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Independents: Staudt do really nice dials, bringing a third dimension in it

Though, I wondered if the watch is also used for the last tests, to find out if the salmon dial colour really pleases in daily life, before sitting down with two Dutch master watchmakers to specify another watch known for a great salmon dial... Björn
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Automotive: My favourite is the engine bay of the Pantera (# 26) for its lean look (as also done superbly on Bill's car)

The Nomad (# 1) looks great, but I prefer to have modern techniques a bit toned down on classic car based vehicles, like seen with the BelAir (# 29). Most other engine bays shown are for me let down by "unsorted" fluid and electrical lines (criss-crossing around; not running in straight lines etc.).
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Independents: It is always interesting to learn about other interests of the master watchmakers, like the mini-ecosystems

Many thanks for this interesting report. I also hope that you tell a bit more about the ideas that went into the design process you have briefly mentioned, when you eventually present your finished watch. I look as well forward to the further atelier visit reports in the announced series. Björn
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Independents: ochs und junior offers really great possibilities to create bespoke watches, far beyond the configurator with its already many choices

When I had my Dual Time - Moonphase created a couple of years ago, I worked only with colours respectively paint. Your choice of colouring by taking advantage of material properties and possible treatments is much more sofisticated. Gratulations! Björn
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Independents: Independent Master Watchmakers in between Book Covers

The internet is a wonderful information source when looking for details on subjects not covered by main stream publishing. About two years ago I spent some time to gather information on independent master watchmakers from websites, particularly reports about atelier visits (to copy and print for mor
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By: BjoernM21
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Omega: To alienate the customer is one of the proven management principles of the "luxury" industry

Kapferer and Bastien list in “The Luxury Strategy” (p. 70f) “Dominate the client” and “Make it difficult for clients to buy” as two of these tactics. As long as this works, nothing will change (and the industry will believe in the saying "A sucker is born ever minute..."). Why not have a look at the
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Independents: Such a group of friends spares you trying to buy all your dream watches, you can enjoy them anyway at these great meetings

Thanks for sharing this treasure trove with us. If only one of you could start an interview series, asking one collector of this group at a time to present one or two of his watches and tell a bit about them, like why they were bought and what is of particular interest. Even if anonymous, with a cou
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By: BjoernM21
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Girard Perregaux: The 1966 ww.tc looked always a bit bland to me, but the dial design draws less attention to the small movement inside

Seeing the 1966 model presented side by side with the Small Seconds, I realise how much the older design with the "busy" graphic dial elements so much centred already gives a hint of what you see from the back side. With the case diameter increased to 43 mm and well filled with a nice movement, the
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Horological Meandering: There are different methods used to create the Royal Oak dials vs. the RO Offshore dials

When visiting the Audemars Piguet manufactory a room full of very old machines clacking away creating the Royal Oak dials can be seen. But the Tapisserie pattern is not made the same way Kari Voutilainen or Jochen Benzinger are creating guilloche dials, hand guiding every stroke of the burin (chisel
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Independents: Thanks for the report and the additional information about the talks. The book published to accompany the exhibition is well worth having.

The photographs by Guy Lucas de Peslouan of the watches in the show are superb and perfect for some drooling. The book's production quality is up there with excellent art books. In addition, many of the texts presenting the watchmakers participating offer interesting details, like those on Asaoka an
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