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Goodwood Members Meeting 74th started today on March 19th. Traditionally this is England’s most prestigious meeting for classic cars. Every year Lord March invites cars, owners and enthusiasts to recreate the atmosphere of car racing in the 50s and 60s at his Goodwood estate in Chichester.

IWC Goodwood 74th

This year there will be 12 races during a full weekend. To me the highlight is in Group 5 for race cars and Silver Arrows. The event brings lots of opportunities to see classic cars and race cars that really belong in a museum.

A week before Goodwood 74th I joined in on getting the Silver Arrows ready for racing. Before a race like this the cars are separated into parts and then rebuilt and tuned by specialized mechanics with Mercedes in Stuttgart.

Silver Arrow
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images

More on the Silver Arrows here. 

The watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen introduced three classically inspired Ingenieur models at this years Goodwood festival. IWC took upon them the responsibility to ship the legendary W196 og W25 Silver Arrows to England for this event. Since their partnership started with Formula 1 in 2013 the Mercedes AMG Petronas and IWC Schaffhausen have emphasized their fellow values for technical innovation and workmanship. This is also why the Ingenieurs these last few years have had the more modern design expression of Gérald Genta. With the new classic design on the Ingenieur chronographs IWC will connect racing history with watchmaking history. The bond between IWC and Mercedes AMG again makes a lot of sense and in my opinion it grows stronger as we clearly can see the history and tradition from both brands connected.

Silver Arrow
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is all about this years event at the southern coast of England. The watch is limited to 74 pieces and comes in a solid red gold case at 42 mm. This case have a more classic expression in contrast to the more technically inspired case from Gérald Gentas typical Ingenieur design. The black dial with the three subdials and tachymeter scale is evidently inspired by the dashboard of a classic sports car. (Ref IW380703)IWC Goodwood 74th

IWC Goodwood 74th

 

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is a steel watch measuring in at 42 mm and limited to 750 pieces. Rudolf Caracciola was a legendary race car driver who won three european championships in the 1930s. (Ref IW380702)

IWC Goodwood 74th

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W125” is picking up on the design from Mercedes Benz W125 Silver Arrow. During the 1930s these cars dominated all the prestigious races. Now IWC presents a great looking 42 mm titanium chronograph limited to 750 pieces.

IWC Goodwood 74th

All these special edition chronographs will be powered by the new in-House calibre 69370 from IWC. Finally IWC launches a new column-wheel movement from inside it’s own quarters. It is nothing more than fantastic news in my opinion. They now have a self-designed and self-built chronograph movement with 46 hours power reserve beating at 4 Hz. How wonderful!IWC Goodwood 74th

 

Once again this is the year for the perpetual calendar to shine. Leap year is when we distinguish the good from the not so good in watches. In two ways actually. Not only do we need the watches to show us the extra day in February, we also demand that they switch to March 1st on the correct day.

It may sound simple, but in real life this is af ormidable technical and mechanical challenge. A four-year interval need a program that differentiate a 48 month cycle. As a rule, this task is handled by a wheel with 48 teeth in which the durations each month during a four-year period are permanently stored in the form of gaps that have different depths.Perpetual calendar leap year

Perpetual calendar leap year

 

With the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual CalendarA. Lange & Söhne chose a totally different approach on the new L082.1 movement. They placed the month indication on a large circumferential ring that rotates about its centre axis once a year in twelve 30-degree steps. The month ring is driven via its internal gearing. It rotates about its own axis once a year. The inside of the gear rim features a circumferential contour with wavy recesses. A spring-loaded sampler lever glides along this contour and is deflected by a magnitude that corresponds to the depth of the respective recess. The more it is deflected, the shorter the month. The leap year indicator is in contact with the sampler lever and in February every fourth year the display is extended by one day.
Perpetual calendar leap year
Perpetual calendar leap year

 

All displays of the perpetual calendar switch forward instantaneously, so they deliver precise readings at all times. The force needed for the switching cycles is gradually built up during a period of 24 hours. For this reason, the switching process does not affect rate accuracy. This requires two mechanical energy storage devices – one for advancing the date, the day-of-the week, and the moon-phase display on a daily basis, and the second one to switch the month ring and the leap-year disc.

