Since its beginning, RGM has created dials and movement components to manufacture its watches. Over the years, the brand has expanded its capabilities bit by bit, adding machinery, technology, and personnel in an effort to have greater control over production and to expand its design and engineering options. Follow us on a tour of the RGM workshop in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.
About Joshua Munchow
I am the resident “nerdwriter” for Quill & Pad. I revel in the complicated aspects of watchmaking thanks to a lifelong love of gears and clever mechanisms. With a background in model-making, machining, and dissecting anything I could as a child, I bring a natural technical curiosity to my writing.
My day job with a design firm as technical development lead (in other words, head prototype-maker guy) gives me a thorough understanding of how things are supposed to work. Combining this with a healthy dose of geekery in numerous subjects sometimes results in interesting word explosions that are all me – like “awesomazingatude.” You may have already seen these “wordinations” on watchuseek.com, where I began my writing career thanks to founder Ernie Romers.
Entries by Joshua Munchow
When viewed from a distance, the Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Edition Historique looks like an interesting watch with an interesting dial, ensuring that it grabs attention. But once you get up close, it is clear that the details of the watch combine to create something more than noticed at first glance.
A watch that really caught my attention at Baselworld 2017 is the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor, the first automatic watch from the talented engineer and a prime example of what I call complex simplicity. Read on and I’ll explain it to you.
In the world of haute horlogerie, decimal time is still a rather rare feat, found only on the quirky and ultra-exclusive. One of the latest (and in my opinion, best) examples of this is the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Decimal Strike.
The launch at Baselworld 2017 might typify one of the longest awaited “simple” complications from Rolex ever: the Cellini Moonphase. Here Joshua breaks down what makes this romantic complication such a standout for the Geneva brand.
Read on to explore the newest addition to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic collection, the Tourbillon Universal Time, and its orbiting flying tourbillon with Gyrolab balance. This latest take on the Universal Time is the first time a flying tourbillon has been mated with a world timer.
The skull is one of art history’s most referenced objects thanks to its powerful ability to instantly remind us that we are only flesh and bone. Fiona Krüger, specializing in skulls, has now partnered with L’Epée 1839 to produce Vanitas, a skull-shaped clock based on her Skull Collection with an unexpected function: it yawns as its movement tires.
Joshua Munchow explains why he thinks manual winding watches are for horological connoisseurs and why more complexity isn’t necessarily better in some cases.
What do you get when a man with a deep background in both watchmaking and sailing develops a passion to create his own brand? Read on to discover more about Daniel Montandon and his new nautically-inspired Windward collection.
The holy grail of quick readability for a chronograph is centered, concentrically mounted hands. But making the displays concentric increasingly complicates the center stack of indicators and their staffs or requires the gear train to run alongside the center and display the time elsewhere. The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph solves this issue and many more to become one of most interesting chronographs on the market today.