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Afternoon with Martin Braun
On July 2, 2003
by Kohei Saito
Master watchmaker and manufacturer Martin Braun attended an event at Swiss Time Gallery in Laguna Hills, California, and TZ’s Kohei Saito was on hand for a quick interview. At the show, Martin introduced his latest watch lines.
KS: Hello Martin. It is so nice to see you.
MB: It is a pleasure to see you as well. This is my second interview with TimeZone!
KS: So what’s the latest?
MB: I’m launching the new “Korona” line.
KS: What does the name Korona signify?
MB: Korona means Sun. I use a Sunburst image on all my watch lines and wanted to enhance it in the sport watch. The Korona dial is on two levels, and the watch has a PVD bezel. This particular model (shown below) has my own module to indicate night and day. The center of the dial is emblazoned with my sunburst logo. The center dial rotates, so that when the logo is above the horizon, it is daytime, and when it is below the horizon, it is night.
KS: Who designed the watch?
MB: I did. As a watch manufacture, I’d like to set trends myself. I want Martin Braun to be a trendsetter, not a follower.
KS: What’s ticking inside of the Korona?
MB: The base movement is an ETA2892, refined by Soprod SA.
KS: What else is new this year?
MB: The EOS is now offered with several new dial colors including Prussian blue, white, blue mother-of-pearl, blue mother-of-pearl with diamond hour markers,
18k rose gold, and canary yellow. Of course, German Silver and black dials
remain available as well. EOS and Boreas round models are produced in either 39 mm or 42mm case sizes and in platinum, 18k rose gold, and stainless steel.
KS: And you’re also showing a new square case EOS?
MB: Yes, the square case is also new. When you look at case from the side, it has the image of columns from ancient Greek buildings. The Athens Olympics are coming very soon, you know, and I wanted to capture that image. The square EOS and a square chronograph are now in production.
KS: When will they be available in the stores?
MB:Both the square Eos and the square chronograph are available in select stores now.
KS: Do you have any new watches that use a vintage movement?
MB: Presently we’re only offering a Lemania 1883 moon phase hand wind chronograph Limited Edition. Working with vintage movements is very difficult.
KS: How come?
MB: They require a great deal of attention – assembly and disassembly several times to get everything working right.
KS: Are you referring to the hand wind A. Shild alarm movement?
MB: Yes. They were old movements, and the condition of each movement varied. Of course I have very high standards before I will use a movement in one of my watches. Getting all of the movements up to my standard was quite a challenge! The PUWs in the Teutonia were much easier to work with. I have automatic alarm with AS 5008 now, the La Sonnerie II. This movement was originally produced during the 1950′s. This new model is a limited edition of 100 pieces and comes with either a white enamel of silver guilloche dial. The rotor is 18K white gold and guilloche blued steel.
KS: Do you visit TimeZone?
MB: All the time. I visit several watch sites based in Europe, and of course one is in the German language, but as far as US-based sites, TimeZone is the only one to visit every day.
KS: We are honored. Why do you choose TZ?
MB: As a manufacture, I’m always interested in what watch enthusiasts have to say, understanding people’s opinions as well as their feedback is very important to me. Just look at how many people post on TZ every day! Good or bad (laughs), I think this diversity of posts makes it interesting to visit, and I learn quite a bit from it.
KS: Do you have any plans for new watches or movements?
MB: I can’t tell you anything now… you will have to wait and for next year’s Basel show.
KS: Thank you very much.
MB: Thank you Kohei.
Special thanks to Lawrence Rubin, President of Martin Braun USA, and Swiss Watch Gallery, Laguna Hills, CA.