Friday, 13 January 2017

OMEGA #SPEEDYTUESDAY SELLS AT RECORD SPEED! GONE IN 4 hrs 15 mins and 43 secs!


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All 2012 pieces of Omega's new #SpeedyTuesday were snapped up at record speed, as watch enthusiasts around the world rushed to secure the brand's latest Limited Edition Speedmaster.

For the very first time in its history, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA promoted sales of a new timepiece online and the response was extraordinary.

The Limited Edition Speedmaster, produced to celebrate the online phenomenon known as #SpeedyTuesday, was made available for pre-order via the brand's social channels at 12 noon on Tuesday the 10th of January and just over 4 hours later (well 4 hrs 15 mins and 43 secs to be precise ;), all 2012 pieces were sold out. In fact, the response was so immediate that OMEGA stopped promoting the watch on Instagram shortly after the campaign was launched.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A SPEEDMASTER FIRST ~ OMEGA OFFERS ITS NEW LIMITED EDITION "SPEEDY TUESDAY" VIA INSTAGRAM



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PRESS RELEASE: For the very first time, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is offering online sales of a new timepiece. Expanding the reach from its global network of boutiques, the brand is excited to connect to its online community in a new way.
For now, one unique watch will be marketed and sold exclusively online. The OMEGA Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday” Limited Edition will be showcased on the @OMEGA Instagram channel LINK and customers will be able to click through to a dedicated page at omegawatches.com where they can reserve the watch. There are 2,012 models to reserve and, subject to availability, customers can even specify the Limited Edition number they want. Once chosen, the watches will be delivered in the summer of 2017.


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The OMEGA Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday” Limited Edition has been produced five years after the creation of the #SpeedyTuesday hashtag by Fratello Watches founder Robert-Jan Broer.
For half a decade, an online community of #SpeedyTuesday fans has been steadily growing around the world with Speedmaster pictures and comments being shared every week. In tribute to these chronograph devotees, OMEGA is proud to introduce the new model that blends some of the Speedmaster’s most popular design features.
The design is inspired by OMEGA’s Speedmaster “Alaska Project III” model, created for NASA in 1978. At the time, NASA insisted that the watch had to be both anti-reflective and easy-to-read, or in other words - suitable for use in space.    The “Speedy Tuesday” has stayed true to these qualities with a brushed matte-finish stainless steel case and large radial numerals on the subdials.
In fact, the return of these famous radial subdials is just one of the vintage touches on the watch.
The use of the “Reverse Panda” dial is also influenced from the past. First used by OMEGA in 1966, the white opaline-silvery subdials are set against a black dial, encircled with a bezel ring and tachymeter scale in matte black aluminium. There is a rare appearance of the vintage OMEGA logo and all markings and radial subdials have been coated with bright luminescent ink.


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Other classic Speedmaster touches include a domed hesalite crystal with a central OMEGA logo, as well as a vintage-cut brown leather strap with vintage buckle and stitching. Of course, OMEGA has also retained the calibre 1861 on the inside, the movement used in the famous SpeedmasterMoonwatch.
Turning the watch over reveals a screw-in caseback stamped with the Speedmaster’s iconic Seahorse medallion, encircled by the words SPEEDY TUESDAY ANNIVERSARY - A TRIBUTE TO ALASKA PROJECT III as well as the Limited Edition number (only 2,012 have been produced).  Circling the outer-edge of the caseback is the word RADIAL.
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For those who purchase the watch, it is delivered in a special leather watch roll containing a spare NATO strap with #SpeedyTuesday engraved on the strap's loop, as well as a strap-changing tool.


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Not only is this a wonderful timepiece to own, but it also has its own place in OMEGA’s history as the brand’s first watch sold online. OMEGA has a strong web presence, but has never before used a social platform as a selling tool. As expected from a watchmaker always willing to push at the boundaries, OMEGA is excited by this new challenge. Followers of @OMEGA on Instagram are encouraged to look out for the watch from today and be quick with their reservation if they hope to own one of these Limited Edition pieces. Watches can be reserved by visiting OMEGAWATCHES.COM/SpeedyTuesday

Monday, 9 January 2017

A Fun Bike Shoot ~ Harley Davidson & Some Singapore Babes

So this was a cool organised shoot with various Harley Davidson bikes and several fine Chinese ladies posing with them. It was pretty chaotic with many shooters, challenging coz it was indoor with little light, but i'm happy with some of the shots and sharing em here. hope u like em too :) cheers
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays & A Blessed New Year in 2017!

So we're at the end of the 2016... some interesting events in the year (brexit, the trump) and passing of some great artists/musicians/poets (Carrie Fisher 'Leia!', her mum Debbie Reynolds Singin' in the rain, and many others... Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, to name a few. RIP all) makes it a bit of a downer year for many. well, if 2016 was a low year, here's hoping that there's more upside in 2017. Hopefully there will be a brighter way ahead for Singapore, oh uhm and the watch industry, which is in a bit of a doldrums.

not that this will turn it around but here's some photos of some beautiful ladies with nice watches on, and no, buying these or similar, pricey luxury watches does not mean you will have any of them or anyone similar looking to them by your side. well it may be correlated to something else... no matter, just the pix then :)



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and to end off, will just share one of a beautiful lady in a white dress sans watch... i think 2017 will have me taking more
 of these kinda pix which i hope u like too as i focus more on photography. appreciate the follow on instagram LINK
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don't look back, look forward ;) 
here's to 2017! cheers, raph

Monday, 28 November 2016

STOP BUYING STUFF! :)

Note that the title is just advice to myself (and maybe the Mrs too ;) I moved house recently and what struck me other than the amount of stuff i have picked up over time is that for some of them, there was the belief that they would hold value so it was fine to pay a pretty penny for them. demand of course is not constant and things can have higher or lower demand at a point in time. you just hope that when you do look to liquidate (to buy the next new toy... DOH!), there is still some healthy demand especially if it was a once hot and now not item. 

what un-sage advice do i have then (for myself)? we don't bring all this stuff with us when we pass on and for those with kids, they would be wondering 'what is all this junk i have to get rid of?' and so the advice is...

Buy Less. Make Better Choices. Don't make rash, gut-instinct purchase decisions. Don't retail therapy yourself into stuff you use once or never use at all (i think most adults are guilty of buying stuff that has never been used once) 

Waitamoment though... we're coming to the end of the year... what are some of the purchases i've had this year that i am enjoying? Note these are my happy purchases that i'm just sharing about and to each their own for these items :) 

On the watch front - No brainer here, the seiko padi turtle. seiko was right to bring this line back. wonderful timepieces

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Cameras! - Leica M9... (last year it would have been the Leica M6) it isn't a slam dunk camera for me but right now i am enjoying it and learning better how to work with it & Lens - Zeiss 50mm planar f/2.0 and Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8


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and that's about it. super marked up uber expensive watches isn't so much my focus now as it is right to question the value of them. for under US$1k pieces though (of which there are a wide variety) there are many cool ones out there and i expect even more to come given the market sentiment. here's looking forward to more exciting, priced appropriately timepieces in future. and on the camera front, hopefully the next M will knock it out of the park.

have a good December and hols ahead! cheers, raph

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