Monday, June 28, 2010

A sad day for the watch world

A legend in the world of Horology, Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek passed away last night (28th June 2010). Here is the Press Release from the Swatch Group:

Press Release

Biel/Bienne, 28 June 2010 - With deep sadness and regret we inform you that Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman and Delegate of the Board of Directors of The Swatch Group Ltd. unexpectedly passed away today due to heart failure during work at his beloved Swatch Group.

Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek's greatest merit was his enormous contribution to the saving of the Swiss watch industry and the foundation and the commercial development of the Swatch Group. Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek's extraordinary vision enabled him to realize and ensure the sustainability of a strong watchmaking enterprise with high Swiss added value. He is rightly recognized as a leading entrepreneur in this country.

With the right personnel decisions, Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek also ensured that his ideas and beliefs will live on and that continuity is guaranteed in regard of shareholders, Board of Directors and the Group Management Board.


Our prayers are with his family and friends.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Interesting read on Nicolas Hayek, CEO of Swatch

Found this link on Watchtalkforums. A must read!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hello Google!!

Finally!! Our blog now shows up on the very first page when you search for 'India watch blog' in Google. Its getting there folks - slow and steady! I can't wait to see it at the very top :D

OMEGA Aqua Terra Eau de Toilette pour Homme

I have a habit of going a bit overboard with things every once in a while, but when it comes to fine watches, my (not so fine) salary keeps me under check. However, while flipping through a magazine yesterday, I learnt that Omega had launched a fragrance for men. Being an Omega guy, I was immediately drawn towards it. It's called "Aqua Terra" and according to its website:
"More than a hundred of the most exclusive raw materials were selected and blended. The result is a long-lasting fragrance with energetic, sophisticated, sensuous aspects."
I'm sure it smells great, plus the bottle will be a nice keep. Besides, at Rs 4,100 ($88) it's not going to burn a big hole in my pocket.
Oh, did I mention it's Swiss Made! ;)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Surprise Spotting

So, Crazyfingers and I visited our hometown of Dehradun after a LONG time and though there are some visible changes that have taken place (new eating joints, showrooms, etc), it's still keeps true to its image of a small town known for its MANY schools and green surroundings :)
Dehradun Railway Station

It was quite a refreshing change to be away from the fast paced and stressful lifestyle of Mumbai. I just loved how relaxed and laid back life still is back there. Eating out is cheap, even in the best of restaurants, and it's still quite rare to spot a Merc or a BMW on the roads :p But on the way back, at the airport we were quite surprised to spot 2 Omegas (Planet Ocean and Constellation) and a Rolex (apart from mine and CF's)! The guy with the Planet Ocean was sitting next to CF on the coach to the plane, but was looking a bit too grumpy to start a conversation with.
I had a connecting flight to Mumbai from Delhi the next day, but the evening we arrived, we visited the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon. It's a 142 acre expanse and has one of the best golf courses in the subcontinent. I was kicking myself for not carrying a camera, but I did manage to capture a couple of pictures of the golf course with my cell phone, which needless to say, do not do the place any justice.

DLF Golf and Country Club

Unfortunately, it was really hot out that day and we didn't stick around for very long, but while there I did spot a Rolex Yatchmaster! So in all, it was quite an exciting trip for two watch geeks like us :)