Tuesday, 26 July 2011

The One Good Watch: Omega Seamaster Professional 2541.80

As I said in my last post over here that every man should have one good item of everything. I now bring you the One Good Watch. This is where I bring you short pictorials on that significant timepiece which I believe every man should have. Or aim to have. Or had.

This is an Omega Seamaster Professional Quartz divers watch circa 2001 which I currently own and cherish. It looks pretty good, large enough yet due to the bracelet dressy enough for most occasions including those pretty formal functions (although a leather strap dress watch is better but this would do). The way is looks and its heritage (its an Omega, enough said!) is why one should get a proper timepiece instead of one of those fashion or knock-off watches. It looks good, is durable 300m with a helium gas release valve for those people who end up doing deep sea dives (which I obviously do not)-

I've stuck my hands into dirty, greasy engines while wearing it on my wrist, gone swimming and lots more sweaty stuff with it. It has a few dings and knocks, but that adds character I think. Somehow doing menial chores while wearing a proper timepiece does wonders to your self esteem.

Oh yes.The Omega Seamaster Professional 300m 2541.80 (its model number) may be a quartz, but heck, its the watch James Bond used in Goldeneye (1995). And one needs a little bit of quartz accuracy and a break from winding watches all the time. This watch has basically been in production since the mid-1990s and the latest quartz variant is basically unchanged with some cosmetic accents on the dial and a slightly different caseback pattern. The thing about investing in a proper timepiece is that there are always parts for it even after ten years. Thus It deserves to be in the list of the One Good Watch.

Of course, there is the One Good Watch for formal occassions, the One Good Watch for driving, for diving, for timing a boiled egg. The list is endless............

Friday, 8 July 2011

What Every Man SHOULD Have - THE BASICS

I posted this over in motoring-malaysia.blogspot.com back in 2009. It still makes perfect sense to any man out there. There are some additions which I have marked in italics:

1. One good dark coloured suit (for weddings, funerals and certain semi-formal occasions) These days a suit can be black if it is your only suit BUT do note that in Malaysia you can get away with a Long Sleeved Batik Shirt instead of a suit as the Batik Shirt is considered as formal attire. I've got both. Obviously. And batik is pretty universal in tropical climate - Nelson Mandela (above) over in South Africa uses the madiba shirt, or printed silk shirt, also categorized as a batik shirt by most.

2. One good watch - you do need to tell time. That Casio G-SHOCK won't impress the women at the casino. James Bond uses Omega and previously Rolex. There are reasons for this especially with the Rolex if you're stuck in a third world country you can pawn it for good money. A Seiko would do. It tells me (and most others) that you are at least willing to stick out a little for a timepiece and not just something insignificant. Your smartphone can also tell time. BUT it is a phone. 

3. One good pen - That cheap Kilometrico in your business shirt pocket looks cheap. And makes you look cheaper. Buy a RM50 Parker Jotter (pic above). Not a pricey pen but it looks its part and your image will improve with this small investment but if you lose it you won't cry like a baby (try losing a MONTEGRAPPA and then see how).

James Bond used one in Goldeneye. Remember that pen that could explode? So if you can still find a New Old Stock (NOS) Parker Jotter (which by now is out of production) then by all means get one. If not, a newer budget model Parker, Cross or Pelikan would do.

4. Two good pairs of shoes for work. Two is the minimum number so that you can rotate them. Use one and rest the other. But the best number for rotation is actually 5 pairs. So you only use that one pair per day per week. Your shoes will last a long time if you do so. If you would kindly check out the picture below you'd see that I have enough shoes to have a proper rotation of shoes that would keep them wearable for a long long time. There is that saying "you are too poor to afford one good pair of shoes" as one good pair will only last about six months or less if worn everyday. And that's why you should have at least two pairs of shoes for any occasion. 

I like using Mr Bond as reference even though he may not actually be the best role model for dressing up, or dressing down. But a fictional character who drives nice cars, gets the girls, wears nice suits is actually better than 95% of anything out there. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

A Bit Of Colour To Brighten Things Up

It is actually quite dull to just wear black colored socks...with black colored shoes and with most Malaysian men, black colored pants. There are more colors out there and black colored pants should be kept for black tie functions, funerals, weddings and other formal occasion. But things should be brighter.

And EVEN IF you wear black pants, which I never do these days, you can brighten things up with a blue pair of socks. It goes extremely well with grey pants/slacks and that pair of black perforated cap toe oxfords. It also brightens up the footwell of your car.

Oh. By the way, welcome to this new blog, people. 


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