A Cartier Just un Clou Torque necklace in its natural habitat

The Cherry On Top: Cartier Launches Aldo Cipullo’s Juste Un Clou Torque

In April 2017, Cartier presented the new Juste un Clou Torque necklace, one of those pieces of jewelry that expresses sincere chic, making it a powerful statement of bold attitude. Once again, Aldo Cipulla hits the nail right on the head.

Uncut diamonds

Controversy Or Not? Synthetic Vs. Natural Diamonds In Watchmaking (Video)

In April 2017 a symposium with the title “Synthetic Diamonds: Are Watchmaking and Jewelry in Danger?” took place in Geneva whose aim was to explain the indubitable reality of the arrival of synthetic diamonds in the world of watchmaking and demonstrate how it is possible to differentiate natural from lab-grown stones. Discover here what sort of challenges and impact on the industry this topic could have.

The Fabergé Rosebud Egg from 1895 (photo courtesy The Forbes Collection)

A Brief History Of Fabulous Fabergé Eggs

When they hear the name Fabergé, most people immediately think of imperial Easter eggs. This is logical because even today the breathtaking craftsmanship and detailed execution of these objets d’art are the stuff of legends.

Work in progress: two-dimensional body, three-dimensional face

Watches And Art: At Baselworld 2017 With Artist Alexa Meade And Maurice Lacroix

While in my day job I’m rumored to be a moderately creative guy, and in my youth I was a bit of an instrumentalist, suffice it to say that when it came to drawing and sculpting I never really showed any aptitude. That hasn’t kept me from admiring the works of visual artists, though, and over the past several years my attention has been drawn to the works of one painter in particular: Alexa Meade. You may imagine my surprise when I found her staging an art installation for Maurice Lacroix at Baselworld 2017!

Into the void: There's black then there's the MCT Sequential One 110 Evo Vantablack

Design Discussion On Contrast & Texture: How Vantablack And Other Techs Are Disrupting Watch Norms

As material science progresses, the watch industry finds itself flush with ever more ways to disrupt the conventional norms of finishing and coating surfaces, many of which have persisted in traditional watchmaking for centuries. Follow me to take a look at some of this disruption and evolution, which recently culminated in the use of Vantablack.

Assembling a patented ruby link constant force chain of Romain Gauthier's Logical One

In Focus: Romain Gauthier’s Breathtaking Patented Ruby Link Chain From Logical One

Here at Quill & Pad we are quite smitten by Romain Gauthier’s award-winning Logical One. But one thing that often gets glossed over somewhat is the subject of one of this watch’s four patents: the incredible high-precision chain made of synthetic ruby links. Combined with the snail cam, it is this element that provides the ingenious movement with constant force.

"I Feel Like Painting" by Ronnie Wood for Bremont

Worth The Wait: The Second Bremont B-1 Marine Clock With Dial Painted By Ronnie Wood Of The Rolling Stones

Ronnie Wood, a celebrated painter outside the realm of his duties as guitarist for the Rolling Stones, explained that it was he who searched out a horological collaboration and very naturally came across Bremont as a British marque of note. “I Feel Like Painting” represents his second dial for Bremont’s B-1 Marine Clock.

Wristshot of Aldus Hodge wear a Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire at the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony

Aldis Hodge’s Personal Photos Of The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire At The 2017 Oscars

It’s not all that often that you get to see a behind-the-scenes, actors-eye view of the Academy Awards. But that is exactly what Aldis Hodge gifted his Instagram fans on Oscar night. And the ‘Hidden Figures’ actor was rocking the Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique Sapphire on his wrist!

The Geneva Seal is visible at 3 o'clock on the movement of this beautifully finished Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono

Point Of Reference: The Standards Of The Geneva Seal

The Geneva Seal is very old, having been proposed on November 6, 1886 by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva as a way to certify a level of quality for which the canton was becoming known. Every piece produced with the Geneva Seal is equally outstanding, so let’s have a look at what goes into attaining this coveted seal.

Australia

2,000-Kilometer Australian Road Trip With Two Friends: Ulysse Nardin Dual Time And De Bethune DB28

I’m an expat Aussie who has now lived longer out of Australia than in, but in a few years my (Swiss) wife and I are planning on moving from Switzerland to Airlie Beach in North Queensland, Australia. In September 2016, I flew to the region for a week’s worth of face-to-face meetings to help lay the groundwork for our move.

It was a tight schedule, especially as I was sure to be suffering from jetlag, but it was doable. Especially with the Ulysse Nardin Dual Time on my wrist to help keep track of time there and at home.