About a Book I Recommend – Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore

Sacre Bleu, A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore

The title pretty much sums it up, it’s a book about the color blue, about art and artists and it is a comedy.

The author wrote an extremely clever and imaginative plot that revolves around two characters – Blue and the Color man – and their influence on art and painters in illo tempore.

It starts with the suicide / assassination of Vincent Van Gogh and from then on is a roller coaster trip over the major names in art of the 19th and early 20th Century, it’s smart, it’s engaging, it keeps on your toes all the way and gives you a great insight (although partly fictional) into an era where things were just being reinvented all the time.

Christopher Moore made a prodigious investigative work to write this book, just for all the things that one can learn, it would be worth reading it, but it’s much bigger than that, it’s an exercise in intelligent humor.

If I had to rate it I would give it 85 out of 100.

If you feel like checking more info on this book: http://guide.sacrebleu.info

Thank you for reading!


About a Watch

This is not intended as a proper review, it’s just a post with my opinions over one of my favorite IWC watches.

This is the IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 ref. 3568, it is a dive watch, it is fantastically well built – can withstand the pressure of 2000 meters under water and it is, in a tortuous way, the reason why I’m writing this blog… Therefore it deserves the honor to appear in this first post.

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It’s big – 44mm width and 14 mm height – but not as big as some other IWC models like the wonderful Big Pilots or the amazing Aquatimer Deep Two. Despite the size it is very comfortable on the wrist and the (excellent) rubber strap with quick change system just helps to the overall feel of quality.

It has a stainless steel case, sapphire glass and a very precise and easy to use screw-in crown.

One of the wonderful features of this watch is the rotating bezel built of sapphire crystal with Super LumiNova (TM) applied underneath, this is also applied in the hour markers and in the hands so you get an amazing three tone luminescence under low light conditions.

The movement is the self-winding Caliber 30110, unfortunately not in-house but it works flawlessly and it is taken to the IWC precision criteria which is slightly tighter than that used by the COSC.

The case finishing, partly polished and partly brushed is beyond any type of criticism and all the fittings are just perfect.

As a dive watch it does maintain a certain “tool” feel but the built quality and the design elegance allow for it to be taken anywhere and anyplace. With a tie maybe not, but I don’t feel any problem in wearing it with a dark suit or a blazer when properly combined.

Minor perk – it is very shiny when under direct sunlight.

Overall it gives me great aesthetic pleasure.

Thank you for reading!

IWC is one of the top Swiss watchmakers and the AT 2000 is one of its simplest watches. Anyone who finds this interesting should check the IWC website www.iwc.com and the excellent IWC Collectors’ Forum www.iwc.com/forum.

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.