Chow Tai Fook x Peace Mark

In Sept 2008, Peace Mark had sold its STM Holding (which was being acquired by Peace Mark in late 2007) to the Festina group. STM makes about 300,000 mechanical movements and 100 million quartz movements annually, while Festina (a Spanish watch company) who does own several brands including Festina, Jaguar and Perrelet.

In Oct 2008, Chow Tai Fook confirmed it will take over some of the retail operations and the manufacturing facilities of Peace Mark (which was in provisional liquidation). Under the deal, Chow Tai Fook would take control of two factories and over 1,000 retail stores of Peace Mark across China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Source: JCK online, The Standard

LG KU990 Viewty Goes White

In this Autumn (Oct 2008), LG Viewty is turning white.

Featuring the same capabilities as the original Viewty, LG Viewty White comes with a fantastic 5MP Xenon-flashed camera (certified by Schneider- Kreuznach), which is capable of capturing videos at 120fps.

This camera phone adopts manual focus option, an image stabilizer and an ISO up to 800 for indoor or night shooting.

The LG Viewty White also come with a music player, an FM radio with RDS and the stereo bluetooth support.

Other features include a 3-inch touchscreen, an expandable microSD card (up to 2 GB), and a jog wheel on the back. Users are able to write, edit and draw directly on screen with a stylus pen or with your fingertips.

William Bamue Tourbillon

The first tourbillon to be offered by Baume & Mercier.

Numbered edition of 10, the William Baume Tourbillon comes in 18-carat red gold in 43mm wide with a manually-wound movement, WB-T002.

The watch features a quite unusual placement of the tourbillon aperture at 9 o’clock. It is elegant and beautiful.

William Baume – Tourbillon (limited to 10 pieces)
Reference: M0A0 8796
Movement: WB-T002, manual, decorated
Functions: Tourbillon at 9 o'clock and Small Seconds Counter at 6 o'clock
Case: 43mm in 18K red Gold Case with Sapphire Crystal Case Back
Dial: “Vieux panier” Guilloché Décor
Water Resistance: 30 m

Pringles Salty Snack

A potato chip or crisp is a thin slice of potato, deep fried or baked until crisp. The simplest chips of this kind are just cooked and salted, but manufacturers can add a wide variety of flavoring (mostly made using herbs, spices, cheese, artificial additives or MSG).

Since potato contains 75% of water, it takes approximately 4 pounds of potatoes to make 1 pound of potato chips.

In July 2008, Judge Justice Warren (High Court, UK) said Pringles' "unnatural shape", distinctive tube packaging, and non-potato ingredients meant that the snack could not be classified as a crisp.

The ruling pointed out that Pringles – who are most famous for their irritatingly catch adverts "once you pop, you can't stop" – contain corn flour, wheat starch, maltodextrin, emulsifier, rice flour and dextrose, and just 42 per cent potato content.

Sources: Telegraph, UK, Wikiepedia

World Leading University - 2008

2008 Rank 2007 Rank Institution Country Score
1 1 Harvard University US 100.0
2 2= Yale University US 99.8
3 2= University of Cambridge UK 99.5
4 2= University of Oxford UK 98.9
5 7= California Institute of Technology US 98.6
6 5 Imperial College London UK 98.4
7 9 University College London UK 98.1
8 7= University of Chicago US 98.0
9 10 Massachusetts Institute of Technology US 96.7
10 11 Columbia University US 96.3
11 14 University of Pennsylvania US 96.1
12 6 Princeton University US 95.7
13= 13 Duke University US 94.4
13= 15 Johns Hopkins University US 94.4
15 20= Cornell University US 94.3
16 16 Australian National University Australia 92.0
17 19 Stanford University US 91.2
18 38= University of Michigan US 91.0
19 17 University of Tokyo Japan 90.0
20 12 McGill University Canada 89.7
21 20= Carnegie Mellon University US 89.6
22 24 King's College London UK 89.5
23 23 University of Edinburgh UK 89.3
24 42

ETH Zurich

(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Switzerland 89.1
25 25 Kyoto University Japan 87.4
26 18 University of Hong Kong HK 87.1
27 32 Brown University US 85.2
28 26 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris France 84.8
29 30 University of Manchester UK 84.4
30= 41 University of California, Los Angeles US 84.3
30= 33= National University of Singapore Singapore 84.3
32 37 University of Bristol UK 84.1
33 29 Northwestern University US 83.3
34= 33= University of British Columbia Canada 83.0
34= 28 Ecole Polytechnique France 83.0
36 22 University of California, Berkeley US 82.9
37 31 University of Sydney Australia 82.4
38 27 University of Melbourne Australia 82.3
39 53=

Hong Kong University of

Science and Technology

HK 81.4
40 49 New York University US 81.3
41 45 University of Toronto Canada 81.1
42 38 Chinese University of Hong Kong HK 81.0
43 33= University of Queensland Australia 80.7
44 46 Osaka University Japan 80.1
45 44 University of New South Wales Australia 79.8
46 47 Boston University US 79.1
47 43 Monash University Australia 78.7
48 93= University of Copenhagen Denmark 78.5
49 53 Trinity College Dublin Ireland 78.2
50= 117= Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland 78.1
50= 36 Peking University China 78.1
50= 51 Seoul National University South Korea 78.1

Source: Times Higher Education (UK)

Fountain Pen Makers by Country of Origin

France - Cartier

Germany - Faber-Castell | Lamy | Montblanc | Rotring | Pelikan

Italy - Aurora | Montegrappa | OMAS | Stipula | Visconti

Japan - Namiki | Pilot

Switzerland - Caran d'Ache

The United States - Cross | Franklin-Christoph | Parker | Sheaffer | Waterman

UK - Conway Stewart | Alfred Dunhill


Interesting to know... ...

Waterman was established by Lewis Edson Waterman in New York in 1884 (but, not in Paris).

In 1883, Waterman was an insurance broker in New York City, getting ready to sign one of his hottest contracts. In honor of the occasion, he bought a new fountain pen that he considered much more stylish than the dip pen and ink well. To Waterman's frustration the pen broke and spilled ink all over the contract. Waterman then rushed back to his office to get another contract, but by the time he got back another broker had closed the deal.

After his humiliating contract signing, Waterman then strove to make better fountain pens in his brother, Frank Waterman's, work shop. He used the capillarity principle which allowed air to induce a steady and even flow of ink. Waterman got a patent for his new fountain pens in 1884.

As the 20th century wore on, Waterman's conservatism allowed its younger and more innovative competitors, i.e. Parker, and Sheaffer, etc to win more and more market share. By the later 1920s, Waterman was playing catch-up, and it continued to struggle through and beyond World War II. In 1954, it shut down.

Luckily, Waterman's French subsidiary, Waterman Jif (later Waterman S.A.) continued to prosper, even through the parent company's hard times, and eventually absorbed what remained of the American company and its British arm.

source: wikipedia,

From Brand to Haute Horlogerie

Porsche Design acquired Eterna in 1995.

Porsche Design Worldtimer P'6750, Released in 2007
Movement: Calibre ETA Valgranges A 07 111 with Eterna Module (oops... still ETA); Self-winding Mechanical GMT Function

Bulgari acquired Gérald Genta and Daniel Roth in June 2000.

Montblanc (Richemont) acquired Minerva Villeret in in October 2006.

Hermès acquired 25% of Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier which is backed by the Sandoz Family Foundation in October 2006. In 2003, Hermès began its collaboration with Vaucher in manufacturing the first Dressage to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of its watch sales. In 2004, Vaucher created, especially for Hermès, a retrograde date function and lunar display for the Dressage.

Hermes - Dressage, 2003
Case: Platinum (40 mm)
Glass: Sapphire Crystal (Front and Back)
Calibre: Vaucher P1929 Automatic Movement
Features: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Retrograde Date, Moon Phases
Power Reserve: 55 Hours
Water Resistant: 50 Metres.
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