Water Resistant Mark

Against the tide

One often wonders whether humans have invented everything there is to invent. When you consider all the investment that has gone into making such things as the solar-powered torch and baconnaise (bacon-flavoured mayonnaise), well, you have to wonder, right?

Sunday, 27 May, 2012, 12:00am

Back to square one

Calling someone a 'square' is something of an insult. Squares are seen as boring, conventional and predictably reliable. Ned Flanders is a square, for example, as is post-Beatles Paul McCartney. However, being square doesn't have to be all bad. Indeed, being square in the watch world usually indicates a predilection for going against the grain, and some watches revel in their squareness.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bright and beautiful

Spring has sprung, so we can say goodbye to being cold, grey skies and muted clothing. There's something unnatural about shivering in Hong Kong unless, of course, you are in a room, windows closed, with the air conditioning on full blast. Spring is undoubtedly the best season in these parts; warm and dry without all that un- sightly sweating and unbearable humidity.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Army of one

Judging by the wildly successful Call of Duty computer games, it appears that children today love nothing more than ultra-realistic military shoot 'em ups. For old-timers like myself, playing these games online and getting annihilated by 12-year-olds from Korea is now, sadly, par for the course.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Britain's finest hours

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Britain was actually good at making things. When it came to cars, chocolate, clothes and pop music, Britannia ruled. Alas, no more. Britain sold its soul to the service sector, subprime mortgages and collateralised debt obligations, which, of course, worked out really well. Still, there are some British brands making a decent fist of it.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Jingle fever

It's November, so, of course, it's time to think about Christmas presents. Actually, judging by the yuletide muzak and Christmas decorations, holiday shopping started just before Halloween. The perennial problem with Christmas, aside from the outrageous commercialism and weight gain, is what to get your nearest and dearest.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sea world

Pirates have had appalling press recently, but what's causing the tide to turn? Is it the Somali pirates causing chaos off the coast of Africa or is it the awful Pirates of the Caribbean 4?

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Honour bound

Nobody remembers who finished in second place, or so the saying goes. Not many people remember Carl Lewis' valiant dash to the line in the 1988 Summer Olympics 100-metre final, as he trailed in the wake of a juiced up Ben Johnson.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Sailing Watches

Jean Richard - Diverscope (HK$48,800)

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Two timers

A watch that tells the time in two different time zones makes a perfect travel companion.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Moveable assets

Multiple time zones help the well-travelled keep track of time at home and away

Officine Panerai Ferrari Granturismo GMT Alarm HK$77,000

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

splendid watch, over

Bring out your inner fighter pilot with this rugged timepiece from Graham London. Only 500 pieces of the latest design in the Chronofighter Oversize series are available worldwide.

1 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Five Great ... Watches

The Power Breaker N03 is engraved with Flavio Briatore's signature on the back. The watch features a matt black steel case and comes with a rubber strap ($98,000) from de Grisogono, Shop 2062-2063, IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2522 8368

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Latest range opens door to exclusive club

With a case inspired by the Italian company's military past, this is the first family of watches with movements that have been made entirely in-house

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Hublot finds classic niche

MDM Geneve has turned its back on fashion trends in watchmaking to implement a policy of refining its existing Hublot series.

It has coined the phrase ''Classic Forever'' to describe this concept.

14 Mar 1993 - 12:00am