Standing out: the Haldimann H1 Flying Central Tourbillon

Behind The Lens: Beat Haldimann’s H1 Flying Central Tourbillon (Archive)

In GaryG’s view, every successful independent watchmaker has elements of a “house style” that may attract some buyers and put off others, but nonetheless sets him or her apart. And, at the highest level, this style goes beyond “branding” to become an expression of the personality and artistic vision of the creator. In the picturesque Swiss town of Thun, Beat Haldimann and his small team distinguish themselves by focusing on technical virtuosity of the highest order as typified by the Haldimann H1 Flying Central Tourbillon.

The UR-105M Dark Knight with AlTiN treated steel bezel

Back To The Future: The Urwerk UR-105M (Archive)

Established brands with centuries of tradition tend to basically recreate the past in the, “if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-or-change-it-(much)” approach to watchmaking. But in not feeling constrained by tradition, Urwerk is one of the young brands consistently presenting us with a steady supply of exciting new models like 2014’s UR-105M. Take a look at it here!

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

The Ongoing Saga Of The ‘Superbia Humanitatis’, The World’s Most Complicated Wristwatch, By Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, And Paul Gerber (With Video Of It Striking Time)

The ‘Superbia Humanitatis’ Louis-Elysée Piguet/Franck Muller/Paul Gerber super complication is one of the most legendary watches of our time. And what a story! And here it is in its entirety: from 1892 when Piguet made the movement through 1992 when Franck Muller altered it, all the way through the present day when Paul Gerber altered it three more times to make it the most complicated wristwatch in the world.

Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon in red gold set with diamonds

Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon: Elegant Style And Serious Substance

Both Martin and Ian named the Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon as their “best of show” in the Quill & Pad Baselworld 2018 round table. So why did two guys who usually don’t cast as much as a second glance at women’s watches come to decide that an overtly diamond-set timepiece was the best thing they saw at Baselworld? You’ll have to see it to find out. And it’s worth seeing!

Vault V1+ in blue

Vault V1/V1+: An Intensely Personal Relationship With Time

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!

Vianney Halter Deep Space Tourbillon on display at the "Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology" exhibition at Maxxi, Rome

You Are There: ‘Watchmakers: The Masters Of Art Horology’ At The Maxxi Gallery, Rome

I had the good fortune to visit Rome on Thursday for the opening of ‘Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology’ at the Maxxi Gallery in Rome, and if you have a few minutes I’d like to share the evening with you and let you know where you might be able to see the exhibition in the near future.

Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon by Mr. Daniel Roth in platinum (photo courtesy Guy Lucas de Peslouan)

The Watch That Changed My Life: The Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon By Mr. Daniel Roth (Archive)

Many watches hold special significance for their owners. The Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon by Daniel Roth Ian chronicles here didn’t just change someone’s life, it changed his own life. Read on to learn how.

A display of new watches as seen during a visit at the De Bethune manufacture, January 2018

Up Close And Personal With The Indies: Visiting With Akrivia, Beat Haldimann, De Bethune, And Philippe Dufour

This year, our small Northern Californian group had a bumper crop of meetings with independent watchmakers; we started during our time in Geneva with Akrivia, and then ventured out to the Bernese Oberland for a visit with Beat Haldimann before circling back to the De Bethune manufacture and finally a visit to that shrine of watchmaking: the atelier of Philippe Dufour.

Struthers Kullberg Edition

5 Watches By Independent Watchmakers Paul Gerber, Habring2, Struthers, Vincent Calabrese And Christiaan Van Der Klaauw

If you’re looking for a watch that goes out of the way to be unusual or even a watch made with the love and attention of a single gifted watchmaker, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to look than among the independent watchmakers. Here are five recently released timepieces by independent watchmakers that might just tickle your fancy.

Schwarz-Etienne Roswell 08

Schwarz-Etienne Roswell 08: Extraterrestrial Inspiration

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!