Exercise in coherence: Rolex GMT Master II

Focus On Materials: Primer On The Science of Steel, The Stuff Of Cases, Mainsprings, Hairsprings, Pinions, Escapements And The Backbone Of Watchmaking

Today I want to talk about steel: the metal that made the world! Watch cases and other movement components are commonly made from certain stainless steels, 304 and 316L being the most common. It also happens that some brands hold exclusive rights to use specific alloys in the production of its watches. Here’s what you should know about steel.

pre-selected Travel Time watches for the 2017 GPHG are, clockwise from top left above: Czapek Genève Tourbillon Suspendu Ici et Ailleurs, Frédérique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture, Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT, Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone Blue, Manufacture Royale ADN Jumping Disk, and Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde

Our Predictions In The Travel Time Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève: Our Panel Is Split (Again)

Welcome to the 2017 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. Today the panel examines the interesting Travel Time category, which splits its opinions yet again.

Pre-selected Men's watches in the 2016 GPHG

Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Men’s Category Of The 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Our panel members choose their winners in the Men’s category of the GPHG between the Czapek Genève 33 bis Quai des Bergues, Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay, the Hermès Slim d’Hermès Email, Chopard’s L.U.C XPS 1860, Urban Jürgensen’s Reference 2340, and the Grönefeld 1941 Remontoire.

Kari Voutilainen GMR with Vingt-8 base movement

The Independent Watchmakers’ Struggle: Why It’s So Hard And What They Can Do

I love independent watchmaking and independent watchmakers; one of my great joys as a collector is having the feeling that, in a small way, I am supporting their efforts.
So I put some thought into why independent watchmakers struggle in a business sense and how they can remain relevant in changing market situations.

Calling On The Village: Czapek & Cie. And The Quai Des Bergues Collection

Introducing Czapek & Cie., a nascent watch brand that is looking to the village to help it grow. The first interesting thing to learn about Czapek is that it is a brand not atypically reviving a historical name with some pretty serious horological street cred for the purists out there. But first let’s take a good look at the Czapek Quai des Bergues collection.