The GNS1.2 by Genus is an absolutely stunning mechanical creation from Sébastien Billières, a genius independent watchmaker behind a variety of great watches and already in the business for more than 20 years. Find out here how this timepiece’s captivating figure-eight serpentine works and why it is worth taking a close look at.
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
Stunning and technically fantastic says Joshua Munchow of the Zenith Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon. Based around a previous technical achievement from LVMH sibling brand TAG Heuer, the Defy El Primero Double Tourbillon is the best of two worlds married into a seriously winning combination. Find out why here!
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. Joshua Munchow takes a look at some of this disruption and evolution, which recently culminated in the use of Vantablack.
Jaquet Droz released a brand-new automaton masterpiece in the spring of 2019 called the Magic Lotus, which uses the theme of the “zen garden” as the basis of a brand-new complex animation. The mechanics are expertly hidden beneath a tapestry of artistic crafts, creating a soothing scene exquisitely capturing the tranquility of the Japanese garden.
The tiny, delicate, nearly impossible-to-create hairspring is the one of the biggest advances for modern scientific technology there is. Joshua Munchow takes a dive into the muscle of the beating heart of most mechanical watches: the hairspring.
The Freak X takes a bunch of what Ulysse Nardin has developed over the past two decades and cleverly combines them all into a simplified (in a sense) timepiece that is one-fifth the price of the regular Freak.
This sent a sizable shockwave through the industry that was palpable during the 2019 SIHH, and the reactions were definitely a mixed bag. Here’s what Joshua Munchow thinks.
Officine Panerai is known for making dive watches or, more specifically, military-inspired dive and sports watches. The connection with the sea isn’t just a part of Panerai, it IS Panerai. And so one of the brand’s goals is to now become as eco-friendly as possible by creating zero-impact manufacturing combined with ethical and environmentally friendly business practices across the board in addition to using recycled materials in its watches. Joshua Munchow takes a look at how this is coming along.
For Joshua Munchow, the Hautlence HL Sphere is easily within his top ten favorite watches of all time: for him the HL Sphere has no equal and represents incredible engineering with firm design restraint. Find out why right here!
Patek Philippe surprised Joshua Munchow at Baselworld 2019 with the launch of the Weekly Calendar, a new dress watch in stainless steel and the brand’s first steel-encased production model since the 1970s. The 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar is a mix of modern technology, classic style, and a couple of unique touches that help it stand out from Patek Philippe’s typical offerings, making it one of his favorite watches from the Genevan giant in quite a while.
Joshua Munchow overlooked something that was right in front him: the Parmigiani Toric Capitole. A fantastic timepiece by an interesting brand, until the latest edition with its exposed mechanics on the front of the watch, he had missed seeing this because of the modest display belying what was hidden within. Now it’s in plain view!