Dubai Watch Week kicked off today. While the discussion panels and Creative Hub talks and presentations begin on Friday, opening day kept visitors busy with two brand exhibition spaces, an exhibition showcasing all of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) winners and another with many of the GPHG pre-selected watches, watchmaking and engraving master classes, and more. Enjoy!
About Ian Skellern
I am the co-founder and technical editor of Quill & Pad. I am also a Swiss-based independent journalist specializing in high-end watches and founder of 'underthedial', a digital communication agency focusing on independent brands. I am also the author of 'Hands of Time,' a book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants).
Entries by Ian Skellern
The presentation ceremony of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm CET. Follow the big night on Quill & Pad and let us know your thoughts on the winners and losers.
The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’s Aiguille d’Or category is a prize rewarding the best overall watch among all categories. It is the most prestigious award in the entire competition. Here, the Quill & Pad panel discusses which watches it thinks has a good chance of winning this prize in the 2017 competition.
A lot of great sports watches came out this year, many of which were able to break the mold of what a sports watch should look like or can do. This is vital for the industry as it retains the attention of potential buyers and shows that there is still creativity in one of the most popular watch segments. See what our panel thinks of the shortlisted watches in the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’s Sports category.
Artistic Crafts is a Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève category for beauty; it’s as simple as that. Mastery of techniques is the only requirement, and the results are always stunning. It is also a great place to see some unique applications of skills rarely seen, allowing us to view just what artists can imagine when given such a small canvas.
Welcome to our predictions for the winner of the Petite Aiguille category of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in which the team members pick their favorites and explain what they like, don’t like, and why. Petite Aiguille watches must be priced under 8,000 Swiss francs.
Dubai Watch Week has recently published the list of discussion panels, speakers and moderators. I like the fact that there is usually plenty of time for audience questions after the talks, plus you often see the speakers throughout the fair each day so you can easily ask follow up questions. Here is a list of the topics and speakers for 2017. Warning: you will want to go.
Welcome to our predictions for the winner of the Jewellery category of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in which the team members pick their favorites and explain what they like, don’t like, and why.
Mechanical Exception is still one of the craziest categories in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Each of these watches has an incredible amount of talent, time, and resources invested in it. Martin doesn’t think that there is any other industry where we go to such trouble to further perfect a technology that is by all means obsolete, and that is why he loves it so much. Find out our predictions for this category here!
Welcome to the 2017 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. Today the panel examines the interesting Travel Time category, which splits its opinions yet again.