Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Six Million Dollar Dree! Mesti Tonton!

Presenting the debut of Six Million Dollar Dree. If you look carefully at his face - he looks like he just won RM6,000,000 from Mega 6/52.

And in the world of high speed cameras, reality takes on a whole new meaning. Time dilation is fun!

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Jaeger Le-Coultre Gives A Glimpse

Jaeger Le-Coultre gives JLC LeClub members a glimpse of what is coming in 2008. It was a quiet evening at the JLC boutique at Starhill where a small crowd of LeClub members were priviledged to be invited to peek at the new offerings. Here we have a few new stunning Squadras for the ladies and a reincarnation of the famed Polaris. Read my full report by clicking on the photo below...

And on another totally unrelated note, check out these cool socks that can only be found in selected Nike (and Nike Culture) boutiques. The soles have rubberized patterns so you won't slip when you wear them indoors. I believe they are only for the Asian market and comes in various colourways. MSRP? RM22.90. Get them all!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Time In History

A must read article by Jack Forster at Horomundi. Click on the photo for the full story.

Probably the most amazing watch ever made in history. For Marie Antoinette but never completed until after her death. Took 44 years to create. Stolen in 1983 and resurfaced last year. And now... a replica made of 823 parts. Read it!

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Seiko SARB031

Some quick shots of the very very affordable (around USD300+) and stunning handwindable and hackable Seiko SARB031. Very reminiscent of an old style Grand Seiko (and perfect if you don't wanna plunk cash down for a GS), this piece is really gorgeous and will suit you well if you pair it with a nice french cuffed white shirt. Has the solid 6R15 movement inside and a solid signed crown for easy grip during winding. There's also a black dialed version in the SARB029 which is also nice. Click on the thumbs for the larger pics.

Finish is excellent at this price point though I am not fond of the visible holes on the outer side of the lugs. It has a hardlex crystal that is curved and this gives it a really vintage look.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Kayano Is King

I'm fitter than I used to be. Well, not much, but my stamina has definitely improved a lot from 3 times a week of badminton and a weekly dose of futsal. All this after a decade plus of inactivity due to laziness coupled with my double slipped discs. While my enthusiasm in sports is at an all time high, my body simply cannot take the pounding. I find a lot of injuries cropping up at my knees and ankles so I don't stinge on proper support for my feet i.e. shoes.

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I use a well recommended Asics Gel Tactics for badminton and I've heard much about the legendary Asics Kayano (now in its 14th iteration). While Asics' running shoe cosmetics have a love/hate relationship with the populace, their performance have left many avid runners asking for more. Consistently on "Editor's Choice" lists or running shoe awards (e.g. see the respected running website, Runnersworld), the Kayano has gained much applause for its performance. The 13th version had a big reputation to follow up to in light of the stunning 12th edition but now, the 14th version has about 25% more gel installed and, though just released in Dec07/Jan08, has already garnered a lot of praise from runners around the globe.

In any case, I don't really have enough time to run/jog around that much nowadays but I try to slip in a little of it during weekends. I admit, I use the shoes mainly for walking about. The Kayano is very much a support type running shoe which means that you won't find it the softest or plushest running shoe around (you can try the Nike Pegasus+ or the Asics Nimbus 9 for that). It's meant for neutral footing position (as opposed to supinated/pronated footing) and you can compare the support/padding it gives to the solid shock absorbers found in teutonic cars (like BMW or Mercedes). While I am aware that there are more expensive Asics running shoes around (like the new Kinsei 2 and the Kinetic) and also other firm favourites from brands like Saucony and Brooks (not to mention the popular choices from Adidas/Puma/Nike etc), I have grown to love the Kayano and will not hesitate to get another pair.

Now I just have to convince my super fit Ironman buddy to get a pair hahaha... Oh btw, if any of you running shoe marketing folks are out there reading this, he's the man to sponsor a pair of shoes for review/test run.

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WTF??? Not another Onitsuka Tiger???!!!???

Ah... a thing of beauty. I cannot resist... (click on the photo for more views)

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