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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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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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