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WELCOME TO WATCH SPROCKET!

Welcome to my little piece of the watch world—a small slice of the time machine landscape—independent Swiss watchmakers and their creations. Watch Sprocket went “live” July 1, 2017, with 13 brands under its Sprocket menu boards. The depth of coverage here for these brands is unparalleled providing hundreds upon hundreds of their innovative timepieces on […]

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CHRISTOPHE CLARET ONLY WATCH 2017

  At the heart of this watchmaking fable, a 3D depiction of the cherry blossom revisited by Christophe Claret gives pride of place to artistic crafts. The blue enameled center of the flower features a pistil topped with a blue sapphire and stamens represented by 28 emeralds. Christophe Claret invites two hand-engraved and green lacquered […]

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND URWERK

Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei are the driving force behind the brand Urwerk and the pair named the brand combining two words, Ur and werk. Ur is for the ancient Sumerian city-state Ur, located in Mesopotamia. The origins of the sixty-second minute and sixty-minute hour can be traced all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia. […]

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND MANUFACTURE ROYALE

The French philosopher Voltaire was founder of Manufacture Royale in the year 1770, and his spirit is alive and well in the re-launch of the business centuries later. By birth, François Marie Arouet, or Voltaire—he had his name officially changed—organized the cottage watch business under the name Manufacture Royale in the French village of Ferney, […]

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND LOUIS MOINET

Jean-Marie Schaller is founder, creative director and CEO of Louis Moinet, a brand that all but disappeared from the history of watchmaking before Schaller made the decision to relaunch the brand at the 2003 edition of Baselworld where I first met him. All he had at the time was a little 12-page brochure and several […]

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND GREUBEL FORSEY?

It was 2004 when Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey officially launched their partnership at Baselworld, the global watch exhibition, with the introduction of their Double Tourbillon 30°. The pair had met earlier working at Renaud & Papi SA prior to Audemars Piguet taking over the majority ownership. They developed complicated movements for high-level watch brands. […]

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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND MB&F?

MAXIMILIAN BÜSSER is an enigma. He was an only child and experienced some loneliness that comes with that. He created his own playmates and games, decided to become a car designer at age 4, earned a Masters degree in technology engineering, and got his first job offer in the watch industry while skiing the slopes […]

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PROUD TO BE ON WATCH SPROCKET!

“Manufacture Royale is now live and proud to be on Watch Sprocket! We have re-launched this sleeping 18th—century brand because of familial ties, passion, and dedication. While our history is young, our heritage is strong. My cousin Alexis and I grew up in the watch industry. Inspired by our fathers’ and grandfather’s success stories, we […]

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FIRST EDITOR TO REDISCOVER LOUIS MOINET

“Glen Bowen was the first editor who rediscovered Louis Moinet, back in 2002 at Baselworld. At that time, I only had an 8-page biography in my hand, and many ideas in my head. I remember very clearly our discussion, and from that day onwards, Glen was very supportive. To feel this attitude from a man […]

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