De Bethune DB28 with silicon/platinum annular balance

The Schmidt List: 5 Extraordinary Balance Wheels

The balance wheel is the regulatory organ of a mechanical watch, which is expected to deliver a consistent frequency with a tolerance of as little as 0.001 percent. With so much at stake, why complicate things by altering a pure and simple geometric shape? Why reinvent the wheel? Well, here are five balances that definitely did reinvent the wheel.

Dress meets sport: Patek Philippe Reference 5170P

Why I Bought It: Patek Philippe Reference 5170P

One of the high points of my visits to Baselworld each of the past few years has been the opportunity to tour the display of new introductions from Patek Philippe. Concluding our visit in March 2017, our host asked each of us to name our favorite new Patek Philippe piece, and for me the answer was obvious: the stunning Reference 5170P that had me standing slack-jawed in front of its display case long after the rest of the group had moved on to the other new pieces. Here’s why . . .

A brace of Patel Philippe Reference 5196 Calatravas

The Death Of The Dress Watch: Is It Time To Write Its Obituary?

As the resident gentleman of Quill & Pad, I feel that the time is soon approaching to write an obituary announcing the death of the dress watch. It is not that we didn’t see this coming, nor is it an isolated event, but it still hurts.

Hermès Slim d’Hermès L’Heure Impatiente unique piece for Only Watch 2017 on the wrist

All 50 Watches In The Geneva Only Watch 2017 Auction: A Feast For The Eyes! (Warning, Modem Burner)

The Only Watch auction takes place on November 11, 2017 in Geneva. Here are all the 50 unique piece watches on offer with their estimated prices. Let us know your favorite watch or watches!

Parting shot: the record-setting LeCoultre Deep Sea alongside the author’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande GMT

You Are There: Experiences And Lessons From The Multi-Record-Breaking Phillips’ ‘Winning Icons’ Auction In New York

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you are well aware that on October 26, 2017 Phillips conducted an auction in New York City at which the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona owned by Mr. Newman himself was sold for more than $17.5 million, a record price for a wristwatch of any kind. I was fortunate to attend the auction and its attendant events: there was much more to see and some lessons to take away, about both the current state of the vintage market and bidding at auction.

Patek Philippe Reference 5208T-010 unique piece in titanium for Only Watch 2017 on the wrist

Patek Philippe Triple Complication In Titanium Reference 5208T-010 Unique Piece For Only Watch 2017: The Real Thing

Patek Philippe is one of the 50 watch brands taking part in Only Watch 2017, which will be held in Geneva on November 11, 2017. Its Lot 12, a Reference 5208T-010 Triple Complication in a titanium case, is the only 5208T-010 ever housed in a titanium case, making this one rare watch indeed.

Patek Philippe Beta 21 and advertisment (photo courtesy Atom Moore and Christie's)

Quartz: Past, Present, But No Future?

Nothing can stir up the watch world these days quite as much the launch of a new Apple watch. For some it’s a must-have gadget, for others it just isn’t a real watch. But perhaps quartz watches face more competition from smartwatches than mechanical watches. Does quartz even have a real future?

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.

"The Crystalline" pocket watch from the 2017 Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in New York

Give Me Five! 5 Artistic Antique Divinities At Patek Philippe’s 2017 Art Of Watches Grand Exhibition New York

Here are five exquisite historical pieces from the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition that were brought to New York City from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, whose timeless artistry left a lasting impression on Elizabeth Doerr.

Longines Heritage Avigation over Day and the Dawnstar by Herbert James Draper (image courtesy @thehealer74)

What Makes Up The Soul Of A Watch: A Contemplation (And You Will Not Want To Miss The Imagery!)

Why watches? Ask what makes a watch enthusiast tick and the idea of the “soul” of a watch might well feature in the response – the idea that something elevates the watch from a cold object of engineering to something of greater import. Here Ryan tracks “soul” down and gets contemplative on its nature along with some very special imagery.