The mechanism is designed such that a first one-day correction is not needed until the year 2100. In 2100, the centennial rule of the Gregorian calendar omits the leap year and skips 29 February as an exception.

Read more about the watches at A. Lange & Söhne.

Perpetual calendar leap year

Knife magician Harald Andersen and the online shop SkarpeKniver.com is at it again with beginners class in knife sharpening and honing. I went there with my camera to document it and summarize the 2.5 hour long class in a one minute video – see video above.

During the class Harald will first focus on the anatomy of a knife, then the theory of knife sharpening and last he will explain the different factors when choosing the correct sharpening tools. The last 2 hours of the class will be practical training the techniques on your own knifes. You are guaranteed to come back home with sharper knifes than what you brought in.

I participated in the class myself this winter. This led to knowledge about chef’s knifes that I never knew existed outside specialized online forums. Having a sharp knife is now a necessity in the kitchen. Where tomatoes and red peppers flew from the dull knife in my earlier kitchen life, I can now cut paper thin slices of tomato. The mandolin is gone from the kitchen, and the sharpening stones have been taken out from the dark corner of the kitchen drawer.

A class with Harald Andersen on knife sharpening is highly recommended.

There will be an advanced class with in-depth knowledge on steel, sharpening stones, advanced techniques and more geeky stuff on knife sharpening. These classes comes with a nerd alert. The advanced classes will be held on demand and will be presented by Harald.

Registration for classes you will find at SkarpeKniver.com

Coravin is the tool I have been waiting for. It will probably save my marriage.

In my house, when we open a bottle of wine, it is my responsibility to empty the bottle. My wife enjoys a glass for dinner. The rest is all mine. This may not sound like a big problem to you guys, but I like a glass or two of a good wine. More wine on a regular day will get me hungover. And I do not like to waste good wine. When I want that really special bottle from the cellar I certainly want to enjoy every last drop.

Greg Lambrecht, the american inventor of Coravin, have also had problems with left over wine. His background as a wine enthusiast and developer of medical equipment was a perfect combination to solve the problem. The whole intention of Coravin is being able to enjoy a glass or two without spoiling the rest of the bottle by opening it and exposing the wine to oxygen. It is being said that the bottle is perfect for months and even years after pouring a glass with the Coravin.

Coravin

I have seen reviews of Coravin and had it recommended by fellow wine enthusiasts for a long time now. But I have never tested it myself. Oslo’s best kitchen specialist store Howard Kjøkkenskriveri was kind enough to lend me one.

The geniality of Coravin is that it exchanges wine for gas. Argon gas is used by many winemakers already to prevent oxidation of the wine. What Coravin does is simply to give the bottle a fresh dose of Argon gas when you pour a glass.

The tool itself consists of a gas cylinder, a nozzle with a handle on, a clamp and a very thin needle. My first thought was that the needle would be a weak spot, but the whole thing reeks of quality. It feels solid and there is no play in expected weak joints. The needle is surprisingly sturdy. I find myself to enjoy the exclusive feeling of the Coravin. From the very first tests to daily use it feels safe and solid.

It is so incredibly easy to use. You just clamp the thing to your bottle and push the needle all the way through the cork. A gentle push on the trigger and Argon flows into the bottle, when you release the trigger wine comes out. It is just as easy as it sounds.

Coravin

Coravin

Coravin

Coravin

When you are happy with your glass you can just retract the needle, place the Coravin on it’s base and restock your bottle in the cellar.

I did some tests on a bottle ready for consumtion so when I opened it I could inspect the cork from all sides. I had then done three tests going through the cork. Underneath the cork I could find traces of all three perforations, but as promised they were like microcracks in the cork and had resealed perfectly.

