Big appeal, small package: the Tsunami from Hajime Asaoka

Why I Bought It: Hajime Asaoka Tsunami – Reprise

This is the story of a daily-wear watch: the Tsunami by Japanese independent watchmaker Hajime Asaoka. It’s not a “beater” as it’s too beautifully made for that description, and some folks justifiably take offense at characterizing a five-figure expenditure in those terms. But it is a watch that GaryG suspects that he will be wearing a lot and in a variety of settings.

Visiting Independent Watchmaker Hajime Asaoka In Tokyo (Video)

In this video Marc André Deschoux from The Watches TV visits Hajime Asaoka, who is rapidly becoming a fan favorite among enthusiasts taken with the Japanese watchmaker’s detailed, careful way of working, at his workshop in Tokyo and shares the rare experience.

Antoine Preziuso Stella Polare Tourbillon Muonionalusta

Antoine Preziuso’s Stella Polare Tourbillon Muonionalusta Fell From The Cosmos – Reprise

Despite all its scholarly technology, Elizabeth Doerr finds Antoine Preziuso’s Stella Polare Tourbillon Muonionalusta to be far more wearable for slimmer wrists than some of his other creations. Not only that, this watch is the culmination of the independent watchmaker’s journey to capture a shooting star.

Karel Rotation by Ludek Seryn

Karel Rotation By Independent Czech Watchmaker Ludek Seryn: Symmetry In Perfect Harmony

To maximize his chances of being invited to exhibit with the AHCI at Baselworld 2019, independent Czech watchmaker Ludek Seryn felt he had to come up with something really outstanding: a watch that would bring him attention from both his fellow independent watchmakers and watch aficionados. With his creative Karel Rotation, it looks like he has done just that.

Visiting Wunderkind Independent Watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin In Moscow (Video)

The Watches TV visited independent watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin at his home workshop in Moscow. This 16-minute video, which begins with a quick walkthrough of a museum in the Kremlin that showcases historical clocks from all over Europe, goes through practically all of Chaykin’s stellar, creative timepieces.

Sauterelle à Lune Perpétuelle by Andreas Strehler

Andreas Strehler Sauterelle à Lune Perpétuelle, Lunar Tetrads, And Blood Moons – Reprise

The Andreas Strehler Sauterelle à Lune Perpétuelle contains a moon phase mechanism that will only need adjustment by one full day every 14,189.538 years. And not only does the Lune Perpétuelle have an extremely accurate moon phase, but with the help of the constant force mechanism it is even more accurate for the little intervals as well.

Konstantin Chaykin And Svend Andersen Joker Automaton dial side

Konstantin Chaykin And Svend Andersen Joker Automaton: Haute Horlogerie Irreverence (On Video)

Svend Andersen and Konstantin Chaykin are a couple of watchmakers that don’t tend to follow the norms; two men that in some ways couldn’t be more different, but in other ways are like two peas in a pod. The pair recently collaborated on a watch bringing the most irreverent side of each watchmaker together with the Automaton Joker. It certainly brought a smile to Joshua’s face and will likely do the same for you.

The Superbia Humanitatis watch created by Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, and Paul Gerber (photo courtesy Dr. Magnus Bosse)

Paul Gerber: Renaissance Man And Creator Of World’s Most Complicated Watch And Smallest Wooden Clock

A world-class micro-engineer, industrial designer, metalwork artist and accountant walk into a bar, and the barman asks . . . yes, Marton Radkai is talking about independent watchmaker Paul Gerber. Find out more about this genius right here!

Object of desire: Contemporaine Phase de Lune/Jour by Vianney Halter (photo courtesy Horlogerie-Suisse.com)

How Not to Buy a Watch: My Misadventure

In 2006 GaryG spotted two objects of desire at a California dealer: Vianney Halter’s dramatic Antiqua and Contemporaine timepieces. They were out of his reach, but in 2007 he found a Contemporaine in white gold offered at a price that was about one-third its original retail value on eBay. What could possibly go wrong?

Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons

Tourbillon Of Tourbillons By Antoine Preziuso: Fractals Meet Inception (Archive)

AHCI member Antoine Preziuso’s mind-blowing Tourbillon of Tourbillons embodies the ideas of fractal geometry and recursion by producing a ten-minute tourbillon driven by three sixty-second tourbillons. It is an amazing machine. And as the only indications are minutes and hours, the Tourbillon of Tourbillons is something that exists as much for its own sake as it does for telling the time.