Close up look dial side of the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor in red gold

The Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor: Complex Simplicity Begets A Deeper Truth

A watch that really caught my attention at Baselworld 2017 is the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor, the first automatic watch from the talented engineer and a prime example of what I call complex simplicity. Read on and I’ll explain it to you.

Parting shot: Romain Gauthier Logical One in white gold

Why I Bought It: Romain Gauthier Logical One (Archive)

I was sitting at my breakfast table on the morning of January 18, 2013, when during my morning scan of news I saw a photo of something breathtaking. It was Logical One by Romain Gauthier – a watch I immediately knew that I would own someday. I was captivated by the white gold version with frosted gold movement: this was “the one” for me. Read on to discover why.

Hautlence Vortex Gamma wristshot

#mybaselworld2017 Wristshots Shot With A Leica Q

Here I share photos of a few of the new timepieces that I saw during Baselworld 2017, chosen primarily for their aesthetic styling. My favorites are neither all Swiss, nor are they mainly French, but interestingly, though not deliberately, are mostly German.

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.

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.

Close up look dial side of the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor in red gold

Romain Gauthier’s First Automatic Watch Is A Stunner Called Insight Micro-Rotor, But We Expected Nothing Less From This Perfectionist Micro Engineer

Romain Gauthier introduces Insight Micro-Rotor, his first automatic wristwatch. And, as one might expect, it is anything but ordinary despite the fact that it was conceived to be a comfortable, wonderfully efficient daily wearer.

Assembling a patented ruby link constant force chain of Romain Gauthier's Logical One

In Focus: Romain Gauthier’s Breathtaking Patented Ruby Link Chain From Logical One

Here at Quill & Pad we are quite smitten by Romain Gauthier’s award-winning Logical One. But one thing that often gets glossed over somewhat is the subject of one of this watch’s four patents: the incredible high-precision chain made of synthetic ruby links. Combined with the snail cam, it is this element that provides the ingenious movement with constant force.

Exercise in coherence: Rolex GMT Master II

The Top 10 Most Popular Posts Of 2016 On Quill & Pad . . . And, No, They Weren’t All About Rolex!

As read by you,­­ here are the Top 10 most viewed articles on Quill & Pad for 2016. A few may even provide a (pleasant) surprise. So without further ado and in no particular order we present the top 10 most popular posts of 2016.

Romain Gauthier Logical One Enraged

Fast And Furious: Logical One Enraged By Romain Gauthier

There is a bit of a “wild and crazy” side to Romain Gauthier that’s usually not apparent at first sight. But we have an unprecedented view at the wild and crazy side of his personality when we gaze upon the new Enraged versions of his Logical One and Prestige HMS timepieces, which feature a rough and grainy new finish and an aggressive, spiky version of the logo. This is definitely worth a look and a feel!

Kari Voutilainen GMR with Vingt-8 base movement

The Independent Watchmakers’ Struggle: Why It’s So Hard And What They Can Do

I love independent watchmaking and independent watchmakers; one of my great joys as a collector is having the feeling that, in a small way, I am supporting their efforts.
So I put some thought into why independent watchmakers struggle in a business sense and how they can remain relevant in changing market situations.