Urwerk UR-T8 (left) and MB&F HM6 Alien Nation

Urwerk Vs. MB&F: How Do They Square Up?

Urwerk and MB&F are two stalwarts of contemporary watchmaking with, superficially at least, much in common. Here Ian Skellern shares what he thinks are the significant similarities and differences between these two leaders in modern watchmaking.

Pre-selected Sports watches for the 2016 GPHG above clockwise from top left: Grand Seiko The Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver’s, Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph, MB&F Horological Machine No7 Aquapod, Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100, Tudor Pelagos LHD, and Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta

Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Sports Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve

A lot of great sports watches came out this year, many of which were able to break the mold of what a sports watch should look like or can do. This is vital for the industry as it retains the attention of potential buyers and shows that there is still creativity in one of the most popular watch segments. See what our panel thinks of the shortlisted watches in the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’s Sports category.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster 40

What Will The Future Wristwatch Offer Millennials, Generation X, And Baby Boomers That Other Devices Cannot? A Generational Migration Of Timekeeping Examined

How many years before we even start to recognize what the most popular timekeeping devices over the last 70 years were? Another 20 years? Forty? Who will use timekeepers? And for what purposes? What will they look like? I posed these questions to a few top watch industry professionals; their replies were perhaps surprising.

MB&F Horological Machine N°8 Unique Piece for Only Watch 2017

MB&F Horological Machine N°8 Unique Piece For Only Watch 2017: Seriously Whimsical

One of the things I like so much about MB&F is that it always goes all in! And this is why it is now one of the most-loved watch brands. MB&F doesn’t hold back – and its contribution of a unique piece Horological Machine No. 8 with original artwork by a 15-year-old artist to the 2017 edition of Only Watch is no exception.

Black Badger AGT Ultra and Super-LumiNova provide a blue lume spectacular when the lights go down on MB&F HM6 Alien Nation

MB&F’s Horological Machine 6 Alien Nation: Space Invaders Aren’t Coming, They’re Already Here!

As if MB&F’s HM6 wasn’t already wild enough, HM6 Alien Nation features something you have never seen in a watch and are unlikely to ever see again: six white gold aliens, which appear to be “crewing” the “spaceship.”

Round Table Analysis Of The Laurent Picciotto ‘43 Watches & Encounters’ Results At Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR

The Phillips Hong Kong Watch Auction: FOUR particularly interested us due to the presence of a subset of 43 watches for sale called “43 Watches & Encounters: The Laurent Picciotto Collection of Contemporary Watches.” Please enjoy our commentary of the auction results for these timepieces.

If you get hurt on this one call me: Philippe Dufour Simplicity

What’s So Special About Independent Watchmakers?

Whenever I think about a watch made by an independent watchmaker, a certain recollection comes to mind – one that could explain my passion for timepieces created by masters with diminutive production but gargantuan horological expertise. This particular story involves a watch brand, a trip to Switzerland, and what is normally a very casual thing: lunch.

Konstantin Chaykin Joker on the wrist

Baselworld 2017 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like

Please join our traditional Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2017, where we discuss what we did and didn’t like at at the world’s largest annual watch exhibition.

MB&F Destination Moon

The Magic Is In What You Don’t See: MB&F Destination Moon Clock With L’Epée 1839

I absolutely love negative space. And now MB&F has now created a piece where the viewer’s imagination plays as important a role as the largely empty physical structure. That creation is Destination Moon, a rocket-shaped clock made in collaboration with L’Epée 1839.

Urwerk UR-T8 Transformer on the wrist

My 2017 SIHH Highlights, Shot With A Leica Q

At the 2017 SIHH in Geneva I particularly liked the Carré des Horlogers, as the SIHH independents’ hall is known, which showcases some of the industry’s finest creative minds producing amazing watches, both traditional and contemporary. So without further ado, here are my SIHH highlights, most of which come from that hall.