Before my tests I was naturally very sceptical. I can still remember the Vacuvin winepump that stayed in my kitchen drawer for years unused. It was a dreadful product.

I was sceptical to the build of the Coravin and I was sceptical to how well a half full bottle of wine will stay good in the cellar. The first part I am no longer worried about. The latter I will test on a half full bottle of Burgundy that will stay in my cellar for a year.

No matter how that bottle hold up in a years time I am sure that Coravin will be my new wine toy. Finally I can enjoy one glass of wine and keep the rest fresh as new for another day. Viva Coravin!


 

In Norway you can get the Coravin for 3799 kr at Howard Kjøkkenskriveri or the online store Glass og Interiør.

International wine enthusiasts can find more information on Coravin and your local retailer here.

Coravin
Coravin standard needle (left) and Argon 65 gas capsule (right)

My first visit to Scotland was sometime back in the mid 90s. I went with a friend to visit his hometown Dundee, and this is where and when I had my first taste of scotch whisky.

If I forget the fact that I almost had my nose smashed in by one of the regulars at the neighborhood pub, and that I almost threw up my breakfast on my friend’s mom the next morning. Then the rest of this trip was unforgettable. Before this trip to Scotland I had, like most teenage men before me, tried a couple of bottles in my dad’s liquor cabinet. Usually he had some bourbon or blended whisky in there. I remember it felt like my tongue was dissolving and my throat was ripped out when I tasted his brown liquor.

Scotch whisky - Glenmorangie

Well, back to Dundee. My friend’s father had planned a trip to the Edradour distillery, and we were coming along. Edradour is located in the idyllic highland. But before joining the trip we had to get a whisky for dummies intro course. Remembering my own father’s sharp and bitter whisky I had no intention to really enjoy the glass placed in front of me. Little did I know then, that my first sip of real whisky would touch me in such a deep and intense way that it would change my life. I can honestly say that whisky was the starting point of long journey in taste.

It was a 25 yo Glenmorangie we got in the first glass that evening. The rest is long forgotten, but that first sip of scotch whisky is stuck in my taste memory. The soft opening feeling on the tongue, almost like thick cream with aromas of vanilla, caramel and dried berries coming one after another. The end was floral and almost endless. And so light.

This savory experience was so complete that it still is my hallmark when I am searching for my next thrilling adventure in taste.

Scotch whisky - Glenmorangie barrel

Throughout the years I’ve had many whisky favorites, but I am still relatively simple and will always be comfortable with the standard Glenmorangie or Macallan. But it is usually a single malt scotch whisky. Some know-it-all’s say they can enjoy a 3 yo as much as a 21 yo. I find that to be nonsense. Of course I will enjoy a 10 yo, but I will always choose the 18 yo or older if I get to. If you ever have a chance to do a vertical tasting you can make up your own mind.

A vertical tasting is when you drink several vintages from the same distillery or vineyard. On whisky it seldom states vintage on the bottle, but the age will always be on the label. The age will be the youngest barrel blended in the single malt, ex 10 yo will be at least 10 years of age, but usually will have content from older barrels as well. Read more on the topic of scotch whisky at the end of this article.

A tour of a distillery will often end with a vertical tasting of their products. Go on at least one distillery tour when you visit Scotland. These tours will also give you a unique understanding on how scotch whisky is produced and how taste and aromas develop.

Scotch whisky - Glenmorangie

All scotch malt whisky is made with malted barley. The Malting is a process where barley is soaked in water before being spread out on a large floor, malting floor. There the barley will start to germinate, or sprout as I would say. The germination is necessary to activate an enzyme that will transform starch into sugar. The barley will now be green malt.

The sprouting barley grains now need to be dried again to stop the germination process to consume all the sugar produced by the grain. The green malt is spread out on large surfaces again, but this time it is perforated drying floors that are heated to above 70°C to stop mildew formation. It is during the drying that the green malt can be flavored with a smoke aroma by adding peat to the kiln underneath the drying floors.

