Herren Marke: Leather strap venture born in the ocean

By Shane Snider, Editorial Director Buford, GA —Ben Crumley’s love affair with watches and strap making started in a most unusual place – at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Georgia. While he wasn’t even there at the time, his father was diving with friends when he spotted something shimmering on…

Pontvs: A creature from the deep

By Shane Snider, Editorial Director MORENCI, Ariz. — Fernando Mansilla’s dream of designing a watch may have started with a simple napkin doodle, but the real inspiration for his Pontvs and Carmagnolle watches comes from a pit dug deep into the earth’s surface. The 31-year-old is a metallurgical engineer at Freeport-McMoRan’s Arizona mine – the…

Watch tale: A turtle, a snail and a tattoo

By Shane Snider PETALUMA, Calif. — Motorcycle mechanic and Seiko enthusiast Jared Hermann’s “turtle” build may be one of the most intensely personal projects he’s worked on, but it also stands out for another reason. The 40-year-old WATCHA member might be the only person in the watch world to have actually eaten part of his…