Roland Murphy continues his celebration of 25 years of RGM watches with an unusual homage timepiece called Chess in Enamel, which pays tribute to historical American watchmaking with a genuine enamel dial, American stainless steel case, and a manufacture caliber.
About Elizabeth Doerr
I am the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Quill & Pad. Specialized in horological publishing since my first Basel Fair in 1991, I have contributed to magazines, newspapers and websites too numerous to recount here.
My primary focus remains on the technical side of high watchmaking where progress meets tradition, but I often also profile the colorful personalities and historical elements that make up this surprisingly diverse and compelling world of ticks and tocks.
Entries by Elizabeth Doerr
In April 2017 a symposium with the title “Synthetic Diamonds: Are Watchmaking and Jewelry in Danger?” took place in Geneva whose aim was to explain the indubitable reality of the arrival of synthetic diamonds in the world of watchmaking and demonstrate how it is possible to differentiate natural from lab-grown stones. Discover here what sort of challenges and impact on the industry this topic could have.
When they hear the name Fabergé, most people immediately think of imperial Easter eggs. This is logical because even today the breathtaking craftsmanship and detailed execution of these objets d’art are the stuff of legends.
In recent years, the word “skeletonization” as it is used in the world of watches has shifted slightly in meaning to include movements designed from the outset as skeletonized. Let’s take a look at a few different types of skeletonization, both modern and traditional, as seen on five different timepieces at Baselworld 2017.
Clocks may seem old-fashioned – until you get a load of what L’Epée 1839 is capable of. And as a watch enthusiast, you have probably also already seen a few of this company’s clock co-productions with MB&F’s wild robots and other personality-laden timepieces. L’Epée 1839 has a surprising history as a supplier of escapements, too, as The Watches TV’s Marc-André Deschoux found out. Sit back and watch!
Chronographs are very difficult movements to master in a reliable, interesting, and original way, even if these wrist timers constitute what is most likely the most popular complication in wearable horology. And this makes the variety of in-house chronographs introduced at Baselworld 2017 a real treat. Here are five of the most interesting specimens we found at the world’s largest watch fair.
Why is this timepiece important from a holistic view of horological history? The reasons are manifold and include the unheard-of technology nestled within its movement, the audacity of a German newcomer in challenging Swiss status quo, and the symbolic value for A. Lange & Söhne’s rebirth as well as the golden age of mechanical timepieces.
In its brief existence, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) awards in homage to passion and talent have already managed to reward some of the greatest personalities in the world of watches for their “passion” and “talent.” In 2016, the awards deservedly went to Ludwig Oechslin and François-Paul Journe.
Watch brands sharing movements wasn’t always such big news. In fact, until recently it was absolutely the norm. But today, to keep their movements exclusive, watch brands don’t share with each other as often as they used to. And that makes the new arrangement between Breitling and Tudor particularly interesting.
If you’ve attended Baselworld over the last few years, you’ve likely heard tell of an “Eric Singer sighting” – catching a quick glimpse of the watch-crazy rock drummer who plays with Kiss as he hurries from booth to booth checking out the new watch offerings. I had a chance to catch up with the horophile musician after Baselworld 2017 to get his personal list of the top ten watches he saw at the fair.