a new year, a new dream.......(my personal story)

in dec 2005, i posted on the purists asking for opinions on my chronograph collection, of which to discard?

the pictures are these:

a new year, a new dream.......(my personal story)

those crosses weren't there then, they represent what i have painfully sold.

a new year, a new dream.......(my personal story)

this newspaper cutting still hangs on my wall in singapore, which i mentioned was my dream, soon to be taken off when i return to visit mum.

it was my dream for 2 years, saving up for a significant event to earmarked the purchase. this december, i finally took the plunge cos in about 7-8 months, my status will change if u understand what it meant, i hope my fellow friends here will pray for me.

the watch which i took delivery is here :a new year, a new dream.......(my personal story)

a dream fulfilled for my passion for chronograph watches.

so, what next?

i thought about it, understanding my laziness of adjusting for date and possibility of spoiling the mechanism for not remembering the time frame to adjust it.. i shall get the simplest time only watch, so i can have the convenience of adjusting time, wind and go.

shall it be the voutilainen observatory watch?

but it shall signify another significant event in my life.

this is what important watches meant to me (which means not all my watches are), they have a meaningful purpose to earmark an event.

for me, dreaming keeps me alive. and the watch dream is an aspect of it.

do u do this? and what other watch that tells simple time would u suggest to me?  

Re: a new year, a new dream.......(my personal story)
12/23/2007 - 09:03

Well it looks like you have some nice chrono's which are more sporty so to speak, a time only watch will be more of a dress watch maybe a Patrimony in Rose Gold to celebrate your new coming status.

congratulations Aaron, the Datograph is definately one of the
12/23/2007 - 10:37

best chronographs out there ...even though your Z1 is one hell of a looker!!

May it time only happy moments and looks like the happy moment will be there in a few months...the Ler Grand Complication?

I've always found that finding a nice classic time only watch is very difficult because unfortunately many brands think that classical should mean uninspired and bland .

Here are some suggestions:

Patrimony Contemporaine Boutique Edition

A classical design but with a very modern interpretation, the boutique edition is also a rare piece since produced in very low numbers and available for only a year 2007/2008

The Hour Lounge watch

If VC accepts to make this one, its going to be a killer watch! Rose gold case, black laquered dial with applied Breguet numerals, available only for The Loungers!

Kari Voutilainen's Observatory watch

A fantastic watch with an amazing movement. What I like particularly about this watch is the fact that you can customize it: choice of case, guillochage, movement finish... I don't know how many Peseux movements he has left but you should hurry if you want one!

Urwerk 103.8

Definately not classical but it is a time only  and one of the collests watches out there, the Tian (titanium, aluminium, nitrate) coating gives the watch a different color depending on the angle and lighting...pretty amazing!

FP Journe: Chronometre Souverain

Maybe it doesn't have Journe's typical design elements but it is nevertheless a great timepiece

I am starting to like the Lounger's RC, Alex!
12/23/2007 - 13:27

Not a good sign if you know what I mean ...I must give it a SERIOUS thought!

thanks alex, great suggestion there. i am going back to the basics....
12/24/2007 - 02:20

but i definitely want the best in my taste(one man's soup is another's poison) !!! maybe u can give me some suggestion to customise a classic simple time from VC heritage as i trust u have better knowledge, which is yr favourite vintage time only VC? now, in my head, its either a kari or piece-unique customised VC.

btw, if u are interested in the Z1, someone is listing it on the purists.

Hi aaron, what do you mean by customise a vintage VC? My favorite
12/24/2007 - 18:24

vintage VCs are chronographs so I'm not sure it would fit your list of simple time only. If not there is a huge choice of time only models (the most iconic are the ones with tear drop lugs) but sizes may be considered as small for todays tastes (33-36mm), there are a few vintage models with 38mm cases...keep your eyes open on the auctions.

PS: thanks for the heads up on the Z1, it arrives at a bad time, have my funds are tied up on something else :-(

i will consider that. thanks. nt.
12/24/2007 - 02:33


12/23/2007 - 11:07

i see that you have already taken delivery of the dato.  looks great!  can't wait to see it in the flesh the next time you are back in singapore.

i guess the next delivery would be for the most important one so far, in 8 to 9 months' time ?

as for suggestions for a time only watch, amongst those which alex had suggested, i would go for the kari.

congrats again!  (for both the dato and the new member of the family!)

i am truly glad i took yr advise to get the out-of-production and ...
12/24/2007 - 02:07

soon-out-of-production models first, if not, it would have cost me a lot more.  it's laways good to have a good friend who is also a WIS.

Nice acquisition, a.ler
12/23/2007 - 12:19

The proposals made by Alex are top, and having a CS from FP Journe, I must say it is a fantastic dress watch.

Since I met F.Baumgartner (Urwerk) at the Les Belles Montres show in Paris, I fell in love with his watches: great and unique look!

The choice might be somewhat difficult...


thanks. i feel that the independents are much appreciated when one ...
12/24/2007 - 03:26

speaks to the owners to better understand their products. they should be doing more roadshows for exposure. but then, that means they have less time on their products. it is very difficult for them . to buy their watches is a motivation for them to create, a  sponsorship in kind  and a way to express our passion for watches in my opinion.

Re: a new year, a new dream.......(my personal story)
12/23/2007 - 14:47

Hi a.ler...I like the way you collect watches, with each watch that can bring back that special moment puts more meaning when you wear it....excellent.

I am not a big fan of the newer watch makers (but do appreciate them). I like symmetry and classic styling, which means I have a difficult time with to much information on dial or to many functions (though I do love perpetuals).

I have attached 2 watches which in my opinion may work for you, both though are vintage. The first one a very classic time only 2526 enamel dial from Patek in the 50's, and the other  a classic Vacheron chronograph in rose gold.


john, thank u. those are beautiful watches u suggested. the PP2526....
12/24/2007 - 02:28

is one beautiful watch, especially applied markers on enamel!!!  this is the kind of feature i will be looking for, another feature i am looking for is art-decor cases.

btw i have visited yr site, and u have a wonderful collection

Dreams are what happiness is made of! Love your Dato, wear it in
12/23/2007 - 16:42

good health.

As for the time only watch I would have suggested the Patrimony Traditional but it also has a date so wouldn't suit your needs would it?

I love the Voutilainen and the Patrimony Contemporaine (boutique and non boutique models). The HL watch is a killer too...if VC accepts to make it.

thank u. nt.
12/24/2007 - 02:29


That's as good as it gets! Congratulations NT
12/23/2007 - 17:02


thank u. i am grateful for another blessed year. nt.
12/24/2007 - 02:31


Congrats on the amazing Datograph!!!
12/24/2007 - 18:36

One of my favorite non-VC watches!!! Wear it in good health!

If I had to propose to you a simple time watch, I would say the Roger Smith Serie 2... Maybe not to everyone's taste, but a work of art IMO...

By the way, nice collection, and I agree with you that watches are more special when bought to mark a special event