Entries by Joshua Munchow

Akrivia Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour: Manifest Destiny Or Gut Feeling?

Like every other Akrivia timepiece the Tourbillon Chiming Jump Hour includes a beautifully delicate tourbillon whirling away at 6 o’clock. Akrivia tourbillons are already becoming known for their fine cages and slender profiles, and the balance wheels inside share these characteristics. I love complicated mechanisms that require multiple views to fully grasp all of the detail, but sometimes it’s just so delightful to gaze upon something simply aesthetically pleasing.

Inspired Interstellar Exploration: Miki Eleta BY 21Dez12ME Starship Clock

What you are about to read is a work of fantasy directly inspired by the incredible horological work and details of Miki Eleta’s BY 21Dez12ME clock. “The chief navigator paused and checked the coordinates against the holographic star chart surrounding the cabin, suddenly realizing that the starship called ‘BY 21Dez12ME’ was, to put it delicately, astonishingly lost.”

Calling On The Village: Czapek & Cie. And The Quai Des Bergues Collection

Introducing Czapek & Cie., a nascent watch brand that is looking to the village to help it grow. The first interesting thing to learn about Czapek is that it is a brand not atypically reviving a historical name with some pretty serious horological street cred for the purists out there. But first let’s take a good look at the Czapek Quai des Bergues collection.

Clockwise, Sunwise, & Reverse: Introducing The Bélier Reverse By Kim Djapri

Kim Djapri, a watchmaker with Lang & Heyne and boutique manager at Tempus Arte in Dresden, exhibited at the A.H.C.I.’s Baselworld 2016 booth a micro-brand and a timepiece all his own. His new brand Bélier is the banner under which his new watch, christened Reverse, has been built. This watch is perfect allegory for reflection in a timepiece.

Whimsy And Fancy: Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde Des Papillons

I am always excited when I see a new example of whimsy in the world. And Van Cleef & Arpels is always a good source of whimsy; the brand’s latest Poetic Complications creation, the Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons, exemplifies this. It takes a very serious and complicated new movement and uses it for a fanciful display of beauty and cheer that includes exquisitely hand-painted butterflies and a swallow as hour and minute indicators.

Wavelengths And Quantum Mechanics? How The A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 Moonphase Lumen Gets Its Special Shine

The moon emanates no light of its own since it is geologically inactive and has no light-emitting materials on its surface. It does give off radiation that it has absorbed from the cosmos, which isn’t visible to the naked eye.

The A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 Moonphase Lumen does things quite similarly to the cosmos to provide its wearer with an incredibly unique luminous experience. There is much more science here than meets the immediate eye to create it, too. Read on to find out all about the extra-special luminous qualities of this watch.

Equus Forma Mechanica: The Parmigiani Fleurier Hippologia

One viewing of the Parmigiani Fleurier Hippologia in action is enough to confirm that its two horses’ gaits seem completely fluid and natural. The Hippologia displays two horses, a mare and a foal, taking a stroll around a Lalique glassware cabinet enclosing the highly complicated automaton and eight-day clock movement. This is an object that needs to be seen to be believed.

Surprising Use Of Quartz: Richard Mille RM 011 Red TPT Quartz Automatic Flyback Chronograph

The RM 011 Red TPT Quartz Automatic Flyback Chronograph is the second wristwatch to use TPT Quartz after the RM 27-02 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal. Without even getting into this watch’s awesome movement and the distinctive style, it should be clear that the RM 011 Red TPT Quartz Automatic Flyback Chronograph is a standout piece among a collection of standout watches thanks to the advanced composite technology housing the movement.