Instagram, Blogs, Forums, etc., have one thing in common. When SIHH and Basel roll around, all are on a frenzy with what’s new, and what’s coming. With most of the attention usually directed to the big brands like Rolex, Cartier, Omega, and so on, it’s time to shine some light on the little guys as well. We present to you, the most awesomest, non-boring independent/small brand watches of 2014-2015.
Breva Genie 03
I like fast things. I like to time my fast things (that’s why I love chronographs). I also like to see how fast my fast things go. Breva just officially fixed on of my terrible dilemma by introducing the Genie 03, a watch with a speedometer. Just east of the dial is a pop-up speedometer that you can use when your skiing the Alps, sky-diving, or when your Ferrari’s gauge cluster craps out. I’m in.
Greubel Forsey Garde Temps- naissance d’une montre
By themselves, the three masters Philippe Dufour, Vianney Halter, and Kari Voutilainen are a watch aficionados wet dream…together, that’s a panic attack that can potentially lead to a heart-attack. Grab your aspirin, because Greubel Forsey just announced a project that involves all three collaborating on a piece to help future independents carry on the tradition of utmost quality and innovation.
H. Moser & Cie Endeavor Perpetual Calendar
On of my grails is the Simplicity by the master of all masters, Philippe Dufour. H. Moser & Cie makes something of a substitute, although it’s not too simple towards the back. The dial of the Endeavor would never lead you to believe that it’s a perpetual calendar, but it is, and it’s magnificent. H. Moser is undoubtedly on the rise and I will undoubtedly be watching them VERY closely.
Kari Voutilainen GMR
When a living legend releases a new watch, take notice. Kari Voutilainen’s GMR and its Guilloche dial, in combination with the Breguet-esque hands, ballsy green solid silver dial, and unorthodox lugs make this watch stupendously unique. It’s a shame that more information is not yet available, but when it will be, I’ll be the first reading up.