After the Chronograph Invictus Morphos limited edition (jointly designed with ‘The King‘ Eric Cantona) and the Destination, that we fully reviewed recently, the Neuchatel-based brand Hautlence comes back to its original concept and to its in-house movement, with new editions of its sporty round model, the HLRQ, part of the Avant-Garde collection, now delivered with bright colored cases. Welcome the Hautlence HLRQ-04 and HLRQ-05!
Independent Haute Horlogerie and AHCI
Oscar…err, Golden Hand goes to the Breguet Classique Chronométrie. Last Friday evening it was Oscar-night. That is Oscar-night of the watch industry, which is called the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genéve. Winners in fifteen categories and one overall winner were announced during a gala event in Geneva. There were some remarkable winners; one of them was Grönefeld, who won the prize for Best Tourbillon Watch, and they are the very first winners from the Netherlands!
Today we found three very rare pieces from independent watchmakers for you. There’s a unique piece from Speake-Marin with a custom-made dial from the Japanese artist Yamazaki Mushu, an early piece from Stepan Sarpaneva named Loiste and a Habring² Jumping Seconds with an in-house developed jumping seconds mechanism.
After presenting you the watches from Speake Marin into the nature, after showing you some Gronefeld into the wild or telling all about the Steel Labyrinth by Antti Rönkkö, we continue our summer tour of the independent watchmakers. Today, we want to introduce you a new edition of the Prologue by Marc Jenni, a brand that we already covered but never showed with live photos. Its watches might look simple but, believe us, they are quite unique.
As simple as it can visually look at first glance, a watch from Laurent Ferrier is far, very far from being simple and random. Remember, a few years ago we’ve explained you all about the Laurent Ferrier Tourbillon Double Spiral and just after, all about the specific escapement called “double direct impulse on the balance“. Clearly, this is not what we can define as simple watchmaking. And the Double Direct Impulse is now introduced in a new watch, the Laurent Ferrier Galet Traveller Enamel, a limited edition especially made for US retailers and that is available in white gold and, for the first time exclusively for Monochrome, in pink gold.
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?
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.
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, 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!
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.