Vault V1-X on the wrist

Vault V1-X: Art From Technical Artistry

The Vault V1 is one of the newly introduced watches this year that made a profound impression on Martin Green. Now the V1 serves as a canvas for artists, and Laurent Auberson, designer of the Vault V1, has applied paint splatter on the dial of the watch that plays a vital part in telling the time.

Lundis Bleus Ref. 1110 with blue enamel over radially- lined dial

Lundis Bleus: Relatively Affordable Swiss Independent With Eye-Catching Enamel And Engraved Dials

Joshua Munchow likes brands that blur the lines and stir up discussion. One such brand that has been building steam over the last few years is Lundis Bleus, an independent Swiss marque out of La Chaux-de-Fonds producing some really cool timepieces with a mixture of sourced components and in-house production with clear disclosures about both.

Two views of the Hysek Design Colonne Du Temps

Hysek Design Colonne Du Temps: Columns Supported The Ancient World, Now A Column Supports Time

The resemblance between the Hysek Design Colonne du Temps and a Romaneque column is more than just fleeting, especially since it has the word column in its name. Released at Baselworld 2018, this clock marks the return of Jorg Hysek, a prolific watch designer and founder of an eponymous brand, who has spent the last two years sailing his boat in quasi-retirement.

Logical One by Romain Gauthier in white gold

Big Brand Investments In Independents: Sellout Or Salvation?

GaryG has already written about the struggles that independent watchmakers face simply to survive. Expressing oneself through horological art may well be a noble calling, but it’s definitely one of the tougher ways to make a living. Chanel’s very recent investment in F.P. Journe caused Gary to think about the pros and cons of outside investment into indies and he shares his thoughts here.

Christiaan van der Klaauw Real Moon Black Aventurine dial

Christiaan Van Der Klaauw Planetarium Black Aventurine: Enigmatic Material Exposed

Black aventurine is a relatively recent invention and few brands – perhaps just one – have incorporated the material in watches as yet. One exception is astronomical specialist Christiaan van der Klaauw, which recently released a black aventurine dial on the already incredible Planetarium. Joshua Munchow explains what makes this black material so special.

Armin Strom Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance

Armin Strom Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance: Simplifying With Complexity

The Armin Strom Dual Time Resonance is part of an entirely new line: the Masterpiece collection. As the inaugural timepiece, it holds the distinction of bearing the title Masterpiece 1 and sets a new direction for the brand. The resonance concept as a whole is one of the least explored systems in all of horology and here it is displayed in all its glory. Joshua Munchow explains how.

MoonMachine 2 in titanium by MB&F with Stepan Sarpaneva

MB&F MoonMachine 2 And The Proverbial Wolf Moon

Joshua Munchow thinks of the new MB&F MoonMachine 2 as the “wolf MoonMachine.” Built on the HM8 platform, it contains only the third moon phase complication in MB&F’s history. But there has never been one quite like this!

Philippe Dufour Simplicity

The Independent Watchmakers’ Struggle: Why It’s So Hard And What They Can Do To Better Survive (Archive)

GaryG loves independent watchmaking and independent watchmakers; one of his great joys as a collector is having the feeling that, in a small way, he is supporting their efforts. So he put some thought into why independent watchmakers struggle in a business sense and how they can remain relevant in changing market situations.

F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Souscription (photo courtesy Phillips auctions)

8 Rare Timepieces By Independent Watchmakers Featuring In The Phillips November 2018 Geneva Auction

Phillips Watch Auction: EIGHT takes place November 10-11, 2018 in Geneva, and there are no less than eight rare watches by independent watchmakers that are well worth looking into. These include F.P. Journe, Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter, Mr. Daniel Roth, Richard Daners, Laurent Ferrier, and De Bethune.

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.