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In The Metal

Johnny McElherron and Dan Spitz

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In The Metal takes an informal, behind the scenes look at the fascinating world of independent watchmaking. Brought to you by @irishwatchguy Johnny McElherron of The Watch Press, along with former Anthrax lead guitarist and thrash metal legend, and now present-day US Master Watchmaker Dan Spitz, In The Metal is an online conversation forum, where we get talking with the finest talents and personalities in the industry about watches, watchmaking, life and music. Sit back for a lively, uncenso ...
 
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By early Spring New Mexico had already experienced its two largest wildfires in history as well as the McBride fire, which destroyed more than 200 homes in Ruidoso. Is this the new normal? And are controlled burns really the answer given that the disastrous Hermits Peak fire that ended up destroying more than 300 homes and displacing thousands of N…
 
In The Metal is back for another access all areas episode, and if you're a fan of MB&F then this really is one not to miss! In the first of a double bill of MB&F specials this week, we are joined by one of the most elusive figures in the world of independent watchmaking. While Stephen McDonnell's name is known to collectors and MB&F fans all around…
 
Our journey into the seldom seen world of behind the scenes independent watchmaking on In The Metal continues in conversation with the creative mind behind some of the most spectacular contemporary timepieces of our time. As co-founder of movement design and development company Les Ateliers 7H38, Luca Soprana's portfolio of mind-blowing mechanical …
 
In this episode of In The Metal, we welcome a true a force of nature who literally emits strange and colourful fire out of his fingertips, and whose work lights up contemporary independent watchmaking. A sorcerer, an alchemist and a master of the mysterious art of illumination, James Thompson is the creative energy behind the Black Badger Advanced …
 
Fresh off the back of a triumphant success at the 2020 GPHG watchmaking 'Oscars' ceremony in Geneva, bagging not one but two cherished GPHG Aiguille awards for Best Chronograph, with the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph, and the Audacity award for the outrageous Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon, we are joined by the suave and charming CEO of H. Mose…
 
As we continue our journey across the fascinating and diverse landscape of independent watchmaking, we are joined for this edition of In The Metal by Maximilian Büsser of MB&F for a retrospective tribute to this most pioneering of watch companies. A truly dynamic ball of energy and charisma, whose personal philosophical mantra reminds us that 'a cr…
 
In this episode In The Metal whisks you off to the magnificent city of Budapest, capital of Hungary, and into the atelier of one of the world's finest independent master watchmakers where we find Aaron Becsei who joins us for an exclusive look into his world of invention and creativity. A long standing member of independent watchmaking's revered, i…
 
A man whose accomplishments are way too numerous to attempt to list here, Andreas Strehler is unquestionably one of the greats of contemporary independent haute horlogerie. A Guinness World Record holder for a moon indication which is accurate to one single day in 2,060,000 (yes, more than two million) years, his resumé as a scientist, a mathematic…
 
Corrales resident Sandra Postel is the winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, considered the Nobel Prize for water. We are honored that she will be our guest. Host Stephen Spitz will begin the discussion with Ms. Postel’s latest book, Replenish—the Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Further discussion will include: will there be enough fresh wat…
 
In this episode of In The Metal, Johnny and Dan are joined by a Dutch watchmaker who epitomises the spirit of independent watchmaking. Armed only with the experience of a couple of part time foundation courses in watch school, Machiel Hulsman decided to turn his back on a successful career in banking and IT and embark on a new life, with a single m…
 
In The Metal is LIVE once again later today for another journey behind the atelier door and a look at hidden world and a life less ordinary, when Johnny and Dan are joined by the Le Solliat born and raised, third generation maestro David Candaux. A full member of independent watchmaking's elite AHCI, the invitation-only Académie Horlogère des Créat…
 
On this episode of In The Metal, Johnny and Dan welcome Frenchman Remy Cools; another remarkable young talent whose star is quickly rising through the independent watchmaking firmament, and who, at only 24 years of age has already established his very own atelier, where he has created his first masterpiece; the Tourbillon Souscription, which is a b…
 
