The Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition opened in New York City on July 13, 2017. There is a lot to look at in the exhibition so I asked Patek Philippe USA president Larry Pettinelli about his favorite exhibit. He replied “. . . I love the JFK clock . . . “. Read on to learn why.
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
The quintessential sports tourbillon, the Richard Mille RM 027 RN, officially debuted at the 2010 French Open on the wrist of that year’s champion, Rafael Nadal. It was specifically created to stand up to the punishment of the tennis court. Now Richard Mille introduces the RM 27-02, which is even more high-tech, mechanically resistant, and expensive than the first edition. Read on to find out why.
If you are in New York this month (July 2017) the news is everywhere you look: the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition opens on July 13, 2017. Also not to be missed is a Christie’s Patek Philippe private sale and exhibition, as well as an online auction, that will run at the same time as the Grand Exhibition, allowing consumers the opportunity to purchase rare, unique, and beautiful Patek Philippe watches after having learned about them.
Young tech entrepreneur Keeran Janin’s Avantist has made a luxury wristwatch containing a piece of string from Martina Navratilova’s Wimbledon-Winning 1987 racquet, and it is an attractive proposition.
As Wimbledon 2017 gets underway, I felt the need to write about the Seiko Astron that tennis ace Novak Djokovic is currently sporting. Seiko created the SSE143 special edition model in celebration of Djokovic’s career Grand Slam, and it offers a number of fun tennis details.
There is little more mythical in the world of horology than the existence of a handful of stainless steel watches by A. Lange & Söhne, a brand that only officially makes its timepieces housed in luxurious precious metals. And the unique piece Tourbillon Pour le Mérite in stainless steel is perhaps the rarest of them all. Read on to find out more about this collector’s item.
So often Hermès does exactly what you would not expect a luxury watch company to do, even if you already know this Parisian powerhouse stands for the playful and poetic. And the new Slim d’Hermès Grrrrr is a beautiful case in point.
During the final weekend of the America’s Cup finals in Bermuda, where Emirates Team New Zealand won the Auld Mug by defeating two-time winner Oracle Team USA, I had the chance to sit down with Ulysse Nardin’s CEO Patrik Hoffmann for a chat about 2017. Even though Ulysse Nardin’s team, Artemis Racing, had already bowed out in the semifinals of the world’s most prestigious sailing competition life seems to be smooth sailing for the brand.
I am fascinated not only by the difficult technology involved in creating sapphire crystal cases; even more, I love the fact that a transparent case allows me to look right into the depths of the watch’s mechanics. And the Richard Mille RM 07-02 Pink Lady Sapphire has it all – and more!
Despite the fact that this particular sale contained a handful of Paul Newman Rolex Daytonas, it was the Richard Mille RM 056 Prototype No. 2 that stole the thunder at Christie’s June 21, 2017 “Watches And American Icons” sale in New York City, hammering for more than $1 million.