In-house beauty: Akrivia AK-06

A Collector’s View: Is Akrivia Bound For Glory? – Reprise

If you follow the world of independent watchmaking, by now you’ve almost certainly heard of watchmaker Rexhep Rexhepi and his Akrivia watches. Since arriving on the scene in 2012 with its first tourbillon-based watch, Akrivia has continued to delight. But is this independent bound for glory?

Urwerk UR-111C wristshot

Urwerk UR-111C: A New Titan Among Titans (Plus Video)

The UR-111C is only the second Urwerk timepiece to feature a linear time display. Joshua Munchow thinks it is all sorts of cool and explains why.

Greubel Forsey Art Piece Edition Historique

Greubel Forsey Art Piece Edition Historique: A Brand Aesthetic Retrospective In One Wristwatch

The awesome Greubel Forsey Art Piece Edition Historique is a true coalescence of a decade and a half of horological exploration into something stunningly simple and complicated all at once. Joshua Munchow explains why.

Harry Winston Opus V on the wrist

Felix Baumgartner, Urwerk, Harry Winston, And The Opus V: Where On Earth Did That Come From? – Reprise

Blast from the past! This post is a “reprint” of an article Ian wrote that was first published on The PuristS in 2005 and it covers Felix Baumgartner, Urwerk, the Harry Winston Rare Timepieces Opus V, The Urwerk 103.03, plus an Urwerk 103.03 user review. Enjoy!

MB&F HM6 Final Edition wristshot

MB&F Horological Machine N°6 Final Edition: The Last HM6, But Not The Best

Martin Green ranks the Horological Machine N°6 Sapphire Vision, which MB&F released in 2016, as one of the most memorable watches ever created. And now with the final edition of Horological Machine N°6 he asks whether MB&F saved the best for last.

Not for beginners: the author’s Kari Voutilainen Masterpiece Chronograph II with bespoke dial and case

Commissioning A Watch: My Journey With The Kari Voutilainen Masterpiece Chronograph II – Reprise

In late February 2010, an informal group of Northern California watch collectors, all owners of at least one Kari Voutilainen watch, met for lunch. One of the members of the group nonchalantly mentioned, “I’ve been talking with Kari about something . . ..” It was a set of bespoke Kari Voutilainen Masterpiece Chronograph II models. GaryG’s response two seconds later: “I’m in!” So how did it go after that?

Armin Strom Dual Time Resonance Sapphire on the wrist

Armin Strom Dual Time Resonance Sapphire: Totally Transparent Synchronicity

Armin Strom has released the Dual Time Resonance Sapphire, the pinnacle of the brand’s micro-engineering now housed in a completely transparent sapphire crystal case, showing every possible angle of its incredible caliber.

Voutilainen Vingt-8 with guilloche dial and 37.5mm case

SIHH 2019 sneak preview: Kari Voutilainen

As always for GaryG’s small group of enthusiast collectors from Northern California, SIHH week 2019 started with arrival in Geneva and a traditional dinner with independent watchmaking wizard Kari Voutilainen. It’s a chance to see many of the watches that he will be displaying at the show; and with Kari’s kind permission here they are.

Ressence Type 2A on the wrist

8 New Pre-SIHH 2019 Watches By Independent Watchmakers In The Carré Des Horlogers

Visitors to the 2019 SIHH can expect to find 17 independent watchmakers and boutique brands in the Carré des Horlogers. Here is a sampling of some of the pre-announced watches that we can expect to see from these maverick creators.

RGM Caliber 801 Classic Enamel

RGM Pennsylvania Series 801 Classic Enamel Offers Traditional Timelessness Bridging Past, Present, And Future

When brands look to the past to find the absolute best details to combine into a killer timepiece, the result can be a terrific diver, a classy chronograph, or, in the case of American watchmaking company RGM, a fantastic pocket watch-inspired, enamel-dialed wristwatch like the Pennsylvania Series 801 Classic Enamel. Joshua Munchow feels this watch stands apart as a culmination of the brand’s ideology.