After a couple of days above the kiln, the green malt will finally have become malt. The malt will then be sieved and then milled into grist, a very coarse malt flour. The grist will then be mixed into hot water to a mash. After about an hour the sugary malt water, now called wort, is sieved off and transferred into the wash tanks where yeast is added. The fermentation will spend a couple of days transforming all the sugar from the wort into alcohol. The fluid now called the wash is about 8-9 % alcohol.

 

Scotch whisky - wash still

The wash is pumped directly into distilling in a pot still. All maltwhisky is distilled twice. First in the wash still, then for a second distillation in the low wines still.

After distilling the whiskyen will hold above 70% alcohol and the alcohol needs to be lowered inbetween 64-65 % for storage. When desired percentage is reached the whisky will be transferred into oak barrels and stored for at least 3 years. In my opinion it should be at least 10 years, and most distilleries store most of their barrels for decades. I have tasted directly from a barrel more than 60 years old, and it was delicious!

Scotch whisky - men of tain

There are many factors influencing the development of flavor and aromas in whisky. Many of you may recognize the pre-distillation process as similar to that of making beer, and you will find that tastes are developed in the same manner. Water is of course a prerequisite and most distilleries are utilizing their local water source like a river running by the distillery. The quality of the barley is important as it influences the malt, but also the germination process, the drying and the amount of peat all be varying factors influencing taste. The yeast will of course bring flavor, so will the choice of barrels.

Now if you really want to delve into the details of making whisky one of the better sites will be Whisky.com . Here you will find everything from fermentation chemistry to tasting sheets.

Scotch whisky - Glenmorangie

Scandinavian whisky: 

You will find several scandinavian whisky distilleries. In Sweden they have the famous Mackmyra, Denmark have Stauning, Finland have their Teerenpeli and in Norway we have Buran and Tautra  that will start selling their sales now in 2016. We also have Myken already selling theirs.

Japanese whisky:

Needs no further introduction to the expert of scotch whisky as they are mostly mistaken for scotch whisky in blind tastings. To all the experts irritation. Have a long tradition for making solid quality whisky now. Be on the lookout for Nikka, Yamazaki, Suntory and Hakushu – the latter three owned by Suntory.

Blended whisky: 

A method where you blend whisky from several distilleries or where you use an expensive malt whisky as base and blend in cheap grain whisky to lower the price of the end product.

Single malt whisky: 

Whisky produced at one distillery. A blend of several barrels of different vintage/storage. The year stated on bottle is the youngest barrel in the blend.

Single cask whisky: 

Whisky of one single barrel from one single distillery.

Cask strength: 

Whisky where the alcohol percentage of the barrel is kept, usually 64-65 %.

scotch whisky - Glenmorangie

SIHH 2016 was novelty wise a good year. All the major manufactures gave us some challenging watches. Most in a good way, but some in a bad. Audemars Piguet came out with this years most provoking line in my opinion. Who they made these wild colors on the Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph for is beyond me. Usually I can spot what market a watch is made for, but these creatures is impossible to place in any market. Audemars Piguet is taking a risk with these colors and I am anxious to hear how the sales turn out.

SIHH 2016 det beste

Well, it can only be better news from now on. Below I will highlight the watches I really liked from SIHH 2016. You may have seen some already, but I hope to show you a few pieces that you missed.

Timezone watches is a trend this year. The one from IWC turned out better than I had predicted. You may read more on it here.

I already published my A. Lange & Söhne favourites from SIHH 2016 on an other article you may find here.

Audemars Piguet:

Audemars Piguet released a lot of beauties this year opposed to the above selection. They are among the most exciting manufactures in my opinion and that is also why they sometimes fail. However they did not fail on the Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie, a Minute Repeater measuring 44 mm in a Royal Oak Concept titanium casing. Contrasting black open works dial and white gold hands is simplicity in design, but absolutely stunning in execution. A tourbillon and chronograph is a given feature in this price range.

