Parting shot: double tourbillon, Greubel Forsey Invention Piece 1

How To (And Not To) Photograph A Watch

One of the great pleasures of being a contributor here at Quill & Pad is that it gives me an excuse to set aside other priorities on a regular basis and immerse myself in the world of macro watch photography. Along the way, I’ve been asked by a number of folks to reveal techniques that I use to create the images you see in my articles, so here are some of my tips.

Peter Speake-Marin at watchmaker's bench

Guest Post: Peter Speake-Marin Explains His Reasons For The Naked Watchmaker (A Tale In Time)

In 1985 I walked into Hackney Technical College; the course on horology had already started two weeks earlier, but I was welcomed on board. And so began my education in horology. But how did I come to found The Naked Watchmaker?

With the tools of the trade: Philippe Dufour Simplicity

Behind The Lens: The Philippe Dufour Simplicity (Archive)

As regular readers know, the idea of the Behind the Lens series is to present great watches as seen from a variety of visual perspectives. Mostly, I feature watches on loan from my generous friends, but this time let’s look at a piece that I am very fortunate to have in my own collection: the legendary Simplicity by Philippe Dufour in a 37 mm white gold case with white lacquer dial.

An Atom Moore Mashup of an F.P. Journe timepiece from the NAWCC exhibition ‘Watch Portraits’

Photographer Atom Moore Exhibits Unique And Funky ‘Watch Portraits’ At NAWCC Watch And Clock Museum

Atom Moore is a New York-based watch photographer who has a unique eye on his subject: his “portraits” comprise artistic works of watch photography based on his signature macro and “mashup” techniques. The NAWCC Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania will be hosting an exhibition of Moore’s work from April 30, 2017, which you can check out here.

Oblique view, Patek Philippe Reference 5078P

Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Reference 5078P Minute Repeater

Recently, a good friend and avid collector gave me the mouth-watering opportunity to photograph two splendid Patek Philippe minute repeaters: the 5074P and 5078P. If you’re one of those people who believe in wearing a watch with your tuxedo, I don’t think you’d ever go wrong in pulling the 5078P out of the safe to wear. What else is interesting about it?

Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A-001

Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A-001 Split-Seconds Chronograph

Given my recent musings on these pages about the relative roles of rarity and complication in driving the value of a watch, it seems appropriate to dedicate this “Behind the Lens” entry to a piece that is both complicated and limited in production: Patek Philippe’s Reference 5950A. What’s so special about this watch? Well, first of all it’s a split-seconds chronograph. What else?

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with Cerachrom bezel

#mybaselworld 2016: Exquisitely Emotional Baselworld Wristshots Shot With A Leica Q

The top picks of my eighth consecutive visit to Baselworld were purely emotional, down to the design and aesthetics. These would be watches that I would want to wear and own. So armed with a bottle of water, my trusty Leica Q and tones of enthusiasm, this is #mybaselworld.

The author’s Philippe Dufour Simplicity in white gold

Behind The Lens: The Philippe Dufour Simplicity

As regular readers know, the idea of the Behind the Lens series is to present great watches as seen from a variety of visual perspectives. Mostly, I feature watches on loan from my generous friends, but this time let’s look at a piece that I am very fortunate to have in my own collection: the legendary Simplicity by Philippe Dufour in a 37 mm white gold case with white lacquer dial.

Richard Mille Red Quartz TPT RM011 wristshot

My Favorite Watches From SIHH 2016 As Shot With The Leica Q

This year I attended my third SIHH. With the introduction of an independents’ lounge called Carré des Horlogers, it was certainly a changed place, energized with new blood added to the existing Richemont and other brands that comprise the exhibitors at the SIHH. Here I’d like to share with you a selection of wristshots I took with the Leica Q during the 2016 edition of SIHH. Enjoy!

Lone bison in Yellowstone National Park

Give Me Five: Reasons To Visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming may not be on the bucket list of many except the keen fly fishermen among you, but here are five reasons why nature lovers and photographers might consider a visit: stunning scenery, animal life, Yellowstone National Park, Brakeman burgers, and the northern lights. September is my favorite time to visit Jackson Hole because the summer tourists have thinned, the trees are starting to dress for fall, and the animals move down from the mountains to eat in warmer climes.