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From the Bench: PHILIPPE DUFOUR

From the Bench: PHILIPPE DUFOUR

One topic which comes to mind time and time again, when discussing independent watchmaking, is the hand-finishing which graces the bridges of a movement. This time-consuming process, called anglage, takes years, even decades to master and must be done by...

My Watch With Gary G

To continue our series of interviews about collectors’ watches that they could never part with, we feature Gary G; a collector of all things independent, unusual and classic. Not only does Gary collect, but he also writes articles for Quill...

From the Bench: Max Busser

True originality is something of a scarce notion in the modern watch world, with copycat brands, regularly borrowing from the successes of others. One brand that can quite comfortably be described as ‘original’ is MB&F, with their weird and wonderful...

Highlights

Interview: Eric Giroud

Watch design is a subject of great discussion and debate among collectors, who love to over-analyse each minute detail of a case or dial. The real challenge, these days, is designing something both aesthetically pleasing, while not resembling anything else...

From the Bench: Rexhep Rexhepi

Rexhep Rexhepi is a name in the watchmaking-world which some may be unfamiliar with, however he is fast becoming one of the break-through greats. Having started his career at the ripe-old-age of 14, he has quickly climbed the ranks, working...

From the Bench: François-Paul Journe

Introducing a man as well known in the watch community as François-Paul Journe, of his eponymous brand F.P. Journe, seems rather ludicrous. In brief, Monsieur Journe is in some respects the torchbearer to the legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet, widely deemed...


Interview: Eric Giroud

Watch design is a subject of great discussion and debate among collectors, who love to over-analyse each minute detail of a case or dial. The real challenge, these days, is designing something both aesthetically pleasing, while not resembling anything else...

Auction: Daniels Space Traveller

There are very few pieces on the face of the earth, that are truly deserving of the term "holy-grail-watch"; something, for the most part, that varies from collector to collector depending on personal taste. There are, however, a handful of watches out there...

The Knowledge: Escapements

At first glance, understanding the mechanics of a watch movement can seem a daunting task, with the sheer volume of rotating wheels on multiple levels, having the tendency to make it appear more complex than it really is. Naturally, there are...

From the Bench: Roger Smith

Independent watchmaking has always been at the core of our interests here at A Collected Man. The much romanticised notion of the lone genius watchmaker, working away at mechanical excellence with nothing but his or her hands, is all too...

From the Bench: Rexhep Rexhepi

Rexhep Rexhepi is a name in the watchmaking-world which some may be unfamiliar with, however he is fast becoming one of the break-through greats. Having started his career at the ripe-old-age of 14, he has quickly climbed the ranks, working...

From the Collection

Following on from our recent conversation with Mr. François-Paul Journe, we decided to take a closer look at three particularly early F.P. Journe watches: the Chonometre A Resonance, Octa Calendrier and the Octa Lune. Each of these pieces feature a...

From the Bench: François-Paul Journe

Introducing a man as well known in the watch community as François-Paul Journe, of his eponymous brand F.P. Journe, seems rather ludicrous. In brief, Monsieur Journe is in some respects the torchbearer to the legacy of Abraham-Louis Breguet, widely deemed...

From the Bench: Laurent Ferrier

The Laurent Ferrier brand-name has become known for producing watches of such a high quality, both aesthetically and technically, that they have become commonplace in the minds of collectors and enthusiasts, however, there are many fascinating details of Mr. Ferrier's...

First Look: The new Laurent Ferrier Galet Regulateur

We at A Collected Man would assume our readers would be very familiar with the Laurent Ferrier brand by now. However, for the handful that may not be, Laurent Ferrier is an independent watchmaker with history at Patek Philippe and...

The Independents

In the afterglow of this year’s Baselworld, it would be naive not to address the elephant in the room; though it’s a topic which comes with both positives, and negatives. It’s no secret that new watch sales have been in...