SIHH 2016 det beste

SIHH 2016 det beste

Diamond Fury is a ladies watch with balls. This watch is maybe obvious and excessive, but I find it so attractive with the punk rock appearance and the 4635 brilliant cut diamonds on the bracelet. It took 206 diamonds to cover the dial alone.

SIHH 2016 det beste

The Jules Audemars line is usually overlooked because of the strong Royal Oak line from Audemars Piguet. I am sad to say that this beauty will not be different. Jules Audemars Tourbillon Chronograph in a 18K pink gold case, at 41 mm, with a brown open works dial, is a piece of art in my opinion.

SIHH 2016 det beste

IWC:

IWC launched so many novelties this year that I had a hard time picking my favourites. A favourite amongst all the journalists at SIHH 2016 was Big Pilots Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”. One thing is for sure. IWC made this years most gorgeous rotor. I also find the Annual Calendar complication to work very well on this dial. The case is a 46 mm pink gold beauty with the IWC calibre 52850 on the inside.

SIHH 2016

SIHH 2016

I have never tried to cover up my anticipation for Timezoner. You can find my first mention here. And I was not dissapointed. This watch is mean. By pressing the bezel down you can turn it to the correct timezone and release. The watch automatically adjust time and date. IWC is the first manufacture to manage such a complication. The date change both back and forth when passing 24:00. If you want to know the time on the other side of the world before you call a friend there, you just twist and check. The watch comes in a steel casing at 45 mm.

SIHH 2016

This year IWC made a brilliant move with their flagship Pilots. Mark XVIII came back to the simple and trusted dial design and became one millimeter smaller, back to 40 mm. A great entry level watch, but now back to the classic look. Finally.

SIHH 2016

Vacheron Constantin:

First of all you should check out the video on top. That video is pure watchporn, and the new Overseas is hot. The new modular interchangeable bracelet are an attractive new feature, but it is also just the start of the changes on this model. The fact that Vacheron Constantin now are developing their own movements on this line is fantastic news. A real in-house chronograph movement from Vacheron Constantin touches a watch fanatic to the roots.

SIHH 2016

The Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Platine also deserve to be highlighted. Both case and dial is made from platinum. With this remarkably elegant and discreet watch Vacheron Constantin did everything right to honour the 50s moonphase and calendar watches. A modern interpretation in a 41,5 mm case limited to only 100 pieces.

SIHH 2016

SIHH 2016: A. Lange & Söhne: SIHH 2016 is happening as we speak and novelties from all manufactures are puring into my mailbox. A. Lange & Söhne launched a couple of goodies that I want to share with you. Above you can see the new version of a cult classic, the Lange 1 “Lumen”,  now with moon phase. A new tourbillon Datograph with a black dial is also very exciting news.

Read more on SIHH here.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

A. Lange & Söhne named their new black beauty Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon. They spent a lot of time and resources on combining several complex mechanisms in a movement with the established A. Lange & Söhne feel. I believe it is a smart move to launch this watch with the black dial. The aesthetics of the Datograph is kept and the black plays well with the 41,5 mm platinum case. Inside you will find a L952.2 movement. The watch is limited to only 100 pieces. See a video of the watch at A. Lange & Söhne.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

Saxonia Moon Phase comes in both white gold and pink gold. It is a clear cultivation of the Saxonia line. The balance in the dial design with the date at 12 o’clock and the moon phase at 6 o’clock gives this watch an elegant and classic look. The case is 40 mm. One other special thing about this watch is that it will run continuously without the need to reset for 122,6 years. It has a power reserve of 72h, but wind it and it will last two lifetimes. That is impressive for a relatively inexpensive watch.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

The classic Lange 1 now comes in a 38,5 mm white gold case. After the relaunch last year of the new and improved L121.1 movement, this edition is a welcomed addition to the pink gold, yellow gold and platinum.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

