Sunday, May 31, 2009

#25 My Precious Heart

Often I take photo's before I write for 50Gs. So did I for this article. It's more than a week ago. That night I was finishing the DW-5200C article (G #22), but suddenly I had inspiration for the next (I didn't know I would write the MIB article in between yet). Well, somehow the story went 180 degrees in the opposite direction. All the beach photo's I made ended up in the recycle bin. They were great, cheerful and colorful, but somehow did not match the story. Next morning (Sunday a week ago) I made a new series of photo's. I thought this was a long article, but I didn't realize I made 97 photo's. well, that's a great pool to choose from. Here's an article coming to you, straight from my heart...
Normally I do not give much about gold. My mother gave me a gold necklace from Indonesia, which is great (I should wear it more often), but except for some plugs in my studio, I don't own precious metals. The gold chain has a small Chinese pendant. It brings luck and good health when worn close to your heart.
This Precious Heart selection 2006 model caught my eye as soon as it was announced on the Japanese G-Shock website.
As soon as they were on the market I ordered one. When I opened the box it was love at first sight. From a Precious Heart to my weak wooden heart.
This G-Shock is not an expensive model, so as soon as I had some spare money, I ordered a second one from a friend of me in Singapore.One of the nicest photo's I made were for one of my first posts on my Japanese weblog "G-Shock Sjors". It was raining, pretty hard actually. My old neighbors had a black car, so I lend the roof for this photo. A weeping Precious Heart.

I recently read a very good book ("A Man and his Bicycle") with cycling columns, by Wilfried de Jong (sports journalist, television host and theater maker). One of the most catching stories is about the "Tour of Flanders" that passes a small town called "Munkzwalm". If you think "those people in the Netherlands and Flanders create pretty weird names" you can take it from me. Munkzwalm is also a very strange name for Dutch people.
This small village has about three houses and a bar. Once a year Munkzwalm is the center of the (cycling) world. People gather from all over Belgium, France and the Netherlands in the small bar, waiting for the cyclists to pass through the village. For about two hours the bar is crowded.
People, who haven't seen each other for a year talk and drink a beer together. They have all a good time. In the background the television plays the cycle course. Suddenly, the peloton is near. Everyone goes outside. Waving, cheering to the pedaling heroes. Some with flags with the name of their hero. In less than 20 seconds the train of titans pass. The peloton doesn't wait for no one. A few cyclists can't keep up the murdering tempo and pass Munkzwalm one or two minutes later as the village slowly gets deserted. Soon Munkzwalm will be only three houses and a bar again. At the end of the street is a little chapel. The little statue of Maria shows a little tear in her left eye. It rolls over her Sacre Coeur.
(After reading this story I never will forget this little village. Maybe I even will try to visit this village, as I also once saw the mysterious island Filfla through a plane window, after reading a book by Boudewijn Buch. "The Man and his Bicycle" opens with a story about the author climbing the Mont Ventoux, where in the mysterious misty forest he meets the legendary Tommy Simpson (1937 - 1967). I think my heart skipped a beat.

Tour de France 1951. The rider in the maillot jaune, Wim van Est (1923 - 2003), dives during the descent 50 meter from a cliff on the Col d' Aubisque. Legendary commercial slogans of his sponsor after this incident: "50 meters I fell, my heart stopped beating. It was my Pontiac that kept pace"(translated from Dutch) and "His heart briefly stopped beating, but his Pontiac kept ticking".
Where am I... Oh yeah Precious Heart. I must be day dreaming, which is pretty much impossible now. It's over 1:00 am, I'm lying in bed, listening to Minimum- Maximum by Kraftwerk on my iPod. "I program my home computer - Beam myself into the Future". My Pacemaker for this article.
The Precious Heart Selection series were introduced in 2002. The series got successes in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. The models are or stainless steel models or white resin with gold accents. I hope Casio prolongs this series in the future.
The main idea after this series is that you give it to someone who is very precious to you. Else then the Lovers Collection, a Precious Heart can also be given to a good friend. I didn't buy this watch with this intention. I simply fell in love with it.
The 2006 models were both DW-6900XLV models. This is the white/gold model, the other model has black lettering, a black G button and a negative display. Personally I find the white and black a little too much contrasting, though the gold digits look very good.
The straps and bezel are pretty unique. The bezel translucent, but with a matte finish. The case is visible through the resin. These clear bezels are sometimes called "Skeleton models", though I think a mechanic watch enthusiast thinks about different watches with this name. The straps are pretty unique. These are composed with two white translucent resins with different light densities, brought together during the molding. This gives a marmer effect. A similar technique is used with the straps of the Jam'in Color series.
Well, the functions of the DW-6900 and it's 1289 module are very basic. Alarm, Stopwatch and a Countdown Timer (24 hr). Actually the basic needs for sporty persons. The coolest feature is the very clear green backlight.
You might have noticed the little "star icon" above the seconds in the display. It shows the Flash function is toggled on. It can be toggled on and of by pressing the bottom right button for 2 seconds. As the Flash function is toggled on, the EL will flash shortly when an alarm sounds.

I paid around $80 for my Precious Hearts and I think it's worth all the money. The DW-6900/DW-069 models have always been my favorite basic models, but the very clear gold display, marmered straps and green EL backlight add a lot of extra zest.
This article is dedicated to philosopher and cyclist Pedro Horillo ("It's only a few thousands of a second. Still enough time to think about why you are falling, how you will touch ground, where your fall will end and how you will stand up"). I wish him a speedy recovery.


Unknown said...

This is my FAVORITE type of 50Gs article Sjors! Great job and cool pictures! The watches are always interesting but the stories behind them and the ways you connect them to your interests and experiences in life are the things that make this blog great!

*PS I have read your Japanese blog many times for the same reasons - amazing photographs and interesting stories. It's hard for me to navigate the site but I love the entries!

Jonny said...

Hi Sjors, I really like this specific model (not the negative one), do you think there's any way you could help me find one for under $100? Thanks!