Discover a half-dozen amazing timepieces from each of the Watch Sprocket brands—enjoy! —Glen B Bowen
DEWITT — TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW
Among some 500 existing watch-making brands, only very few produce their own calibres, and no more than 4 are able to manufacture their dials in-house. DeWitt is a fully-fledged watch Manufacture that is both independent and self-sufficient in terms of production, where high-end watch movements and dials are produced and developed by hand. Jérôme de Witt, with his team of extremely well trained and specialized watchmakers, is the source of many patents and technical innovations.
MAXIMILIAN BÜSSER & FRIENDS — THE REBELLION
MB&F is an artistic concept laboratory based around a simple idea: to assemble collectives of independent watchmaking professionals to develop radical horological masterpieces. By nurturing teams of talented individuals, harnessing their passion and creativity and crediting each person’s essential role, MB&F uses their synergy to become much greater than the sum of its parts.
ARTYA — NO IDENTIFINABLE LIMITS
ArtyA was created in 2010 and is 100% independent, with a very reactive team of less than 10 people. Based in Geneva. ArtyA has its own manufacture. Its undefinable, uncategorisable, innovative and trendsetting collections can be divided into six different families, fitting into seven different watch cases, ranging from 38 mm up to 47 mm.
CHRISTOPHE CLARET—FANCIFUL COMPLICATIONS
Fine watchmaking manufacturer Christophe Claret offers highly complex and exclusive timepieces, reserved for devotees of rare and precious objects. The watches in the collection are truly exceptional mechanisms. They testify to expertise resolutely geared towards technological innovation and consistently pushing back the limits of watchmaking in order to offer original ways of reading the time.
DUBEY & SCHALDENBRAND EVOLUTION & DESIGN
Dubey & Schaldenbrand was founded in 1946 and is headquarted in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Inspired by Art Deco, the brand was built with avant-garde ideas that brought evolution to the watch industry with special mechanical movements. The brand continues as an independent Swiss watch brand and thrives on evolution and design while respecting the traditional watchmaking skills of its ancestors.
Kerbandanz watches have a dual heritage in centuries-old tradition of Swiss Haute Horlogerie and the ethical values that have accompanied a good and righteous man during his whole life. Thus, the brand cultivates the quality and accuracy in the creation of its works of art, in the choice of materials used and in the perfectionist finishing of each piece—an ethical approach based on an unwavering respect in the relationship with the audience of connoisseurs who appreciate the value of a perfectly controlled structure.
LOUIS MOINET—MECHANICAL FANTASIES
Louis Moinet was one of the greatest watchmakers ever—his inventiveness, passion and willingness to pass on his wisdom mean his contribution to horology is immeasurable. His spirit lives on thanks to Jean-Marie Schaller who, as founder and creative director, revived the prestigious name of the inspirational master watchmaker. Today it is an independent watch brand located in Saint-Blaise, Switzerland, specializing in the creation of high-end timepieces, often featuring exotic materials and innovative technology, underpinned by the philosophy of limited edition mechanical art.
RICHARD MILLE — HOLISTIC UNION OF CASE & MOVEMENT EQUATES PERFECTION
The exterior issues of comfort offered by the ergonomic design approach and visually striking lines are important; yet they represent only the beginning of a long process in the creation of a timepiece. The interior of the watch, the entire movement, right down to seemingly inconsequential details of the shape and finish of screws, the architectural way the interior space of the case is utilized for the movement layout (which must also be a work of art on its own) is an aspect of equal importance to me.
MANUFACTURE ROYALE—POETIC ART
Manufacture Royale opened a modern workshop in Vallorbe in the heart of the Swiss Jura, the cradle of Swiss watchmaking. Combining tradition with modernity, Manufacture Royale perpetrates traditional values of Swiss watchmaking while integrating the latest industrial advancements. Always pushing the limits of innovation, the manufacture has its own in-house research & development, and production department that creates high complicated mechanical movements.
HYSEK — AVANTE GARD VISION
Hysek continues to prove its ability as a highly creative and innovative brand creating beautiful watches with extraordinary finishing combined with stunning color schemes. Hysek also demonstrates its prowess as a formidable high complications master with the 2017 Colollsal.
GREUBEL FORSEY — ARTISTIC CREATIONS
For Greubel Forsey, horology and artistic creation are inseparable. They are a symbiosis between technical and aesthetic dimensions, weaving together the two strands of our DNA and our timepieces are born of this cross-pollination.
EXPLORES MEASURING TIME
It is with an artist’s sensitivity, that François-Paul Journe explores the measurement of time with creativity and innovation.
Because his demands are so high, for François-Paul Journe the art of watchmaking is more than a matter of making fine watches- it means giving part of oneself, of one's artistry and culture in the world of watchmaking, as a legacy bearing witness to one's time.
THE UNIQUENESS OF SPEAKE-MARIN TIMEPIECES
Speake-Marin timepieces are presented in four collections. The Spirit collection for the sport watches. The collection J-Class gathers classic timekeepers, companions of the everyday life. The ladies watches, elegant by day and by night, come to light though the Shenandoah and finally the exceptional pieces in the Cabinet des Mystères. These last pieces carry in them stories and breathtaking mechanisms. Pieces, often unique, which tell a know-how and especially a creativity that makes the uniqueness of Speake- Marin.
URWERK FOUNDED IN 1995 BY FELIX BAUMGARTNER AND MARTIN FRE
Felix Baumgartner (co-founder and master watchmaker) and Martin Frei (co-founder and chief designer) first met in 1995 to discuss developing a watch. The young men were united by their common passion for measuring and portraying time. A long discussion, a sharing of philosophies and dreams, culminated in a decision to create their own vision of time.
They founded URWERK in 1997 and presented their first timepiece with the AHCI at Baselworld that same year.