The Dutch independent watchmaker Michiel Holthinrichs introduces a new online series on his brand Holthinrichs Watches, in which he elaborates on the process of the making of a watch: the inspiration he finds in architecture, the design process,finishing and finally the assembly. Every week during the COVID-19 lockdown – starting from the 10th of April, 8 pm CET – the series airs on Holthinrichs’ Instagram channel.
Holthinrichs Watches is a brand build on four pillars: experimental design, architectural forms, technicalinnovation and craftsmanship. The combination of these core values results in 3D-printed skeletonized watches with a high degree of artisan finishing. The specific concept of metal printing – adding material, rather than removing it – requires a new, unconventional way of thinking while designing.
Holthinrichs Watches explains
In the new online project, Holthinrichs dives into the consecutive phases in the development of a watch and he showcases his pioneering approach to watchmaking. Topics that will be covered in ‘Holthinrichs Watches explains’: architectural references, the creative ideas and required technical know-how, 3D printing, movement finishing and in-house pad printing.
Michiel Holthinrichs (30) is a trained architect who launched his brand Holthinrichs Watches and his first watch Ornament 1 in 2016. A year later, he opened his atelier in the historical city centre of Delft, The Netherlands, and introduced the industrial counterpart of the Ornament 1, the RAW Ornament. Currently, he is working on his first in-house developed movement.