Friday, May 25, 2018

Olma manual wind vintage watch

One of our favorite vintage watch auctions featured a double and a good friend and I decided to share the bid and watches. The two were both manual wind Olma watches, and looked like they were in good condition. My first vintage Swiss watch was an Olma not counting my Swatch collection that has 25-year old models.

Classic watch face featuring lumed hands (they still glow once the lights are off)
Side view
Another side view of the watch
The watch's back showing it to have the following features: anti-magnetic, waterproof, incabloc, stainless steel. Fortunately, there were no other stuff etched at the back of the watch (the other one didn't either).
The watch crown features the Olma logo (signed crown).

I have not opened the watch to see the movement but this is likely one of those with 18,000 bph. I have timed it only once so far and it performed very well with only a very slight gain over the period I observed it. That period turned out to be a very solid 55.5 hours.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chocolate review: Meiji The Chocolate Vivid Milk

The Clairvoyant spotted some chocolate bars at the Japanese products section of the supermarket. We don't usually get milk chocolate but we were curious to taste this new bar from Meiji. It is marketed as a dark milk chocolate with 54% cacao content (its there in the box).

The packaging design on this one is quite interesting as it seems to be as close to artisan chocolate as Meiji has come so far.
The information on the back are in Japanese but one can deduce that there is info here about the origins of the cacao used for the chocolate as well as its characteristics (see the graph?).
Here's a close up showing what the local distributor thought was a translation of "vivid". That was unnecessary since the English was clearly stated in the package.
Here's another close-up of the other part of the back prominently showing the chocolate to be "Made in Japan"
The packaging of Japanese products is always interesting and can be a delight to behold. Opening the box reveals three bars of chocolate wrapped separately. But notice, too, the design of the inside of the box.

Opening one reveals another interesting design; this time on the chocolate bar itself.
Meiji did very well on this chocolate. It is a smooth milk chocolate. Not too sweet with just the right bitterness for its claim as a dark chocolate. I forgot how much one cost but it is about triple that of a Meiji Black bar. However, I think this 50g bar is priced just right for its quality.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Chocolate review: Sander Chocolate Venezolano Sal Marina

The recent trip by the Clairvoyant brought us some excellent chocolates from Venezuela. These were from a lawyer-friend from their office in Venezuela, who usually gifts us with chocolates whenever they meet for their firm's annual meeting.

"Sal marina" translates directly into "sea salt"
Details on the chocolate at the back
Details on the maker

This was probably the most fragrant chocolates we've had. We noted that although the packaging was quite simple, the chocolate spoke for itself, and proved the saying "don't judge a book by its cover." Indeed, one cannot judge this chocolate by the packaging as it was smooth and sweet-smelling. This is an example of a chocolate you should eat slowly so you can enjoy it longer. :)