Dec 28, 2014

My All Time Favorites

Sneakers: New Balance 998 in charcoal
It fits better than any other New Balance's I have (997, 576 and 1300), and 998's contour is even more refined than 997. As age increases, I find myself wearing comfortable sneakers more often than "hip" sneakers such as Common Projects and Martin Margiela.

Camera: Leica M9P
It's an easy pick for 3 simple reasons:
1, it's so pretty! I am never a fan of Leica's red dot and M-P's screw is simply too big.
2, user interface is so simple, that I can adjust the setting for any situation really quickly.
3, best glasses selections. I can use all my Leica ASPH glasses natively.

I am aware of CCD corrosion issue on M9, and it actually happened to mine before all the internet chatters. Luckily, Leica NJ replaced a new sensor for me within 2 weeks for no charge (out of warranty already)so I can keep enjoying it til it dies.

Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300
Although my watches are mostly IWC, but this one got everything right.

Knife: Chris Reeve Large Sebanza 21
Perfect machine work and minimalist aesthetic/design.

Dec 17, 2014

Ricoh GR (APS-C)

I got this Ricoh GR around Thanksgiving, and have been enjoying it so far. It's a huge step up from my last P&S cam, a Sony RX100 mk1, in both image quality and user interface wise. I usually shoot raw with my other cameras, but I ran out of my HDD space fair quickly. It forced me to shoot jpg and try to get it right at the first place for now. Thankfully, GR does jpg beautifully, and I use the high contrast B&W effect quite often (inspired by Daido Moriyama's work). Now I know why GR has its cult following.

I had to do a cheezy photoshop work to show my appreciation for GR :-)

Nov 12, 2014

Rolex Explorer I 14270

It has been one of my go-to's for more than a decade, very accurate and reliable.

Oct 31, 2014

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300

After trying Royal Oak 15400 and 15202 (Jumbo) in AP boutique NYC, I am more certain that 15300 is the one to get (for me). The hunt didn't take too long, as I found one on eBay and won the auction within my budget. The seller seems to be a pawn shop kind of business, as the item description isn't confidence inspiring, package was sent to wrong address and lack of padding in shipping box! Luckily, the watch arrived in good condition, runs only 3-4 seconds faster in 3 days period and it's a G series.

It might be too early to say, but it's my favorite watch to date. Here are a few shots I took.

This DIY matching set took 7 years to complete

Apr 26, 2014

My Sneakers

New Balance 1300BB

Maison Martin Magiela leather/suede Replica in black
Maison Martin Magiela leather/suede Replica in grey

Converse Chuck Taylor

New Balance 576 Tea Pack

10+ year old Prada sneakers
Common Projects

Common Projects
My boy's 574, my wife's 420 and my 576 25yr anni ed.

Mar 9, 2014

Current Favorite EDC - March 2014

my current EDC
might as well shoot everything with me while I am at it...