Right now, the watch world feels more expansive than ever, yet the conversation is dominated by a lone corner occupied by big-name steel sport watches—the timepieces with high resale value that inspire Instagram envy. But often the most exciting and interesting stories in that arena aren’t the ones being told on social media. Over the past 10 years, I’ve probably had more watches in my hands than anyone on the planet, and invariably I find that the most unlikely surprises come not from the luxury conglomerates but out of tiny workshops where modest groups of men and women create timepieces in extremely limited quantities.
In some ways, the job of the indie watchmaker is the horological equivalent of a small cobbler going up against Nike. I own and love the Jordan 1s of the watch world, but there’s a unique joy in also investing in watchmakers who are creating stunning