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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396: You can never really tell what the next generation wants

Saturday, August 8th, 2015


Present day, evening. In a well-to-do middle-class household, a father is about to have an important after-dinner conversation with his son about the family heirloom…

Father:         (wipes mouth with napkin) Son, now that you’ve turned 18, I’ll be handing my most precious possession over to you. Hopefully you can look after it just as I did, and pass it on to your children one day.

Son:              OMG dad. That’s so GR8. I’ll be sure to show it some serious TLC.

Father:          Uh… right. (Unveils an extremely well-kept Patek Philippe Ref: 5396G-011 from its box) Here! This is an Annual Calendar from the best watchmaker in the world, Patek Philippe. You know what they say: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the ne-”

Son:             SRSLY?

Father:         Huh?

Son:             No, I mean, SRSLY?


Comparative Review: AP Royal Oak Ref 15400ST vs Ref 15300ST

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

In 1972, Audemars Piguet introduced a stainless steel wristwatch destined to be an instant classic. Designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, the Royal Oak would almost single-handedly rescue Audemars Piguet from insolvency during the difficult years of the Quartz revolution, and play a large part in establishing AP as one of the leading watchmakers today… but you already know this story.

What you may not know is how the new Royal Oak, reference 15400ST, compares against the old Royal Oak, reference 15300ST. Well, if you’ve been following this blog (and I know you’re out there, that guy who keeps stealing images without my permission), you’d have guessed that Tourbullion almost always approves of older stuff, including cheese and fine vinegar. I’m not going to lie; the 15300 is clearly the superior watch here, but hold on! I actually have a proper thought process this time, and I urge you to read on till the end of this article. Please.


Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39: Diary of a Watchmaker

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

JLC Master Ultra-Thin 39 Moon

Sunday, 17th June

Dear diary, today I find myself again in an argument with my co-workers. Christophe has just left my office after complaining that my watches are too skinny.

But what does Christophe understand? Thin is beautiful!! Not like those horrible Master Compressors that he keeps trying to sell to American rap stars and Navy Seals!


Rolex Submariner Ceramic Bezel: Interview with the (Green) HULK

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Day, recording studio in the suburbs. Famous radio watch talk-show host Harry Hor Lor Gee is adjusting his microphone and other recording equipment. Across him sits the Incredible Hulk (TM), who looks confused and is clearly uncomfortable in this environment. He examines the microphone in front of him with curiosity, but resists eating it.

Harry Hor: (whispering) .. we’re on? Okay clear the room. (excitedly) Hey watch fans, this is Harry Hor Loh Gee and welcome to another exciting edition of “Watch Tok” -as in ‘Tik Tok’ – get it? Heheh! Boy do we have a special treat in store for you today…

Hulk: Rargh?

Harry Hor: …  and that’s our special guest all “rargh”-ing to go! Heheh! Just hold your horses while I do the show intro sir. “Watch Tok”, your on-air source for critical and objective watch analyses and reviews. “Watch Tok” is brought to you by Hank Bueller, maker of fine watches since 2008. Hank Bueller – we make watches for people who really prefer diamonds.

Like I was saying watch fans, do we have a treat for you today! Introducing live in our studios the very green and very mean Misterrrrrrrrr Incrrrrrrrrrredible Huuuuuulk! At last, watch fans all over the world will finally get to hear what Mr. Hulk himself has to say about horology!

Hulk: (Confused) Urh? (more…)

Half-Gold Rolex Submariner 16613: Gold-Fingered

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

(Written by Auric Goh Fin Ger, Would-be World Dictator, Gold-thief and Purveyor of Pussies Galore)

Mr. Goh

Mr. Goh Fin Ger

Young man, let me begin by saying that I’ve been around. I was born at the time when a ‘waterproof watch’ meant that you could spit on it and polish the case. When a Cold War meant that a nuclear conflict, not a fight over cheap refrigeration, could break out anytime. But I’m not going to reminisce today. I’m going to teach you about value.

Like I said, I’ve been around. I’ve fought my share of super-spies, be they from MI6 or MILF. In retrospect, not everything I’ve done made sense- like trying to encase people with molten gold, or slice up enemies using a buzz-saw (ed: or, as pointed out by a reader, a laser cutter in the movie version. Yes there was a novel too!). But it’s my rage you see… sometimes, people just get me really, really mad.

Like the other day. (more…)

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