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Books from Basel

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This is a German language catalog from several years back that I picked up at a used book store in Basel. I am a fan of Patek but not in the market for one. Basically I had to have this because the receptionist at the Patek booth several years back claimed that they did not publish a catalog. While the story was ridiculous the size of the catalog (1" thick) tells you why they are too expensive to hand out for free to any warm body that saunters past their booth..

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Written by the former Executive Director of Richemont Group this book presents in lavish detail the history of JLC. One of my favorite watch companies, I have had my eye on this tome for a few years now. Given its size and weight I had to bide my time before pulling the trigger. This book is more than just a history of JLC describing the ethos of an amazing organization. The production value and information surpassed my expectations. You get the impression that this book was written by someone that cared deeply for the company, its history and its future.

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This was the surprise find of the show as far as books. I am a huge fan of NOMOS and love what they do. This is a whimsical and laborious researched encyclopedia about the company, watchmaking, and the town of Glashutte. A great piece of marketing literature and fun to read!

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Okay to be honest I felt a little stupid brining this back since its avaialble in the States. However I took a detour during my trip to visit the Vitra Museum/Showroom in Weil am Rhein, Germany to help my wife with a project of hers. Its plainly a great summation of some of the greatest and most interesting cars ever made.

This is a German language catalog from several years back that I picked up at a used book store in Basel. I am a fan of Patek but not in the market for one. Basically I had to have this because the receptionist at the Patek booth several years back claimed that they did not publish a catalog. While the story was ridiculous the size of the catalog (1" thick) tells you why they are too expensive to hand out for free to any warm body that saunters past their booth..Written by the former Executive Director of Richemont Group this book presents in lavish detail the history of JLC. One of my favorite watch companies, I have had my eye on this tome for a few years now. Given its size and weight I had to bide my time before pulling the trigger. This book is more than just a history of JLC describing the ethos of an amazing organization. The production value and information surpassed my expectations. You get the impression that this book was written by someone that cared deeply for the company, its history and its future.This was the surprise find of the show as far as books. I am a huge fan of NOMOS and love what they do. This is a whimsical and laborious researched encyclopedia about the company, watchmaking, and the town of Glashutte. A great piece of marketing literature and fun to read!Okay to be honest I felt a little stupid brining this back since its avaialble in the States. However I took a detour during my trip to visit the Vitra Museum/Showroom in Weil am Rhein, Germany to help my wife with a project of hers. Its plainly a great summation of some of the greatest and most interesting cars ever made.

I will do a quick review of the watches that I saw and liked in a few weeks. However since there are plenty of much more capable people than I covering the show I thought you would like to see some of the other interesting aspects of the Basel show. For me I love collecting books and magazines. Pretty much everywhere I go I look for interesting books, even if they are in a language I don’t understand. I guess it goes well with the antiquated mechanical watches that we produce. Unsurprisingly most of the books I collect are about vintage watches, watchmaking, or books that cover the luxury industry. Over the last seven years that I have been visiting Switzerland and more specifically attending the Baselworld watch show I have easily brought back more than 100 pounds worth of books. When I visit New York later this month I hope to find some time to go the Rizzoli or Taschen book stores in SoHo.

Kingston GO delivery

The delivery scheduling is in process. Once we get a basic idea of the methodology that we will follow shipments will resume and the Order Status Portal will be updated as needed.

Results of the Project 300 name survey

Overwhelming the choice was “Project 300″. Even my wife likes the name. Some of the write-in suggestions were good as well but there wasn’t anything that was indicative of a trend towards one idea or another. We can now move onto the next phase of the design process the dial, case body, and case back design.

Sea Fighter Sold Out

The Sea Fighter is now sold out. The model is being discontinued and no decision has been made as to whether it will be re-launched at a later time. Thank you to our customers for making this a great series!

Please stay tuned for new releases later this year.

Back to work….

a little worse for wear because of the jet lag but the best I have felt after a trip overseas.  Baselworld was interesting and productive. In short though not a lot of new watches launched from my perspective but still a few goods ones were announced. More on that later.

Maxmadco Pen

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Maxmadco Pen

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Maxmadco Pen

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What can I say about the Maxmadco pen? It’s a pen. However it may possibly be the last pen you ever own. Clean, modern, disarmingly simple, the pen design is the product of years of thought and consideration. The result is that in your hand the pen feels like you could use it to anchor a lion in the center of a ring of singing children dressed as gazelles. In addition to the excellent design and craftsmanship the pen is all the more special because of the man behind it, jim (the lowercase “J” is not a typo). I have been fortunate to count jim as a friend for a number of years now and have come to know him as a man of intelligence, confidence gained through experience, modesty, and tremendous skill. Having spent more than 25 years as a manual machinist his endless passion for his trade elevates it to near artistry. In this context the simple and original design of this pen quietly begins to speak volumes of the effort it took to create the Maxmadco pen. Today’s world is one of convenience and instant gratification but often lacking substance, meaning, or value. The Maxmadco pen is something that will last and has the potential to become more than just an utensil to its owner. New designs and ideas are proclaimed daily and just as quickly forgotten. This pen will be something that you will miss when it’s gone or search high and low for when it’s missing. For those reasons it’s a treasured sight in the apron that I put on before I set to work everyday.

The Maxmadco pen is available through jim’s site.