Watch is not just a timepiece, it is a man's accessory for reflecting your taste, personality. Watch-fever HK Snob promotes spirit to pursue watch engineering excellence, collection and fun through watch investment and watch purchases. WhatsApp me at +639175854633
When one was about to ask his wife to give me money to buy a preowned Ferrari 360 yellow with just 36,000KM. with HKD$650,000!, Friend of mine told him his mate had just changed a new Lambor Aventator, he showed the picture on his Iphone4, well, It was a fantastic car, of course, no question about it! How about a Pagani Huayra….
It could not be coming into an end as there are new model of Human’s most expensive Toy for people who like SPEED every years on road.
Whatever car you are driving could not possible be comparable to the experience to be on Virgin Galactic flight into the space.It could blow off 1,000,000 litres of fuel to move up high enough to get rid of the Earth’s Gravitational force and spin you out the space with an acceleration of 15G.
Imagine that could be once in life time experience and not too many people could afford to pay for the ticket… I cannot. Not been the ticket going to New Mexico’s departure station in economy class.
I just thought to myself what is the best watch the passenger should wear?
GMT MASTER II? I think that is no use as we don't know how we should set the 2nd time zone!
Submariner? Day Date? No, I think only one watch a Daytona as you can measure only the flying time and it may be the only watch that it still could be function normally after the Flight….
Oh HK Snob, dream on…
HK Watch Fever HK Snob HK Kong Tsaan HK Sex Kung Fu master (3rd class no honour)
The Affected Rolex Watches with Maui in Mt. Bulter HK on 15 Aug 2014
There has been rumour for many months, and had been verified by at least two of the major Rolex AD Chains in Hong Kong that price will be increased on coming Monday, if you are smart, BUY in these two days.
This time, we can say they are focused on the major Sport Model, increasing from 2.9% to 6.7%
This is the first time after last price adjustment in 2011 September.
Let's see if it apply to ALL Models by Monday! Seems no as far as the latest insider's information
PS, We have some special offer for Ref 116610LN and Ref 116710LN Submariner and GMT master II green Pointer of 9% off using OLD price payable in CASH for HK "888" watch! That is $56,551 for Submariner and $55,692 for GMT The saving could be Huge! Whilst Stocks last.
When I landed Manila this morning, just had a chance to pick up tis news!
I am sad as Robin is one of my favourite actors, I still remember I watch the movie Good Morning Vietnam (1987) and the later one The Bicentennial Man (1999).
These are two Robin’s movies I cannot forget, the first one is comedy with a finale episode of those Bombing Saigoon killing famers, civilians at same time Louis Armstrong Sings “What a Beautiful World”…very touching.I am sure this sentimental scene make more people knows about this fabulous song of Louis Armstrong. The picture was mostly shot in Bangkok instead of Vietnam, ranked 4th highest grossing film in 1987. Chintara Sukapatana is very pretty in the Movie! Similarly the beautiful song also appears in the last two minutes of the movie "Madeline".
As for the Bicentennial man, the story was touching as if you see you beloved one getting old and died in your arms… That keep telling us to pay attention to those who you love, care for your friends and relatives.
Robin dies at age of 63, this is a loss of those who loves him.
HK has been a shopping paradise since 80’s I am sure with the developing of adjacent cities like Singapore, Seoul, K.L, Bangkok, Hong Kong’s would still be the top shopping centre for locals and foreigners?
Yes, by right it is, as Hong Kong is still a tax free port, Not VAT, No Purchase tax, No tax on watches, Red wine.
After HK Dollar was pegged with US dollar in 1983, the value of Hong Kong is no longer amongst the highest in Asia, I used to get One SGD for 1.9HKD in 1982, now One Singapore Dollar is 6.2 HK Dollars!
I used to get 120RMB with 100 HKD, now 100 HKD can get as much as 80 RMB, our money is low which is good for export and shopping.
There are bad deals, crooks and cheats in Hong Kong, though that was only a very numbers of cases but this but still we need to exercise with care.
1.We have seen a US tourist buying a zoom lens at the shop, but it becomes a bottle of “Coca Cola” by time returned the Hotel, however police cannot help on the case as the invoice address was not existed in HK. ( He did not check the address on the invoice)
2.A case that Japanese bought a camera using cash for better discount,he gave the money to one chap be believed was the sales man of the shop, but after 10 minutes he found out that he is gone. And the shop keepers kept saying that he did not aware he gave money to anyone…! He was cheated. (Bad Shop at TST). Police has been reported with complaints on the shop, but the closed and open somewhere with another Shop name.
