“crossbar / cutthroat razor” on the Laurent Ferrier Galet Tourbillon

The Schmidt List: Top 5 Funky Clicks

The click spring is one of the smaller components of a mechanical watch, but it is of enormous importance. Ever wondered why the crown doesn’t retaliate furiously and unwind every time you crank it? Without the click spring, a wound mainspring would immediately – and explosively – uncoil like a raging viper in a hat box.

Breguet A2 on display at the Louwman Museum in The Haag, Netherlands (photo courtesy Louwman Museum)

The Breguet A2: It Does Up To 40 Kilometers Per Hour And Doesn’t Tell The Time

While Louis Charles Breguet (1880-1955), great-great-grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, was best known as an aviation pioneer, he also developed and manufactured the Breguet A2 electric car.

Blue-dialled Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Reserve de Marche at the start of the 2017 Passione Engadine rally in St. Moritz

Passione Engadina Rally 2017 In St. Moritz With A 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider Convertible Thanks To Jaeger-LeCoultre (Warning: Modem-Burning Photofest And Video Of Beautiful Vintage Italian Sport Cars And Modern Swiss Watches)

Ian and Nola spent three days with Jaeger-LeCoultre in St. Moritz at the Passione Engadina, a classic car rally filled with mountain passes and treacherous weather en route from St. Moritz across the Alps to Bormio, Italy and back. Find out how they fared in a 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider convertible with Jaeger-LeCoultre watches on their wrists.

2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus: A (Tony) Stark Contrast With The Mundane

The 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus favors “top down,” so you can hear the engine much better, the engine perhaps even being the reason to purchase the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus in the first place: a roaring 5.2-liter V10.

Vintage LeCoultre Galaxy

How, When, And Why Diamond-Set Watches For Men Were Commonly Accepted And The Importance America Played

Post-war United States boasted unique market conditions that allowed for diamond-set men’s watches from a variety of brands to thrive. Martin Green takes us on a journey to discover how and why diamond-set watches became part of the American Dream.

Fire Fly by Antoine Preziuso

Antoine Preziuso (Independent Watchmaker), Antonella Joannou (Dressage Champion), Dandy (Horse), And Fire Fly (Watch)

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.

Schofield + Cudd leather weave strap

Imaginative Watch Straps By Schofield + Cudd Profess The ‘Art Of Strappage’

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.

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a Porsche Flyback Chronograph exclusively for owners of the car

Porsche Design Porsche 911 GT2 RS: You’ve Seen The Supercar, Now Check Out The Matching Flyback Chronograph

Only very few manufacturers today are capable of conceiving, developing, and producing a genuine in-house movement, especially a chronograph, a task that requires several years and significant investment. Porsche Design’s timepiece division has mastered this challenge, and the brand’s first chronograph movement is now ticking within two timepieces destined for owners of exclusive Porsche 911 models.

The caliber 3500 movement visible through the display back of the Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph

Automatic Watches Are For Watch Enthusiasts: A Counterpoint Here’s Why

Connoisseurs, as I wrote previously, want to connect with their watches, desiring an object to behold and cherish for its beauty, rarity, or complexity. Enthusiasts, on the other hand, like to wear their watches, use their watches, and maybe even abuse their watches when they utilize them as the tools they are.

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS in silver

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is So Powerful It’s Surprising It’s Road Legal

Porsche’s latest addition to the 911 lineup – the GT2 RS – is not only the most powerful 911 of all time, but it’s also completely street legal! Which is strange because its light weight and speed (0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and top speed of 340 km/h) put it squarely into supercar territory.