Category Archives: Horology

A few years ago I visited Baselworld and met up with several prominent watchmakers. The majority were targeting exclusive buyers and therefore attending the event was an absolute prerequisite. When I spoke with Maximilian Busser and Charris Yadigaroglou (Chief Communications Officer) at MB & F they said that this show equated to a large proportion of their annual revenue. That is why I only got to speak with Max briefly because his itinerary literally was full to the brim. However, for smaller watch labels this huge scale trade fair isn’t an option due to the overall expense. That is why they have to rely on different recourses. A great example can be found in Hong Kong-based company Andersmann Watch. » Read more

Even in the relatively short time I have been writing about the watches, there seems to have a significant shift in the industry. Initially when began commenting about horology, brands like Urwerk, MB & F, De Bethune were considered highly radical. Certainly, my admiration for these progressive ateliers hasn’t diminished in any way. However, there are several other labels that have followed suit and made their own indelible footprint in the watch industry. Probably one of the best examples in recent years is Swiss-based business SEVENFRIDAY AG. » Read more

A few weeks ago I wrote an in-depth article about the Bremont Wright Flyer. In their press releases, the company publicised that the timepiece was equipped with their first in-house movement. Ultimately this has proved to be a very contentious issue for Bremont and has got them into a lot of hot water. Many watch blogs and forums instantly picked up on the fact that Swiss parts supplier Manufacture La Joux-Perret SA actually produced the movement. From speaking to many people in the industry they have informed that it would involve an enormous amount of money and time to develop a bespoke mechanism. However several independent watchmakers around the world have achieved this monumental feat. A perfect example is Russian atelier, Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more

Apart from being a massive admirer of Maximilian Büsser creative expertise I also love the contemporary gallery he has established. The aptly named M.A.D. Gallery is a wonderful creative outlet that exhibits a range of horological masterpieces and eclectic artwork. This is where I initially became aware of an amazing watch winder called the Lucky Egg. I was also impressed to find out that the inventor hasn’t got any industrial design experience. This prompted me to contact Allen Hsieh the visionary behind this project. » Read more

Just over two years ago I wrote a feature about an emerging brand called LIV Swiss Watches and their flagship model called the GX1-A. The review was such a resounding success that I was very interested in writing a follow up article. It is very rare that I would normally contemplate producing another editorial about the same timepiece. However, the conception of the GX1 and subsequent GX1-A is definitely noteworthy. » Read more

Now that Baselworld has finished brands will be able to draw breath and resume a relative sense of normality again. Even though the show was significantly smaller than previous years the level of creativity certainly wasn’t stifled. In my opinion the overall uncertainty and turbulence in the industry has forced brands to operate outside their comfort zone. Even the large corporates delivered some unpredictable offerings. However, in my highlights all of the mechanical marvels (with the exception of two watches) were well beyond the consumer’s budgets. » Read more

It is unbelievable to think 3 years I made the monumental journey from South Australia to Baselworld in Switzerland. Even though I was still recovering from a severe hip fracture the experience was phenomenal. Each day I was working 14 hours but enjoying myself like a kid in a sweet shop. Special moments included meeting a lot of my watchmaking heroes and viewing magnificent timepieces I had previously only dreamt of. However, even at this stage there was a dark cloud looming over the show, which doesn’t seem to have lifted. Essentially what I mean is that Apple and other smart device manufacturers were having a profound impact on the market. » Read more

Like most authors/bloggers I spend an enormous amount of my time trying to find products that will resonate with my readers. Originally when I started writing about watches a few years ago the main source of inspiration are labels like MB & F, Urwerk, DeBethune etc. Certainly these watchmakers are pioneering and have made the horological landscape very exciting. However, the price point is well beyond most people’s budgets and they only produce a limited amount of models a year. Fortunately, for the consumer there are several distinctive and more affordable options. A great example is MUSE who have just unveiled a great collection of ‘Swiss Art Watches’ (Stella, Stella-S, Akylon, Tanoura, Kagura). » Read more