Konstantin Chaykin and Valerii Danevych

The A.H.C.I.: A Horological United Nations Including Russian And Ukrainian Artists

The A.H.C.I. (Academy of Independent Horological Creators) is a group in which diversity is not only accepted, but truly rules.
Nowhere is this better exemplified than the friendship between Russian Konstantin Chaykin and Ukrainian Valerii Danevych, two artists peacefully co-existing in goodwill and appreciation to produce their high expressions of art side-by-side.

The Breguet Reine de Naples

The First Wristwatches From Breguet, Hermès and Patek Philippe Were Made . . . For Women

Early American historian and Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich titled her 2008 book ‘Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.’ Ulrich would probably be very interested to know about three famous Swiss and French brands whose very first wristwatches were made for – and in a way by – women. Their watches have made history.

JEANRICHARD Aeroscope limited edition

Top 10 (Plus 1) Soccer Watches In Honor Of The FIFA World Cup

With the FIFA World Cup still feverishly underway, I’d like to take a brief look at ten – well, eleven – of the most interesting soccer-related timepieces. Among these are the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi and Richard Mille’s RM 11-01 Roberto Mancini. Flip through the list and see which is your favorite.

Dial of the Arnold & Son DSTB

Anchors Ahoy! The Arnold & Son Dial Side True Beat (DSTB)

Arnold & Son, the relatively young brand founded only in 1995 has its roots firmly planted in the tradition of John Arnold and the chronometers he and his son created 250 years ago. The brand’s wristwatches excite and inspire me because they are a mix of classic styling and modern design, with a dash of ingenious mechanism detailing to satiate even the hungriest of watch nerds.

Roger Federer explains the personal significance of these three Rolexes

Video: Roger Federer Explains A Few Of His Special Rolexes

Roger Federer is a long-time Rolex ambassador, and as such naturally owns a few Rolex models, both new and vintage. In this video, Federer explains the personal significance of three of his favorite Rolexes.

Keaton Myrick wrist shot

Made In America: Not Only On Independence Day

The United States of America has a “secret” past in watchmaking that most people don’t know about and it has a lot to do with what Americans are good at: mass manufacturing. And more specifically, American watchmaking.

Philippe Dufour in the film "Timepiece"

‘Time Piece’: If You Only Watch One Film On Independent Watchmaking, Watch This One

The short documentry film “Time Piece” features two of the world’s best living watchmakers, Philippe Dufour and Vianney Halter and provides insight into what makes the watches by these masters so special.

Horogasm Tan with Michael Tay of the Hour Glass and independent watchmakers Kari Voutilainen, Laurent Ferrier, Philippe Dufour, and Roger Smith. Photo courtesy www.LaurentFerrier.ch

Watch Passion Smackdown! Enthusiast Collectors Meet Journalists

As our regular readers know by now, my role here at Quill & Pad is to share my perspectives as an enthusiast collector. Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a lively exchange with a number of friends on just that topic, and as it became very interesting, I’ve decided to share an abridged version of it with you.

Vostok Europe Mrija chronograph with NE88 movement

The Seiko SII NE88 Automatic Chronograph Movement: A Change In The Wind?

Swatch Group will soon be limiting availability of the Valjoux 7750 chronograph, which powers a significant percentage of the chronographs available today. Seiko’s SII NE88 automatic chronograph enters the fray, but is it up to the challenge?

Reynold by Pierre de Roche

Monthly News Roundup: Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Cartier, Breguet, Jaquet Droz, Romain Jerome, Pierre de Roche, Grieb & Benzinger, RGM, Sotheby’s

There was a lot of news this month from Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Jaquet Droz, Grieb & Benzinger, Romain Jerome, Sotheby’s, Breguet and more.