A recent case in July, a Thai bought a used Franken Rolex SeaDweller, with paper and box with HKD$40,000, (good Deal, right?) It seems to be a good deal, but when he returned Bangkok, he found that the bracelet was from a Submariner. He complained by phone, mail but no response from the shop any more. That is a Shop in TST area. He asked me to expose this case to the internet but I think we should be more alert when we buy watch in Hong Kong. (a good reputable shop should list down on the invoice the watch case, S/N, the bracelet model No. on the invoice)
So What should we do?
1.Go trustful shops, approved Shop list from the Tourist Centre of HK
2.Check carefully on the invoice on the terms, some of the shop writes “Goods cannot be returned, nor refund” Then you should beware. Verify the address on the invoice, does it cope with the shop address you visit?
3.Buy always in Big Authorized Dealer, that is safest way!
Yes, the discount is not that attractive, but that is your decision to have a better discount or a better comfort and assurance of the watch you buy for years.
What we should check when we buy Rolex?
These are the items you may use as a counter check for verification.
1. Serial no. Of the watch is same on the Rolex warranty card and Shop invoice.
2. Check the laser Rolex logo under the sapphire at 6 o’clock position, is it clearly cut, sharp?
3. Check if there is Q code on left side tape on the watch.
4. Inspect the dial for defect or dust on the dial. (dust?Yes, something but very rare, QC issue)
5. Check for signs like bluster or bubbles by re-taping on the watch sides, there is difficulties to remove and put back the tape outside Rolex factory. If it happens, the watch has been used not a brand new.
6. Check for shop mistakenly or purposely give you smaller or old box of different design. As they want to purge out all old boxes. Try to put the watch into the box and see if it could be close properly.
You should have these when you buy Rolex:
~The right Box
~The Warranty card with Country Code “888” in Hong Kong.
~Rolex Service Booklet
~Invoice listed down price, S/n and date of purchase of the watch
-The Joys and Happiness to buy a genuine Rolex!
PS Shops that is situated in most expensive area selling low margin goods such as handphones, Camera and Chinese medicine, dried seafood...You should be alert when you buy in that kinds of shops. As normally they cannot recover their cost by selling goods via normal way of doing Business in that area. The Electronics shop is characterized with a lot of of sales, say 6~8 sales in a small shop of 300 square feet. They were suspected with dealing money laundry monkey business too.
For those who Love watches would not ignore this most adorable model Rolex 1803.
I have been posted 70 posts on this "Day Date", Why? Simply because there are so much fun to collect., to wear, to show, to depend, to expect on such a Long lasting Rolex Flag Ship Model 1803!
It is slimmer, smaller in outlook than the newer 18038,it is super durable, never miss any of your Important dating with your girl friend, or buy friends, ex-wife at Pak Kai Hotel.
It is super Attractive, never been losing face in front of other watches at executive meeting, balls, parties and meeting your president.
But more funny part is that they have tried all effort to use different colour, material to make the watch so Attractive, to beautiful, I like those Wild Colour, I like Diamond, that Rolex 1803 has all I need.
These are some of the Rolex Day Date, some are my watches, some are getty pictures, Look at them who can have so many colour, dial for a single model of watch, ONLY Rolex…
If you hesitate to go into this world of Day Date, I can say, it is not too late! For those who are already addicted to 1803, they know what I am saying.
For those who have been poisoned by 1803, well, no one can help you unless you sell some of your best collection, will you!?
GMT Master II Black Blue Bezel Ref 116710BLNR List price $65,300- Very Few to zero stock at Three Rolex AD.
SeaDweller 4000 Ref 116600 comes in June, List price $78,800 -Limited stock at 2 of the Three AD.
Milgauss 116400 GV Blue Dial Arrived two weeks ago list price $59,600 – Known to me only One AD has stock, long waiting list.
DeepSea D-Dial 116660 will arrive Mid September to HK, List price $90,500 – let’s wait for Mid September.
Which should be a MUST buy item?
