Entries by Joshua Munchow

Introducing Genus GNS1.2 By Sébastien Billières: A Serpentine Turning Point In Horological Indications (With Lume Video)

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.

How Vantablack And Other Coating Technologies Are Disrupting Watch Norms – Reprise

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.

Ulysse Nardin Freak X: The ‘Affordable’ Freak

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.

Panerai’s Eco Initiatives: Change Starts From Within (Plus The Submersible Mike Horn Edition 47mm)

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.

Patek Philippe 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar: Patek’s First Production Steel Dress Watch In Decades

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.