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!
A discussion with fellow collectors that is bound to elicit interesting responses is two-tone watches. People tend to either love them or hate them. The lovers consider them the perfect mix between a sporty looking watch and a dress watch. People who don’t care for them may think of them as a weak compromise at best. What do you think?
Let’s be honest: nobody needs a high-end mechanical watch. That we want one is based on the different levels of how a particular watch appeals to our emotions. And in the heat of passion, we sometimes tend to forget that, as in any normal industry, companies sometimes cease to exist for a panoply of reasons. What should you consider if you own, or would still like to own, a watch made by a now-defunct brand?
The trend toward blue has been in evidence for the last couple of years, adorning many haute horlogerie timepieces. Powerful royal and midnight blues and touches of turquoise add cool flairs to delicate sky- and ocean-colored hues. Blue has stood the test of time because it comes in such a remarkable variety of shades and nuances – from mysterious and dazzling to elegant and classic. Here are five blue-dialed watches freshly introduced in 2017.
When presented with the Manufacture Royale ADN I didn’t know at first that it was supposed to be an evolution of and return to the brand’s DNA – or in this case, ADN. I quickly figured out that was the intent as the piece was being described, but it took actually being told that ADN was the French variant of DNA to finally get the whole picture. Oh, the struggles of being a monoglot! Luckily this very interesting timepiece doesn’t struggle with anything, mastering dual time zones and gravity all at once.
If there is one complicated element that has been in a whirlwind (pun intended) of developments, it has been the tourbillon. And while tourbillons are still fairly expensive, you don’t have to spend $100,000 anymore, as many brands now have great offerings for even a third of that amount.
In this final round table discussion of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the Quill & Pad team discusses the amazing evening of November 8, 2017 and what we thought of the big night’s winners (and losers).
Business news: Baselworld 2018 is set to have only 600 to 700 exhibitors, which represents a decrease of around half of the last known exhibitor number.
In a world where we have gotten used to coupe-styled four-door sedans with about as much head room in the backseat as a regular coupe and even off-road convertibles for those who truly want to inhale the scent of pine trees, confusion regarding one’s place in a luxury vehicle is actually quite rare. Which is why we must talk about the new Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII.
The second edition of the Eve’s Watch Awards, which was created by women, judged by women, and exclusively focuses on women’s watches, was held in 2017 at the exclusive Morton’s Club in Mayfair, London. Discover the full list of winners of the prestigious award here!