Obviously they want to use this Black Blue GMT to uplift the image of GMT master as really I cannot see any piece of stock at these Ads.
SeaDweller 4000 price is position quite high and there is not much surprises and we can see the demand is not as expected, that is why I can get some discount and stock is also available.
Milgauss Blue dial is very beautify and it is a unisex wearing time instrument, the Manager of the shop is controlling whom to sell, VIP first, then you , then me….no discount of course!
DeepSea D-Dial with a “ Green” DeepSea logo…is a new face lifted and yet to see the response, but I am trying to say this is a daring awesome design of dial, will be one of the collective in the future…. A Must Buy item!
Three AD are Mr. O., Mr. D. and Mr. E.
Of course every the other days, new stock arrive.
The stock status would be changed anytime tomorrow.
HK Watch Fever HK Snob HK Kong Chaan HK Sex Kung Fu Master (2nd lower Class houror)
Many people like to Buy a Luxury Bag, German and Italian Cars, as every brand carries ome Brand value.
One day, my daughter comes to me and said: I want MK Bag, another daughter said, I like Miu Miu ( the Cat!?_ so I thought what MK is? Mong Kok!? She said No, Michael Kors, Later I found that they are some of the most famous Luxury brands for bag…
As What we have learnt the brand name of certain product can take up 90% of the total value of the Company, Just the name, as they have been working for years to build that Integrity, a name of Quality, Commitment and that could give customer 100% total Satisfaction.
The owner of the Pagani was a subcontractor for Ferrari’s chassis. And the owner had made a proposal to top management to Ferrari to use their body design, but of course, Ferrari did not take his idea and kicked him out of the door. This Argentinean then started to build his own company. This Small company of 40 people, as their idea was proven right by utilizing the carbon fibre composite frame work of the car, it can have a better horse power per Litre of combustion… and a stronger chassis to “grab” every inch of the road ahead!
Many successful brands have it own story… here is some of them.
Linn Sondek has been making LP-12 Turn table since 1973, still one of the top 3 every years for the Audiophiles, there has been having a lot of issues on set-up, but that is part of the fun for the Audiophile, there are numerous upgrade on the main system: power Supply, bearing, Spring…the upgrade seems never ending, but each component provide you some improvement, that is what the Audio Maniacs want.
Koetsu MC cartridge
Every time I visit Audphile shops, half-expecting to see a selection of Koetsu cartridges among the chronographs and the fountain pens. Why not? Some Koetsus are crafted from precious materials such as Jade, Onyx —and all of them can lay claim to being both high-tech and handmade. More to the point, some hobbyists say that these handmade Japanese pickups are the best you can buy.
Koetsu cartridges are made in small quantities by Fumihiko Sugano—the son of Koetsu's founder, the late Yoshiaki Sugano. The elder Sugano, who came and went with the 20th century, created the basic Koetsu cartridge design, pioneering the use of high-purity metals in particular, and naming the company after his ancestor and role model, the 16th-century artisan Honami Koetsu.
Nowadays, most of sought after was those cartridge made in 1980’s hand crafted by Yoshiaki Sugano. Some of them are asking for US$6,000 and more after using for a few years! Amazing!
If you are pen collector, I am sure you would like to buy some of the pens, as I always use Fountain pen to write, to drawing and to make note during a sales meeting…
These Montblanc 1929 big Red, Parker 1920 snake pen, Watermans Patrician 1929 , and the Dunhill Namiki , who had made some of the most daunting hand crafted pen in the 30s’ they are all collectible items. Well, if you do not write with Fountain pen, you might not know how good the pen could possibly write… it is a piece of art.
Technology could not be copied, like B&W Nautilus, many similar designs have been copied like the enclosed non-symmetric spiral hollow tube for absorbing the reflection, and the use of titanium or diamond coated diaphragm on the super tweeter.
You cannot easily (In fact I should say very difficult) copy the same sweet musical reproduction B&W make. As there is a lot of tuning know-how inside each of the manufacturing process of the loudspeaker and the choice of right material.
