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Until next time: McGonigle Tuscar One of Ten in white gold

Behind The Lens: McGonigle Tuscar One Of Ten

For those of you who are regular readers of my “Behind the Lens” series, it’s no secret that my watch pals and I are big fans of independent watchmaking.

Here at Quill & Pad we’re also fans of the independents, prominently including Irish watchmaking brothers John and Stephen McGonigle.

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph an example of the Tuscar One in Ten owned by a good friend. Let’s take a look at some of the results.

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Hublot private concert at Baselworld 2015 with singer Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), guitarist Tommy Thayer (Kiss), bass player Jack Blades (Night Ranger and Damn Yankees), and keyboard player Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis, who has toured with Guns N' Roses

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April 21, 2015
In honor of ten years of the Big Bang, Hublot arranged to bring five bona fide rock stars to Baselworld to play a small concert for its clients to celebrate this grand achievement, thereby forming an extraordinary ‘80s supergroup: singer Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), guitarist Tommy Thayer (Kiss), bass player Jack Blades (Night Ranger and Damn Yankees), keyboard player Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis, who has toured with Guns N' Roses, and watch aficionado and drummer from Kiss, Eric Singer.
The glow-in-the-dark bat symbol of the Romain Jerome Batman DNA

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April 20, 2015
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Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II

Time For Adventure: Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Grand Voyage II

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Govberg OnTime app

Govberg Launches New App For Watch Enthusiasts

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April 19, 2015
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Dior VIII-Grand Bal "Cancan" in white ceramic

Dior’s 2015 Grand Bal VIII With Dial-Side Rotor and Scarab Beetle Elytra

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LM101 Frost by MB&F

LM101 Frost By MB&F: It's Surprisingly Warm

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April 16, 2015
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Rolex Yacht-Master

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April 15, 2015
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The Ulysse Nardin Anchor Tourbillon on the wrist

The Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon By Ulysse Nardin

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April 14, 2015
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Le Garde Temps, Naissance d’une Montre (unfinished prototype)

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Detail view of the Roger Smith Series 2’s dial

Behind The Lens: Roger Smith Series 2

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Graff_6992

Round Table: Reflections On Baselworld 2015

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Logical one Black by Romain Gauthier

Quill & Pad Baselworld Awards 2015

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Close up view of the dial side jump mechanisms of the Speake-Marin Jumping Hours

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Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière

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Fabegé Pearl Egg open revealing the rare 12-carat grey pearl inside

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