Photographing San Francisco

Photographing San Francisco

by Stephen Laughlin May 13, 2019

I wanted to book more time before and after the Wind-Up Fair to get out with my camera and explore this city that I have spent so little time in. I get a lot of inspiration and motivation for my work and future designs by getting out and living life, doing things and interacting with people outside of the watch world.

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Five Day Venture on the Buffalo National River.

Five Day Venture on the Buffalo National River.

by Stephen Laughlin July 01, 2018

Our gear was minimal on the river, just the basics, and in these situations "less is more"... if you don't need it, don't bring it. This philosophy is similar to how I design watches. I often say "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should", or "keep it simple". These excursions give me time to get away from the office and field test a watch.

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Photographing Kansas Bison in the Winter Fog

Photographing Kansas Bison in the Winter Fog

by Stephen Laughlin February 24, 2018

You don't want to get too close to bison as they are large and unpredictable, so I mounted my telephoto lens on the camera. The bison spotted us and decided to come closer to investigate. In no time at all we were surrounded and they were at an uncomfortably close distance.

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From Seoul to Busan: Two Weeks in South Korea with the Raven Trekker

From Seoul to Busan: Two Weeks in South Korea with the Raven Trekker

by Stephen Laughlin May 10, 2017

In recent years I have learned two things that have made travel more enjoyable for me. The first is to take less stuff for the comfort of weight, and the second is to take less for the joy of minimalism. For this trip I chose to bring only one watch, and that created a deeper bond between me and this piece.

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On the roof of the Sahara: Summiting Emi Koussi with the Raven Trekker

On the roof of the Sahara: Summiting Emi Koussi with the Raven Trekker

by Stephen Laughlin January 01, 2017

Our plan was to follow in the footsteps of the renowned explorer Wilfred Thiseger, who in September 1938 was the first to summit Emi Koussi, an extinct pyroclastic shield volcano, and at 3,445m tall, the highest point in the Sahara.

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