Going boldly with EGARD

As an actor, Ilan Muallem Srulovicz likes to bring a boldness to his portrayals – whether it’s a recurring role on AMC’s The Walking Dead or a character part on a major motion picture like Deepwater Horizon, the 36-year old likes to bring something unique to the table. He carries the same hunger for non-conformity…

IndieLux: Ernst Benz colors bright future under Khankin

(Editor’s note: This is the first article of IndieLux, which will explore the world of independent watch brands with models starting at at least $1,500).   Leonid Khankin, president and creative director of independent watch brand Ernst Benz, may have ignited his American story as a young immigrant with big dreams in the Motor City.…

The Marriage Watch: Couple channels metropolitan spirit

HONG KONG — Sally Lim was so fed up with her husband Glenn’s horology obsession, she issued an ultimatum: Find something constructive to channel his watch addiction into — or else. Little did she know, she would be pulled along with him into the microbrand watch world with Ayers Watches’ “The Metropolitan.” Glenn Lim had…

Heitis: Brewing a serious dive watch in Buffalo

If you grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., or any of its many sprawling suburbs, you know this is a city of tough and prideful underdogs. For D.J. Heider, Western New York is also the birthplace of his vision: To make high quality watches at a good value with Heitis Watch Company. With his latest Kickstarter…

Vilhelm: Carbon forging a bronze “Helmet of Will”

SINGAPORE — Vilhelm’s new Talos bronze watch may look like a beefy tool timepiece for tough guys, but the watch company’s origins come from a more sensitive, familial place. Brand creator Nop Srinara named the brand to honor his son, Liam. “I had been toying with the idea of launching a watch for years,” Srinara…

ARCTURUS: Loh takes aim with Deco-inspired timepiece

For teenagers in Singapore, the military is just part of life. Every male who turns 18 must enlist and serve two years. While some might view this as a daunting requirement, Alex Ian Loh picked up the skills he needed to pursue his watchmaking dream by becoming a weapons expert. And he’s shooting for the…

That ’70s Watch: Clawing to the top with Straton

By Shane Snider Editorial Director Thawil, Switzerland — Kyle Schut’s introduction into the watch business didn’t come from years of industry exposure — his horological sales prowess was born in a most unusual place: A video game arcade in South Africa. The 32-year-old owner of Straton Watch Company was only 15 when he managed to…

Jumping through time with the Isotope Rider

By Shane Snider Editorial Director LONDON — José Miranda had a radical vision for a timepiece that would jump out among the growing landscape of micro brand watches. The London-based TV commercial producer may be an avid race car enthusiast and speed freak, but he found the road to brand ownership long and winding. Miranda,…