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

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foversta
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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foversta
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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amanico
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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foversta
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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skyeriding
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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foversta
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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Gronefeld Principia Automatic spotted in Geneva.

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amanico
Meeting the Gronefeld Brothers in Geneva during the SIHH is a good habit I have, for years, now. Not only they are very friendly, they also have some very good watches to look at. Last year, I could see the 8 seconds Remontoire and the Flying Tourbillon in the metal. This year, it is the freshly issued Principia Automatic...Story

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Hands on review of the Urwerk UR-111C

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foversta
The great strength of Urwerk is to have built an identity based on the wandering hours time display. Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei have created watches that are distinguished by the perfect coherence between design and display. But this strength can become a weakness. Despite the different evolutions of the concept that have marked the history of the brand, the risk is to give the feeling that Urwerk is struggling to get out of this way which raises questions about its ability to renew itself...Story

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Grönefeld Brothers and the Remontoire - could this be my first Independent?

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Baron - Mr Red
There are, basically, four mainstream manufacturers dominating my collection of watches. Those four are Rolex, Patek Philippe, JLC and Omega. Across those four, I find my bases are covered. Have I ever considered going maverick with one of the independent watchmakers? No...Story

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Paul Gerber: Amateur Watchmaking with the Master

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BjoernM21
“Initiation Courses” have become very popular within the watch industry. Almost every manufactory visit is interrupted by a workshop to give visitors the illusion of being watchmakers. With me, this illusion vanished quickly, even when dressed in a white watchmaker’s coat, because taking apart a movement and reassembling it was only proof of my challenged fine motor skills. For my part, I thus declared these entertainments as a waste of valuable visiting time after two experiences...Story

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