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!
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
The Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain contains most of the key features familiar to the ultra-high-end brand, and all in a package that is friendlier to the wallet (even if only slightly) and a touch more under the radar when placed next to a watch like an Invention Piece or the GMT Earth. In fact, some of the Quill & Pad team have fallen madly in love with the Balancier Contemporain!
One of the best horological examples that Joshua Munchow has recently seen of uncompromising design is the Bovet Récital 26 Brainstorm Chapter One. Bovet often pushes the boundary in case and movement design, but Brainstorm Chapter One is a particularly good example of keeping the design intent throughout the development process. And the result is astounding!
For a watch guy that loves mechanics, but can appreciate precious stones, there was a standout at Baselworld 2019: the Graff GyroGraff, which Joshua Munchow found both a very respectable mechanical marvel and also a canvas upon which Graff can create its gemstone magic. Here’s a commented overview of the line.
In the second of Joshua Munchow’s duo of articles concerning 3D printing, he focuses on Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which utilizes a high-powered laser to heat a powdered material and sinter it into a solid structure. This is the process most likely to change the watchmaking industry as it is able to print with metals and ceramics.
Joshua went to the theater and saw a typical raunchy comedy called ‘Neighbors.’ Much to his surprise, he saw something he cannot remember seeing in a popular movie: a 3D scanner and 3D printer being used by the main characters (and it’s funny).
Joshua Munchow returns to a favorite of his, recently released in a new version fitting even more with his philosophy than before. The watch is the Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Edition Noire, the latest in the Monsieur de Chanel line and quite possibly the best edition yet.
To celebrate Jaquet Droz’s 280th anniversary, the brand wanted something very special: the unique piece Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch features miniature painting, oven-fired enamel painting, hand-engraving, bas relief engraving, paillonné, and gem setting. Every visible surface has been lovingly attended to in a rich pallet of arts and crafts. Job done!
If you have followed Joshua Munchow’s writing over the last five years, you will know that he genuinely loves the moon phase complication. Here he looks at the most accurate moon phase watches in existence. And their precision is out of this world!
Get ready to be blown away by the incredible Chopard L.U.C Full Strike, the brand’s first minute repeater featuring a pair of sapphire crystal gongs! Machined from a solid block of sapphire crystal, they are one piece with the front sapphire crystal. Holy smokes! Let’s just dive right in.