As you'll can see, I'm new here. I have a long interest in watches and a special appreciation of independent watchmakers. Now I know that there is not an objective understanding of what makes a watchmaker an independent, but I think that saying the members of the AHCI are, is probably rather non-contentious.
What surprises me, is to find Mooren classified here as an independent. I have read his story and find it highly inspirational, but would not call him an independent watchmaker nevertheless. Why do you think he qualifies as an independent watchmaker ?,