Rolex Oyster Zerograph mono pusher flyback chronograph Reference 3346 from 1937

One Of The Rarest Rolex References Of Them All: The Oyster Zerograph Monopusher Flyback Chronograph Reference 3346

So now that the dust has settled on the recent Phillips Start-Stop-Reset auction of stainless steel chronographs in Geneva, a sale that saw 100 percent of its 88 lots sold, I’d like to focus on a watch that I thought stood out from the very strong field.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique on the wrist

Why I Bought My Wife An Engraved Reverso Classique . . . And Why You Shouldn’t (Even Though I’m Happy)

This is a family affair: a story of my wife Brigitte, her horse Gucci, my father Neil, and an engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique. And this is a good example of how and why you might want to commission a work of art on the back of a Reverso. Or not.

5 Tips For Choosing A Great Watch Salesperson

I thought what might be useful is to learn how to choose a great watch salesperson when you’re looking to purchase a watch or even get one serviced. So here are my professional tips for choosing the right sales professional for your horological needs.

You know you’re a watch guy if . . . at a restaurant you photograph everyone's watches but not the food

You Know You’re A Watch Guy Or Gal If . . .

Horophiles are pretty unique people and we have some pretty unique traits and habits.
In the theme of Jeff Foxworthy and his “you might be a redneck if” routine, I’d like to poke a little fun at our WIS brothers and sisters as well as ourselves. So without further ado, you know you’re a watch guy if . . .

Korona K3 Northern Stars Black Enamel from Stepan Sarpaneva

Objects Of Desire: Independent Watches At Baselworld 2016

It is with a bit of trepidation that I turn my attention to independent watches from Baselworld 2016 that are now on my “desire” list; we’ll see whether any of these watches from Sarpaneva, Grönefeld, Voutilainen, Akriva or even Renaud & Papi make it onto my wrist as a result! In the meantime, enjoy these gorgeous timepieces.

Urwerk UR-105 Dark Knight (left) and black Cabestan Winch on the wrist

17-Year-Old Watch Collector Already Has Incredibly Serious Timepiece Collection Including Urwerk and MB&F

André Kusni is only 17 years old, yet the teenager already owns several horological masterpieces and plans on collecting many more. Kusni first came in contact with fine watches when his grandmother gifted him a Rolex Submariner Deepsea Sea-Dweller. Since then, the fortunate teenager lives his passion, now mostly attracted to rather rare watches made by independent boutique brands.

Mathey-Tissot Day-Date once owned by Elvis Presley

Two Watches Owned By Elvis Presley On The Auction Block In May 2016

Two of Elvis Presley’s watches are being offered in the upcoming auction “Music Icons 2016,” held by Julien’s and taking place on May 21, 2016 at the Hard Rock Café in New York City. Both the Mathey-Tissot day-date and Waltham pocket watch are in good shape and offer interesting backstories.

Exercise in coherence: Rolex GMT Master II

Great Rolex Experiment With The GMT Master II Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Crown

The last time I wrote here on Quill & Pad about my relationship with the world’s greatest mass luxury brand was last year when I explained ‘Why I’ve Never Owned a Rolex – And Why I Might Yet.’ Well, to know me is to know that if I say I “might yet” buy something it’s likely only a matter of time. So, too, with this Rolex: the GMT Master II BLNR “Batman” with black-and-blue bezel.

A friend’s A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Anniversary Limited Edition

Shady Dealings? Antiquorum And The Stolen A. Lange & Söhne Anniversary Watch No. 185/500

Conditions of sale, Antiquorum Hong Kong, June 2015: “Antiquorum confirms no ability or obligation to perform due diligence on any lot.” Imagine one of the worst things that could happen to you as a watch collector: your home is invaded by robbers and your entire collection is spirited away. Amazingly, Antiquorum listed and sold just such a watch involved in a collector’s worst nightmare. What now?

Parting shot: Romain Gauthier Logical One in white gold

Why I Bought It: Romain Gauthier Logical One

I was sitting at my breakfast table on the morning of January 18, 2013, when during my morning scan of news I saw a photo of something breathtaking. It was Logical One by Romain Gauthier – a watch I immediately knew that I would own someday. I was captivated by the white gold version with frosted gold movement: this was “the one” for me. Read on to find out why.