My life revolves around the usually disparate worlds of fine watchmaking and looking after equines; two universes that are so different it’s difficult to imagine how they might intersect. Yet intersect they did in the most unusual and entertaining way thanks to Antoine Preziuso and a Swiss dressage champion.
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
Quill & Pad contributor Simon Cudd has seldom worn a standard original strap on any watch he has ever owned. He has now teamed up with Giles Ellis, founder of Schofield Watch Company, to create original, bespoke straps under the name Schofield + Cudd.
250 years ago, Longitude Prize-winning clockmaker John Harrison made clocks losing just one second per month, but that wasn’t enough for him. In his later life, Harrison claimed that he could make a wall clock with a then-unheard-of-precision of just one second over 100 days! And 250 years later, it turns out he was right.
You may have heard of a few or more of the following historical people and events: Thomas Mudge, George Graham, John Harrison, the Longitude Prize, Captain James Cook, and the mutiny on the ‘HMS Bounty.’ However, you are less likely to have heard the name of a horologist who played a pivotal role in all of the above: Larcum Kendall (1719–1790). Come with me on a worldwide adventure involving timekeeping and history.
On a recent trip to Palma de Mallorca with Armin Strom, I learned just how exciting and addictive foiling a racing catamaran is as well as why sponsoring a sailing team makes financial and marketing sense for the right type of high-end watch brand.
Peter Speake-Marin is leaving the brand he founded 17 years and in September plans to launch a new chapter in his career as The Naked Watchmaker. The name is a deliberate misnomer as it will not be the watchmaker that gets naked, but rather the watches. Here we not only explain what the website is about, we share an early first making-of glimpse at what it looks like.
The very first Agenhor AgenGraphe movement heralding a new generation of chronographs is being dedicated to Only Watch 2017 in a very special one-off timepiece called Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem is also the first − and likely only − Agenhor-branded timepiece.
One “even more unique” watch to be auctioned at Only Watch 2017 was neither conceived and developed by a watch brand nor by a company that makes watches. It was developed by a ‘Band of Brothers’ from WOSTEP, an international watchmaking school in Neuchâtel, Switzerland that trains watchmakers from all over the world.
The Roland Iten for Rebellion RR782 Flyback Pilot belt buckle is designed to be worn in the most extreme of conditions, and things don’t come much more extreme than 24 hours in the cramped, closed cockpit of an LMP2 category endurance race car during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It’s a rare event when the stars align, rarer still when they align to create what may well become a truly iconic chronograph. In fact, the Singer Reimagined Track 1 may already be truly iconic: it certainly has both the pedigree and the style. And more importantly for a horological icon, the Track 1 looks like it’s been around since the 1970s.