Independent Haute Horlogerie and AHCI


In The Works: Sarpaneva’s First Tourbillon Watch

Sarpaneva, one of our favourite Indie watchmakers here at Monochrome, is preparing a new watch: his first tourbillon watch! A few days ago Stepan Sarpaneva showed us some photos of a tourbillon cage, featuring the typical grid-like design that resembles the dials on many of his watches. He’s already testing and fine-tuning it and told us that most-likely he will introduce his first tourbillon watch at Baselworld 2015 and it will probably incorporate another complication. What complication will that be? 

MB&F HM5 CM CarbonMacrolon – The 1970s inspired Horological Machine is back in black (specs and price)

The Lamborghini Muira MB&F Horological Machine 5 or HM5 is back on the road. If you’re not too young or if you’re fond of an era that could seem very strange to teenagers (yes, we’re talking about the 1970s) the shape of the HM5 should be familiar to you. Apart from the steampunk-inspired Legacy Machine 101 recently revealed, the HM5 is based on one of Max Busser’s favorite theme, the futuristic-looking icons of the 1970’s. And the MB&F HM5 is now available in black. But don’t be wrong, it’s not just another PVD coated edition but a brand new and innovative material.

Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down – Full Review (hands-on pics, specs and price)

Here at Monochrome we love watches. All sorts of watches. Big, small, elegant, rugged, divers, chrono’s, tourbillons, you name it. Each and every one of us has certain preferences though, and of course, all of us have grail watches. Our contributor Robin had the chance to extensively review one of his grails, the platinum Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down in blue, and here’s the full rundown.

Introducing the Habring² Felix – Hand-Made in the Austrian Alps (Specs and Price)

Introducing the Habring² Felix, featuring Habring²’s own proprietary movement that is hand-finished and hand-assembled in their Austrian atelier. More-over, it is entirely developed in Austria! Maria and Richard Habring launch Felix to celebrate their atelier’s 10th anniversary and immediately announce what’s more to come from these two great people and this extremely interesting young independent watch brand. Let’s have a closer look at Felix’ specifications and price!

Introducing the URWERK EMC Black

Months before URWERK launched the EMC – Electro Mechanical Control – in August of last year, we showed you its inner works and explained how it works. In August we showed you the finished watch, which was and still is the only MECHANICAL watch on the market with a build-in precision-testing device and the possibility to fine-adjust it to get the most precise timing as possible. Today show you the newest, the URWERK EMC Black, and I think this one shows what the EMC should have looked like right from the beginning.

Weekly Watch Photo: Steel Labyrinth by Antti Rönkkö

You know us at Monochrome-Watches, we love watches, all sort of mechanical watches to be precise. And in the middle of the crowd of affordable or ultra luxury timepieces, there is a category that we also give some extra attention: Independent watchmakers. No matter the price, the design or the complications, we can’t help ourselves to introduce you to new artisanal watchmakers. That’s the main goal of our Weekly Watch Photo summer edition. This week we would like to travel to the cold and frosty North. Not to talk about Sarpaneva or Voutilainen, but to discover the Steel Labyrinth by Antti Rönkkö.

Wood you, or wood you not: Wooden mechanical watches by Valerii Danevych (live photos & price)

The Académie Horlogère des Créatures Indépendants (AHCI) consists of some highly praised watchmakers. People like Kari Voutilainen, Andreas Strehler and Peter Speake-Marin are members of the international group. Although several AHCI members are widely known to the public, some names might not ring a bell at first. One of the newest members is the master-carpenter of the watch industry: Valerii Danevych and its wooden watches.

Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle – Limited Edition in Red Gold (LIVE Photos & Price)

What can be the link between a tourbillon watch and an AK-47 Kalachnikov? At first sight, nothing. But looking at the Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle, you have the connection. The concept is simple and based on a charity idea: creating a watch, raise funds by selling it and for each watch sold, destroy a thousand guns. Most of the charity watches are just limited editions of a classical model, adorned with a logo, a new colour or an engraved caseback. The Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle is watch especially created for that reason and that also includes a part of a gun its own movement. And believe us, it is a complicated engine.

Hautlence Invictus Morphos Limited Edition of 250 pieces

In the past 10 years we’ve got to know the independent watch brand Hautlence for their unique way to indicate time. Always with a regulator-style jumping hour and retrograde minute indication. Last year, this tradition was broken with the introduction of the Destination, a dual time-zone watch with two ‘normal’ hands for the hours and minutes. To mark their 10th anniversary Hautlence joined forced with non other than Éric Cantona to create the brand’s first chronograph, the Hautlence Invictus Morphus. An important piece to start a new decade.

Weekly Watch Photo – The Christophe Claret Collection

Again an impressive manufacture that we wanted to share with you here, on Monochrome-Watches. This Weekly Watch Photo column is for us a very pleasant way to show you amazing pictures of watches, and for this week, it is quite a piece of art: Christophe Claret. The brand represents the essence of the complicated, non-compromised horology with strong design, such as the X-trem-1, gaming-oriented timepieces with the Poker Watch or modern interpretations of the classical watchmaking with, for example, the Soprano. Far away from the spotlights and the glossy displays, here are some watches of the actual collection into the nature.