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.
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
Please join our traditional Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2017, where we discuss what we did and didn’t like at at the world’s largest annual watch exhibition.
Following the 2016 Zenith Christophe Colomb Tribute to the Rolling Stones, in 2017 Zenith presents a limited edition Pilot Type 20 model that also utilizes the famous tongue logo from the English rock band as the collaboration’s swan song.
As the Naissance d’une Montre project will be concluded when the eleven timepieces are completed, Time Aeon, whose main objective is to perpetuate the art of handmade mechanical watchmaking, had invited three students from three different watchmaking schools to learn the handmade way of working in horology – on display at SIHH 2017. Here, Philippe Dufour talks to Marc-André Deschoux of The Watches TV to explain.
Beat Haldimann creates wristwatches that are for watch enthusiasts who “are about content, not brands,” as he puts it. And in 2017, his H11 and H12 arrive in stainless steel cases with beautifully frosted dials.
Three is a number full of symbolic power, and Fabergé’s Lady Libertine III is three times lucky in that a trio (or troika, if we wish to allude to Peter Carl Fabergé’s Russian origins) of exceptional women created it: Aurélie Picaud, Fiona Krüger, and Anita Porchet.
Romain Gauthier introduces Insight Micro-Rotor, his first automatic wristwatch. And, as one might expect, it is anything but ordinary despite the fact that it was conceived to be a comfortable, wonderfully efficient daily wearer.
The Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton tells a story with its expressive dial and ultra-creative mechanics, a story that began 300 years ago with Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz’s Draughtsman android, which was often programmed to draw a cherub seated in a chariot drawn by a butterfly.
Playfulness, unexpectedness, imagination, creativity, and, yes, perhaps even friendliness. When I look at the stunning Hermès L’Heure Impatiente, I see all of this, a timepiece placed squarely in the lovely Slim d’Hermès line and boasting an ingenious striking module by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor. Read on to find out what its unusual super power is!
I have never seen a California dial come out of Glashütte. But then so many things out of Glashütte are pleasantly surprising, interesting, and excellent quality. And if we’re talking about Nomos Glashütte, then usually at extremely fair prices, too. Check out the new Club Campus models with California dial and prices that must be seen to be believed.