One strobe only...
Strobist: ... but it was that super-duper powerful fireball that's free to all on any given sunny day. I've had a lot of people interested in the photos I took of my Canon G10 Waterfield Design camera case, but once they learn that I used 3 strobes, they lost interest in trying it themselves. So I finally took a break from my studies and set up my DIY ultra-cheap soft box for lighting exclusively with the sun to show everyone how easy it is to take these photos. Soft box setup photo is here, construction details are in this post. I've left myself and the white foam core board in the photo so you can see how I was lighting from the front; Strobists know where to look. :-)
Thanks to DH & the Strobist Community for teaching all of us how to better illuminate our photos, no matter what the light source is. Kudos to mingthein for the tips, tricks, and inspiration on fine watch photography.
This watch is a knock off purchased last year in Beijing. It's too gaudy for my tastes, but I'm such a sucker for skeleton watches and the workmanship on this watch is very impressive. I'm sure there are glaring defects in it for someone who is a watch connoisseur, but it's good enough for me. The prices for real Vacheron Constantin watches that I've seen start around new Mini Cooper prices and go up to luxurious house in the hills prices. Needless to say, I will not ever be purchasing an original at those prices!
Watch is resting on glass tiles that I found at a discount store for $1.50/ea which is on a square foot tile of frosted white plastic from Tap Plastic.