Christmas is back…


A time for giving, and hopefully, not only in material terms, but much more importantly, to give the best of us, to all those who surround us…

That should be Christmas.

A time to reflect upon a beautiful story, about a birth, about love and especially about hope.

In a moment in which our world is going through so many challenges and we, humankind, are facing so many difficulties let us stop for a moment, take a deep breath, find our inner peace…

And enjoy the spirit of the season, the simplicity of feeling, if only for a moment…

To All, a Very Merry Christmas!

Finally Back to Posting… And IWC to begin with!

With apologies to my readers…

Things got really complicated in the past few months and my availability to write was next to none. I will try to catch up…!


I’m very keen to share my impressions on the IWC Aquatimer Chrono 376703, but since this is an announcement post I will just share a few photos of it as a teaser and will afterwards publish a post dedicated uniquely to the watch itself.


Throughout the years IWC has been presenting us with several different series and variations on their Aquatimer… I personally like them all. From the very discreet ones like the 3536 or the Vintage Collection (based on the original from 1967) to the more colorful like this here 376703 I can’t seem to find much fault in any of them.


Coming out of the box…


Some people find this latest (from 2009) series of the Aquatimer a bit “over the top” and I even heard it called “cartoonish”… I beg to disagree… Intensely.

It’s obviously not a watch for everyone nor a watch for every occasion, but that cannot be used against it – quite the opposite. It’s a diver’s watch, perfectly adapted to its “tool” function and that can also be worn on a day to day basis. It won’t fit very nicely with a tuxedo or a dinner jacket but that’s why we have “dress watches” …


Here pictured with the “brother” Aquatimer 2000 ref. 3568.


The Aquatimer Chrono is very well built and it just exudes quality, no matter how you look at it and it has a presence all of its own.

More to come on this subject, soon…

Furthermore I am preparing a post on the IWC Pilot Mark XVII:


Probably my favorite watch at the moment…

And not to be called to biased towards IWC – which I admit is my favorite brand – I intend to post my thoughts on several different watches that I find curious or worth of notice as such:


The Clerc CXX Scuba 250 Limited Edition…


The elusive Rado Sintra Skeleton COSC….


The Momo Design Pilot XL GMT…


The Meccaniche Veloci Rally…


The Alpina Sailing Extreme 40 Limited Edition…


And a quite funny Shanghai Tang.

On a totally different note I wish to make a post on african wildlife, with particular focus on the rapidly dwindling population of Rhinoceros… An issue that should concern all of us.


So much to do, so little time…!

Posts for the Next Weeks

Dear Readers,

Due to increased work commitments and engagements my time to write new posts has been little or none. But I intend to make it up in the next few weeks!

I will be posting about some books, some more watches and, since I will be traveling, definitely there will be many photos and stories to make a few posts on Asia.

Regarding watches I expect to review the IWC AT Chronograph model 376703, now discontinued, that I’ve never seen reviewed anywhere and which I am very eager to experience.







About some sweet puppies

Hello Everyone!

This is just a small post with some photos of “these guys”…

My daughter’s Great uncle brought quite a few of these sweet puppies from Hong Kong to give her…

My daughter took them to school to share with her little friends and, as you can imagine looking at the pictures, it was an instant success…

Not surprising if you consider the age group of 3 to 4 year old and the general “cuteness” of the sweets.

The comments circled around the theme “wow! look at these guys…! They are too cute!”.

I really find it amazing, the imagination and skill involved to come up with such a visually appealing result from such a simple set of ingredients.

And apparently also very tasty, despite the fact that I couldn’t bring myself to eat any (must be getting soft with age), the children had them all surprisingly fast!

Well, before they disappeared I couldn’t resist so I just took these few photos, as a small homage to the ingenuity of the people who came up with this lovely idea!

Here’s a couple of photos to illustrate the scale of the little things…


I hope you enjoy watching the photos as much as I did shooting them!

There are some more in the gallery below…




Dear Readers, Welcome!

Dear Readers, welcome to this blog!

Why am I starting a blog?

Well, I always enjoyed writing and, due to all sorts of different reasons, I haven’t been doing it much in the past years. Then, a few months ago I bought a watch and registered at the brand’s forum and suddenly I found myself for the first time actively participating on something online and writing frequently. At a certain point the thought just occurred to me, why not write a blog? And that’s it – the short version.

What am I going to write about?

Now, that is something a bit tricky. I want to write about things that I like and things that I don’t like. I intend to give my opinions which are solely mine in a polite and matter of fact manner, but, being my opinions, they will forcefully carry my own bias, as personal opinions should. I hope to write about life and all sorts of pleasant things as books, watches, movies, cars and whatever else I feel like. I don’t intend to bring you any “pearls of wisdom” because I’m not that wise and I very definitely won’t give anyone advise on how they should live their own lives.

Expect to find photos, I really like photography.

I will not write about politics or religion. There are too many people doing that and in my humble opinion it just adds to the general confusion. That said I might offer a comment once in a while.

I will not be politically correct. I loathe “politically correct”, it’s just a modern way of being hypocritical without the side effect of feeling guilty about it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, come around whenever you feel like to check if there is something new. And I do hope you will enjoy yourselves.