A new Richard Lange watch is nothing but spectacular. The fact that A. Lange & Söhne have wanted to do a  jumping seconds is not that unexpected, but when it turns out to be as good as the new Richard Lange Jumping Seconds, then I am all in. The platinum case measures 39,9 mm, and the dial is a beautiful Regulator style dial. A constant-force mechanism keeps perfect time throughout the entire deload of the spring. Power reserve is 42 h, and at 10 h remaining there will be a red indicator at 4 o’clock. The watch comes limited to 100 pieces.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

Finally there will be a new edition to the 2013 cult classic “Lumen”. Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” discloses that it is a moon phase, but the production of this luminous moon is quite special. The moon dial is cut in glass and there have been 1164 stars embossed in the glass by a special laser technique. The luminous material have been placed on the back of this glass. The main dial is made of a special black glass that only permits the UV spectrum that charge the lumen to come through. 72 h power reserve and a 41 mm platinum case.

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

SIHH 2016 A. Lange & Söhne

Mer informasjon hos A. Lange & Söhne.

I have a strong affinity towards the trench coat. It is a garment that I want, but one that I have no personal relationship with. There is no other garment, that I can think of, that fit the climate of the scandinavian spring or fall better than the trench coat. They are also stylish, masculine and versatile. Still I have to admit that I find the ladies adoption of the trench coat to have ruined it. It is about time we take it back.

Burberry Trench Coat

Thomas Burberry started developing the trench coat as early as 1879 when he invented the gabardine fabric. Gabardine is a tightly woven cotton fabric. The compact structure is almost waterproof and gabardine revolutionised rainwear. Finally a comfortable and light raincoat was available.

Before this innovation, fabrics were waxed or rubberised to repel water, making them heavy, stiff and uncomfortable to wear for long periods. Gabardine was made from yarn woven in a compact twill construction with over 100 interlaced threads per centimetre. The microscopic open spaces in the weave allowed ventilation, while the compact structure prevented rain from permeating the fabric. For extra protection, the cloth was then triple proofed, creating a lightweight, highly weatherproof and breathable garment.

Burberry Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat

It was during the first World War that the trench coat became a concept. In reality the trench coat is a rain coat with shoulder straps for epaulettes and a belt with D-rings on for attaching tools. The coat was used by both british and french armed forces during the war. Thomas Burberry patented his design during the first war in 1912, but it is said that he sent his first design for an officer’s coat to be approved by the United Kingdom War Office in 1901. Burberry added to the shoulder straps and tool belt with innovative design for the time. The back on a Burberry trench coat is designed for allowing ease of movement. The back pleat was constructed to expand when running or on horseback. Covering the upper back a storm shield was added to ensure that water ran cleanly off the coat and kept the wearer dry.

Originally created to protect officers from wind and rain, the Burberry trench coat has evolved over 100 years to become an icon. Representing timeless British style and design innovation it has been copied over and over. No one has come close to the original. The Burberry trench coat is a true classic.

Burberry Trench CoatBurberry trench coats are made in Castleford, a town in the north of England, by expert workers who combine traditional techniques with modern technological developments.

Today gabardine is created using many of the traditional techniques that originally set it apart from other fabrics, alongside new, modern finishing processes that make it more water-repellent than ever before. From raw materials to finishing, every step in its production is carefully considered. The cotton is chosen for the fineness and length of its fibres, which give a clean surface texture and enhanced strength. This is then spun into yarn, which itself is super-strong and durable, created from two fine yarns twisted together in a process known as doubling. The colour of Burberry gabardine is strictly controlled and must be signed off by experts at the mill. After final approval, the fabric undergoes finishing and is checked twice more by eye to ensure the cloth is flawless.

It takes approximately three weeks to make each coat. Over 100 highly skilled processes must be completed, each one to ensure the quality and unique appearance for which the Burberry trench coat is known.

 

Burberry Trench Coat

Burberry Trench Coat

The most intricate of these production processes is the stitching of the collar, which is unique to Burberry trench coats. It takes up to a year to learn to stitch the collar alone, using a method that is part of Burberry design heritage. The craftsman hand-places 4.5 tiny stitches per cm (11.5/inch) along the length of the collar to create a fluid curve, ensuring it sits perfectly on the neck.

