Mitte letzter Woche war es soweit. Ein leises Zwitschern ließ mich die über die vergangenen Monate meist geschlossen gehaltenen Fenster öffnen und da war er: der Frühling. Zumindest ein allererster, gar zarter Hauch davon. Erste Vögel, die sangen, Temperaturen, die nicht gar so winterlich mehr erschienen. Ein Blick auf die Uhr und es war klar: es bedarf eines Wechsels für die neue Jahreszeit.
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Inspiration on grey days
It's that time again. The persistent high fog has Vienna firmly in its grip. When I look out of the window, grey is the dominant tone. What is needed is a little horological cheer for the mind. And with that: Welcome to my absolute favourite feature of the current Timelounge homepage.
Thinking of spring today
In the middle of last week, the time had come. A soft chirping sound made me open the windows, which had been kept closed for most of the past months, and there it was: spring. At least a very first, even delicate hint of it. The first birds singing, temperatures that no longer seemed so wintry. One glance at the clock and it was clear: a change was needed for the new season.
A Rocky Road
It was last summer in Portofino when I sat down for a Bellini in one of the many cafés along the picturesque bay and struck up a conversation with my table neighbour.
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Discontinued - Part II
When I think back to the watch experiences of my childhood, there is always one detail that comes to mind that has stuck with me: the little aluminum plate bent around the strap of my father's watch, on which a monthly calendar was printed.
Discontinued - Part II
When I wrote about the end of the Patek Philippe Nautilus in stainless steel, I couldn't imagine that I would have to write such an article again only a few weeks later. This time, however, it hit me much harder. Because this time it was about the Royal Oak.
I've always enjoyed watching Formula 1, and it used to be because of the races. Gerhard Berger in a team competition with Jean Alesi, Michael Schumacher against Damon Hill and Sebastian Vettel against, yes, himself? That was fun. In the last few years, however, I have focused more and more on the pre and post race coverage. And there - the view of the wrist.
The bombshell popped with announcement. Patek Philippe is discontinuing what is probably the best-known, but in any case the most sought-after watch in the collection: the Patek Philippe Nautilus in stainless steel, ref. 5711/1A. And the common enthusiast of exquisite timepieces grabs his head and can basically only ask himself: "Have they become completely stupid, there in good old Geneva?"