Rolex is not the typical example, they product some of the best reliable, everything design since 1956, Amongst all models: Submariner, Explorer, Yacht master, GMT Master, Daytona, Air King, the Day Date being the flag ship line of Rolex is no question one of the most beautiful functional time piece business man or watch collector like to get…
Though you have money, yet you may not able to buy some of the watches, like Daytona Rainbow., now Rolex AD accepts to have full payment first, then asking client to wait for 3 months. If Rolex could deliver youthat watch, you are the lucky one… there are 80% they will refund you as they does not able to find good enough of Rainbow gems on the bezel…
If you have Daytona Rainbow, please take good care of it…
Ian Fleming created the Character “James Bond” who wears Rolex, drives Aston Martin, always havea lot of sexy women naked in his bed, who does not have a dream to be : James bond!? I used to dream to be an Asian James Bond of 4’ 14”… No way, I don't have any DNA of What Ian had described a James Bond should be…
Nowadays if you have money you can buy all these but there still take a bit wisdom on how to make the choice on what, when how to buy, that is the process of making yourself a HAPPY man.
As always we envy a man who has time, money, and passion to find the watches he likes, the Telefunken ECC803 tubes in Sham Shui Po, of the Western Electric WE300B tubes from e-bay…. Some of the best LPs from Au Yau at Sino Centre or AH Paul of Sham Shui Po? Or some of the 60S Rolex Submariner from Kuen Kee and Lung Shing!?
The New D-Blue DeepSea will arrive Hong Kong Mid September as planned according to one of the Top Three Rolex AD Shop managers said...
List price $90,500! HKD$8,000 more expensive that the Black DeepSea!
Dont expect to have any discount in the first phase.
The pictures shown here is the Rolex AD in Switzerland what carries a price of Euro 10,500, Which is much higher than we get it in HK.
Let's see how is the reaction of the market.Rolex can sell a stainless steel watch at such a Price... I can buy Two Soild Gold 1803!, but Colour is the Magic, and a good marketing Strategy, who does not want to be the first holder of this Watch!?
After I checked Rolex Website, we found that this DeepSea finally been unveiled...
Commemorating James Cameron’s historic solo dive. From brilliant blue to bottomless black, its two-colour gradient dial celebrates one man’s journey to the deepest place on earth: the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
That clear some of the uncertainties of my friends that who suspected that the dial colour could change itself!
Whether or not the dial design is beautiful is subjective, I like the Green DEEPSEA words. Who Wonder if Rolex will issue aother newer version with other Colour of DEEPSEA?
Let's see but chances is low.
I have talked to Rolex AD Managers, they said the watch will arrive HK about September, Price is more expensive than HKD$82,500.
There are few types of Submariner namely:
116610LN stainless steel black List Price HKD$62,100 116610LV HULK green dial Green Bezel List price HKD$66,100 116600 SeaDweller 4000 List Pirce HKD$78,800 116613LN Black or 116613LB Blue dial Two Tone List price HKD$94,700 116618LB Yellow Gold Blue Dial list Price HKD$242,500 116619LB White Gold Blue dial List price HKD$263,600
This is The FIRST Amazon Fire Phone appeared in Hong Kong as the owner is the Designer of the major component (Camera ) on this Phone came to Visit me in HK today 2 Aug 2014
This Phone has 6 Cameras with 4 at corners to detect the head movement to re-generate the
3D motion Picture and Video! A Ingenious Awesome Design!
This Gentleman is so humble and decent, a technology Guru, holds a few Semicon assembly patents and he is one of the designers of the new Amazon Fire Phone coming in USA market now.
However he bought this Rolex 16613 Today at a very Decent price from a Friend of mine at Peninsular Hotel Lobby Afternoon tea. The whole process took just 10 minutes, as the watch has been serviced by Rolex, like new. That 16613 is a Superb watch for daily wearing. He has no way to resist the watch for his price… Guess how much!?
A man of this calibre has a great taste in Watch and he is also a car maniac of has three Porsche boxer ( different colour!) I always say this is weird, also GTR, A8, Mercedes S600, BMW…
J.P. Morgan elite Palladium Visa Signature card itself is made of a rare silver metal that resembles platinum and 23 karat gold with laser engraved cardholders information which alone gives the card a value of $1,000. The card holds an annual fee of only $600! There is of course no preset spending limit.
Some of the perks included are unlimited complimentary access to over 600 airport lounges worldwide, Marquis Jet 1-hour bonus flight time, top-tier concierge service and various other travel and purchase benefits.In fact it might actually be harder than getting the Visa Black Card or Ampex Centurion Card.