It is still the lining that I link to Burberry. Each coat is lined with the iconic Burberry check which is made up of a signature combination of camel, ivory, red and black. The checked pattern is a badge of origin since the 1920s. Each lining is carefully cut and placed to ensure the check design is symmetrical and unbroken. The undercollar lining features a bias positioning, with the lines of the check meeting at exactly 45 degrees.

Burberry Trench Coat Collar

The Burberry Heritage Trench Coat Find more info on Burberry.com

Burberry Oslo

For noe tiår tilbake så overhørte jeg frasen “a pint of bitter, please” på en lokal London pub. Den ble selvfølgelig gjentatt til barmannen og siden har jeg vært solgt på bittert øl. Det ingenting annet enn bitterheten som kan sammenlignes mellom bittert engelsk sølevann og en India Pale Ale – IPA.

Historien til IPA går omtrent som følger: En gang på 1700-tallet var det behov for øl i de britiske koloniene. Det var vanskelig å produsere skikkelig øl i India på grunn av de høye temperaturene så øl måtte importeres. En annen vanskelighet var den 6 måneder lange transporten fra England til India. En lokal britisk produsent – Hodgson’s – brygget et alkoholsterkt og humleholdig øl for å klare transporten. India Pale Ale ble født.

I Haandbryggeriets Fyr og Flamme India Pale Ale brukes 3 forskjellige humletyper for å gi en kompleks citruskarakter. Den høye alkoholprosenten og mørk malt gir en fylde og smaksaroma som utfyller de syrlige og bitre smakene fra humlen. Ølet er markert og komplekst og en personlig favoritt.


Se våre andre filmer om øl her og fra produksjonshallen til Haandbryggeriet her.

 

OBS – nerdevarsel – denne artikkelen inneholder svært uinteressant tekst med mindre du elsker klokker.

 

IWC ref 325 1942
IWC ref 325 fra 1942

For klokkeentusiaster så er det noen klokker og modeller som blir ikoniske. IWC Portugiese er soleklart en av disse. Årsaken til det er klokkehistorie. 30-årenes tøffe økonomiske og politiske klima tvang de sveitsiske urprodusentene til å endre sitt fokus og se etter nye markeder. På slutten av 1930-tallet ble IWC kontaktet av de portugisiske brødrene Teixera som var på jakt etter et armbåndsur med egenskapene og presisjonen til et marint chronometer. For å oppnå kravene fra brødrene måtte man bygge et lommeur om til et armbåndsur, noe som ledet til klokken som senere skulle bli kalt ref. 325, IWC Portugieser. Modifikasjonen av lommeuret ga et langt større armbåndsur enn det som var datidens mote. Helt frem til ca 1990 så var det vanlig med opptil 35 mm diameter på armbåndsur. Portugiese klokkene hadde 41,5 mm i diameter og 9,5 mm i tykkelse allerede i 1939. Denne tilsynelatende “gigantiske” konstruksjonen gjorde også at det ble solgt relativt få ref 325 i de tidligere årene. Klokkene med dette referansenummeret er derfor ekstremt sjeldene og ettertraktede. Når 41,5 mm diameter i tillegg må sies å være nåtidens mote, så er ikonstatusen er sikret.

 

 

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) er verdens største og mest betydningsfulle klokkemesse, og hvert eneste år er det en klokkeprodusent eller to som feirer jubileum. I 2015 var det IWC som brukte messen til å markere 75 års jubileet for Portugiese serien. I forkant av klokkemessen ble det lekket at det skulle lanseres to nye modeller og helt nye urverk i Portugiese serien.

SIHH 2016 er rett om hjørnet, men jeg skal ta et tilbakeblikk og se på hvordan det gikk med jubileet og modellene som kom fra IWC for et knapt år siden. Jeg har i løpet av det året også hatt sjansen til å ha flere av klokkene på håndleddet.

