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Afternoon Tea at Parmigiani

Over the last weekend, Parmigiani hosted a afternoon tea party at their HK office. We were treated to a lovely afternoon of great food and drinks, and spend some quality time up close and personal with some of the most beautiful creations from the region of Fleurier.

The center piece of the show has to be this stunning unique Les Carpes De Sandoz created in memory of the Swiss sculptor Edouard Marcel Sandoz, showing his love for animals, the 900 degree baked enamel dial depict fish swimming in the pond. And when I said this is a Grand complication, I mean it in every sense of the word. A tourbillon, perpetual calendar, Chronograph, engraved white gold case, Enamel art work front and back, and of course, the lovely chime produced by the repeating mechanism when you turn the rotating bezel:

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For the record, the cake was yummy!
For the record, the cake was yummy!

The stunning “Labyrithe” Jade mazed minute repeater. Released in 2013, this is one of the 5 ever produced.

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Another unique piece, the Tonda Tourbillon Solo de Jazz,  released earlier this year in support of the Montreux Jazz Festival. The trumpet player on the dial is actually puzzled together by various type of timber. And since wood is an organic material, the trumpet player is  “alive” with its colour of the timbre matures as the watch ages.  Stunning art work compliments the 7 day power reserve tourbillon. Impressive watchmaking!solodejazz2015-10-31 16.26.13 2015-10-31 16.03.57

The rest of the “regular” production model. However, they are by no mean mass produced, as Parmigiani only manufacture a few thousands watches a year, and the fact that almost all its watches comes with Hermès leather straps, is evidence that these are very exclusive items indeed.

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One of my favorite and more sporty model, the Bugatti Aerolithe , the chronograph buttons are located at the left side of the watch lugs (activate at 8 o’clock, chrono module most likely to have been rotated 180 degree for this arrangement). The buckle also resemble the front grill of the Bugatti  Aerolithe . Very neat looking in titanium.
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The Convertible set, Annual calendar or Chronograph? I think i will have trouble deciding which one to wear every time I leave home. 2015-10-31 16.07.53 2015-10-31 17.08.14 2015-10-31 17.05.42

Last but not least,  one of the guest wore a very limited Venus 185 based split second chronograph, these are believed to be made with NOS movement discover in the late 90’s. Stunning in this Panda configuration. Very rarely seen as only 10 were made (NOT 90!).

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A BIG thank you to Noel & CT for organizing this lovely afternoon! And I didn’t get to thank for the lovely Door Door Nougat candy brought by one of the member, finally tasted this famous candy and it did not disappoint!

Watch meet 13th June @ the Peninsula

Sometimes a special venue brings out the special watches. Instead of our usual gathering at Tsui Wah restaurant. We moved up scale this weekend and held our watch meet at the Peninsula coffee shop. And the collection did not disappoint. We had:

A brand new Rolex Deep Blue James Cameron edition, I always thought the Rolex Deepsea was way too big, but the gradient blue dial, the first such dial for Rolex,  just makes it works. The price of this item is steadily climbing above retail, perhaps the rumor is indeed true, that it is the last run of Deepsea (black or blue) before its discontinuation in the not too distant future.

 

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My grail watch, a Patek 5980 in blue, the best dial colour in my personal opinion. It was literately impossible to take it off my wrist. The 5980 is being replaced by the new 5990 with travel time function,  together with the recent price adjustment (reduction for HK), I was told only a very small quantity of the last white dial version is available.

Here is an interesting piece, a NOS (new old stock) Bvlgari Diagono Chrono FIFA edition from 2004. This watch is limted to 999 pcs, celebrating 100 years of FIFA, rather ironic to show up now in the midst of all the  FIFA corruption controversies.pacino-bvlgariI have always wanted a standard Chrono, the one famously wore by Al Pacino in the Michael Mann classic “Heat”.

Next we have another watch you don’t see everyday, an 18k Gold Seiko Credor,

      The skeleton watch is heavily decorated with the Imperial Seal of Japan, the Kiku hana or Chrysanthemum flower. This watch is literally fit for a King because in ancient Japan, only the Emperor was allowed to use items bearing  the full 16 Petals Kiku emblem.  The craftmanship and engraving is on par with any ultra top end Swiss/German brand, and I am talking about the like of Ap/PP/VC/Lange.  A wonderful piece with paper documenting its sale by the Kyoto Takashimaya Department store in 1996.

 A pair of Gold Rolex’s in front of my nice Mojito. A rare “Date” with a minty gold riveted bracelet and an OysterQuartz Day Date with pyramid dial, both very rare!

 A grey dial Day Date with Chinese calendar wheel.

A wonderful afternoon and thanks to Paul pulling some strings, we had a table right away on an otherwise packed Saturday afternoon.

Watch Meet of 25th April

Ok we admit it, we love Rolex’s. Today, with no prior co-ordination, all the members wore Rolex to our gathering. Some of them only made their appearance after much request.

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2015-04-25 16.51.03 A stunning “Lapis” DateJust “69” Diamond. The gold dust is very evenly sprinkle  on the stunning Lapis dial.

 

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Watch Meet of 28th March 2015

We have some interesting pieces on our group afternoon tea today. Each piece deserves its own article.

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2015-03-28 16.50.50This is not something you see everyday, a “Two Digit” serial Series A “Drop Logo” AP Royal Oak “Jumbo” in yellow gold. Mere photos don’t do this watch justice!

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