Wednesday, January 11, 2017

heuer Autavia 1163 GMT, Mark2 "red needles"

It's been a while due to not enough time. Here a special one. Bezel is a Mark3 so technically not correct but I also have the correct bezel without lume dot at 12. Enjoy the picture.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Heuer Camaro 9220 NT

Heuer Camaro with the original papers, bought in 1970 in a watch shop in 21 Old Bond Street specializing in aviator watches. Shop is gone and there is a Max Mara store now. What's the world coming to?


Monday, January 11, 2016

Yema Yachtingraf

Yema Yachtingraf with Valjoux 7730, dated 1966/67. Is this the best looking chronograph in the world? Certainly not but it is coming pretty close. Many similarities with an Heuer Autavia 2246 "Jochen Rindt" but better looking and way cheaper. Henrik Heuerchrono did a great review on this watch: http://www.heuerchrono.com/other-brands-vintage/yema-yachtingraf/



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dugena Chronograph 1970

Went to Maastricht today to pick up a Speedmaster 145.012-67 when I saw this fabulous Dugena chrono with Buren caliber 11. That movement was the result of a joint development of Hamilton-Buren, Breitling and Heuer. I couldn't resist the looks of the watch, so I came back with two watches.








Monday, December 21, 2015

Heuer early Autavia 1163 MH

I really like "before" and "after" pictures. Here some of my Early Autavia 1163 MH ( also called "Derek bell" ). James relumed the minute and hour hands. 



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Heuer Carrera 3647N

These 60'S Carrera's are a fabulous investment. Representing the true Heuer racing spirit, fantastic dial and great movement.



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Heuer Autavia 1163

Just keep your Autavia 1163's. Makes no sense selling them. Prices keep going up every week.




Saturday, October 31, 2015

Heuer Diver 980.006, 200m, Oversized 42mm case, ETA 536.121

Normally I don't buy Quartz watches. But considering its importance in the Heuer history and coming with the original box, filled in papers, bracelet and hangtag I couldn't resist.


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mexican Tecate team in Belgium

Being their team mechanic just for one day during their visit to Belgium was a real honor. Great evening, warm welcoming, some great stories. Enjoy your stay in France guys. B



Sunday, August 23, 2015

David Bowie

A huge fan since I am 12 years old. Beautiful man, impressive carreer.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Quote of the day

"The bikes I produce should be a part of myself". That's why I have to improve my inner-self to produce better bikes.
SHINYA KIMURA

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Greasy Hands

Ok, this might be the final version of my bike shop logo.I think it will look good on the cycling jerseys and t-shirts. And I just like that name.




Monday, August 10, 2015

Mont Ventoux.... the good days

I am really missing my good days on the Mont Ventoux. Cannondale was still making amazing bikes, cycling outfits had great designs and climbing was so easy back then. Damn, my Six13 was a fine bike with those magnificent magnesium Time pedals. 


Saturday, August 08, 2015

True detective

This police drama is really f..king good. If you haven't seen it make sure you do. This is really intelligent television. Fantastic music, fabulous acting and amazing shooting.


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Heuer Montreal ref. 110.503 "Stefan Bellof"

This shy German had started just 20 grands prix when he died in the summer of 1985, aged 28, and his best result in F1 was a mere fourth place at Monaco. But the fact that more than 25 years on his peers consider him the 35th greatest talent further establishes the legend of a shocking level of unfulfilled potential.
Bellof's dumbfounding speed was attributed by many of his rivals to a complete absence of fear, but there are those who believe he played on this reputation and was more calculating than the reckless spirit he projected.
Either way, the results Bellof achieved in Formula 2 and sportscars were spectacular both in form and the manner he produced them. That he died fighting for the lead of a world championship sportscar race at Spa in circumstances that could only be blamed on him, just as his career seemed destined to bloom, is a tragic yet appropriate epitaph for the ultimate 'what-might-have-been' driver.

The watch ( see pictures ) is the Heuer Montreal ref. 110.503 with serial number 311478. It's in a 100% NOS condition, comes with the original NSA bracelet with Heuer logo on the clasp and the red hangtag. The caseback still has the original and very sought after red sticker.



Monday, August 03, 2015

Shinya Kimura’s ‘Faster Sons’ Yamaha

Yamaha’s first collaboration with legendary bike builder Shinya Kimura has resulted in the stunning ‘Faster Sons’, a true testament to the Japanese manufacturers bike building philosophy. Unfortunately Yamaha fucked up big time with the final production model. Looking at this picture I am sure Shinya had something else in mind.




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

the escape road

If you are a petrolhead and you like really nice cars you will enjoy these amazing pictures: http://the-escape-road.tumblr.com




THE GREASY HANDS PREACHERS

" There is only two people I trust. One is me and the other ain't you ". Fantastic quote from the movie Conair. Nothing to do with this post. Just wanted to remind you guys that you need to see this fabulous documentary.


Audi Sport: World of Rallying

Great book with fantastic pictures, by Martin Holmes.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

" Steel is real "

I build this bike with all the best parts ( not the most expensive  ) that were ever made. Highest grade steel frame from Ken Bloomer ( Cremacycles ), and old Campagnolo 10-speed Record groupset, Enve tubular wheels with Chris King R45 hubs, Veloflex Record tubulars, Chris King Headset, handlebar and stem from Deda, Lizard Skin bartape, Enve zero setback seatpost, Time RXE carbon pedals with titanium axle. Difficult to do much better, unless you drop the steel frame for a titanium frame from Passoni.




Salsa El Marichia Titanium

Always nice to work on my personal bike; a 29er Salsa El Mariachi. Titanium frame, Cannondale Lefty 29" carbon XLR with Marco Fontana stickers, Sram XX groupset, Sram Guide brakes, Cannondale Hollowgram cranks, Carbon Ti X-Ring Integral chainrings, Renthal handlebar, stem and grips, Notubes rims with DtSwiss 240s hubs, Schwalbe Rocket Ron and Racing Ralph tyres, Thomson seatpost, Fizik Aliante saddle, Shimano XTR pedals.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Kink Tony Hamlin signature series


Paterberg

just did a "reconnnaissance" of the Tour of Flanders. Here a picture of the famous Paterberg. Believe me it's much steeper in real and when the cobblestones are wet it's pretty tricky. Some tips: low profile alu rims, 25mm tyres inflated at 5 bar, hands on the handlebar, go full speed and stay in the saddle. :-)