Tuesday, September 12, 2017

SONGMICS 8 Slots Zippered Watch Box Traveler's Black Watch Storage Case Organizer UJWB50B - Value For Money, A Review

I've decided to order another watch box. However, this time, instead of one with a display top and cushioned slots, I opted for 8-slot traveler version. Through Amazon, I chose one by SONGMICS. The item was priced at USD22.99 plus USD19.54 for shipping & handling and another USD2.55 for import fee deposit. After conversion, it came up to RM197.02.

Made the order on 3 September 2017 and it arrived on 11 September 2017. When I got the package, I was surprised to find that it was packaged inside a large cardboard box with dimension of 34 cm by 26 cm by 12 cm. The box is clearly marked as coming from Amazon. Happy to note that it got through Malaysian customs without any issue. Opening the main box, I found another box wrapped securely by bubble wrap.

This is the main packaging box from the maker of the watch box, SONGMICS. The product reference as well as the address are clearly stated on the side of the cardboard box. Opening it I found the watch box wrapped in sheet foam.

The watch box is made of black faux leather and MDF. It has a zipper running along the sides with allows it to open revealing 8 compartments. Each compartment is covered with soft velvet and wide rubber bands to keep a watch in place. Each side of the watch box is separated from the other by a faux leather divider designed to protect the watches on each side from crashing into one another. The watch box is approximately 24.5 cm by 18 cm by 5.5cm.

Do note that the compartments cater only up to a certain size of watches. It should not have any problems storing watches with a diameter of 46 mm or lower. I would also recommend that you keep only watches with leather straps with this watch box. Keeping a bracelet timepiece may caused it to scratch itself on the underside of the watch where one side of the bracelet would have to meet another side when laying down flat in the compartment.

After 5 minutes of the reveal, the watch box is filled up....

I am very satisfied with the watch. For the price and quality, it is definitely value-for-money.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Steinhart TRITON 1000 Titanium Titan - A Rugged Watch Spoiled by Quality Control Issues, A Review (with Video)

Recently I received an email from Gnomon Watches (http://www.gnomonwatches.com/) about a new watch released from Steinhart. A new diver under the Triton range of professional dive watches. I was smitten by the image shown on the email and after reading the specifications on the watch, I immediately decided to grab one. The factor that sealed the deal was the titanium material used and its water rating of 1000 meters.

After going through the customary purchasing process, I started to patiently wait for the watch to arrive from Singapore. Although there is a good chance it would be stopped by customs for GST payment, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was released and it arrived on my desk within four days after making the order; more about this later.

The Triton 1000 is the latest offering by Steinhart. This latest iteration has a new casing design, uses a new material for the casing; titanium, and incorporate an automatic HEV mechanism. As a complete package, this model can withstand 1000 meters of water pressure.

The watch is sizeable. The casing is 45 mm wide with a 24 mm lug width. Its height is 15 mm. Despite the impressive dimensions, the weight is just 144 gm due to the use of titanium. If you like big dive watches, the combination comes together nicely.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Travelling Watch Storage by Fossil

This particular travelling watch storage by Fossil can carry two watches. The two halves of the storage facility are locked into place by a zipper that goes around three sides. Internally, two pouches are located opposite one another with small side panels to help separate the watches from coming into contact with one another.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cas De' Lux Luxury Watch Box

Due to the number of new additions to the collection, I've decided to get a new multi-slot watch box. Via Amazon.com I found this Cas De' Lux display watch box with framed glass lid and a lock. It has 10 velvet pillow slots.The display case is constructed of PU leather and with contrast stitching for that classic look. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Leatherman Thread - A very rugged bracelet for a rugged watch, A Review (plus video)

Leatherman came up with a new multi-tool design called the Thread that wears like a bracelet and can be converted into a watch bracelet.

The Leatherman Tread is built with high strength and corrosion resistant 17-4 stainless steel links, with each link offering 2-3 tools and functions.  A full bracelet has 10 separate pieces (including the clasp) which offers up to 25 usable tools and features, such as screwdriver tips and box wrenches. The rationale is to make it wearable on the wrist, hence making them available anytime and anywhere.

Each link is adjustable and can be placed anyway you like (except for the paper cutter which needs to be placed next to the clasp). Each link is connected to the next using slotted fasteners and the screws connecting them can be easily loosened using a small coin.

Leatherman also says that the Tread multi-tool bracelet is TSA-compliant.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Jaeger-LeCoultre (JLC) Key Chain

A couple of years ago I attended an etching course organised by JLC in Kuala Lumpur. I was supposed to etched the JLC logo on the back of a stainless steel plate. As a memento of the event, I was given a key chain from JLC.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Alpina Pilot Automatic Startimer 44 mm Reference AL-525B4S6 Limited Edition of 8888 pieces (#2000) – Sold at a price point that belies its provenance, A Review (plus Video)

The pilot watch is a theme that I have been quietly drawn to. This time, I’ve decided to look at the Alpina Startimer series as good candidate for my collection. I did find one I like and it’s the basic three hand plus date model. The Startimer Reference AL-525B4S6 was the choice I made with a limited production run of just 8,888 examples. The particular unit I got was numbered 2,000.

I think my taste has changed. Usually I get excited with dive watches. However, as the years rolled by, I am attracted to simpler and more formal styles of watches. A pilot watch is one of the new found interests to me. I find it more flexible when it comes to usage especially within a formal event.

Alpina Watches was established 1883, making them one of the oldest brands currently in production. Founded by Gottlieb Hauser, Alpina made watches in both Switzerland and Glashütte. In 1938, Alpina introduced durable sport watches with the “Alpina 4” concept, a set of standards that includes anti-shock, waterproof, anti-magnetic and a stainless steel case. In 2002, Alpina was bought by the founders of Frederique Constant. They have several themed ranges, but the most numerous is their line of pilot watches.

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