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Introducing the Affordable and Teutonic Cornehl Regulator
Located in Stuttgart, Steffen Cornehl is a watchmaker specialising in restoration,having been part of the team that worked on the timekeepers inside the Peterhof Palace museum in St Petersburg in the early 2000s.
For several years now the 42-year old has been producing his own watches. All inspired by historical precision timekeepers like military deck watches and powered by Unitas movements he modifies himself...
Chances are, you’ve never heard the name Steffen Cornehl before. That’s because he is an independent watchmaker of the more obscure variety. He doesn’t come from one of the major brands, nor is he based in Switzerland. Instead, he works out of a small studio in Stuggart, Germany, where he restores antique clocks and vintage watches, while slowly building a following of dedicated enthusiasts for his own watches. His customers appreciate his passion for handcrafting historically-inspired watches using traditional techniques, as well as the degree of customization he offers. Not to mention his exceedingly reasonable prices.
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As luck would have it a German watchmaker travels to St. Petersburg, Russia, in the late 90s. Like many curious tourists, he visits the legendary Peterhof, the “Russian Versailles”. When the expert sees the extensive and exquisite collection of clocks, he asks irritatedly: “Why are all these movements standing still, why aren’t they running?” The simple answer of the museum’s staff: “We have no one who is able to repair them.” This is when the specialist has an idea: He quickly involves renowned colleagues who are organized in a professional group. Since that day, the horologists travel to St. Petersburg once or twice a year to make the impossible possible – with expertise and a lot of stamina...