In The Metal welcomes two amazing young independent watchmakers, Gaël Petermann and Florian Bédat, whose eponymous brand Petermann Bédat has been turning heads with their astonishing 1967 watch, which boasts the true uncompromising haute horlogerie standards of technical complexity and immaculate finishing. These two young men have floored the crit…
 
In this episode of In The Metal, we welcome Henrik Korpela, the founder and Principal of the K&H Watchmaking Competence Centre in watchmaking's Swiss heartland near Le Locle, who gives us a rare and exclusive insight into a life and career dedicated to perpetuating the array of skills required of a master watchmaker. In his role as an educator and …
 
In this episode of In The Metal, we are joined by Patrik Sjögren of Swedish watch company Gustafsson and Sjögren, which produces some of the most inimitable and downright beautiful hand crafted wristwatches in the world. Born out of the searing hell-fire furnace heat of the bladesmith's forge, each watch is crafted from damascus steel, an ancient m…
 
In this episode of In The Metal, we are joined by a guest who in 2019 swept aside the big name competition to scoop the GPHG Petite Aiguille award with his immaculate KUDOKE 2 masterpiece. Joining rock legend watchmaker Dan Spitz and Johnny McElherron of The Watch Press to tell us about this and other watchmaking adventures is award-winning Stefan …
 
Slavery and the legacy of slavery are frequently analyzed these days. Native American slavery, however, is often glossed over. Why? How extensive was it, who were the enslavers, and who exactly were the enslaved? Joining host Stephen Spitz to discuss this is Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, who was New Mexico’s official State historian for 8 years. He has …
 
On Jan. 18, 2013, 15 year-old Nehemiah Griego shot dead his father, mother, and three siblings. Why? In “Sins of the System”, Dr. Regina Griego, Nehemiah’s aunt and guardian, lays out his complex family history as well as a broken justice system and the frayed safety nets that failed to save her nephew. It turns out that he was seriously malnourish…
 
Last year we interviewed Albuquerque, representative Javier Martinez as an up and coming legislator. His most prominent legislation was tapping our $ 25B Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education and legalizing marijuana. He has since become House Majority Leader and, with the retirement of Brian Egolf, is in line to become Speaker of the …
 
Joining us from Solana Beach on California's Pacific coast, in this episode of In The Metal Johnny and Dan are joined by the wonderful Tim Jackson, who for the last twenty years and more has championed the cause of the artisanal independent watchmakers, patiently nurturing an awareness for them and their masterpieces to a new audience on the west c…
 
In this episode, Dan and Johnny talk about the progress of Dan's own watch, the logistics of moving his atelier from North Carolina to Texas, and to reflect on our first three months of In The Metal. In The Metal is your inside scoop on the very best of independent watchmaking, which is brought to you by @irishwatchguy Johnny McElherron of The Watc…
 
In this episode of In The Metal Johnny and Dan are joined by two watchmakers who have taken it upon themselves to rekindle awareness of early English watchmaking and a time when London was the epicentre of the watchmaking world. Earning herself the very first ever PhD doctorate in horology, Dr Rebecca Struthers is a historian, a master watchmaker, …
 
In this episode of In The Metal Johnny and Dan are joined by young Dutch indie watchmaker Stefan Ketelaars, for a chat about life at the bench, and how a new generation of talent is pushing through as independent watchmaking becomes ever more popular and accessible. Stefan's specialty is in creating hand crafted watches which combine traditional va…
 
This week In The Metal returns and we get to do one of the things we have wanted to do from the outset, which was to get a few of our amazing friends to come back once in a while and take an in depth look at a specific facet of the master watchmaker's life. It might be a complication, it might be the dark art of black polishing or guillochage techn…
 
Join us for this unmissable instalment of In The Metal in the company of living legend and genius Master Watchmaker Vianney Halter. One of the most inventive creators of contemporary horologic art, ever since his extraordinary Antiqua perpetual calendar was unveiled in 1998, to the astonishment of a highly reserved watch industry, Vianney is rightl…
 
