Meet Jeff Malmberg: Filmmaker and 2013 IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award Winner at the Tribeca Film Festival

In 2013, filmmaker Jeff Malmberg was the first ever winner of the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Jeff has been busy at work editing his latest project over the past several months, but he took the time to catch up with IWC to look back on the past year.

Tell us a little about the project you’re currently working on? 

For the last few years I’ve been working on a documentary film set in rural Italy called “Teatro”. It tells the story of a small Italian village that turns their lives into a play in order to confront their issues, unite their town, and preserve their culture. My wife and filmmaking partner Chris Shellen and I spent six months living with the people of the town and shooting every day. We learned Italian for the project and currently we’re in the middle of editing.

How has the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award helped your film career?

The award has helped me to continue working on my second film, “Teatro”. Just recently I traveled to Italy to show rough cut scenes to the subjects in the film and have a conversation with them about the finished project. I consider this an essential part of the editing process in documentary and it wouldn’t have been possible without the award from IWC.

Where do you find inspiration for your filmmaking?

One of the great things about filmmaking is you can be inspired by all the art around you – not just specifically other films. It’s probably no accident that in the one film I’ve made and the other one I’m currently making that one is about a photographer and the other is about a play. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to replicate the experience of reading a novel. How you get put inside a character’s head and then you’re led through a subjective experience.

What is your ultimate filmmaking dream?

What I’d like to do is create a body of work that allows me to keep telling stories the way I feel they should be told. I want to keep working with my wife on projects that excite us and ultimately I want to teach our child how to make films.

What advice would you give to current Tribeca Film Institute students who are looking to kick off their career? 

To me it all comes down to the subject you choose. Particularly in documentary filmmaking, it’s important to pick a subject that will take you to a place that you don’t know the depths of  – something that you want to explore and spend years trying to understand. To me the best films are really archives of the filmmaker’s quest to understand something. And then of course shaping it into something where the audience gets to go on that journey too.

What are some of the biggest challenges new filmmakers are facing today?

One of the issues with filmmaking is the incredible amount of time it takes. Not only the time to shoot the material but the time to actually sit down and find both the story and the right way to tell that story. So I’m really grateful for the IWC award that gives filmmakers the time they need to tell their story.

The Aquatimer Automatic, Just In Time For Spring

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in New York (a little bit at least) and as we swap sweaters for polo shirts, we’ll be looking for some new watches to wear as well. As we start to look forward to sunny vacations, nothing seems more appropriate than a sturdy dive watch that can go anywhere. Enter the new Aquatimer Automatic.

While many of the new Aquatimers come in larger case diameters, the basic Aquatimer Automatic measures 42mm across, making it extremely versatile. Alright, maybe it’s not quite the right fit with a suit at the office, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. The watch feels robust on the wrist and is definitely not one to be treated gingerly. You can really live in this watch and not worry about it one bit.

Although its the smallest and most basic member of the new Aquatimer collection, it does include all the features of the new family. This includes the SafeDive bezel system, which uses the external rotating bezel to turn the internal timing bezel. It turns in 1-minute increments for precise dive timing. There’s also the quick-change bracelet system, which lets you swap the heavy-duty bracelet for the lighter rubber strap without using any tools. For this time of year, the bracelet is perfect in most situations.

One of our favorite things about the new Aquatimer Automatic is the dial/bezel treatment. Both color options, black and silver-coated, look extremely high-quality with the printing crisp and clean and enough background texture to add interest. The Super-Luminova is every bit as bright as what you’d expect from a hardcore dive watch. 

You can learn more about the Aquatimer Automatic here.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

A New Portuguese That’s An Instant Classic

It’s no secret that the Portuguese line has a cult following, and for good reason. The classic design dates back to the 1930s, when it was first conceived for a pair of Portuguese businessmen looking for a wristwatch that could measure up against a marine chronometer. This first watch came in at a massive-for-the-time 43mm and was a pocketwatch movement in a special case.

The Portuguese has come a long way since 1939, but has always maintained the clean look and great performance of the original. The latest Portuguese is the new Chronograph Classic, which updates the looks of the Portuguese Chronograph and adds an in-house movement to the mix.

This movement, the caliber 89361 uses the new style of hour and minute totalizers, nesting the two at 12 o’clock. This means you can read elapsed time like you would read the time – it’s an intuitive display and one that feels both fresh and instinctive at the same time. This movement also features a date window at 3 o’clock, crisp pusher action, and a 68-hour power reserve powered by the large rotor.

The case is 42mm, making it a little more than a millimeter larger than the existing Portuguese Chronograph (ref. 3714). It’s also a little thicker with a dramatically domed crystal that gives it a little bit of a vintage feel. The dial is more technical and less classic looking (despite the name), but it keeps the same numerals and hands that we’re used to seeing from a Portuguese.

Overall, the Portuguese Chronograph Classic is a high-performing in-house chronograph that stacks up against the best out there. It carries the history of the Portuguese along with a very modern movement.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen