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Being on a trip sometimes bring you to places that you never thought to visit. The Mercedes Benz Museum is to me one of those places.

I am not a big fan of museums. I have visited a lot of them, but I usually find them quite boring. And that is why I want to share this special place with you. In just 30 seconds walking through the main entrance and into the grand and welcoming hall my mind instantly went from boredom to enthusiasm. The Mercedes Benz Museum building is looking exciting from the outside because of the architecture, but so many museums do. On the inside on the other hand it is looking like a science fiction movie set with elegant and appropriate time capsules bringing visitors to the upper floors where the exhibition tour starts.

Stuttgart, GERMANY - MARCH 08: A general view during a pre-event prior to the 74th Goodwood Members‘ Meeting on March 9, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC)

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

The architecture of the 7 storey building is constructed as a double helix to indicate that you are now inside the DNA of Mercedes Benz. The exhibition halls are also following a double helix pathway connected to lead the visitor from one beautiful car to another. The design of the building is also perfect to show off the heritage and history of MB as well as the evolution of technology and aesthetics through time.

The tour starts at the beginning with Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz and their cars from 1886. In the end you are at present time, but you will have seen everything. Formula 1 cars, Silver Arrows, buses and tractors. A bike, an early boat, emperors limousines and motion picture cars. You will have seen all the icons of car history.

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

One moment stuck with me from my visit to the museum. The sun was setting while we were looking at the entire history of Formula 1 safety cars. This is both the history of Mercedes Benz and Formula 1. At the moment it is the Mercedes Benz AMG GTS that saves the day at the Formula 1 race track.

In short this museum has it all. You may be interested in cars, but the Mercedes Benz Museum goes beyond cars in my opinion. Beautiful design in a beautiful setting, history and technology hand in hand. Even your wife and kids will have a good time!

Visit this summer. Stuttgart is the nearest airport.

Tickets are only 8.00 EUR for adults and complimentary for kids below the age of 15.

SPhoto by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Stuttgart, GERMANY - MARCH 08: A general view during a pre-event prior to the 74th Goodwood Members‘ Meeting on March 9, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC)

 

 

ENDED: In a collaboration with the great manufacture Officine Panerai we offer two beautiful books for our Panerai Giveaway. Both books will be offered in a hardcover protective case. Read more about the books below.

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The first book is a hard to get two volume works on the Special Editions of Panerai from 1997-2014. Every special edition watch is described over two pages with stunningly detailed pictures and every technical detail. This will be the reference guide of Special Edition Panerai watches throughout these years.

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Special Editions 1997 - 2014 Book

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Special Editions 1997 - 2014 Book

The second book is the brand new Orologeria Panerai. The book tells the story of the past and present of the Florentine high quality sports watchmaking brand. It consists of five essays covering five different aspects of the identity of Officine Panerai, each one written by a different author. The essays take the reader on a journey through the fascinating worlds which define the distinctive identity of the Florentine brand: the history, the technology, the sea and the design.

The essays by the five authors are accompanied by photographs of extraordinary beauty and evocativeness, covering various times and places as they retrace the steps which brought the Panerai legend into being.

 

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Orologeria Book

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Orologeria Book

Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award is the long and not so simple name of this already legendary watch. When the watch was released at SIHH 2015 I honestly did not take notice of it. I am like every other watch collector and enthusiast out there. I have my field of expertise within watches. Omega Speedmasters I have researched from a vintage collection perspective. Honestly I never really got the whole Snoopy gig. To me it might as well have been Hello Kitty. Sacrilege, I know. But I guess a few people did take notice as this watch was in high demand from the beginning.

Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Awards

The watch is a fairly regular 42 mm steel case Omega Speedmaster Professional. It does have a graphic black and white dial and ceramic bezel look to it, and a silver medallion on the caseback. Other than that it has the same calibre 1861 on the inside as many other modern Speedmasters.

Soon after the watch hit the market in september 2015, Omega reported a failure to deliver these watches as they had production problems. Well, reported is maybe the wrong word as it was more like rumors. Omega had promised a limited 1.970 pieces to the market. After distribution of only half of the Silver Snoopy watches they suddenly stopped. Rumors started going amongst the serious watch collectors that this was a watch to watch.

Now, the production problems was related to the caseback. Apparently Omega had issues with the sealing of the 925 silver medallion on the caseback, and they were worried about oxidation of the silver. What happened next is watch history.

The secondhand price tag on the Silver Snoopy tripled when Omega halted their production. Even though Omega fixed their issues and released the rest of the production, the prices stayed high. Every watch collector wanted to get their hands on one of the 1.970 watches. A legend was born.

Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Awards

 

A Week On the Wrist – Omega Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy”:

This winter I got a call from a friend who told me that he had one of the Silver Snoopy watches and that he would lend it to me for a week to review. I did not know then that I would fall in love with the watch, so I picked it up thinking all this Hello Kitty crap.

Watches is like good art. They need to make you feel something. For me both art and watches need to be provocative and stir something deep. Most of the watches I fall in love with I need to wear for at least a week or two to make them grow on me. My favorite watch I had to wear on and off for 6 months before I even started liking it. Usually at first it is a feeling of design hate. I hate the dial, or the case design or the childish cartoon.

The Silver Snoopy I wore for three days before I really got beyond the Snoopy thing. The Speedmaster itself is a classic. A beautiful and comfortable one. So no surprises there. It was really all about the Snoopy.

Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Awards

Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Awards

On the Silver Snoopy the dial design is great. With Snoopy being so small I could bare it after a few days. Some does not like the color of the dial, but the dial being white does not bother me at all. It enhances the graphic feel of the watch in my opinion.

The text and comic strip covering the first 14 seconds is just mind blowing when you put into perspective the history behind this idea. The domed sapphire crystal is flawless and the new nylon fabric strap with clasp is ridiculously comfortable.

But the pièce de résistance is the enamel and sterling silver Snoopy medallion on the caseback. It is delicate and radiant. It is gorgeous. Not one of the 1.970 medallions are alike. The weight of the watch is heavily influenced by the caseback.

Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Awards

With the watch starting to grow on me I had to research the whole Snoopy thing. And man, how I misjudged that Omega – NASA – Snoopy business. Read more on that topic at the excellent WatchTime Magazine. And please watch the story on Omegas YouTube channel.

All in all this watch blew me away. I had not really planned to fall in love with this watch, but is that not always the case with great watches? The Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy has everything. Heritage, a story, great design, great workmanship and status as a legendary watch.

Omega Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Awards


Read more on the watch at Omega.

You get what you pay for. That is my mantra. Now and then I have to reconsider. A bottle of Aberfeldy 12 YO is not cheap, but not overpriced either. It is simply put a quality single malt scotch whisky, priced at a comfortable level. But how good is it?

Aberfeldy was established in 1898 and have a long tradition for distillation of good single malt whisky. Owned by Dewars every drop of this single malt have usually been used for blending in Dewars Blended Whisky. Finally they have released their single malt on a wide distribution.

The story of Aberfeldy is also a story of water. This whisky have a rather special water source, the Pitilie Burn, also called “The Pool of the Water God”. The bottom of the water stream that runs by Aberfeldy is covered in gold dust and that is why Aberfeldy whisky is known as “The Golden Dram”.

If you would like to read more on how whisky is made – read my post on the topic. Review follows underneath.

Aberfeldy
Aberfeldy Distillery

Aberfeldy 12 YO

 

Region: Highlands, Scotland

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

Cask: American bourbon, Sherry

Aberfeldy

 

AppearanceAmber color, clear, medium legs.

Nose: Nice and comfortable. Tones of malt, vanilla, honey and caramel. Some dried fruits – is that apricot or the more exotic pineapple? Definite earthiness. When unsealing the bottle there is a rich almond aroma that disappears pretty fast. Pouring a second glass two days later and it is gone.

Palate: On the tongue it is quite rich and start off with a ripe fruitiness mixed with a strong malt. Honey is there, so is orange rind and almonds. Oak aroma appears, with a tiny bitterness. Kind of like chewing your pencil at school.

Finish: A long finish. Dry and well seasoned. Apricots are back with vanilla and distinct cinnamon now.

Balance: Nice balance.

Body and texture: Full bodied with a soft texture.

Overall: An elegant and balanced whisky. Not very challenging or provocative, but a really good everyday single malt.

Score: 82/100

Aberfeldy

Aberfeldy 12 YO