The Palladium card is only offered to private banking clients of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Investment Bank, Treasury Services or Commercial Bank where the average client has $30 million in an account!
Rolex Milgauss Blue Finally arrives HK's Dickson Watch... You cannot miss to see it before you leave HK. You can go to Rolex AD at HK International Airport terminal 1 Departure Concourse to find this watch under limited Supply.
Ref 116400GV as it carries a Green Sapphire also List Price HKD$59,600 Selling price HKD$59,600 (No discount Now)
I remember whne the first 116400 Green Glass arrived HK, the prices was brought up to HKD$130,000! after two week it droped to HKD$70,000
That was because there was only one in HK!
This is another BLUE dial Rolex with Green Glass.... How Many do w ehave in HK, I really dont know, but it is not supplied in large Number as Rolex's Usual practice!
Ref 116400 Black Dial will be discontinued, that will be an Collectible item if you are fans of Milgauss, go get one if stock exists in Rolex AD, less 10% to less 12% is possible!
Many people says that one is really too long, but Rolex could say that, they must have the mathematical data to support what they have said.
Rolex produces nearly 1,00,000 watches per year with 5,500 employees..800,000 of those watches are recorded by the COSC.Rolex also produces pieces that are not certified by the COSC.
That is about 5,000 watches a day as they work about 200 days a year in Switzerland.
I am working for Semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and normal lead time for a Precision Die bonder (USD$230,000) is 8 weeks, it really needs eight weeks to make such an equipment.. as you cannot do anything if there is no application design or drawing released to production to do it., now the semiconductor demand is hot due to the 4K TV, XiaoMei, new IPhone6, Samsung S5 and NOTE IV.. plus numerous gadget of electronics, Automotive and LEDs… The new equipment delivery time is 6 months for a die bonder…!!
Remember the day when European Sweden or German Shipping builders used to put the steel plate at the ship yards for 20 years so as to let the steel plate to release the internal stress, whereas the Japanese ship builder took may be just 2 years to do the same job, that is why a Japanese ship is not as strong and as long lasting than the German ship. Of course the cost of a German Ship say ten thousand tons is 1.8 times expensive that the Japanese ship in the 80s.
Same thing happened for Leica Lens that they let the glass ingot to go for the stress process and they scrutinize if there is tiny bubbles inside the glass, they will scrap it.
Whereas Rolex may be also being an expert in the use of metal, and Rolex has its own metals foundry for steel and gold, they may let the gold or Steel ingot to left for stress release process after machine milling then heating it at another temperature and cool down at a controlled temperature. This is an added process but you know that will improve strength of the metal and the amount of deformation is close to zero.
All manufacturing of Rolex cases, bracelet, mechanical parts are done by automation… somewhat like a Precision Die bonder, all precision part are made by CNC machine, but at the end of the process, all the wiring, module installation, set-up and testing are by hand, like a BMW. Typical time for a BMW is 24 hours to roll off the production line.
As for Rolex, I think it take 5 hours to make a dial, 10 hour to make a case that including the loading and unloading from one stage to another and stress release, probably 1 hours for a bezel, as for the movement parts, if they run in parallel, it may take only 5 hours to make providing there is no queue on the machine including the chrome plating and cleaning processes.
The assembly of the Rolex watch might take up a few persons each takes care of one module.
Total assembly time may be just 3 hours as they need to assemble them, lubricating it, calibrating it. then they have to pass to auto winder for winding test, may be 2 days, and then go to a water pressure checker for water proof test, that may take up 2 hour including transportation.
Then they will be pass to COSC certification, that may takes 3 days excluding waiting time as they are having other Swiss Big Chronometer makers like Tag Heuer and Breitling to be inspected.. then return to Rolex for final QC check and packing. So the manufacturing time if about 1 month min.
It depends on how you describe the manufacturing process, if everything goes serial, it may take a year or more to make a watch. If that applies to Patek Phillippe, it may take 10 years to make one triple Complication Repeater Watch.
“It takes a year to make one Rolex!” is more or less an advertisement for Rolex. That make you feel better for every dollars you spend on your Rolex!
I have not been invited for a plant tour Rolex production line, the data I stated about is based on my studies on various web sites and my understanding through friends, there may be difference with the actual data.
If you have a more accurate data, please update me, I am glad to learn.