just cannot afford it!

Where did your love of Panerais come from? 

The first time I saw a Panerai was while in California. This was probably looking at the B1 and was around 1998. I saw the 1950 case 8 days, GMT power reserve, ratrapante in a magazine. The only problem was that it’s manual & maybe the price at the time! I really don’t remember. The look of their watches I adored straight away. They are unique, rounded square and not like any other watch company! Then I researched more and saw the history behind their designs and the army side of it. That is what really interested me.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

That’s a hard one to say! I am blessed to do a lot of events in Melbourne, interstates and overseas. I love it! I have done desserts for Royalty, Head of States and athletes. Opening Le Petit Gateau is certainly one of them and to make it a place that is consistent in terms of what it produces.

What does the future hold for you? 

Opening my first flagship store. Where I would do organic breakfast, morning tea, high tea, cooking classes and of course get all sorts of desserts, from raw, to my own & unique style of desserts. Opening overseas would be fantastic as well.

To follow Pierrick and his work have a look below for all of his social media links and website.

Instagram & Twitter: @pierrickboyer

www.facebook.com/ChefPierrickBoyer

www.pierrickboyer.com

All photos are by Oliver Yuen. Check out his Instagram at @revilo_yuen

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The Slimline Collection, New from TW Steel

 

Ton Cobelens the Chief Design Officer on why a slimline design was chosen “TW Steel is a real lifestyle brand. For each kind of outfit we have developed a collection or style. The last few years we’ve received a lot of demands from the market to make some of the watches in a slimmer execution for people who wear a suit for example. Although we listen carefully to the demands of the market we had the opinion that our existing collections were not suitable for making slimmer executions. With the introduction of the Pilot Collection last year we had a model that is really suitable for a slim execution, which in turn led us to the Slim Line. Still oversized but more subtle.”

A week or so ago we got sent out two watches from TW Steels new range of Slimline watches. Don’t let the name fool you though TW Steel have still stuck with their statement of being ‘Big in Oversize Watches’ with this piece having a 45mm case just a bit slimmer if you will. This collection shows off ten new pieces. Designed to be more of a dress watch so that it can fit under shirt cuffs and suit jackets where their other models would not have.

We were lucky enough to have a look at two of those ten. One of the models was the TW1300, which has a shiny steel case, a sunray black dial and a black leather strap. The other was the TW1303, which has a gold plated case, a sunray black dial and a black leather strap. Even though the description of these sounds quite similar just by changing the case it turns it into a completely different watch as is evident by the pictures featured though out this post.

Other than the aesthetic differences these two watches have basically the same features. The movement is a Miyota 1S13 slim movement from the Japenese maker who is very popular with many different companies at the moment. These watches also sport three hands, a date marker, a sapphire crystal glass cover and are 5ATM water resistant.

I was actually very surprised with how this watch looked and felt on my wrist. Normally TW Steel watches are too big and bulky for me but this one fitted prefectally on my wrist. It is big don’t get me wrong but it isnt overpowering like a few of their other collections. This watch was also the one that I got most compliments about among friends and family about the look over the watch. With all of that said if you want a relatively inexpensive dress watch then duck into your nearest TW Steel retailer. The TW1303 goes for $AUD499 and the TW1300 goes for $AUD399.

To see more details on this new range from TW Steel go to http://www.twsteel.com orcheck out their instagram at @twsteel and @twsteelaus.

While you are at your computer, check out our Instagram @watchthisspace11.

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

And as always- Watch This Space.

Rolex Sky-dweller new releases from Baselworld 2014

If you have been following us for more than about five minutes you would know about my deep love for the Rolex Sky-dweller in Everose Gold with the brown dial (pictured below on my wrist) so we were extremely excited by Rolex’s new releases at Baselworld 2014 in Basel, Switzerland last week. For those of you who don’t know the magic of Baselworld it is a trade show of the international watch and jewellery industry, organized each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland. It comprises of around 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries, including the leading watch and jewelry brands, as well as companies specializing in precious gems.

There were many new and exciting releases from Rolex at this years Baselworld, from the new GMT Master II with the red and blue ‘Pepsi’ bezel in white gold to the new Celina Collection but the one we were most excited about were the new Sky-dweller models that were added to the collection. Could one of these knock off the Everose Sky-dweller to become my new favourite?

Rolex has added three different models to the already existing collection of the Oyster Perpetual Sky-dweller. This includes a 18c Yellow Gold (Ref. 326138) with a silver sunray finish dial and a brown alligator Mississippiensis leather bracelet, a 18c White Gold (Ref. 326138) with a black satin finish dial and a black alligator Mississippiensis leather bracelet and finally the 18c Everose Gold (Ref. 326935) with a Sundust sunray finish dial and an oyster three piece solid link bracelet.

Which is the Watch This Space favourite out of this new lot you ask??

