Dior Grand Soir Botanic

Dior Grand Soir Botanic: Gardening With Gemstones

With the Grand Soir Botanic, Dior has taken the botanical theme to a whole new level, creating a miniature garden on the dial of the watch. The collection consists of just eight watches, each unique, and made using a variety of precious materials and rare techniques.

Akrivia AK-06

Quill & Pad Team Members Pick Their Top 5 Watches From Baselworld 2017 Plus Special Mentions And Biggest Surprises. Warning: Modem-Burning Photo Fest!

The year 2017 wasn’t just good for both interesting and exciting new wristwatches at Baselworld: I’d go so far to rate it as a vintage year. This article started as a pure Top 5 rundown, but the sheer number of superb watches soon had us reaching for our “Special Mention” over spill. And that’s all without the really big surprises. So without further ado, welcome to our team’s top picks of Baselworld 2017.

Traditional (but): I've rated Christophe Claret as a Contemporary brand because of the wilder models, but this independent has a foot in both camps and I rate this Soprano as Traditional, or perhaps "Traditional with a twist"

Want To Launch A High-End Watch Brand? What The 9 New Independents At SIHH 2016 Teach Us

Post-SIHH reports indicate that the inclusion of the so-called indies was a big success for both visitors and the small brands alike, but also that there was a little grumbling from some of the large established SIHH brands generated by the fact that visitors to the fair remarked − with justification − that there were more interesting watches in the Carré des Horlogers than in the rest of the SIHH altogether. What can the industry learn from their inclusion in 2016’s first fair?

Dior VIII-Grand Bal "Cancan" in white ceramic

Dior’s 2015 Grand Bal VIII With Dial-Side Rotor And Scarab Beetle Elytra

An automatic watch’s oscillating weight, or rotor, is what winds it up. It does so using the motion of one’s wrist. In many automatic watches, the rotor’s activity is clearly visible via a see-through case back. But in the Dior VIII Grand Bal, this essentially functional component is transformed into a gorgeously decorated focal point of the dial.