A new watch fair, the Manufakturmesse in Baden-Baden
the dominance of the big brands has become overwhelming the smaller
watchmakers have been finding new outlets in smaller watch fairs. One
of these new fairs in Germany is the Manufakturmesse (Manufacturer Fair)
in Baden-Baden which took place last weekend. Not only about watches,
this fair is dedicated to hand made products ( manufaktur=made by hand)
and included also writing implements, jewelry, cutlery and silverware.
with its famous thermal baths, casino and festival theatre provided a
fitting atmosphere for this event. Let's take a walk around and see
what we can find.
Jochen Benzinger's engraved and with
guilloché decorated watches will be well known to many PuristS. He
brought many stunning watches and also a work bench to show how the work
is done.... by hand.
Jochen Benzinger at work with his graver.
The movements are hand skeltonised after engraving. When the skeletonising is finished the edges will be engraved too.
Rainer Nienaber is an AHCI member that we meet at the Basel Fair every year.
Rainer has 2 versions of his regulator, here with seconds on top, like a clock.
If you really want to think every time you look at your watch the Nienaber Dezimalzeit watch is for you. A decimal time watch.
A "watch regulator" with the seconds at the bottom of the dial and a 24hour indication.
Regulator with retrograde minutes.
My favorite Nienaber watch, the
Anterograd. It is a one hand (with seconds two) watch. The hand jumps
forward over the sector at 9 oclock.
As Rainer says he made this watch
using a chinese tourbillon just for fun. It is his "Hummer", a monster
watch, for people with "big arms".
Chronoseum is an exclusive dealer
representing several high end independents. This armillary sphere is an
elegant astronomical sculpture.
Irene Bruckmann makes jewelry from nobel metals and also stainless steel. Her designs are light and airy.
The watches of Dirk Dornblüth are well known on our forum.
The two level dial
Torsten Nagengast's Timekeeper
Chronometrie is based in Asslar Germany and makes some very handsome
watches using well decorated several NOS movements.
Timekeeper is working on their own
movement which will be released soon in their first sporty watch. The
movement plates are milled in aluminum which allows great freedom in the
possible colors through anodising.
Modeatelier Bischoff, Thorston
Bischoff offers individual tailored suits and travels to his customers
in the German speaking countries.
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This message has been edited by DonCorson on 2011-10-22 07:13:25
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A new watch fair, the Manufakturmesse in Baden-Baden
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Our friend Don Corson is too modest to mention that he was also in Baden-Baden to show his 'werke'. Enjoy! MTF Don Corson What's under the glass dome? Aha! Another glass dome under the big glass dome . Closer.....closer........ Don Corson's Dresdener Nr. ...
I love the display
Hi Don, I hope the show was successful and there continues to be a lot of interest in the watches, particularly, the 'UFO', which I love. Even MB&F's recent LM1 had the reminiscent 'floating' balance wheel, but you managed to do it first and with a tourbi...
Thank you Don...
That was a real eye-opener (and would have been a real wallet-opener too!). Cheers, pplater.
Thank you Don!
It's nice to see all the very small watch brands, I would have never seen any of these watches if if were not for your brilliant post. I enjoy all things handmade. Thanks for the virtual trip! Best SamEE
MORE shows like these
there r some surprisingly cool pieces that i would like to check it out in metal hope to see more reports on these lesser known stars in the industry, shold invite them to post ADs in the collectors market! cheers, Ed~ This message has been edited by lien...
some interesting watches in there.. a healthy ind of Exhibitions especially for such mid size brands and independents . Faisal
Definitely my kind of fair.
God all the temptations, I would not know where to stop. I like the idea that the fair was not only devoted to watches. I happen to like knives very much also. Best regards, George
They are all so atractive!
I hope to see them in person.... Only in Europe? Hope they do it around here. Surely this market would love some of these. I will keep your post in my fav and use as reference. Thanks, Don! Ken
Very interesting show ...
Thanks for the ‘walk around’, Don. In a time when mass production is easier than ever, hand made products hold an even greater allure and become true treasures. Rainer Nienaber’s decimal watch is a very interesting novelty, but hard to g...
lot's of eye candy.! i like those Timekeeper Watches a lot. the 1st one looks really Nice (with Roman numerals). and i have one of those Pilot Base Watches in the same Grey Color too :0)) thanks for sharing.