Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Contents They say if you can remember the 1960s
you weren't actually there, but there's no
denying the impact the decade had --
and is still having -- on modern culture
and design. The world of watches is
no exception to this "ripple effect",
as evidenced by German watchmaker
Glashutte Original's immaculate Senator
Models range from the stainless steel
Automatic (rrp $8880), to the Chronograph (rrp
$11,780) and the Square Chronograph (rrp $12,500
and inspired, says Glashutte, by the square-
shaped cushions which were all the rage in the
60s). They're all elegant, oozing the kind of James
Bond-meets-Martini-swilling-jetset cool of the
era, and backed up by magnificent mechanical
engineering that's a German trademark.
Particularly striking is the domed
sapphire crystal contrasted with the highly
stylised Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9
Inside the steel, or rose gold case, beats
an automatic mechanical movement, the
company's own. Glashutte Original has been
around since 1994 but has been part of the Swiss
Swatch empire since 2000. The town of Glashutte,
however, has a rich watchmaking history dating
back to 1845. -- Norman Burns.
Stockist: Contact Monards Melbourne, (03) 9650 9288.
Spirit of the Sixties
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pass -- sandstorms can spring up from nowhere.
Electronic GPS devices and such are strictly
forbidden and there s a cut-off time for each leg of
the Marathon Des Sables.
Water, distributed at stations throughout the six
stages, is rationed to 15 litres per competitor per day.
"The trick of course is to take just enough of
what you need without overloading yourself as you
need to carry it all with you when you run! The
biggie of course is your shoes and gaiters (special
coverings necessary to stop sand getting in).
"Footwear is incredibly important as blisters
and foot trauma are an integral part of the race,
and you need to expect and manage this, as the
event will severely damage your feet.
"I am currently trialling three types of shoes
and four types of socks to try and get the best
combination that works for me. The one luxury
item I will take with me will be a small pocket
camera," says John.
Anyone thinking they can get a jump on their
rivals with a sneaky look at the course is out of
luck; the route (250km this year, the event s 25th
anniversary) is a highly guarded secret until hours
before the start.
Unlike many of the entrants, John isn t an
"I am not at all the sort of person who partici-
pates in extreme sports or feels the need to push
myself to the edge .
"A lot of the runners in the MDS are exactly
this sort of person, and have huge experience with
this sort of event; a select few of them do this sort
of thing year after year.
"I am the exact opposite of them, and my
primary goal is simply to finish the event; I will
certainly not be there contending for any places, I
will be there to race against the desert and myself."
The 25th Marathon des Sables will be held from
April 2-12. For more details, see darbaroud.com.
Australians wanting to take part in future races (this
year s race is fully subscribed) need to go through
TIME OF SANDS: Perth's John Hassell, far left, will
tackle one of the world's toughest foot races. Centre:
Competitors in the 2009 MDS head out into the vast
Moroccan sands. Left: The 250km course covers all
types of terrain in blistering Saharan heat.
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