To nye modeller

I min spede klokkeentusiast begynnelse så var jeg manisk opptatt av IWC og da spesielt flaggskipet Portugiese. Det var derfor med en ganske stor forventning jeg så for meg de to nye modellene som skulle komme, Annual Calendar (ref 5035) og Date Month (ref 3972). IWC har alltid vært gode på å lage rene og elegante klokker i en symbiose av moderne og klassisk uttrykk. Annual Calendar og Date Month er en videreutvikling av en eksisterende kolleksjon som har hatt enorm suksess. Nye komplikasjoner er alltid krevende å utvikle og produsere. Det er svært spennende med disse nye datokomplikasjonene og IWC bekreftet med denne lanseringen at de fortsatt ser Portugiese som en av sine toppkolleksjoner.

IWC Annual Calendar Date Month
Annual Calendar (t.v), Date Month (t.h)

Det viste seg først og fremst at IWC hadde gjort noen designgrep på hele Portugiese kolleksjonen. De har endret kassedesignet slik at lugsene er blitt betydelig kortere, og de har gitt remmen en konkav avslutning tett opp i mot kassen. Dette er etter min mening det beste designgrepet som har vært gjort på Portugiese serien de siste årene. Klokkene bygger endel, men den nye innfestingen og de korte lugsene gjør klokkene svært behagelige å ha på og de ser også smalere og mer elegante ut. De bæres rett og slett bedre på hånden.

Når det kommer til de to nye modellene, Annual Calendar og Date Month, så er jeg en av dem som har hatt noen problemer med skivedesignet på disse to nye klokkene. Jeg synes de virker litt rotete. Selv ett år etter lansering og flere runder i klokkebutikken så sitter ikke dette designet for meg. Jeg har snakket med mange samlere og entusiaster og jeg er ikke helt alene. Bare nesten. De fleste ser ut til å like designet godt. Så da så.

Den elegante nyheten

I tillegg til de annonserte nyhetene så kom en manuell Portugiese (ref 5102) med 8-dagers kraftreserve og retro skive. Klokkene er limitert til 750 utgaver i stål og 175 i rødt gull. Dette er et design med røtter i Portugiesehistorien og IWC har hentet skivedesignet fra en tilnærmet ukjent ref 325 fra 30-tallet.

Min mening er at denne er en av de virkelige store nyhetene fra IWC fra i fjor. Elegant og med et virkelig godt in-house urverk. I rødt gull med hvit skive så er den nydelig!

IWC Portugiese old vs new - 8 days
ref 325 (t.v), ref 510205 (t.h)
IWC 510206 8 days
IWC 510206 8 dager

Nye in-house urverk

IWC annonserte i januar at de ønsker en generell bevegelse mot å lage alle urverkene sine in-house i Schaffhausen. De har laget endel urverk selv tidligere, men IWC har vært kjent for å produsere modifikasjoner hvor de har brukt såkalte ébauche verk fra ETA og Sellita. De har også vært kjent for å underkommunisere dette. Nå skal de introdusere nye serier med in-house urverk som skal utvikles og produseres ved deres fabrikk i Schaffhausen. De startet nå i 2015 med 52000 serien og Portugiese. De neste årene skal 69000 og 42000 seriene følge.

De nye 52000 urverkene retter opp i problemene som var med de forrige urverkene som satt i Portugiese. Urverkene i den forrige generasjon, 5000 serien, har hatt stabilitetsproblemer og IWC har fått mye kritikk. De har nå økt slagfrekvnesen til 28.800 pr time i den nye 52000 serien. Etter hva jeg har opplevd og hørt fra andre samlere så skal dette nå være løst med de nye urverkene.

Den virkelig gledelige nyheten er at IWC skal bygge en ny fabrikksbygning som skal stå klar i oktober 2016. I denne skal det også være plass til egenproduksjon av kasser og deler. Det ser ut til at vi kan forvente oss mye spennende de neste årene fra IWC.

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