Having the world at your fingertips is one thing, but what if it really was just the world underneath your fingertips as a simple representation of a thing so large and complicated no single person could comprehend it all? Bovet Fleurier has a perfect answer: the Edouard Bovet Flying Tourbillon.
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
Joshua had found himself at a bit of a crossroads, horologically anyway, as he was having trouble with a new discovery he had made. You see, he had been slapped across the face by something entirely unexpected, and he needed to come to terms with the fact that he may have been wrong if this new development was to be accepted as reality. It turned out he was completely wrong about the Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronograph, and here he tells you why.
The Vault V1 is a rather unique timepiece, and due to a curious feature it becomes even more unique after the wearer adjusts the time even once. It’s worth checking out the first watch by this new independent brand!
The L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT (or PAM 920 for short) is both very similar and remarkably different to its predecessor. And Joshua Munchow explains why.
The holy grail of quick readability for a chronograph is centered, concentrically mounted hands. But making the displays concentric increasingly complicates the center stack of indicators and their staffs or requires the gear train to run alongside the center and display the time elsewhere. The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph solves this issue and many more to become one of most interesting chronographs on the market today.
The Schwarz-Etienne Roswell collection already had a great set of bones, even if they were a bit on the safe side, but the newest versions have honed in on the extraterrestrial inspiration and really found their stride. Check out the out-of-this-world Roswell 08 right here!
One of the greatest watch brands that has emerged since the turn of the millennium is Greubel Forsey, who plays each “hand” as part of a larger strategy aimed at keeping it in control of the game it has chosen to play. One of the latest “hands” played is impressive: 2018’s GMT Earth.
Ming was fast out of the gate in establishing itself as a serious new contender at the more affordable end of independent watchmaking, and I believe the debut of the all-new 17.03 GMT indicates that this young brand is on a roll. This latest model was designed to be the new entry level star for Ming, checking all the boxes that the team behind it would want in a sub-$2,000 travel watch.
The Ressence e-Crown Concept is what Joshua calls the first truly holistic approach to making an intelligent electromechanical watch, something that might actually bridge the gap between traditional horology and the desires of younger, tech-oriented generations.
At SIHH 2018, two competitions highlighted creative young watchmakers: one by F.P. Journe in collaboration with the FHH and one from A. Lange & Söhne. Each of these competitions has a specific focus, but both are aimed at giving young watchmakers an opportunity to find the spotlight for their talents. Judging by the finalists, there is plenty of creativity to keep mechanical watchmaking alive for the next generation.