Yellow HYT Colorblock H1 on the wrist

Give Me Five! 5 Of The Most Colorful Watches Of 2016 From Richard Mille, HYT, Fabergé, GoS, and Kari Voutilainen

The year 2016 was at times grey and sullen, while at other times it rained purple, red, or blue and a host of other vibrant (and symbolic) colors. There was also a crop of colorful watches to stand out from the masses of new steel and titanium-encased horology, titillating the senses with bursts of fresh color. Here are five-ish colorful watches that caught my eye last year from HYT, Richard Mille, Fabergé, GoS, and Kari Voutilainen.

Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock Emerald

The Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock Emerald Fans Out Into Colorful Gems

The Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock got lots of kudos at Baselworld 2015, even winning the prestigious Ladies High-Mech prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève that same year. The Lady Compliquée Peacock Emerald’s tail, embellished with hand-applied green lacquer marking the minutes in the most beautiful way imaginable.

What We Liked And What We Didn’t At The 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

The Quill & Pad panel reflects on watchmaking’s biggest night: the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, often described as the Oscars of watchmaking. In this segment, we chat about what we liked and what we didn’t like, which watches won and why we think they did.

We also express a bit of dismay at times.

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual in platinum

Our Nearly Unanimous Predictions For The Aiguille d’Or, The Best Of The Best At The 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Our panel members are nearly unanimous in their predictions for the winner of the top prize in the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: the Aiguille d’Or. While two members of the panel could not settle on just one winner, calling a tie between two and even three watches, for Ian the winner is crystal clear. Let us know which timepieces you think will be crowned with the Aiguille d’Or in 2016.

Fabergé Lady Levity

Fabergé’s Lady Levity Combines Original Mechanics With Unique Design

Attention: if you just take a casual glance at Fabergé’s Lady Levity you will probably miss it. It is only when you step back and look carefully that the full artistic complexity of the dial is revealed: the man-in-the-moon motif at the center of Lady Levity’s dial. But this is no ordinary man in the moon . . .

Pre-selected Ladies' watches in the 2016 GPHG

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

Welcome to the 2016 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The watches pre-selected in the Ladies category are: Fabergé Lady Levity, Chopard L.U.C XP 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier Peony, Bovet 1822’s Blue Thistles, Audemars Piguet Millenary, Piaget’s Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet and the Bulgari Serpenti Spiga.

A Horological Peacock Feeding . . . Or? Caption Competition #35

Believe it or not, this stylized peacock pecking at a bowl full of ears of wheat is actually a fully functional horological component. But what other story might explain what’s going on here? Could it actually be a new avian constellation in the night sky? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Fabergé Lady Libertine I

Fabergé & Gemfields’s Vertical Integration Results In Colorfully Synergistic Lady Libertine I

Say the name Fabergé and most people will immediately think of the imperial Easter eggs – and for good reason, because even today the craftsmanship and detailed execution of those eggs are still breathtaking. The Fabergé Lady Libertine I, one of the stars of Baselworld 2016 together with the Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ, is a perfect example of the synergies of Fabergé and Gemfields.

Absolutely dazzling Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie

Give Me Five! Righteous Rainbows From Kari Voutilainen, De Grisogono, Chopard, Ulysse Nardin, And Fabergé At Baselworld 2016

The prevailing financial atmosphere may be pointing toward Spartan classicism in some areas of life, but fortunately for us the worlds of art and beauty – which include haute horlogerie – still express joyful color. Enjoy the bursts of vivid hue in these five time-telling rainbows we found at Baselworld 2016 from Kari Voutilainen, de Grisogono, Chopard, Ulysse Nardin, and Fabergé.