Passion embodied – the Deep Space Tourbillon by Vianney Halter

The Top 10 Most Popular Posts Of 2015 On Quill & Pad

It’s pretty interesting to us to find out what you like to read most, and we hope that it’s interesting for you to read, too – particularly at the end of the old year. For this reason, we bring you the top ten most-clicked posts of 2015 on Quill & Pad. Without further ado, here they are in no particular order.

A very subtle Rolex Cosmograph Daytona from the Kim Rothstein liquidation auction (photos courtesy Hess Fine Art

What Watches Would You Buy After Ripping Off $1.2 Billion In A Ponzi Scheme Like Scott Rothstein? Most Probably Not All Of These

Scott Rothstein was the ringleader of the third largest Ponzi scheme ever to take place in the USA, reportedly defrauding investors of $1.2 billion. The courts liquidated most of his ill-gotten gains such as supercars, yachts, and vacation houses rather quickly. However, his now-divorced wife, Kim, had hidden a few million dollars’ worth of baubles, which were later uncovered. And which are now up for sale.

The components making up the bi-directional winding system of the Rolex Caliber 3135

A Look Inside The Rolex Caliber 3135

U.K. retailer The Watch Gallery has released an interesting one-minute video that very nicely shows a watchmaker dismantling a Rolex 3135 movement. The video reminded me of what a great movement Caliber 3135 is. Its less fancy movement finish and less exclusive image is counterbalanced by the fact that the movement is never likely to be fickle or give any trouble. What else is special about it? Read on to find out.

1994 George Daniels co-axial four-minute tourbillon with Daniel's compact chronograph mechanism

Inside A Second: Chronograph Exhibition Featuring Many Of The Most Important Chronographs Ever Made

Among the many highlights of SalonQP 2015 was the “Inside a Second” exhibition of chronographs presented in partnership with the Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie. The exhibition included the George Daniels co-axial four-minute tourbillon with Daniels’ compact chronograph mechanism. And that would have been enough chronograph for me all by itself, but there were many more highlights.

Top Only Watch lot: Patek Philippe Reference 5016A-010

You Are There: Attending The Only Watch Auction 2015 With Patek Philippe

Only Watch, the biennial charity auction on behalf of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research, has firmly established itself as a landmark event on the watch scene. This year’s sixth renewal of the event, serving as the kickoff for the autumn Geneva watch auction week, saw Patek Philippe donating the landmark piece for the event, a blue-dialed, steel-cased Reference 5016A-010, which hammered for more than $7 million.

Your author's favorite Rolex Day-Date 40 dial is this quadrant design, here in a white gold case

A Very Rolexy Rolex Discussion: 3 Reasons The Rolex Day-Date 40 Convinced Me

Rolex has just never called out to me as a watch that I must have or that would be the pinnacle of my collection. I think that this is because of the downsides to being the most widely known watch brand in the world: copying and overexposure. So what is it about the new Rolex Day-Date 40 that has turned me into a convert? Read on to find out.

A gaggle of Rolex Submariners

Why I’ve Never Owned A Rolex – And Why I Might Yet

Once in a while on the collector forums, a question is posed: is there anyone in the collector community who has never, ever, owned a Rolex? As a general rule, respondents to these queries tend to express disbelief that such a creature could possibly exist given the quality and ubiquity of the brand’s watches. Well, folks, I’m here to tell you that such people do exist, and that I’m one of them. How could it be?

Elvis Presley wearing the Hamilton Ventura in army dress

In Honor Of Elvis Presley And His Watches

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. This was a day of soulful heartbreak as I knew I would sorely miss his voice. Elvis owned a number of wristwatches. Good ones. He liked watches, which anyone can still guess because in almost any photo of The King it is not hard to spy an interesting timepiece on his wrist. So in honor of the day of Elvis’ passing in the year he would have turned 80 were he still alive, I’d like to take a peek at some of the watches he’s owned, as well as one watch he not only owned but helped make famous: the Hamilton Ventura.

Cartier Tank with custom Camille Fournet strap

My Wife, The Watch Collector

For Quill & Pad’s themed “Ladies’ Week” in my role as resident collector, my thoughts turned immediately to that other collector in my life: my charming wife. MrsG is perhaps most enthusiastic about her collection of Southwestern Native American arts and jewelry, but let’s get started with a look at her interesting watches, which include excellent examples from Jaeger-LeCoultre, Blancpain, Alain Silberstein, Audemars Piguet, and more.

Caroline Wozniacki playing at Wimbledon

Rolex And Wimbledon: A Match Made In Traditional (Tennis) Heaven

“It’s wonderful that Rolex and Wimbledon have been partners for so long,” says Roger Federer, the greatest tennis player of all time and a Rolex ambassador. “They are both the perfect embodiment of grace and excellence.” Rolex And Wimbledon: there are few brands that fit so well together, emulating each other in a way – though a fully unplanned way – with their staunch holds on traditionalism and domination of their respective fields. Since 1978 they have transcended social, cultural, language, and even ideological barriers together.