Greubel Forsey Balancier

Nowhere To Hide: Presenting The Greubel Forsey Balancier (With Lots Of Live Photos)

When you strip away complexity, there is nowhere to hide: everything has to be absolutely perfect because the viewer’s gaze has no distractions. Just as the smallest of scratches on the otherwise unblemished paintwork of a new car appear magnified to our eyes, the design and execution of a relatively simple watch have to be flawless.

It should surprise no one that the Greubel Forsey Balancier has achieved that.

Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly automaton

Awesome Aphidae: Jaquet Droz’s Loving Butterfly Returns As An Exquisite Automaton

The Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton tells a story with its expressive dial and ultra-creative mechanics, a story that began 300 years ago with Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz’s Draughtsman android, which was often programmed to draw a cherub seated in a chariot drawn by a butterfly.

Hermès L’Heure Impatiente

Hermès Continues Playful Watch Series With Eagerly Awaited L’Heure Impatiente

Playfulness, unexpectedness, imagination, creativity, and, yes, perhaps even friendliness. When I look at the stunning Hermès L’Heure Impatiente, I see all of this, a timepiece placed squarely in the lovely Slim d’Hermès line and boasting an ingenious striking module by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor. Read on to find out what its unusual super power is!

The Nomos Glashütte Club 38 Campus on the wrist

Nomos Glashütte Club Campus With Manufacture Movement Proudly Wears A California Style Dial . . . Price Must Be Seen To Be Believed!

I have never seen a California dial come out of Glashütte. But then so many things out of Glashütte are pleasantly surprising, interesting, and excellent quality. And if we’re talking about Nomos Glashütte, then usually at extremely fair prices, too. Check out the new Club Campus models with California dial and prices that must be seen to be believed.

2005: Harry Winston Opus V by Urwerk

Urwerk Celebrates 20th Anniversary In 2017: But For Me The Brand Really Blasted Off In 2005 With Harry Winston Opus V And UR-103.03

In 2005 I visited Baselworld a portable 20x magnification stereo microscope. Over a few days of examining hundreds of watches, there were only two that stood out as having dials that were flawless under the microscope’s intense scrutiny: one was the wild Harry Winston Opus V by a young brand called Urwerk that had yet to celebrate its tenth birthday. This year Urwerk celebrates its twentieth anniversary and what a 20 years it has been!

Urwerk UR-103.03 in white gold

Felix Baumgartner, Urwerk, Harry Winston, And The Opus V: Where On Earth Did That Come From? Plus UR-103.03 User Review

Blast from the past! This post is a “reprint” of an article I wrote that was first published on The PuristS in 2005. This article is divided into four parts: Felix Baumgartner and Urwerk, Harry Winston Rare Timepieces and the Opus V, The Urwerk 103.03, and The Urwerk 103.03 user review.

Into the void: There's black then there's the MCT Sequential One 110 Evo Vantablack

Design Discussion On Contrast & Texture: How Vantablack And Other Techs Are Disrupting Watch Norms

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.

Vintage catch: Omega Seamaster Professional 600 Ploprof

A Contemporary Watch Collector Goes Vintage

To my longtime friends in the watch hobby, and perhaps to regular readers here as well, the mention of my name may conjure up a number of connotations: patron of the independents, fan of A. Lange & Söhne, admirer of Patek Philippe grand complications, and longtime customer of Jaeger-LeCoultre, among other characterizations more or less favorable.

But these likely never included vintage maven! So how did I get here?

The Struthers for Morgan Motor Company retro trench watch with refurbished vintage Omega 26 series movement

Meet The Struthers: English Watchmaking The Old-Fashioned Way . . . Sort Of

When you walk into the Struthers’s Birmingham workshop, you feel like you could be stepping a century back into the history of horology. Until you spy a few of Rebecca Struthers’s tattoos, that is. And then you know you are in the here and now. Meet Craig and Rebecca Struthers: two modern watchmakers doing things the old-fashioned way. Sort of.

Vostok-Europe Radio Room

The Radio Room: Russian Watches In Action And How The Titanic Changed Everything (Archive)

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.