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3 Lessons Learned While Speed-Dating Watchmakers

I recently returned from a week photographing the annual conference of American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). I was there to teach photography and get images of the event that has been held annually since 1960. I felt like I was speed-dating at a club of modern-day watchmaking shamans, who openly talked about missing their watch bench and the trance-state in which they function as they solve our watch-wearing woes.  I learned a lot about what to look for in a watchmaker.

Pour yourself a drink and feast your eyes on the Kobold Arctic Diver


Man. I don’t know if I’m supposed to look at this watch or have sex with it. The man’s hands fondling this PVD encased beauty is a bit off-putting but the music sounds like what my roommate used to play to mask the sounds of his seductions.

Kobold Profiled in Inc. Magazine


There’s a great story about Michael Kobold and Kobold watches in Inc. this month. It’s really nice to see mainstream appreciation of the watch business, although my buddy at Swatch Group made a face when I told him Kobold equated himself to Rolex. Read on to get the full story.
The Greatly Improbable, Highly Enjoyable, Increasingly Profitable Life of Michael Kobold [Inc.]

Pop Kobold


koboldpop_sml.jpgNow this is a weird duck. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece by Kobold that just sold for a 911 charity. Looks pretty beefy even though it could hang out on a harijuku girl’s wrist without looking out of place. Burton Morris designed the face.

Chad the Watch Guy » Pop Goes the Kobold

Kobold Does it Again: Ernest Shackleton Old Explorer

sirkobold_sml.jpgMike Kobold is a madman – a real watch pro – and this is his latest, the amazing Old Explorer. It looks so retro yet the face makes me make a little pee pee.

Kobold revives a favorite, with the Sir Ernest Shackleton Old Explorer’s model. If you remember the original, it featured that beautiful flesh tone dial. Now you can enjoy the smokin’ Artic blue. Michael Kobold, known for his more industrial hard German look, does a great job with this subtle dress/casual throw back timepiece. A hand-wound, Swiss-made movement, caliber K.348 (modified Unitas 6497) powers the Sir Ernest and is a technological marvel.

Amazing work.

Sir Ernest Has Got The Artic Blues [Chad the Watch Guy]