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Hands on review of the McGonigle Tuscar Banu in white gold

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I couldn't go to Dublin without saying hello to Stephen McGonigle. And I was very lucky: he was in Ireland during my visit and not in his workshop in Switzerland. I met Stephen and his brother John for the first time in Paris at the Salon Belles Montres in 2008, two years after the founding of the McGonigle Watches brand. I am very nostalgic for those good times when the Parisian salon was a big event and the only one truly dedicated to end customers...Story

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Hands on review of the Van Bricht Old Mind

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I am wondering if Belgium is not becoming a country that counts in the watchmaking world. We can legitimately ask the question since Belgian professionals have distinguished themselves for many years and in very different segments. We obviously think about Ressence, Ice-Watch ... without forgetting the talented Belgian watchmakers who work within a lot of brands...Story

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Our first 2020 Parisian GTG with our new member Waitlisted!

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amanico
James, aka Waitlisted, decided on a " coup de tête " to come for a few days in Paris and asked if it was possible to meet some local members. After a few phone calls and private messages, we could organize something spontaneous with the usual suspects which was quite a performance since it was Xmas Holidays. At the notable exception of Fx who couldn't come, we had James, Bill, Mahesh, Rascal, Mike H and myself, plus 2 wonderful wives, N and I. A nice place, known by some of you: And some very cool watches, .....Story

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Hands on review of the Ming 19.02 Worldtimer

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It's been a long time since I wanted to write about a Ming watch. Simply because I really like the project developed by Ming Thein and his 5 acolytes. Ming Thein is a photographer and designer based in Kuala Lumpur who has a great managerial and consulting experience thanks to his professional background. And it is primarily as a watchmaking fan and collector that he had the ambition to create his own brand...Story

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Hands on review of Theo Auffret's Tourbillon in Paris (Tourbillon à Paris)

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The trend is confirmed: France gradually regains its place as a country that counts in the world of high-level watchmaking. What gives me the greatest pleasure is that this growing credibility is the result of the work of young watchmakers, which augurs well for a very promising future. In my opinion, the person who created the spark for this revival was Jean-Baptiste Viot. His chronometer in Paris (Chronomètre à Paris) largely defines the main characteristics of a French and contemporary Haute Horlogerie .....Story

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Hands on review of the Genus GNS 1

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What I appreciate above all in independent watchmaking is its ability to develop the most ambitious projects that explore new ways to display the time. I will not tell you stories: there is nothing more legible and understandable than the two good old hands that rotate on a 12 hours dial. But creative mechanical watchmaking is not only practical. It offers much more than that: it offers a new relationship with the flow of time and it is in this territory that the new brand Genus is committed...Story

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Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Grand Sport On The Wrist review.

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Announced a few weeks ago, I was impatient to discover this new opus from Laurent Ferrier. Could you imagine that one day, Laurent Ferrier could release such a watch? Why not, after all? At first sight, this Tourbillon Grand sport disorients the Laurent Ferrier Aficionado who is more used to classic designs with round, cushion or rectangular shapes. Here we dive right into the Seventies, with a case which makes you think to some Genta Creations, such as the Patek Nautilus, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and ... ...Story

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Hands on review of the Karoshi K-011 / OS-01

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The SIHH and Geneva week always offers surprises. Many brands and independent watchmakers benefit from the presence of the watch community in Geneva to organize presentations as an aside of the event. And some of these novelties really stand out by their audacity or their technical interest. One of the watches that I liked the most in this context is the K-011 / OS-01 (sorry for this name a bit too complicated) from the young brand Karoshi that I had the chance to discover within the Barton 7 exhibition dedicated .....Story

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F.P. Journe Monopusher Split Seconds Chronograph – a Movement Analysis

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Disclaimer: This article does not intend to promote or to undermine any aspects of the watch, and is purely a study of the movement out of interest by a non-professional hobbyist. Credit where its due that FP Journe made a new split-second watch for Only Watch 2017, and (unlikely) might see the possibility that this may appear as a regular production piece! With the recent announcement of Only Watch 2017, it comes as no surprise to expect a feast of interesting timepieces up for viewing. Typically, most brands ... ...Story

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Hands on review of Karsten Frässdorf's Spirograph Tourbillon

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I have known Karsten Frässdorf for many years, in fact since the adventure of the Fabrication des Montres Normandes (FDMN) whose first steps had been presented at the Salon Belles Montres 2008 in Paris. Time flies! There is no need to beat around the bush at this point: I know that the name of Karsten Frässdorf is associated with brands (FDMN, Heritage Watch Company) or projects (Sauterelle de Chronoswiss) that have disappeared prematurely, even before any chance to see the watches on the shelves. All of ... ...Story

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