De Bethune DB28 with silicon/platinum annular balance

The Schmidt List: 5 Extraordinary Balance Wheels

The balance wheel is the regulatory organ of a mechanical watch, which is expected to deliver a consistent frequency with a tolerance of as little as 0.001 percent. With so much at stake, why complicate things by altering a pure and simple geometric shape? Why reinvent the wheel? Well, here are five balances that definitely did reinvent the wheel.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon

The Enticing Qualities Of “Entry-Level” Tourbillons

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.

Angelus U40 Racing Tourbillon Skeleton

Angelus U40 Racing Tourbillon Skeleton: High-Performance Perfection

Tourbillons have become a hallmark of Angelus, and the U40 Racing Tourbillon Skeleton doesn’t disappoint. As far as Martin Green is concerned, this is the best Angelus yet!

Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante

Ghostbusting & The Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante

The special attributes of the Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante center around the double column wheel split-seconds chronograph function, which is partially visible from the dial side. The other major feature of the movement is on the opposite side of the dial, near 10:30: the tourbillon. And all of this for a more-than-fair price that is bound to catapult this brand deep into the hearts of watch enthusiasts.

Baselworld 2016 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like

Please join our Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2016. This time we take on some of the same topics that GaryG and his collector group use to the discuss their impressions of a watch fair: best of show, worst of show, watch you would buy with your own money, watch you would buy if money were no object, investment watch, patronage watch, fun watch, and a fantasy money no object watch.

U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon by Angelus

It’s Not What You Think: Angelus U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon

While at first sight it appears far less “outlandish” than the U10, there is little about the Angelus U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon that is actually conventional or trendy, beside the fact that it has a round case.

Conceptually, at least, one could say that the U20 picks up right where the previous release called the U10 left off, experimenting with transparency and spotlighting skeletonization.

And what else?

Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière

Photo Essay: The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière

When I first saw photos of the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière I liked the technical aspects and thought it an audacious design likely to ignite heated debate in the passionate Angelus collectors’ community, but I wasn’t won over by the watch itself. I liked the fact that it existed, but it wasn’t really to my taste. But after I had seen and handled the U10 Tourbillon Lumière “in the metal,” I got it.

The L.Roy Chronomètre à Tourbillon looks sensational movement side, with large balance and chain et fusée

Give Me Five! Dead Beat Seconds At Baselworld 2015

The dead beat seconds complication was developed so that the second hand on the wristwatch would move in the same way as a high-end, precious clock might. Dead beat seconds is a fairly rare addition to a watch movement in the modern age. In fact, it is almost never seen. Nevertheless, we found five watches outfitted with dead beat seconds at Baselworld 2015.

Tourbillon Lumière by Angelus. You can just see the fuel gauge like power reserve indicator on the caseband

Historic Swiss Brand Angelus Is Back And Presents The U10 Tourbillon Lumière

The La Joux-Perret-based team behind Arnold & Son has relaunched revered Swiss brand Angelus and presents the very contemporary U10 Tourbillon Lumière, which pays respect to Angelus’ period travel clocks in the shape of its case and to 1960s-1970s design with its funky dial.