Our favourite out of this new lot of Oyster Perpetual Rolex Sky-Dwellers is the 18c Yellow Gold. The reason I was put off from the original Yellow Gold Oyster Perpetual Sky-dweller was because it also has a yellow gold bracelet which in my opinion makes it look a bit over the top but with this brown leather band and silver dial it all comes together quite nicely. It still doesn’t knock the original Everose Gold with the brown dial off of the top of the podium but it is still an amazing timepiece!

For more information on these three models head to www.rolex.com/watches/baselworld-2014/new-rolex-sky-dweller.html

And as always, Watch This Space!

Written by Craig Anderson

 

Article on Melbourne Watch Company

To coincide with the competition we are running at the moment we are going to have a look at Melbourne Watch Company who started in 2013 and has wowed the online watch community ever since. Melbourne Watch Company is a new Australian brand focusing on producing high spec mechanical timepieces with an affordable price tag. Late last year they revealed their first model the ‘Flinders’ which was a great success. Of late they have started a kickstarter campaign for their new model which is the ‘Hawthorn’ and over the last week or so they have given punters a sneak peak of the next model called ‘Portsea’. In this article we will have a quick look at all of their models as well as a bit of a history behind the brand and founder Sujain Krishnan.

We will start with a bit of history on the founder of the company so that we can gauge where the motivation and inspiration behind Melbourne Watch Company came from. The next few paragraphs are straight from Sujain himself-

“As an enthusiast and collector of affordable mechanical watches, I originally started my adventure into the world of watch making through building homage style pilot and military watches for the online enthusiast community. I ran this small business (“Melbourne Custom Watches”) for the better part of the last year with success”

“However, I decided recently that I was not satisfied with simply building other people’s designs and that I would like to pursue the goal of launching my own brand of original design mechanical timepieces. From this idea, the Melbourne Watch Company was born. My goal is to create product offerings that provide customers with the option of a quality mechanical timepiece at an affordable price point”

Flinders

The Flinders was the first model that Melbourne Watch Company delivered us and was named after Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station. It has a very simple design that makes it very appealing to the eye and is quite a nice dress watch. The Flinders comes in two different types, one with a black dial and black leather strap and the other with a white dial and brown leather strap. The Flinders goes for AUD$525 and a few of the watches details are below.

CASE: 40mm 316L Stainless Steel

CRYSTAL: Flat Anti-Reflective Sapphire

CASEBACK : Sapphire exhibition

MOVEMENT: Miyota 9015 Automatic 28,800bph

DIAL: Guilloche with date window at 3

HANDS:Hour/Minute/Sweep Seconds

STRAP:20mm leather, 18mm at buckle

WATER RESISTANCE:5ATM/50m

Hawthorn

The Hawthorn is the second watch from Melbourne Watch Company. They are running the kickstarter campaign for this beautiful timepiece as we speak (http://kck.st/MGmNyv). The Hawthorn as decribed by Melbourne Watch Company has been designed to bridge the gap between a dress watch and sports watch to create a more casual feel. They have definitely pulled this off with the Hawthorn. The Hawthorn is still available for pre order through kickstarter at AUD$295. It comes in three different types black dial and a black leather band, black dial with a tan leather band (my favourite) and a black dial with a steel bracelet.

MOVEMENT: Miyota Cal. 8205 automatic movement with a beat rate of 21,600bph and a power reserve of approximately 42 hours when fully wound.

CASE: Fully brushed 316L stainless steel case with a diameter of 42mm. The case is 48mm lug to lug and is 12mm thick. The crown is engraved with the Melbourne Watch Company logo.

CRYSTAL: Fitted with flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal, both on top and on the display case back.

DIAL: “Carbon” textured centre and applied stainless steel markers with C3 super-luminova for nighttime illumination. The dial also features a Day/Date complication at 3 o’clock.

HANDS: The Hawthorn features a standard set of hour/minute/sweep second hands. The hour and minute hands feature C3 super-luminova for nighttime illumination.

Portsea

Over the last week or so a few pictures have popped up on Melbourne Watch Company’s instagram of their new model so we have a few pictures below of what the watch is likely to look like. Only time will tell but it looks like it is going to be another success.

To see all of Melbourne Watch Company’s pieces go to http://www.melbournewatch.com.au or check out their instagram at @melbournewatch.

While you are at your computer, check out our Instagram @watchthisspace11.

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

And as always- Watch This Space. 

WATCH GIVEAWAY!!

Due to the success of our last giveaway we are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Melbourne Watch Company to make another lucky punters dreams come true. We will be giving away one of their Flinders in black.

All you have to do is go to our instagram feed (@watchthisspace11) and look for the picture below.

Once you find this picture all you to do is:

-Follow both @watchthisspace11 and @melbournewatch

-Repost hashtagging #melbournewatchgiveaway

-And the easiest part of all, share it with all of your friends

Good luck to everyone and a random winner will be chosen on Friday the 21st of March. Let all of your friends know about this one. It isnt one to miss!!

And as always, Watch This Space!