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.
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
In the world of watches, especially with regards to collecting, rarity is a large factor contributing to the cost of a luxury timepiece. The reason is because rarity is almost always an implied condition that seems beyond control – like it just happens. In this article Joshua explains why he thinks that out of all the metals, especially the white metals like platinum and white gold, stainless steel is the most precious metal.
As the basis for an ultra-light, ultra-shock-resistant watch, you could do far worse than TPT Carbon, but the outside case is just the beginning for the Richard Mille RM 53-01. Inside, the movement is something out of industrial engineering handbooks. And that’s important because it is engineered to be worn on the polo field, where one of the most brutal sports around is played.
The new Ulysse Nardin Freak Vision is not only the most advanced Freak to date, it’s perhaps the most groundbreaking watch from the brand since the introduction of the original Freak more than 17 years ago. And it incorporates new innovations seen in 2017’s InnoVision 2 concept watch.
Armin Strom continues of its philosophy of engineering the essential with the appropriately named Pure Resonance, which made its debut at SIHH 2018.
Joshua waxes poetic over the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Concept, a gentle dome of streaked metal containing an ocean of reflection, darkness, simplicity, and complicated mechanics.
Waxing poetically about moon phases has gotten me excited enough to take a trip through certain “phases” of engineering excellence . Here we bring you the eight most accurate moon phases currently fitted into a wristwatch. Join us on this odyssey through space and time.
It’s the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, and Audemars Piguet has chosen to honor this occasion with two new models, one being a nearly identical re-edition of the original Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph and one brand-new Tourbillon Chronograph.
As Joshua has covered the world of watches, another of his passions has been reignited: automobiles. Watches and cars go together, so it is no surprise that he has a strong interest in fast things with powerful motors. This is the story of how Joshua ended up with both a 1991 Honda Beat and a 1991 Seiko 7002 Diver. And he is still smiling!
One of the most influential pioneers of the twentieth century in watchmaking, Dominique Renaud (of Renaud & Papi renown), had a fantastic career before “retiring” in 2000 and moving to the south of France. After years of commissions and working on new ideas, a set of very intriguing concepts led to his return in 2013 and with it a promise of once again being a pioneer in the field of horology. And now the first tangible piece is here.