As material science progresses, the watch industry finds itself flush with ever more ways to disrupt the conventional norms of finishing and coating surfaces, many of which have persisted in traditional watchmaking for centuries. Follow me to take a look at some of this disruption and evolution, which recently culminated in the use of Vantablack.
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
Here is something a little different that was sparked by disaster and created a legacy, especially in Russia, with regard to the design of clocks and watches in telegraph and radio rooms ever since.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer is a bit of a transformer as it has six main configurations, including a wristwatch that can be oriented to any angle, fob watch, desk clock, and sport or rally timing stopwatch.
It starts out as a wristwatch with the crown at 12 o’clock, but a 180-degree rotating case means it doesn’t have to stay that way. Let’s delve into what else it can do!
The Geneva Seal is very old, having been proposed on November 6, 1886 by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva as a way to certify a level of quality for which the canton was becoming known. Every piece produced with the Geneva Seal is equally outstanding, so let’s have a look at what goes into attaining this coveted seal.
I could wax poetically about how amazing and interesting the Ulysse Nardin InnoVision 2 is, however I think a detailed breakdown of just what exactly is inside the InnoVision 2, how it is all made, and what it might mean for the future of Ulysse Nardin is better. So let’s get into it!
The mere existence of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor is incredible, and the Excalibur Quatuor Cobalt MicroMelt reignites earlier amazement over such a complicated piece with a new process and material for the case that would make a nerdy metallurgist stand up and take notice.
Swatch Group will soon be limiting availability of the Valjoux 7750 chronograph, which powers a significant percentage of the chronographs available today. Seiko’s SII NE88 automatic chronograph enters the fray, but is it up to the challenge?
The Master Control line of watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre, within the Master Collection, is a series of relatively straightforward timepieces featuring the most useful complications such as date, chronograph, and second time zone. Joshua Munchow looks at what they offer and explains why the new Master Control Geographic is his favorite.
Konstantin Chaykin’s latest masterpiece, the Moscow Comptus Easter Clock, isn’t designed for the wrist but for the mantel, and it presents further evidence that the man I dubbed the “Wonderboy Russian Watchmaker” is one of the greatest watch and clockmakers in the game today.
The incredible Rebellion 540 Magnum Tourbillon Sapphire adds a highly complex sapphire crystal case and boatloads of other technical awesomeness to the previously released 540 Magnum Grand Tourbillon.