The “big three” recent additions to the author’s collection

Selling Watches To Buy Watches: One Collector’s Story

Wouldn’t it be splendid to have everything your heart desired? Well, it’s a nice fantasy but it’s not going to happen for me. And besides, I’m not so sure that the experience of “selling to buy” isn’t actually a significant part, albeit a bittersweet one, of the collecting experience.

WatchGauge

Haute Horlogerie Enthusiast John Keil Goes Micro Brand And Launches WatchGauge, A Novel Community And Retail Site

Quill & Pad’s resident retail expert John Keil has just launched WatchGauge, an interesting new online retail venture that is worth bringing to your attention. The aim of WatchGauge is to help the consumer wade through the crowded and sometimes murky waters of the emerging micro brand scene.

@kristinabazan as a social media influencer for Piaget

“Influencer”: Is This The Most Overrated Word In Watchmaking?

Influencers have been around for as long as humankind exists, but where in previous centuries this power was mostly in the hands of nobility, priests, elected officials, or successful entrepreneurs, it is now wielded by teenagers with a camera and an Instagram account.

Hip to be square: shaped Jaeger-LeCoultre watches in the author’s and his wife’s collections

Jaeger-LeCoultre: A Collector’s ‘Gateway Drug’ And Ongoing Pleasure

While my friends’ paths into serious collecting have been fairly diverse, I started with Jaeger-LeCoultre, which opened my eyes to the world of fine watchmaking and served as the foundation for my ongoing fascination with horology. Take a look at hishistory collecting fascinating timepieces by this Swiss brand.

George Daniels Space Travellers' watch

Sotheby’s To Auction Four Timepieces By George Daniels, Including The $2.13 Million Space Traveller (Updated With Results)

Sotheby’s will auction four watches by George Daniels, three from his personal collection that were originally auctioned in 2012 and a very rare 1999 Millennium wristwatch. Get the full story on these pieces right here.

Longines Heritage Avigation over Day and the Dawnstar by Herbert James Draper (image courtesy @thehealer74)

What Makes Up The Soul Of A Watch: A Contemplation (And You Will Not Want To Miss The Imagery!)

Why watches? Ask what makes a watch enthusiast tick and the idea of the “soul” of a watch might well feature in the response – the idea that something elevates the watch from a cold object of engineering to something of greater import. Here Ryan tracks “soul” down and gets contemplative on its nature along with some very special imagery.

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.

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.

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.

Tudor ambassador David Beckham

What’s The Deal With Celebrity Brand Ambassadors? Are They Really A Good Fit For Watch Brands? (Video)

The Watches TV founder Marc-André Deschoux shares his own thoughts on brand ambassadors, starting with the Tudor/David Beckham association, which he personally felt was counterproductive: so much so that the announcement pushed him to not make a Tudor purchase he was leaning toward.