We introduce a new series which will explore the favourite things of as many watch professionals and pundits as we can persuade to participate. For this, the first in the series, you are unfortunately stuck with a few of my favourite things. Favourite things can be anything from a fancy car to a preferred cereal brand, but included in the favourite items must be a watch. Ideally it should be a watch that is owned, because things can only be favourites if truly enjoyed and experienced. Here then, is my selection:
Favourite item no. 1: Bossini/Hanes tee shirts
Living in the tropics where the barometer rarely dips below 30 degrees centigrade or 86 degrees Fahrenheit, hot weather clothing is essential, so I spend most of my time in tee shirts. Bossini is like a South East Asian Benneton and they always stock a range of unusual but cool tee shirts. Most of my Click Tempus articles are written clad in either a Bossini or Hanes tee shirt. It’s fascinating insider information such as this that you can bring up at sophisticated dinner parties for the enlightenment of your guests.
Favourite item no 2: Marshmallows & Stars Breakfast Cereal
In the Philippines you can discover a raft of goodies you simply can’t find in the UK, and Marshmallows & Stars cereal is one of them. I also eat so called healthy cereals like Millet and whole grain oats, but I have to admit, these are currently my favourite. Marshmallows & Stars are apparently a sub brand of a General Foods cereal called Lucky Charms, so these are really Lucky Charms only cheaper, which in itself is kinda lucky.
Favourite item no 3: Sad Pig Dance by Dave Evans
I’m into obscure guitar albums, and they don’t come much more obscure, or more revered, than this little gem from the 1970s. Dave Evans is a British guitarist now based in Belgium where he brews beer and makes pottery, his dazzling guitar skills seemingly on the back burner. But he enjoyed a meteoric career as a solo acoustic guitarist for a few years in the 70s, and this was his first album of guitar solos on the sadly defunct Kicking Mule label. I have listened to hundreds of guitar albums but this remains one of my all time favourites. It’s full of life, inventiveness, charm and sophistication, and seemingly almost without discernible influence. If you like guitar music you need to hear this album.
Favourite item no. 4: Breaking Bad
Before AMC’s Breaking Bad came along, Bryan Cranston was mainly known for his comedy role in Malcolm in the Middle. Then came this incredible show, where every actor turns in a stellar performance to create the most gripping, character driven series I have yet to see on TV. It isn’t a big hit in the UK, but in the US, it’s huge, and deservedly so. The unlikely premise is that informed he has terminal lung cancer, a middle aged chemistry teacher turns to cooking crystal meth to make money for his family before he dies. This story has spun out over 5 years and 5 series. It’s currently up to Season 5 episode 8, and many people, myself included, are impatiently waiting for the remainder of the last season to resume in 2013. Look out for the main protagonist Walter White’s TAG Heuer Monaco on the show.
Favourite item no 5: Casio G-Shock GD-100GB-1ER
The new black and gold G-Shocks are little stunners in my humble opinion and this model was a recent birthday present. It comes with a gloss finish resin band, shock resistant with gold and black coloured face, LED backlight, countdown timer and also world time. Like all G-Shocks, this watch features multi alarms, 1/100th second stopwatch and is water resistant to 200 metres. To be honest, I still struggle to set the time properly on G-Shocks, they’re the horological equivalent of those impossible to programme VCR’s from the 80’s, but they remain an everyday favourite.
Next week we plan to have someone really interesting to profile in These are a few of my favourite things, so keep an eye out for it.