James Pellaton Chronometre Royal Marine tourbillon in red gold

My Biggest Surprise Of Baselworld 2017: James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer

It’s always a pleasure to discover something entirely new during Baselworld 2017, and at my last meeting of the fair, this happened again. On this occasion I was shown the best watch I had never heard of: the James C. Pellaton Royal Marine Chronometer, a shining example of haute horology if I have ever seen one.

Patek Philippe Reference 5320G lume shot

Baselworld 2017 Lights Up With LUME!

While there are no lack of lights, colors, and sparkles during the day at Baselworld, it’s when the lights go down that you get to learn which watches come out and party after the sun goes down.

Here are a few of the watches that I saw donning their colorful glow-in-the-dark party clothes at Baselworld 2017!

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.

The Watches TV talks to Philippe Dufour about Time Aeon

Philippe Dufour Explains The Goals Of Time Aeon And Oscillon (Video)

As the Naissance d’une Montre project will be concluded when the eleven timepieces are completed, Time Aeon, whose main objective is to perpetuate the art of handmade mechanical watchmaking, had invited three students from three different watchmaking schools to learn the handmade way of working in horology – on display at SIHH 2017. Here, Philippe Dufour talks to Marc-André Deschoux of The Watches TV to explain.

H11 (left) and H12 (small seconds) by Beat Haldimann

Beat Haldimann Introduces H11 & H12, His First Stainless Steel (Relatively Affordable) Wristwatches

Beat Haldimann creates wristwatches that are for watch enthusiasts who “are about content, not brands,” as he puts it. And in 2017, his H11 and H12 arrive in stainless steel cases with beautifully frosted dials.

The Struthers for Morgan Motor Company retro trench watch with refurbished vintage Omega 26 series movement

Meet The Struthers: English Watchmaking The Old-Fashioned Way . . . Sort Of

When you walk into the Struthers’s Birmingham workshop, you feel like you could be stepping a century back into the history of horology. Until you spy a few of Rebecca Struthers’s tattoos, that is. And then you know you are in the here and now. Meet Craig and Rebecca Struthers: two modern watchmakers doing things the old-fashioned way. Sort of.

Matching yellow Converse shoes and yellow Converse watch strap on Schofield Signalman DLC

Bespoke Watch Straps That Must Be Seen To Be Believed: Cuddsville x Schofield Watch Company

While having a chat over coffee one day with Giles Ellis, CEO, designer, and owner of Schofield Watch Company, we began discussing materials and colors for future straps. I suggested making a strap from an old pair of yellow Converse hightops that I had outgrown . . . and the idea went down well. Here’s how it looks.

Garrick Portsmouth

Give Me Five! 5 British Watches From SalonQP 2016 From Bremont, Garrick, Schofield, Robert Loomes, And A Ring-In

If you’re ever going to find five great British watches anywhere, it most certainly would be at SalonQP, the UK’s premier watch event. So without further ado, I present you five British watches on show at the 2016 SalonQP in London.

Konstantin Chaykin Moscow Comptus Clock

A Mechanical Masterpiece By A Mechanical Mastermind: The Konstantin Chaykin Moscow Comptus Easter Clock

Konstantin Chaykin’s latest masterpiece, the Moscow Comptus Easter Clock, isn’t designed for the wrist but for the mantel, and it presents further evidence that the man I dubbed the “Wonderboy Russian Watchmaker” is one of the greatest watch and clockmakers in the game today.

Vallée de Joux style: movement detail of the Philippe Dufour Simplicity

Does Hand Finishing Matter? A Collector’s View Of Movement Decoration (Archive)

Anyone who visits online watch forums with any frequency very likely comes across at least a few heated discussions of “finishing,” a topic that seems to fascinate, and divide, enthusiasts. What is it and why are opinions divided?