It’s simply two brief weeks in the past we launched you to Josef Bresan and Lukas Pohlmann, two gifted German watchmakers who we’re able to launch their first-ever watch. Becoming a member of forces underneath the identify Junge Uhrmacher, the Status got here to life because the mixed imaginative and prescient of the 2 males. With a background in watchmaking for a number of high-end watchmaking firms, it seems to be very promising from the get-go! Following the presentation of the Status, we needed to study extra concerning the two males, so we requested them a number of questions on how the corporate, and the watch, got here to life.
Robin Nooij, MONOCHROME – Josef, Lukas, you’re new to the world of unbiased watchmaking underneath the Junge Uhrmacher identify. Are you able to briefly introduce your self?
Josef & Lukas, Junge Uhrmacher – We’re two watchmakers from Dresden/Germany, each 32 years previous and accomplished our apprenticeship in Glashütte. Josef labored at Wempe, at Lang & Heyne and studied mechanical engineering. Lukas began working as a watchmaker at Lang & Heyne after his apprenticeship. That’s additionally the place we met in 2013.
Speak us by means of your journey into watchmaking. How did it get began for you each?
Josef: I didn’t have a lot of a connection to watchmaking as a baby and teenager. I knew that watches existed and that somebody needed to make them, however I didn’t suppose a lot concerning the topic. Nevertheless, in 2009, after I was standing within the store at our native watchmaker’s to select up one in all my mom’s watches, I realised for the primary time what was behind a mechanical watch. Once I noticed the small gears and levers, a fascination was woke up in me at that second that continues to this present day. Once I began my apprenticeship as a watchmaker in Glashütte shortly afterwards, I lastly knew what I had been on the lookout for all this time: I had discovered my future.
Lukas: I gained my first insights into the world of watches at flea markets. Classic watches rapidly exerted a robust attraction on me. My first flea market discover was a faulty wristwatch from Glashütte manufacturing. This watch led me on a journey to watchmakers, museums and eventually to the watchmaking college in Glashütte.
So that you’ve met at Lang & Heyne. What related the 2 of you, aside from the apparent craft of watchmaking?
What connects us from the start till at present is a good friendship. Even when Josef left Lang & Heyne to check, we noticed one another usually and exchanged concepts. Moreover watchmaking, we even have an important ardour for music, good meals and travelling. However the largest factor we have now in widespread is our sense of humour and the identical mindset.
What pushed you to develop your personal watch?
Independently of one another, we each had the massive dream of constructing our personal watch in keeping with our personal concepts sooner or later throughout our coaching. Nevertheless, for a very long time, it was only a dream with none concrete plans.
In 2019, we began to arrange a small workshop in Lukas’ front room. There we repaired, restored and studied many classic watches. Throughout this time, we had the thought of constructing our personal watch sooner or later. At the moment, we didn’t suppose that it might occur in a short time. However the work we did collectively and our ardour made this concept increasingly concrete, till someday we determined to only do it!
What was the inspiration for the Status?
For us, the Status combines all of the features that we demand of a watch as a each day companion: it needs to be strong, straightforward to put on and efficient. It needs to be visually appropriate for a lot of each day conditions and all the time be trendy with out changing into boring or too conspicuous over time. Additionally it is essential to us that the time is evident and straightforward to learn. We wish the proprietor to occupy himself with the watch and take it in his hand, e.g. to wind it up. That is when the most important spotlight, the motion, turns into seen and will captivate the observer for a second. Nevertheless, we place the prime quality and craftsmanship of all the person parts above all else.
The Status was launched solely very lately, how has it been obtained?
There was a whole lot of constructive suggestions from all corners of the world. It’s nice after on a regular basis within the workshop and all of the work to lastly have the ability to present the watch and expertise folks’s nice reactions. We hope that many individuals could have the chance to carry our watches of their arms sometime.
Your selection of motion isn’t standard, what was causing going with a Pobeda 2608 central seconds motion?
From the start, we deliberate to construct our motion based mostly on an ebauche. We have been on the lookout for a motion with a central second hand. With the 2608, we’re significantly excited concerning the distinctive structure of the gear prepare, its historical past and the potential to remodel it. By utterly redesigning the stability cock and opening up the wheel cock, in addition to adapting all the opposite parts, we emphasise the good depth of the motion and present how the mechanics work. This newly created free house additionally makes it doable to watch our newly developed seconds hacking mechanism at work.
Now that the Status has been introduced and is in manufacturing, what’s subsequent for Junge Uhrmacher?
Initially, in fact, we are going to proceed to construct the Status fashions with a purpose to ship all orders. Nevertheless, we even have many concepts and plans for different fashions and new watches. We are going to proceed to develop these concepts. We expect the subsequent step will probably be to introduce different dial variants and hand shapes. Within the subsequent few years, we additionally need to additional develop and develop the motion.
What’s the long-term plan for the corporate? Any hints on what future tasks lie forward?
Our subsequent huge purpose over the approaching few years is to create a motion that we develop and produce utterly by ourselves. This could then present the idea for an entire household of actions with completely different issues. If our watches proceed to promote effectively and discover many fans, we might additionally wish to develop slightly to create extra potential for brand spanking new watch developments.
We love watchmaking and the way it brings so many nice folks collectively. That’s why we hope to construct many extra nice watches and set up the JUNGE model.