In this episode of In The Metal Johnny from The Watch Press and the one and only ex-Anthrax guitar legend Mr Dan Spitz welcome the dynamic energy behind one of the coolest and disruptive independent brands around, when Marco Borraccino of Singer Reimagined joins us for another one of our chilled and informal chats. With the spectacular Singer Reima…
 
Join us for the latest instalment of In The Metal in the company of independent Master Watchmaker Stephen McGonigle. Classically trained and an expert in grand complications, Stephen is recognised as one of the world's finest watchmakers, and his journey to owner of the internationally renowned McGonigle Watch brand, which he co-founded with his br…
 
Join us for the latest instalment of In The Metal in the company of Master Watchmaker Mr Kari Voutilainen. A living legend in the sphere of contemporary independent watchmaking, Kari Voutilainen is an artist of horology whose work defines the meaning of perfection. A creator, an inventor and innovator, his hand crafted masterpieces are revered amon…
 
Join us for the latest instalment of In The Metal in the company of Mr Raúl Pagès; one of the very few masters of the centuries-old skill of manufacturing incredible moving mechanical creations, known as automata. A member of watchmaking's elite academy the AHCI, and creator of the superb Tortue tortoise as well as the Soberly Onyx wristwatch, and …
 
On the fifth episode of In The Metal, we have the great pleasure in welcoming the wonderful Mr Peter Speake; a man who knows the world of independent inside out. So much so in fact that he has dedicated his recent years to going behind the dial, to investigate and show us all what actually makes some of the most exceptional contemporary watches of …
 
Politics inside New Mexico’s “Roundhouse” are notoriously complex with legislative success dependent on personal connections, intra-party rivalries, the power of lobbyists, and basic deal making. A good example of that complexity is the lack of success of Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s crime and hydrogen hub agenda this 30-day Session…
 
In the fourth episode of In The Metal, Johnny and Dan are joined by German-born Eva Leube, an insanely talented master watchmaker who has a penchant for quite literally bending the rules. Outstanding in her field, Eva has taken herself around the world to work for some of the biggest names in the watch industry, but by far her most impressive and s…
 
In The Metal is your inside scoop on the very best of independent watchmaking, brought to you by @irishwatchguy Johnny McElherron of The Watch Press and the multi-talented US Master Watchmaker and former lead guitarist with thrash metal legends Anthrax, Mr Dan Spitz. In our third episode, we're delighted to welcome the man behind the Vault - litera…
 
In The Metal is all about the very best of independent watchmaking. Brought to you by @irishwatchguy Johnny McElherron of TheWatchPress.com and the multi-talented former Anthrax lead guitarist and present-day US Master Watchmaker Dan Spitz @danspitzofficial, In The Metal is an online connected round-table forum, where we get talking with guests fro…
 
In The Metal is all about the very best of independent watchmaking. Brought to you by @irishwatchguy Johnny McElherron of The Watch Press and the multi-talented former Anthrax lead guitarist and present-day US Master Watchmaker Dan Spitz @danspitzofficial, In The Metal is an online connected round-table forum, where we'll be inviting both regular a…
 
In 2020 PNM and Avangrid, an energy company with utilities and generation facilities in 24 states, announced their intentions to merge. The $8.3B purchase is worth a very healthy 20 times PNM’s projected earnings and would result in a hefty $713 million cash buyout to PNM shareholders. PNM would then become a subsidiary of Avangrid, which is itself…
 
Joining host Stephen Spitz this month is Don Hancock, Director of the Nuclear Waste Program for the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC). We will discuss the proposed expansion of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in southeastern New Mexico. WIPP is the nation’s only deep geologic long-lived radioactive waste repository. Its missio…
 
Growing up in Baltimore, UNM Music Professor Richard Antoine White did his best to care for his mother, who was battling alcoholism, while experiencing homelessness and hunger. Searching for his mother one night resulted in a near death experience in the snow and being taken in by his adoptive grandparents. Under the care of his adoptive family, Wh…
 
How should our criminal justice system deal with crimes committed by substance abusers? Our guest, UNM Sociology Professor Noah Painter Davis, is presently studying drug diversion and parole/probation programs in NM. The promise of these programs is that we can both help the offender and stop the revolving door by treating the underlying substance …
 
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