Martin Braun

Martin Braun was born in the German city of Karlsruhe in 1964, and entered the prestigious watchmaking school in Pforzeim in 1980.1  In 1986, he joined the shop of his father, Karl-Christian, a goldsmith who specialized in producing watch cases.  Many of the best independent watchmakers had similar starts, because according to them, it’s the best training a young watchmaker can get.  Braun did gain great experience from his time in his father’s shop, but he aspired to create his own brand.  In 2001 he realized that dream with the introduction of his first timepiece, which generated much excitement when it debuted at the Basel Fair:  the EOS, a watch with a sunrise/sunset complication.

Braun followed up the success of the EOS with the Boreas, released the subsequent year, which displayed sunrise and sunset as well as an equation of time.  The Heliozentric followed in 2005, and then the Astraios, which displayed sunrise and sunset times as well as the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.  In 2007, in order to relieve some financial pressure, Martin Braun sold the majority of his company to the Franck Muller group.  This enabled Braun to create a movement, the MAB 88, based on a movement produced by Franck Muller.  The MAB 88 now forms the basis of all calibers used in Martin Braun watches.

In 2009, Martin Braun left the company bearing his name to pursue other interests.  In 2011, he announced that he had formed Antoine Martin, which is named after Braun’s partner Antoine Meier and Martin Braun himself.  At Baselworld in 2013, Antoine Martin released the Slow Runner, a watch running at a frequency of just 1 Hz, and again for Braun, which generated a lot of buzz in Basel.

References:
1 – http://people.timezone.com/mdisher/Basel01/MartinBraunFinal.html

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