The name Ming Thein should be instantly recognizable (seriously) to any ardent purveyor of all things horological, and his new brand, Ming, has made a name for itself in record time. The new 19.01 features an exclusive Schwarz-Etienne 100-hour skeletonized movement, a stunning design, and an exciting glimpse into what we might expect in the future.
Let’s be honest: nobody needs a high-end mechanical watch. That we want one is based on the different levels of how a particular watch appeals to our emotions. And in the heat of passion, we sometimes tend to forget that, as in any normal industry, companies sometimes cease to exist for a panoply of reasons. What should you consider if you own, or would still like to own, a watch made by a now-defunct brand?
When presented with the Manufacture Royale ADN I didn’t know at first that it was supposed to be an evolution of and return to the brand’s DNA – or in this case, ADN. I quickly figured out that was the intent as the piece was being described, but it took actually being told that ADN was the French variant of DNA to finally get the whole picture. Oh, the struggles of being a monoglot! Luckily this very interesting timepiece doesn’t struggle with anything, mastering dual time zones and gravity all at once.
Moritz Grossmann offers not one but two watches for the Only Watch auction, which will be held by Christie’s in Geneva on November 11, 2017. The Atum Homage set comprises a circa 1875 vintage Moritz Grossmann chronometer pocket watch made by the famous watchmaker himself plus a brand-new wristwatch counterpart emulating the historic gem.
A man familiar with astronomical functionality is the imitable Andreas Strehler, and his newest creation, the Sauterelle à Heure Mondiale, takes that functionality and applies it to the entire world. Well, half of the world, but with a new GMT function providing a planetary dome overview of the northern hemisphere.
The Chronoswiss Red Passion Flying Regulator for Only Watch 2017 is an intriguing, fiery twist on the Flying Regulator, the Swiss brand’s signature watch model.
At first glance the Emmanuel Bouchet EB02 might look relatively simple, but when you look more closely there’s much more than first appears. And EB02 puts an emphasis on simplifying and perfecting, characteristics the clever watchmaker is well acquainted with.
Welcome to the 2017 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. In this edition, our panel wades through the difficult Tourbillon and Escapement Category trying to select a winner.
The dial side of the Armin Strom Manual Hunt Slonem Edition for Only Watch 2017 has more or less been hijacked to become a screen for the art of New York-based artist Hunt Slonem, which includes vibrant colors and neo-expressionist art. The winning bidder also receives something very special aside from the watch: an original Slonem piece of art.
In 1985 I walked into Hackney Technical College; the course on horology had already started two weeks earlier, but I was welcomed on board. And so began my education in horology. But how did I come to found The Naked Watchmaker?