If you get hurt on this one call me: Philippe Dufour Simplicity

What’s So Special About Independent Watchmakers?

Whenever I think about a watch made by an independent watchmaker, a certain recollection comes to mind – one that could explain my passion for timepieces created by masters with diminutive production but gargantuan horological expertise. This particular story involves a watch brand, a trip to Switzerland, and what is normally a very casual thing: lunch.

Side by side: two examples of Vianney Halter’s Antiqua in pink gold

Behind The Lens: Twice The Fun With Two Vianney Halter Antiquas

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Vianney Halter and his work. I strongly believe that one of the defining moments of my development as a collector was taking the plunge and buying an example of his landmark Antiqua in pink gold. But how do two of these rare watches look side by side under the unforgiving lens of my camera?

Parting shot: Romain Gauthier Logical One in white gold

Why I Bought It: Romain Gauthier Logical One (Archive)

I was sitting at my breakfast table on the morning of January 18, 2013, when during my morning scan of news I saw a photo of something breathtaking. It was Logical One by Romain Gauthier – a watch I immediately knew that I would own someday. I was captivated by the white gold version with frosted gold movement: this was “the one” for me. Read on to discover why.

Both sides of the Perpetual calendar side of the Dominique Loiseau 1f4, the case is turned by simply pulling out and rotating the lugs

The Most Complicated Watch You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of: 1f4 Grand Complication By Dominique Loiseau With Daniel Montandon

Gone but not forgotten in the minds of true watch fans, we briefly revisit the horological genius that was Dominique Loiseau (1949-2013) and his ultra-complicated 1f4.

Florian Schlumpf Wall Machine at the MB&F MAD Gallery in Geneva

Artist/Engineer/Clockmaker Florian Schlumpf’s Deconstructed Time

Imagine a rejuvenated grandfather clock or a massive art installation coming to life with steady sounds and the rhythmic movement of a pendulum. This poetic notion is the essence of the Time Machines (“Zeitmaschinen”) created by Swiss artist and engineer Florian Schlumpf. And they are mesmerizing.

George Daniels (1926–2011)

Web Of Stories: George Daniels (Videos)

George Daniels was an iridescent figure, often setting the tone of good horological taste during his lifetime. The rich tapestry of published works and timepieces continue to fascinate horologically minded people everywhere. And now there is a series of Daniels videos on Web of Stories that are well worth checking out!

Hajime Asaoka Chronograph

A Superlative Self-Made Chronograph From Self-Taught Independent Watchmaker Hajime Asaoka

Despite the difficulty in designing and executing a new chronograph, self-taught Japanese horological virtuoso Hajime Asaoka has created one of my favorite watches of Baselworld 2017: a self-made timer with visible mechanics.

Konstantin Chaykin Joker on the wrist

Baselworld 2017 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like

Please join our traditional Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2017, where we discuss what we did and didn’t like at at the world’s largest annual watch exhibition.

James Pellaton Chronometre Royal Marine tourbillon in red gold

My Biggest Surprise Of Baselworld 2017: James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer

It’s always a pleasure to discover something entirely new during Baselworld 2017, and at my last meeting of the fair, this happened again. On this occasion I was shown the best watch I had never heard of: the James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer, a shining example of haute horology if I have ever seen one.

Patek Philippe Reference 5320G lume shot

Baselworld 2017 Lights Up With LUME!

While there are no lack of lights, colors, and sparkles during the day at Baselworld, it’s when the lights go down that you get to learn which watches come out and party after the sun goes down.

Here are a few of the watches that I saw donning their colorful glow-in-the-dark party clothes at Baselworld 2017!