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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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Some first thoughts on the Ming Watches 17.03 Ultra Blue

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KMII
As seen in several threads here so far, there have been at least five fortunate Purists, who managed to bag their specimen of the first anniversary limited edition (25 pieces) Ming 17.03 Ultra Blue (here: and here: for more). Based on the regular Ming 17.03, you get a 38mm Grade 2 titanium case, a Sellita SW330-1 movement with a GMT complication like with the regular production model. At the same time, there is the blueness, that makes it unique. In a nomen est omen sense, everything about the watch is .....Story

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Independent Master Watchmakers in between Book Covers

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BjoernM21
The internet is a wonderful information source when looking for details on subjects not covered by main stream publishing. About two years ago I spent some time to gather information on independent master watchmakers from websites, particularly reports about atelier visits (to copy and print for more convenient access when researching, or for reading at a convivial place). It looks like a good move, because in the meantime many photos on the web are no longer accessible since Photobucket has changed licencing ... ...Story

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The first watch from Cyril Brivet-Naudot: the Eccentricity

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foversta
I am very proud to present the first watch from Cyril Brivet-Naudot because it testifies, like the chronometer from Jean-Baptiste Viot a few years ago, the resurgence of ambitious projects in France in the segment of independent and creative watchmaking. I'm not afraid to write it: Cyril Brivet-Naudot's watch is a real French watch for several reasons. Cyril Brivet-Naudot is French, based in France (and far from the Swiss border) and is the worthy heir, on his mother's side, of a watchmakers' family. And .....Story

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PANEL DISCUSSION at The Masters of Art Horology London Exhibition 20th June 2018

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MTF
As per the announcement, the Watchmakers "The Masters of Art Horology" Exhibition [CLICK] started its run in London from 18 - 26 June 2018. As media partners, PuristSPro was there to check it out. PuristS Ludovic Ballouard and Alex Ghotbi Claudio Proietti and Maxima Gallery of Rome Conceived by Maxima Gallery founder, Claudio Proietti, the final stop of the exhibition global tour is London. Claudio welcomed the watchmakers and guests to the reception and panel discussion as well as thanking various sponsors .....Story

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A (short) visit with Stefan Kudoke and his small atelier in Dresden - origin of the in-house movement Kaliber 1

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Ornatus-Mundi
Stefan Kudoke is a kind of a lone warrior who successfully created his own niche of nicely skeletonised and hand-engraved watches. Just before BaselWorld, Stefan upped his game with his first in-house movement, the Kaliber 1 , developed in cooperation with Habring2 and UWD. At the end of last year I seized an opportunity that presented itself ad hoc to spend sone spare time in his atelier in Dresden. Stefan’s atelier is located in the beautiful baroque quarter called ‘Neustadt at the ‘other’ side of the Elbe .....Story

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Hands on review of the Rexhep Rexhepi Chronomètre Contemporain

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foversta
One of the most complicated exercises in the High Horology segment is the creation of a classic three-hand watch. Indeed, such a project seems to offer little room for maneuver both in aesthetic and technical points of view and it appears as a main difficulty for any watchmaker to bring a truly new vision of the topic. Yet I have the feeling that Rexhep Rexhepi has succeeded in his project thanks to his Chronomètre Contemporain which has just been presented during the last edition of Baselworld. This watch .....Story

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BaselWorld 2018 - Stepan Sarpaneva

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DonCorson
This year Stepan Sarpaneva showed his first movement development the aptly named "Moonment" With its very subtile moon display this watch will be hand made in intimate quantities. ...Story

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