What is he looking at? Konstantin Chaykin's Joker comes to life

Why I Bought It: Konstantin Chaykin Joker – Reprise

GaryG encountered Konstantin Chaykin’s Joker, whose “face” is literally just that: two googly eyes show the hours and minutes with their respective pupils and a lolling red tongue displays the phase of the moon. He was transfixed, moments later placing his order. Find out why here.

Propped up: Simplicity by Philippe Dufour

Behind The Lens: The Philippe Dufour Simplicity – Reprise

In the Behind the Lens series, GaryG presents great watches as seen from a variety of visual perspectives, while at the same time passing along a few thoughts on what it’s like to shoot these pieces. And, from time to time, a helpful technical hint or two. And great watches don’t come much better than the Philippe Dufour Simplicity.

Special and unconventional: Petit Skull (Celebration) Eternity

Why I Gave it: Fiona Krüger Petit Skull (Celebration) Eternity

Ah, gift giving! If there’s another ostensibly positive activity so burdened with the risk of a negative outcome, GaryG has yet to find it. And a watch that looks like a skull for a special present isn’t perhaps a conventional choice, but he had no doubt that this particular skull would receive an enthusiastic reception. Find out why right here.

Light, subject, composition, camera: Romain Gauthier Logical One as captured with the Hasselblad X1D

Why Do Ultra-High-End Watches Cost So Much? Hand-Finishing At Romain Gauthier Sheds Some Light – Reprise

Why do high-end watches cost so much? To answer the question, Ian Skellern looked at low production numbers and high complexity, but the cost he focuses on here is hand-finishing, because unlike low production numbers and high complexity, ultra-high-level hand-finishing is not easy to appreciate.

Armin Strom Pure Resonance Fire on the wrist

On The Wrist: Armin Strom Pure Resonance

During the week of SIHH 2019 Elizabeth Doerr had the opportunity of wearing Armin Strom’s resonance watch in its purest form: the Pure Resonance. And she admits to having been excited for the opportunity. Read on to discover how she felt about it after a few days.

Romain Gauthier Prestige HMS in stainless steel with Henbury meteorite dial wristshot

Romain Gauthier Prestige HMS Stainless Steel With Rare Henbury Meteorite Dial

Romain Gauthier releases a ten-piece limited edition version of his Prestige HMS in steel. The first-time serial use of a steel case underscores the rarity of this watch’s unusual Henbury meteorite dial. Elizabeth Doerr takes a closer look at what makes this watch so special.

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.

Struthers Kullberg Edition

Meet The Struthers: English Watchmaking The Old-Fashioned Way . . . Sort Of – Reprise

When you walk into the Struthers’s Birmingham workshop, you feel like you could be stepping a century back into the history of horology. Until you spy a few of Rebecca Struthers’s tattoos, and then you know you are in the here and now. Meet Craig and Rebecca Struthers: two modern watchmakers doing things the old-fashioned way. Sort of.

Rick Hale shaping wood gear

Rick Hale: Wooden Clocks Designed And Built As If By John Harrison Except Today And In The USA (Beautiful Photos + Videos)

Clockmakers rarely get the credit they deserve, and Elizabeth Doerr believes that Rick Hale is deserving of at least a few minutes of your attention because this young autodidact clockmaker is doing something unique: handmaking self-designed clocks out of wood according to some of John Harrison’s principles.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Vertical wristshot

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Vertical: An Upright Shift To The Future

The Tourbillon Souverain Vertical now replaces the iconic Tourbillon Souverain in F.P. Journe’s standing collection, even though it is an entirely different take on tourbillon movement architecture, one that seeks to return to the days of Breguet with a vertically oriented tourbillon placed perpendicular to the movement.