While some of the biggest independent brands are names like Rolex or Patek Philippe, there are some serious rising stars in the independent category that deserve attention. Let's just say the "future" for watchmaking is bright. Although names like F.P. Journe, Laurent Ferrier, and Vianney Halter have been circulating in the industry for years, the intrigue and respect for their brands has never been higher. They're now apart the conversation with some of the largest brands who are mass producing compared to the lower volumes they're producing yearly. What separates them is the sleek innovations, unmatchable hand finishes, and the super detail oriented hand crafting of their timepieces. Grab your coffee (or wine), sit back, and listen to Michael offer his opinion on which brands he considers as the rising stars of modern watchmaking!